Despite the Biden Administration’s claims that it has “leverage” over the Taliban that it can use to rescue Americans and U.S. allies from Afghanistan, it clearly doesn’t, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says.
In a Fox News Channel interview on Sept. 1, Haley discussed scenes from Afghanistan of Taliban sporting coffins covered with American flags. She said the images are proof that the Biden Administration shouldn’t be trusting the jihadist regime that was supposed to be guarding the airport where American soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber:
“First, I can tell you those photo are every reason that [Sec. of State] Blinken and [Nat. Security Advisor] Sullivan and [President] Biden should not be trusting the Taliban. That’s who you had guarding the gates. That’s who you had guarding the airport when our soldiers died. That’s who you claim to have leverage over.
“You don’t have caskets with an American flag and claim to have leverage, because they don’t.”
Haley also criticized the Biden Administration for misrepresenting and understating the plight of those still trapped and at the mercy of the Taliban:
“Secondly, I think what we’re seeing with the journalists and the Americans there is Biden, at some point, has to admit they’ve lied to us. They’re not being honest with the American people, they’re not being transparent. They’re trying to keep it quiet that journalists are there. They’re trying to act like there’s only a hundred Americans there.
“They’re trying to act like this isn’t as bad – but, when you use words like ‘rescue,’ when you use words like ‘stranded,’ you’re dealing with a hostage situation. And, now we’re dealing with multiple hostages inside Afghanistan that we’re actually having to negotiate with a jihadist group to get out.”
“It’s disgusting,” Haley concluded.