Syria Drone Attack Shows Biden Administration Must Stand Strong

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the drone strike in Syria yesterday:

“Yesterday also brought a sobering reminder of the dangers a new generation of American servicemembers continue to encounter as they follow in the footsteps of these heroes.

“U.S. personnel operating in Syria became the latest targets of a drone attack perpetrated by terrorists. Whether the perpetrators turn out to be ISIS or, more likely, loyal Iranian proxies, it is clear that serious threats are growing across the region.

“The terrorists who seek to harm us, and the regimes that support them, were emboldened by our retreat from Afghanistan.

“Just this week, the U.S.-designated terrorist and Taliban Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, praised suicide bombing Taliban terrorists with American and Afghan blood on their hands and provided cash rewards to their families. The Taliban also continues to hamper the evacuation of American citizens, Afghans who worked with America, and other vulnerable Afghans who are under threat.

“Our allies and adversaries, alike, are wondering whether the Biden Administration intends to stand up to those who dare to challenge us or our allies. They’re watching to see if America will blink in the face of the Taliban’s defiance, or Iran’s aggression.

“I hope the President is prepared to settle this question and deliver on our commitments.”