Amid the widespread criticism that’s been thrown at the Biden administration over the collapse of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops, Fox Information anchor Chris Wallace saved it honest and balanced on Sunday morning when he confronted former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his personal file of legitimizing and emboldening the Taliban.
With the Taliban essentially taking over the entire country in a matter of a few short weeks and the Afghan president fleeing the country after the group surrounded the capital of Kabul, Pompeo appeared on Fox Information Sunday to blast President Joe Biden for supposedly folding to the Taliban.
“It seems just like the Biden administration has simply failed in its execution of its personal plan,” the previous Trump secretary of state mentioned. “It seems like they’re now making an attempt to get of us out. This jogs my memory of when we’ve seen earlier administrations permit embassies to be overrun, it’s beginning to really feel that means. It additionally seems like there’s a little bit of panic having to reinsert troopers to get them out.”
Pompeo went on to say the Trump administration—which had previously reached a deal with the Taliban (but not the Afghan government) to withdraw all troops by May 1—had “delivered on its promise” earlier than calling on the Biden administration to concern airstrikes in opposition to the Taliban.
“They need to go crush these Taliban who’re surrounding Kabul,” he bellowed. “We must always do it with American airpower, we should always put stress on them, we should always inflict price and ache on them. We shouldn’t be begging them to spare the lives of People, we needs to be imposing prices on the Taliban till they permit us to execute our plan in Afghanistan.”
After Pompeo insisted that the Taliban wouldn’t “run free and wild in Afghanistan” if he and former President Donald Trump had been nonetheless in workplace, Wallace famous that Biden seems to be inserting the lion’s share of the blame on Trump for leaving him with the troop withdrawal deal.
“If the dangers weren’t so critical, Chris, it could be pathetic,” Pompeo huffed. “I wouldn’t have let my 10-year previous son get away from this type of pathetic blame-shifting.”
Wallace, nonetheless, shot again, declaring that a variety of critics have mentioned that Trump cutting a deal with the Taliban without the Afghan government even being involved was “massively demoralizing” and led to the present chaos. (Notably, simply weeks earlier than the 2020 election, the Taliban endorsed Trump for president within the hopes he would “wind up U.S. army presence in Afghanistan.”)
Pompeo vehemently disagreed, claiming that it was “merely not true” earlier than taking photographs on the “corrupt” Afghan leaders who he mentioned had been extra focused on lobbying for American cash than “increase associates and coalitions and dealing with the Taliban.” The ex-secretary additionally asserted the Trump cope with the Taliban set a “conditions-based withdrawal of American troopers.”
However the veteran Fox anchor wasn’t executed urgent Pompeo on his personal file with the Taliban, citing the truth that he was the primary secretary of state to ever meet with the group and really heaped reward on them at one level.
Airing a clip of Pompeo final yr saying the Taliban would “work alongside us to destroy” Al Qaeda, Wallace pointedly requested the previous secretary: “Do you remorse giving the Taliban that legitimacy? Do you remorse urgent the Afghan authorities to launch 5,000 prisoners, which they did, a few of whom are actually again on the battlefield preventing with the Taliban?”
Pompeo, for his half, responded by saying “you make peace along with your enemies” whereas additionally insisting that the Trump administration “by no means trusted the Taliban.”
He concluded: “We didn’t take the phrase of the Taliban, we watched their actions on the bottom. After they did the appropriate factor and helped us in opposition to terror, that was all good, and after they didn’t, we crushed them.”