Why Graham’s comments are dangerous

Vladimir Putin assassination: Why Graham’s comments are dangerous

  • Lindsey Graham’s calls to assassinate Putin are dangerous because they could be interpreted as the US advocating for his killing, one expert says.
  • Biden has labeled Putin as a ‘war criminal,’ but the White House emphasized that regime change is not US policy.
  • Putin is different from leaders the US has killed, like Qasem Soleimani and Osama bin Laden, because he’s not considered a ‘combatant’ under US law in ongoing armed conflicts.

“Wanted: Dead or alive. Vladimir Putin for mass murder,” the online image read.

A California-based entrepreneur posted the image to his LinkedIn page in early March with a short note offering $1 million to the Russian officer who arrests Putin. The next day, as Russian military forces escalated attacks on civilian areas of Ukraine’s largest cities, US Sen. Lindsey Graham publicly took up a similar call.

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