US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) grilled US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Charles Q. Brown Jr. on the Biden Administration's freezing of an arms shipment to Israel, demanding to know if they would have dropped the two atomic bombs on Japan in order to end World War Two.

"Would you have supported dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? General Brown, to end World War Two?" Senator Graham asked. "Do you think that was disproportionate?"

Brown replied, "Well, I’ll tell you, it stopped the world war." Secretary Austin stated that he agreed with the chairman.

Turning to Austin, Graham asked, "What’s Israel interested in? Do you believe Iran really wants to kill all the Jews if they could? The Iranian regime. Do you believe Hamas is serious when they say we’ll keep doing it over and over again? Do you agree that they will if they can?"

Austin answered, "I do." He also answered in the affirmative when asked if Hezbollah was a terrorist organization.

Grahan asked, "Okay, so Israel’s been hit in the last few weeks by Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas dedicated to their destruction. And you’re telling me you’re going to tell them how to fight the war? And what they can and can’t use when everybody around them wants to kill all the Jews. And you’re telling me that if we withhold weapons in this fight — the existential fight for the life of the Jewish state — it won’t send the wrong signal?"

"If we stop weapons necessary to destroy the enemies of the State of Israel at a time of great peril, we will pay a price. This is obscene. It is absurd. Give Israel what they need to fight the war. They can’t afford to lose. This is Hiroshima and Nagasaki on steroids," Senator Graham said.

A senior US administration official confirmed on Tuesday that the US paused a shipment of bombs to Israel last week over concerns that Israel was approaching a decision on launching a full-scale assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The official said the decision to pause the shipment was made last week and no final decision had been made yet on whether to proceed with the shipment at a later date.

The shipment which was paused was supposed to consist of 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs, according to the official, with the focus of U.S. concern being the larger explosives and how they could be used in a dense urban setting.