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“What is the trade-off? Is it world peace? Is it a better place? That’s what it ought to be, if you are trading off something as important as the Olympics.”

Graham’s idea is not likely to happen, not likely to gain much traction. House Speaker John A. Boehner shot down the idea Wednesday.

“Listen, why would we want to punish U.S. athletes who’ve been training for three years to compete in the Olympics over a traitor who can’t find a place to call home?” the speaker said.

The United States Olympic Committee also issued a strong statement.

“If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work. Our boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games did not contribute to a successful resolution of the underlying conflict. It did, however, deprive hundreds of American athletes, all whom had completely dedicated themselves to representing our nation at the Olympic Games, of the opportunity of a lifetime.

“It also deprived millions of Americans of the opportunity to take pride in the achievements of our athletes, and in their dedication and commitment, at a time when we needed it most. While we acknowledge the seriousness of the issues at hand, we strongly oppose the notion that a boycott of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is in our country’s best interests.”

So, thankfully, Graham appears to be a lone voice in the ridiculous call for an Olympics boycott. Using athletes who have nothing to do with the conflict as some kind of bargaining chip is wrong on so many levels. We don’t always seem to learn our lessons from historical mistakes, but that’s one we definitely should have learned.

Keep politics out of the games. Always.