McConnell: ‘Why we went’ to Afghanistan has been lost

Amid the ongoing efforts to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, “why we went there in the first place” has been lost, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday morning.
“We went there to prevent the Taliban from having a regime that would allow terrorists to reconstitute themselves and hit us here at home. It’s been a total success,” McConnell told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“With the continued deployment of 2,500 people, we were in effect keeping a lid on, keeping terrorists from reconstituting and having a light footprint in the country. The policy was working.”
The United States invaded Afghanistan weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, toppling the Taliban regime. American forces in 2001 were also in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, but he was able to escape to Pakistan; bin Laden was killed there by U.S. Navy SEALS

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