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Published On: Mon, Nov 5th, 2018

Krysten Sinema Shows No Remorse Over Previous Comments About Taliban

On Sunday, Arizona senate candidate, Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema  was was asked twice whether she regretted her controversial comments from 2003 when she told a radio host she didn’t care if Americans fought for the Taliban.

Not only did Sinema refuse to say she regretted the comment, but she also implied that she is against the war American soldiers are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying it is “misguided.”

Vaughn Hillyard of NBC News reminded Sinema that her competitior Martha McSally asked for an apology:

“You know, Martha crossed the line with those comments and that’s the choice she’s made in her campaign, to run a campaign that’s based on —“

Hillyard: “But do you regret that statement, though, at all?”

“Well, it was an offhand comment during that interview about a war that I believed was misguided and still believe is misguided. What Martha has chosen to do is run a very negative campaign based on false attacks and smears and lies. And that’s her choice; but I think Arizonans are choosing the person that they believe shares their values and they believe will stand up for them.”

Sinema and McSally were tied for the Senate seat being vacated by GOP Senator Jeff Flake, but McSally has surged in recent polls following the Senate hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

 

Flag of Taliban photo public domain

 

Sinema’s comments are all of a piece with her actions from 15 years ago; the day after her comments regarding the Taliban, at an anti-war event, a group led by Sinema showed an American soldier as a skeleton inflicting “U.S. terror” in Iraq and the Middle East, as reported by CNN’s KFile,

McSally is the first female U.S. fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first woman to command a fighter squadron, she was deployed to Kuwait in January 1995 and flew combat patrols over Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch.

In 2000, she reported to Saudi Arabia for a temporary assignment. Later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, she commanded the A-10 equipped 354thFighter Squadron in July 2004, later deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she dispatched weapons for the first time from her A-10 in combat.

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