WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Intelligence experts aren't sure how much of a threat the Islamic State poses to the U.S., if they pose a threat at all. But to listen to Sen. Lindsey Graham, the militant group terrorizing Iraq is a harbinger of the end of days.
"They will open the gates of Hell to spill out on the world," Graham said on Fox News Sunday this week. "This is not a Sunni-versus-Sunni problem. This is ISIL against mankind."
Graham, R-S.C., was deeply critical of President Obama's plan to combat IS, also revered to as ISIS or ISIL, saying "this is our last, best chance" to stop them and that doing so without boots on the ground "delusional."
"Our strategy will fail yet again," he said. "This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed here at home."
The geniuses at The Daily Show saw Graham's appearance and recalled the senator's penchant for overstatement.
"Really? All of us?" Jon Stewart wonders. "Of course, we have to the 'we're all gonna die' very seriously because of Lindsey Graham's reputation for even-keeled understatement."
In 2009, he warned we "are walking down the road to Armageddon" with Iran's nuclear weapons program. And in 2013, he worried over his family ending up "in the cross-hairs of gangs that were roaming around neighborhoods," and terrified his constituents of a potential nuclear attack on Charleston Harbor.
"The poor man lives his entire life trapped in the Blair Witch Project," Stewart joked. "For God's sakes, I've seen chihuahuas in handbags that are less fretful and shaking."
"But even more impressive, Lindsey Graham has sustained this level of panic for 13 years, even though many of the bogey men that live under his bed aren't really there at all," Stewart stand.
Despite Graham's dire predictions, and the appearance of several gruesome videos showing the beheadings of two Americans and a Briton, U.S. intelligence experts simply aren't convinced IS has the ability or intent to take their mission to the U.S.
As usual, the Daily Show gets their searing parody just right: