ICYMI: Leader McConnell on ‘America’s Newsroom’
LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Fox News this morning. See below for highlights or click here to watch to the full interview:
On President Biden’s Reckless Decision to Leave Afghanistan:
“First let me say this is one of the greatest foreign policy disasters in American history. I think it's important to remember where we were a few months ago before the president's reckless decision to leave. We only had 2500 troops there. We hadn't lost a single American person, military personnel in a year. The Taliban, the barbarians were not in charge of the country.
“So the decision to pull out was a huge mistake in my opinion. Having made that decision, you would have to conclude these guys couldn't organize a two-car funeral. Here’s where we are: the president needs to forget about the August 31st deadline. We need to send in enough American personnel – military personnel – to rescue our people. There are more American soldiers there now than before the president made the decision to leave. Extend the deadline, get outside the perimeter, make sure that every single American who wants to leave is able to get out with our assistance and our Afghan allies.”
On Weakening Our Global Efforts Against Terror
“You listed all the critics. [They are] our NATO allies, and by the way, our NATO allies are there with us. We weren't there by ourselves. Everybody in our – all of our allies realize that this decision has greatly weakened our efforts in the war on terror. The war on terror could be fought two places, over there or over here, and the strategy since 9/11 has actually worked. We have not had another foreign-inspired terrorist attack in the united states in 20 years. We had finally evolved into a policy that was actually working in Afghanistan as well. With a very light footprint we were keeping the lid on the barbarians were not in charge of the government. Of course it was not a Jefferson democracy, that's not why we went there in the first place.
“This is not about nation building. It was about protecting us here at home from foreign terrorist attacks.”
On Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree:
“I wish the moderates in the House success. They want to split the infrastructure bill away from this massive 3.5 to 5 trillion-dollar reckless tax and spending bill and deal with the two separately. This 3.5 trillion-dollar tax increase and its massive spending program is a disaster for the country. Bernie Sanders may have lost the nomination, but he won the war within the Democratic party over what they're like.
“And so we're now down to just a handful of Democrats in the House, maybe nine or ten, and maybe two in the Senate, that don't sign on to this socialist agenda. I'm pulling for them. There won't be a single Republican in the House or Senate supporting this 3.5 to 5 trillion dollar tax increase.”
Related Issues: America's Military, Afghanistan, Senate Democrats, War on Terror, Al Qaeda