Senator McConnell Visits Southern KY

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Witnesses say at least one car full of explosives blew up outside a U.S. army base north of Baghdad.

Authorities say insurgents then fired on soldiers who were pinned down, killing at least two and wounding 17.

Tthe violence in and around the capital continues, with nearly 100 deaths in two days.

Senator Mitch McConnell has often said the war in Iraq is the reason he's the senate minority leader and not the majority leader.

McConnell and Major General Donald Storm agree, the war in Iraq is controversial because of lack of progress, but important because of necessary changes.

Senator Mitch McConnell received a leadership award Monday night in Corbin, but his speech revolved around the kind of leader it takes when our nation is at war and the tough decisions one has to make.

“I think what the public is unhappy about the same thing I'm unhappy about we haven't yet been successful,” Senator McConnell said.

McConnell says the issue of a non-binding resolution to pull troops out of Iraq would have no practical effect.

“I don't think that’s helpful, I think it's bad for troop morale,” Senator McConnell said.

But he says a real issue is the possibility of a future bill which will deal with funding for troops...

“But I think quitting prematurely and inviting all of these terrorists to come back to America is not a good solution,” Senator McConnell said.

“The soldiers and the service members can give you the true perspective of what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Major General Donald Storm said.

Adjutant General Donald Storm says moving troops out of the Middle East or pulling their funding are bad ideas.

“They see the hope and opportunity reflected out of the eyes of the children and the females in Iraq and Afghanistan so there's another perspective out here that's above and more important than the political rhetoric,” Storm said.

McConnell says it's important for the nation to stand strong in its fight against terrorism and he hopes one day Iraq and Afghanistan will be strong U.S. allies.

“We've been on the offense in places like Iraq and Afghanistan on the other side of the world and taking out terrorists who have the will and the capability to strike us right here at home,” McConnell said.

McConnell also talked about Iraq and a number of other issues during a taping of Issues and Answers.

That will air next Monday night at seven.


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