"And the mother will say, 'Well, your father was a wonderful man and he gave his life in Afghanistan.'

"Then the little girl will go to school and she'll read the books about the war in Afghanistan, and she'll say, 'Why did my father die? He died for nothing. He died for a corrupt leader.' "

Jones usually speaks at least once a week on the floor against U.S. military actions abroad, and often criticizes Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But his remarks on Thursday go against the usual sentiment expressed by members of Congress — that members of the Armed Forces who die overseas have contributed to an important result.

While House Democrats have generally been more vocal against the war than Republicans, several Republicans in recent weeks have been increasingly critical of Karzai.

Just last month, a bipartisan group of House members criticized Karzai and the Obama administration for trying to work with Taliban leaders to form a new government in Afghanistan, and called on both leaders to ensure that other ethic and regional groups are able to participate in the new government.