“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS [Islamic State terror group, banned in Russia] and a new round of global terrorism. It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975,” McConnell, a Kentucky Senator and the top GOP lawmaker, suggested on Monday evening.

McConnell claimed that a US retreat would reverse years of human rights accomplishments, embolden The Taliban, and be proclaimed a victory by those the United States has deemed to be ‘bad actors’ in the region, including Iran.
According to the McConnell statement, former US officials would see a withdrawal as a “symbol of US defeat and humiliation and of victory for Islamist extremism.”

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