Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) speaks before President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
UPDATED 5:36 PM PT – Monday, August 30, 2021
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said America’s Afghan affairs were now in worse shape than they were 20 years ago. During an interview on Monday, Waltz said the U.S. no longer had political leverage over Taliban due to Joe Biden’s chaotic withdrawal.
The congressman stressed back in 2001, the U.S. at least had the Northern Alliance, who had been fighting the Taliban for years. He added the terror group now appeared to dominate Afghan politics.
Security analysts have warned the Taliban may take a more assertive stance in Central Asia following its takeover of U.S. military facilities and equipment. The total value of abandoned equipment was estimated at $10 billion.
Waltz when on to add Taliban may take hostages or stage terror attacks to thwart any international sanctions they may face.