that face the country, joined from jerusalem by lindsey graham, republican senator for south carolina, spent the last few days traveling in the middle east has visited saudi arabia, qatar, prior to arriving in israel today. senator graham welcome back to "meet the press." let me start with a basic question that i've been hearing from a lot of folks over the last 14 years, the policy of going after these terrorist groups has been to disrupt, dismantle and destroy george w. bush's policy promise, president obama's. 14 years we killed a lot of people, but we have not defeated this enemy. why? >> well, once you liberate a country like iraq, and you don't have a force, they fill in the gaps. syria is a failed state. the civil war in syria basically broke the country apart. and only thing i can say is you have to deny the enemy's safe haven, withdrawing from iraq prematurely was a mistake. not supporting the free syrian army three or four years ago was a mistake. you have to stay after these guys. >> are you advocating more troops in a place like syria now, more troops potentially?