White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
UPDATED 6:47 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
Members within the Biden administration are working to downplay the U.S. cooperation with the Taliban. During her briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to deny that the White House is close to recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate international authority.
“First of all, no one in this administration, not the president nor anyone on the National Security team, would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community,” she asserted. “They have not earned that in any way and we are not, we have never assessed that.”
In the same answer, however, Psaki explained to the bewilderment of the Press Corps that the U.S. government is indeed engaging with the group despite the fact the new Taliban government includes wanted terrorists. This includes their new Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani network, who’s wanted for a bombing that killed six people, including an American. Haqqani is also believed to have participated in cross-border attacks against U.S. troops.
“What we’re working to do is to engage with them because they oversee and control Afghanistan right now,” she stated. “To get American citizens, legal, permanent residents, SIV applicants out of Afghanistan, we have to engage with them.”
Meanwhile in Germany, Secretary of State Antony Blinken also attempted to downplay any efforts made by the U.S. to engage with the terrorist group. He claimed any international legitimacy or any support from the U.S. would have to be earned by the Taliban. Blinken went into further detail about a problem the administration is having despite “engagement” efforts.
While the administration continues to try and downplay the decision to deal with one of the world’s most prominent terrorist groups, they have yet to explain how they plan to deal with a government made up of terrorists that were released from U.S. custody by the last Democrat to occupy the Oval Office.