The Biden administration’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was asked whether the Taliban was an enemy of the U.S. His answer? Hardly the response Americans hoped to see after the Taliban staged a coup and took over Afghanistan, forcing the President to flee the country.
“Well, it’s hard to put a label on it, in part because we have yet to see what they are going to be now that they are in control, physical control of Afghanistan,” Wallace replied.
The response isn’t the first time Sullivan has refused to call the Taliban an enemy or even a terrorist group. Why is the Biden administration’s official response not to call the Taliban by any derogatory name?
There may be more to it than the public knows, but one reason is clear. The Biden administration is playing nice with the Taliban because there know they’ve left Americans in Afghanistan who are now at the mercy of the violent terrorist group. The administration is trying to do all it can to keep the Taliban happy, knowing that if not, we could see Americans beheaded on live TV.
This sad but true approach is the exact opposite of past American presidents. Instead of negotiating with terrorists like the Taliban, President Trump played the strong hand of force against any terrorist efforts. He threatened the Taliban that if they touched one hair on any American’s head he would bomb them and their families to smithereens.
But not the Biden administration. Biden’s obsession with pulling out prematurely, no matter who got left behind, had to do with the 20th anniversary of 9/11. He wanted to be able to say that he was the first Democrat president to get us out of the Afghan war that Republican President George Bush got us into.
Biden’s new strategy for dealing with the Taliban is to use woke, inclusive language to persuade the violent terrorist group not to do bad things. He wagged his finger in their nose and said he’ll withhold money from them if they don’t plan nice.
The strategy might work if the Taliban was a Western power that reasoned according to Western logic. But the Taliban ain’t woke. In case Biden hasn’t noticed, they aren’t wearing masks or social distancing either. They are enforcing strict sharia law, killing those who don’t comply. They’ve already gone door to door demanding unmarried women as brides for the fighters and told all other women that they can no longer have jobs or be independent.
There is no incentive that will work long-term with such leadership other than resorting to force or threat of force. Trump knew that. He authorized Soleimani’s drone strike regardless of whether the U.N. approved. When terrorists look up at the sky wondering if they are next, then they tend to leave certain targets alone.
But if the Taliban is not the enemy, who are they? Let’s hope they are not the Biden admin’s latest buddies. We have enough concerns over Biden’s close relationship with China, as well as his shady connections with his son Hunter Biden’s international business associates. We don’t need more questionable friendships. We need actions that keep Americans safe.
Refusing to call the Taliban an enemy might help some Americans in the short term who are trapped in Afghanistan due to Biden’s failed departure, but it will only embolden the Taliban and others like them to launch new attacks on America. The nation is less safe with the Taliban in power, including our own nation. It only took about $500,000 for Osama bin Laden and friends to pull off 9/11. We’ve already left behind US military equipment that the Taliban can sell and make far more than that to fund an attack on our homeland.