Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that the United States should strike an American-born al Qaeda spokesman “without hesitation” after the militant urged attacks against U.S. ambassadors across the globe.
In a series of tweets Monday, Graham said that the United States should either use lethal force or capture U.S.-born al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn as an enemy combatant.
“The use of lethal force against American-citizen al-Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn is appropriate and should be utilized without hesitation,” Graham tweeted.
“Adam Gadahn is an American citizen who has aligned himself with Al-Qaeda. He should be considered an enemy combatant, not a common criminal,” he said. “Even though Adam Gadahn is an American citizen, he should BE subject to being killed or captured by our military and intelligence forces.”
Graham’s remarks weighed in on a long-running debate over whether the U.S. should use drone strikes to target American members of al Qaeda.