Senators grill Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the US departure from Afghanistan and efforts to rescue civilians and deal with the Taliban administration. Nearly all 6,000 Americans thought to be in Afghanistan at the time were evacuated, totaling about 124,000 individuals. Republicans have slammed the government for a messed-up withdrawal that left hundreds stranded and resulted in a suicide attack.
According to Afghanistan Secretary Antony Blinken, the US administration reached an agreement with the Taliban that opened the path for the Taliban’s return to power. Still, it also effectively ended a visa program for Afghan interpreters. “Let’s not kid ourselves: There is no such thing as a reformed Taliban,” said committee head Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
Antony Blinken said that the “US expects the Taliban to provide freedom of travel, respect the Afghan people’s fundamental rights, and nominate a widely represented permanent administration.” Sen. Menendez believes that granting recognition or legitimacy to such a government is impossible.
BLINKEN: "We expect the Taliban to ensure freedom of travel, to make good on its commitments on counterterrorism, to uphold the basic rights of the Afghan people including women, girls, and minorities." pic.twitter.com/Wi71Aa7xdX
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Senators from both parties questioned how intelligence agencies failed to foresee the Afghan government’s fast fall. According to several Democrats, President Joe Biden’s administration attempted to impose a system that Afghans did not accept.
“Do we truly believe we can decide what a country’s culture should be?” Kaine asks. Afghanistan was a haven for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his associates during the Taliban regime. According to a new United Nations assessment, the Taliban has not cut links with Al-Qaeda as promised in the Trump deal. Al-Qaeda might resurface in Afghanistan in as little as 12 to 24 months.
This administration’s “leaders” talk about the Taliban as if they’re some local Chamber of Commerce that they don’t like.
How gleefully do the Taliban (not to mention Russia and China) mock the Biden administration?
Because that is all they have, the Biden administration will keep repeating the same message.