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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan  CSPAN  April 15, 2021 6:07am-6:20am EDT

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caption content and accuracy. visit] >> on the senate floor, minority leader mitch mcconnell and chris murphy reacted to president biden's announcement on u.s. troops in afghanistan. sen. mcconnell: "biden takes the easy way out of afghanistan, the likely result is disaster." this is the morning's lead editorial from one of the nation's most liberal newspapers. the administration decided to abandon u.s. efforts in afghanistan, which has helped keep radical islamic terrorism in check, and bizarrely they have decided to do so by september 11. apparently, we are to help our
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adversaries ring in the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by giftwrapping the country and handing it right back to them. here is what this administration's own national intelligence threat assessments as will happen. "-- this is a quote from this administration "the taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield in the afghan government will struggle to hold the taliban at bay until the coalition withdraw support." in 2019 the democratic leader and the now chairman of the foreign relations committee expressed outrage that the previous administration considered hosting taliban officials for discussions around the date of september 11. but now, the democratic administration is going to skip the negotiations and just surrender an entire country back to the taliban on the very same
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date. our president should remember what happened when the obama administration let political considerations rush a retreat for my rock, total chaos -- from my rock, -- iraq total chaos and bloodshed. two years ago i wrote a bipartisan amendment that warned a republican administration against recklessly withdrawing from afghanistan or syria. a super majority voted for it. super majority voted for it. warning that the terrorists threat had not abated, where are the democratic voices today. i hope that we will hear from some of them, unfortunately this mistake is one of several instances of this new administration surrendering leverage without making of america, our interests more secure. in january, president biden
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extended the new start agreement i executive order for five years. no strings attached, no concessions secured, and not even a short-term extension to put pressure on russia to cooperate on a better agreement, just a gift. a gift. then there is iran. officials have gone from demo -- denigrating the maximum pressure strategy to simply begging for direct talks with iran, to offering to remove sanctions that are "inconsistent with the jcpoa." so, which sanctions, exactly or inconsistent with the jcpoa? our sanctions on terrorist organizations? or its ballistic missile program? most republicans would be
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thrilled if president biden could actually secure a better deal that holds iran accountable, giving up the leverage of sanctions before we even get to the table, before we get to the table, or just return to a bad deal, certainly not a good sign. it would be hard to support any deal that is not part of a broader strategy that also confronts the nonnuclear of threats that iran poses to america and the region. on china, the administration's tough talk has been welcome. but its proposal to cut defense spending after inflation suggests there is less interest in walking the walk. it will not keep pace by china and russia by cutting defense spending to placate fringe parts of the left. the american people need and deserve a foreign policy that puts our security, our partners, and our interest ahead of the
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reflexive desire to break with the last four years at any cost. if this administration once a successful legacy on the world stage, if they want in comp -- accomplishments that indoor, they need to put -- endure, they need to put american strength at the center and come back to a bipartisan mainstream. on a different matter we know that democrats are desperate to create a controversy over voting regulations, but the facts, and truth keep getting in the way. for more than a year, we have seen a coordinated campaign to call any american institution that occasionally frustrates liberal activists an evil relic of jim crow. for more than a year, we have seen a coordinated campaign to call any american institution that occasionally frustrates liberal activists an evil relic
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of jim crow. when these talking points came into circulation last summer their focus was the legislative filibuster in the senate. except, it was senate democrats who used the legislative filibuster to kill the police reform body camera and antilynching legislation. two days ago our colleague suggested that he now opposes the filibuster because it was used back in the 1920's to block an anti-lynching bill. to be clear, our colleague was a loud and proud defender of the current senate rules as recently as 2018. this is not about the 1920's, this is not about the 1920's, it is about democrats wanting different sets of rules depending on whether or not they happen to be in the majority. our colleague did not need to go
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back nine decades to find instances of democrats filibustering a republican antilynching bill. he only needed to go back nine months. let us go back to the 19 20's, no, let us go back nine months to find an example of democrats filibustering an anti-lynching bill. 44 democrats filibustered the police reform body camera and anti-lynching legislation because it was not far-left enough, or anti-police enough. that is the irony. if any recent senate filibusters have been recent of the 1920's it was when the democrats killed an anti-lynching bill just last summer. here's the truth, mr. president, our colleagues cannot offend the details of the radical policies, so they want to change the
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subject, change the subject by any means necessary. look at voting regulations. the recent bill passed in the state of georgia mandates more days of early voting than plenty of democratic run states allow. it continues no excuse, absentee voting, which some blue states do not allow. there is no factual standard by which its approach is more restrictive than the rules in place and many other states, blue or red. "the washington post" gave the white house its worst weight rating, four pinocchio's for repeated lies about georgia and the election law. but, they just keep doubling down. one of our colleagues who represented georgia put his name to a public statement, to a public statement with inaccurate
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information about the bill. the democratic leaders shouted angry attacks at the georgia law -- things that the georgia law simply does not do. why the fake narratives? why the falsehoods? we all know why. for more than two years washington democrats have been desperate to pass a sweeping partisan takeover of our democracy. it is packed with shameless revisions that have nothing to do with ballot access. they want to take the bipartisan fetters -- federal election commission and make it a partisan body and give democrats the majority. they want to send taxpayer money to political campaigns. they want to expand washington's policing of american's speech. they want to neuter voter id and
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mandate ballot harvesting in all 50 states. strangely enough, for multiple years now this exact same power grab has been their answer to every changing circumstance. when they did not like the outcome of the 2016 election, democrats said our democracy was broken, and only this takeover could fix it. in 2020, they got the result they liked. suddenly, the same bill became a way to simply preserve a system that functioned well. there seems to be no situation where this attempted power grab is not the democrat's answer. we could learn tomorrow that an asteroid was hurtling towards earth and democrats would say our only hope was to pass hr one.
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this is not about responding to recent state laws, it is not about justice or equity. washington democrats want to rewrite all 50 states' election laws and take over the federal election commission and they have been trying out different justifications for multiple years straight. any federal law addressing the ground rules of our democracy has a special obligation to be sober, debbie factual, and to be bipartisan. the senate has done just that in the past. we have passed reasonable laws by huge bipartisan margins making it easier to vote. but harder to cheat. so ask yourself, why will not democrats deal with truth and facts, where -- why do they use
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the same smears to distract from their policies. why are they hell-bent on a bill that passed the house with purely partisan support but bipartisan opposition. talk about tipping your hand. sen murphy: my colleagues, there is a saying about afghanistan, that we have turned the corner toward victory so many times that we are spinning in circles. during the beginning of my time in congress i went to afghanistan to visit our troops and military leadership, about every two years. each time i went, i was met with a new, capable and impressive general thought had started his year-long tour who told me that the last general did it wrong and this time everything would be different. i reme


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