Brief primer on what we’re talking about here from my article, Biden’s Benghazi.
The Taliban put Khalil Haqqani in charge of security in Kabul. The Haqqani network has been closely allied with Al Qaeda. The Wall Street Journal noted that, “prominent Taliban units with ties to the Haqqani network now operate within feet of U.S. troops securing the area. “
Shahab al-Muhajir, ISIS-K’s new leader, was a former Haqqani network commander.
The Haqqani network, which is still holding at least one American hostage, is a component of the Taliban which acts like Al Qaeda and has ties to Al Qaeda.
Some have noted that the Kabul airport bombing has more of the hallmarks of the Haqqani network’s operations than ISIS-K.
State Department spokesman Ned Price is busy spinning crazy lies, like, “the Taliban and the Haqqani network are separate entities.”
Considering that the Taliban put the Haqqanis in charge of security and they’ve always been a Taliban component, this is just wrong.
The Taliban have a history of playing this plausible deniability game, but it doesn’t hold up very well. So why tell these lies?
As I noted, “Biden entrusted the lives of American citizens and soldiers to a Jihadist organization, the Haqqani network, which was allied with Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Even now the Haqqani network is holding Mark Frerichs, a Navy vet, hostage. The Biden administration not only failed to free Frerichs, but coordinated on security with his captors in the hope that they would protect American soldiers and civilians.”
All of this sounds really indefensible, but it becomes more palatable if you claim that the Haqqani network has nothing to do with the Taliban.
It also makes it easier to provide aid and funding to the Taliban.
Biden’s Pentagon spokesman has pivoted over to arguing that the Taliban and the Haqqani network are separate but “marbled”.
On Saturday, Kirby initially said he wasn’t going to offer a characterization of the Taliban or Haqqani. He was then pressed on the fact Haqqani is deputy leader of the Taliban and also has a $10 million bounty on his head.
“We know that there is a certain amount of commingling here. I mean, there’s a marbling, if you will, of Taliban and Haqqani,” he said, but said he was pushing back on the relevance of that to the evacuation out of Kabul.
The convoluted terminology here is an attempt at disguising the fact that the Taliban are Jihadists. They were allied with Al Qaeda. And Biden’s outsourcing of our security to Al Qaeda allies is treason.
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