McConnell: Afghanistan is ‘lost’

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – United States Senator Mitch McConnell was in Butler County Tuesday to talk about his  to community leaders and said that Afghanistan is “lost.”

McConnell said he is and was completely against the removal of troops from the country for fear that the Taliban would do exactly what they did, take back over.

McConnell said just because the United States quit fighting does not mean that the Taliban will quit fighting America.

According to the senator, this year’s long war has been an absolute stain on the reputation on the United States of America because he says the country didn’t even have a plan.

He said the next step is to secure the airport in Kabul.

“I think Afghanistan is lost and you can anticipate the resurgence of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. They’re probably headed back right now. So we have, as a result of this decision, turned it back into exactly what it was 20 years ago,” said McConnell.

McConnell also addressed the coronavirus Delta variant encouraging everyone to get vaccinated claiming 97% of hospitalized individuals are not vaccinated.

The senator also mentioned that he believes the current short staffing issues across the state are largely due to the governor allowing the extra federal money to be given to those on unemployment for so long.