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McConnell blasts Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal as ‘a lot worse than Saigon’

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell on Sunday blasted the Biden administration for its botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying it was “a lot worse than Saigon.”

“We’re trying on the exit, and over the subsequent two days, our heroic army is doing the perfect they will with a horrible coverage resolution. This is likely one of the worst overseas coverage choices in American historical past,” McConnell, R-Ky., stated throughout a “Fox Information Sunday” interview. “A lot worse than Saigon, as a result of after we left Saigon there weren’t Vietnamese terrorists who had been planning on attacking us right here at dwelling.”

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McConnell continued by saying he “concern[s] for the longer term” of america persevering with to battle the “struggle on terror” and stated that simply because america stops combating in Afghanistan doesn’t suggest terrorists go away.

“They’re nonetheless on the market. They’re invigorated. They’re emboldened and excited concerning the success they see in bringing America to its knees in Afghanistan,” McConnell stated.

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“Fox Information Sunday” host Chris Wallace later requested McConnell how america will safely evacuate Individuals and Afghans from Kabul after the Aug. 31 deadline when the U.S. army leaves and the way they may defend america sooner or later from terrorist assaults. 

“Very poorly,” McConnell replied.

“We won’t have sources on the bottom. The over the horizon assaults corresponding to was carried out is, you already know, fairly restricted in effectiveness and each American or Afghan ally left behind is both a possible sufferer or a hostage,” McConnell stated. “Bear in mind the Taliban love taking hostages. they’ve completed this earlier than. It places us in a very troublesome place and in addition bear in mind, Afghanistan is landlocked. There’s just one means in, by air, and a technique out, by air.”

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McConnell argued {that a} small army presence in Afghanistan was working and famous that the variety of U.S. army casualties has been “fairly modest” since 2014 in comparison with the variety of Afghan casualties which is within the tens of hundreds.

A State Division spokesman stated Sunday that there are 250 Americans nonetheless in Afghanistan ready to be evacuated forward of the quickly approaching Aug. 31 deadline and added they are going to be offering “help across the clock.” A State Division spokesman additionally stated there have been shut to five,500 Individuals safely evacuated since Aug. 14.

Fox Information’ Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.

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