McConnell Refuses To Wind Down On Military

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( – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) criticized President Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress for putting forth a proposal that would repeal the Authorization for the use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq. As McConnell also pointed out in his statement currently the U.S. troops in the area were facing several threats from both Iran and terrorist organizations in the region.

In a statement released on Tuesday, McConnell expressed his opposition to having the military force authorizations in the Middle East withdrawn. He added that the terrorist enemies that the U.S. is facing had not stopped their war against the U.S. and that with this proposal service members would be put in harm’s way at a time when they should be given more support.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has also signaled that the bipartisan bill to repeal two AUMFs, the one dating back to the 1991 Gulf War and the one authorizing the 2022 war in Iraq, were likely to pass through the House. However, McConnell’s opposition to the proposal could cause problems in the Republican-controlled lower chamber.

McConnell in his statement also noted that last week there had been an attack against U.S. military bases by what is suspected to have been Iranian drones. The attacks had resulted in the death of a U.S. contractor and five service members being injured. This is the latest incident of military aggression from Iran in the region.

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