Lindsey Graham Wants To Boycott Russia Winter Olympics Over Snowden


If Russia lets NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden stay in the country on a grant of political asylum, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants President Barack Obama to boycott next year’s winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi.

On Tuesday, Snowden requested temporary asylum in Russia – agreeing to a condition set by President Vladimir Putin that Snowden stop with the leaking of sensitive information about how the U.S. spy program vacuums up information about Americans’ private lives. As of late Wednesday, Russia had not approved or declined Snowden’s request.

Earlier Wednesday, Putin countered the notion that a grant of asylum, under his gag-order condition, would further mar already-frosty relations between Russia and the U.S. “Bilateral relations, in my opinion, are far more important than squabbles about the activities of the secret services,” he told reporters. “We warned Mr. Snowden that any action by him that could cause damage to Russian-American relations is unacceptable for us.”

Graham, sticking with the official line that Snowden’s a traitor and not a whistleblower, said any move by Russia to aid Snowden deserves a clear signal that the U.S. won’t tolerate its Cold War nemesis harboring a fugitive – and that an Olympic boycott makes for a terrific diplomatic tool.

“I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them. It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous. We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States,” he told The Hill.

Even fellow RINO John McCain (R-Ariz.) thought Graham’s idea was about as smart as bringing a kitten to a dog fight. “I think the experience of canceling the Olympics the last time around [in the 1980 boycott of the Moscow Summer games] wasn’t very good,” said McCain.

Last month, Graham told Fox News he welcomed Verizon, his cell service provider, “turning over records to the government if the government’s going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States…I don’t think you’re talking to terrorists, I know you’re not, I know I’m not, so we don’t have anything to worry about.”

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  • JimH

    The people hurt most by a boycott would be the U.S. athletes. They have been training for years for this event.
    Graham has a problem with target identification.

    • waspiam

      Just one of his many problems.

  • Judicious

    Shades of Jimmy Carter; cut off ones nose to spite ones face! So what did that accomplish?

  • Randy Overly

    First and foremost Edward Snowden Is an American HERO and PATRIOT! Senator Lindsey Grahamand any politician seeking to prosecute a man who was willing to sacrifice his life style and career to bring to light the violations of our rights by our government are probably involved and guilty of trying to hide their crimes against the American citizens. BRING HIM HOME PROTECTED AND LET HIM REVILE ALL THOSE SO WE CAN PROSECUTE THEM!

    • waspiam

      Bravo to that Randy. The reason the criminals in the district hate Mr. Snowden is that he exposes them for what they are. How can the US have sunk so low as to have a man like lindsey graham in the senate? Not to mention a kenyan in the whitehouse. Something is badly wrong with this picture.

      • CatGman

        waspiam, Its worse than you think. The white house, the congress and the judiciary are filled with others like him and worse.

  • Alan

    Oh yeah, that’ll really teach those dastardly Russians a lesson. All it will show the world is that this administration knows how to throw a tantrum.

  • an old seabee

    Graham can go pound sand…….. The traitors are in the WH, Senate ana House!

  • podunk1

    Here’s a plan – forbid Graham from going to the olympics & let the rest of America do whatever they want

  • dan

    Grahm didn’t do anything about an unqualified pretender from occupying
    the WhiteHouse and usurping power unconstitutionally…and now he wants us to
    think he’s protecting what from who…he’s lost any claim of legitamacy and should go to the same pasture that McCain is destined for

  • Warrior

    Lighten up Lindsey. After all, the election is “over” and we’re all just soooo much more “flexible”. Hmmm, on a more serious subject, I would like to know where Vlad stands on the Zimmerman verdict. Ya know, the daytime soaps will never catch up to the audience these “actors” can attract. Benghazi, fast n furious, nsa, irs, stimulus, QE, etc., etc, etc.. all yesterday’s news. These gang members have new scripts to run daily. Now how in the world can the likes of susan lucci or the kardashians keep up with this?

  • Dave

    When is Lindsey Graham up for reelection? Not soon enough! If the guy doesn’t see the problem in our “government”collecting information on every citizen of the US, then he is part of the problem.
    As for boycotting the Olympics, I think it’s fine if Mr. Graham & OBAMA boycott them. I just don’t thnk it’s the right decision for the US, or for the athletes who have been training forever for their opportunity to test themselves against the best in the world.

    • waspiam

      It goes without saying that Lindsey is part of the problem. He is a huge part of the problem. Unfortunately there are many more just like him in the district of corruption.
      Maybe we could arrange a swap: Send our “leaders” from d.c. including the kenyan over to russia and bring their leaders here. I think we would definitely get the better of that deal.

      • denise0513

        That would be a good idea except even Russia doesn’t want the morons from D.C.
        Lindsey Graham is a poor excuse of a human being, if he is at all human. A jellyfish has more of a spine than Graham has.

  • jackw97224

    Idiotic! Graham needs to hop back on the turnip truck as he obviously fell off somewhere along the way. Snowden should be honored as he has exposed the criminality of the politicians and their fawning sycophants. Graham is mad because he is culpable in the NSA spying as he allowed it to happen on his watch.

  • justaskin

    Did anyone ever remind the idiot Graham that it pays to put one’s mind into gear BEFORE opening one’s mouth? Where would we all be if this moron was in charge of international relations? Has he just become clueless or was he born that way? Hopefully his mother only gave birth once.

  • waspiam

    Sen graham has got to be one of the most incompotent members of the senate. That, in itself, says a lot. He is a prime example of why we need to have term limits in the senate (One 4 year term and gone) not to mention the house (one 2 year term), the president (one 4 year term) and the supreme court (one 4 year term). The more I hear the power structure in the district of corruption whine and moan about Mr. Snowden, the more I support Mr. Snowden. I never thought I’d see the day when I thought more of the Russian leaders than I do of the criminals in d.c.
    The more I think about it, the more I wonder why it is we need a Federal Government anyway. Why not just allow the 50 states to form alliances among themselves and allow the free market to dictate the results. No more fighting wars all over the world we have no business fighting, no more supporting foreign tyrants with military and financial aid. And no more Kenyan’s appologizing to muslim governments about how evil the US is.

    • Jeff

      But you probably consider yourself a strict Constitutionalist – as long as we’re talking about a certain interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. All the changes you recommend would require at least Constitutional amendments. The change you advocate in the 2nd paragraph would require ripping up the Constitution entirely. That’s as likely to happen as our begging the British to come back and take charge.

      • waspiam

        The question is, jeff, why rip it up? Our “leaders” don’t pay any attention to it anyway. When it is all said and done, it will boil down to whom is left holding the biggest stick.

  • CatGman

    Every time Graham runs his mouth he reveals just how foolish he is.
    How can he be so obtuse.
    I say we should boycott Washington D.C..

  • Elevenarrows

    As a South Carolinian, I can assure you, there are many of us who wonder how Graham continues to get re-elected. I have never met ANYONE who supports him. Rather, everyone I’ve talked to has said he is an absolute embarrassment. Thankfully, when Bob Inglis lost his way, we were able to remove him. Here’s hoping we can do the same with Graham.

    I called Graham’s office yesterday to voice my opinion that he should not support Reid’s threat to change the rules of the Senate. I was told by an aide that things were looking good because McCain had just reached an agreement with Reid! I informed the clueless aide that just knowing McCain had authored the agreement told me that it would be a bad one for Americans. The aide seemed surprised that I would think McCain is a bad guy.

    As for boycotting the Olympics in Russia, where was Graham’s “moral objection” when we attended the Olympics held in China…you know, the country that leads the pack in human rights violations??! I believe they didn’t even want athletes bringing Bibles into the Olympic Village! And, we won’t even get into their one child policy that has caused forced abortions and heartache to untold millions.

    I find Graham’s statement that Russia’s grant of asylum to Snowden is a “slap in the face of the United States” laughable. Everything Graham has done while in office has been a slap in the face to South Carolinians and all patriotic, Constitution-loving American citizens.

    I would not be surprised if Graham eventually jumps ship to join the Democrats…he has been one of Obama’s most faithful supporters.

    Time to retire, Graham.

  • rick0857

    If you people in SC don’t primary him this election well then it’s your own damn fault for having an embarrassing stupid Senator. Just like the people in Arizona and Juan McCain. Though I can’t fault all I can fault some I did all I could to get rid of one of Michigan’s stupid Senators last time around but the corrupt Unions and low life welfare brats kept her in office again.

  • Jeff

    I guess we won’t get to see Lindsey Graham ski. I was so looking forward to that.