McConnell: Biden Ignored Military's Advice on Afghanistan

'It was pretty obvious to me what was going to happen' if Biden bucked military advice, Senate minority leader says

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) / Getty Images
August 16, 2021

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said President Biden directly ignored the advice of military leaders during briefings on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

"I was in a number of these briefings over the last couple months, it was pretty obvious to me what was going to happen," McConnell said Monday. "I know for a fact that the president's military leaders argued against this decision. I think the president himself felt strongly about this and overruled his own military leaders to do it, and he owns it."

McConnell slammed the Biden administration for its incompetent withdrawal of thousands of Americans and Afghans. Footage emerged Monday of havoc at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, that caused civilian casualties.

"Honestly, this administration looks to me like it couldn't organize a two-car funeral," McConnell said. "It is a sad day for the United States of America."

President Biden responded Monday to critics of his withdrawal, saying he stands by his decision.

"We will continue to support the Afghan people," Biden said. "The way to do it is not through endless military deployments, but diplomacy."