Mitch McConnell Criticizes Proposal to Repeal AUMF in Iraq

( – Republican Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell blasted President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday for advocating a proposition that revoke the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, which comes at a moment where US military personnel in the Middle East are facing numerous threats from terrorist organizations and Iran-backed groups in the region.

In a statement, McConnell said that he’s opposed to the idea of eliminating this type of authorization in the region, considering that the United States’ “terrorist enemies” haven’t backed down in their intentions of attacking US troops or military bases every time they can. He added he’s opposed to this proposal since the United States needs to protect the American soldiers that are fighting for the country in the Middle East, not only with the proper equipment but also with the proper legal authorities.

A couple of weeks ago, House Speaker and Republican California lawmaker Kevin McCarthy signaled that bipartisan legislation to repeal AUMFS from the 2002 Iraq war and 1991 Gulf war have good chances of passing in the Congress. However, McConnell has criticized the bill because of the way it makes it easier for the Iranian regime to target American soldiers

Last week, the Senate Republican leader said that the attack against American military bases, which was conducted by Iranian drones and killed an American contractor, is the latest example of how Iran is increasing its aggressive operations against the United States in the Middle East.

McConnell also cited Tehran’s influence in Bagdad as one of the main reasons why the US legislative branch must maintain the authority to use more military power in this country if needed. He also said it doesn’t make any sense that Congress is facilitating the Iranian regime’s efforts to push American forces out of Syria and Iraq. He even ridiculed the Senate for debating about debilitating US power in this part of the world while Tehran is even deadlier in its anti-US operations.

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