WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 09: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on September 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki spoke on President Biden’s upcoming announcement on combating the COVID-19 Delta variant. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
UPDATED 11:31 PM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021
The Biden administration is doubling down on its stance on the Taliban.
“They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.
The compliments were originally delivered by Horne, who thanked the terrorist organization for their cooperation in allowing Americans to leave Kabul on Thursday. Additionally, Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the move a “positive first step.”
“In order to get those people out, we had to work with some members of the Taliban to press them and to work in a businesslike manner to get them out,” commented Psaki at a press briefing.
Many members who were included in the statement and are now a part of the Taliban government, are those who consist of former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay and no women. Reports also said many of the members are holdovers from the previous Taliban government deposed by the U.S. in 2001.
The most infamous of these men is Sirajuddin Haqqani, a member of the Haqqani group. The Taliban cell bearing his name carried out numerous attacks against U.S. troops during the Afghanistan war. There have also been numerous reports of violence against women’s rights protests since the Taliban takeover of the region.
Additionally, Gold Star mother Jill Stephenson said she lost her son due to wounds obtained in a firefight with the Taliban. She explained after hearing Psaki’s most recent comments that reality was like “living in the Twilight Zone.”