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Congressman John Yarmuth

Representing the 3rd Congressional District of Kentucky

Yarmuth Statement on Afghanistan

August 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) released the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan:

“The situation unfolding in Afghanistan is truly heartbreaking. Twenty years and four presidents in, it has never been clearer how misguided and ill-conceived America’s war on terror was. Tragically, the precipitous surrender of Afghan Army troops vividly illustrates the futility of continued U.S. presence there.

“Thousands of American men and women bravely served in Afghanistan for the past two decades, sacrificing life and limb on behalf of our country and theirs. It is our moral obligation to use our economic and diplomatic power to fulfill our commitments to those who have risked their lives to aid in America’s missions in Afghanistan and to protect innocents from the Taliban.

“There is no sugar-coating the horrors that are happening right now, but let’s not pretend that there is a clear or easy solution. A third decade of indefinite war cannot be an option.”