Why is Biden Still Negotiating With the Taliban?
The Disaster-in-Chief is really making the most of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
After welcoming the Taliban into Kabul while American forces fled, leaving behind citizens under fire, Biden is coming back for more.
A delegation of U.S. officials will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, this weekend, the first face-to-face meeting between officials on both sides since the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.
Negotiating with the Taliban on the turf of Qatar, a state sponsor of Islamic terrorism, hasn't worked out very well for anyone except them.
The Taliban broke their commitments repeatedly. Biden decided to keep the U.S, side's commitments anyway. That was a disaster.
The same thing happened again during the withdrawal with the Taliban keeping legal visa recipients out, and beating American citizens while foisting tens of thousands of Afghans without visas on us, some of whom have gone on to commit sexual assault and other crimes once they got to the U.S.
But Biden can't stop getting rolled.
It was not immediately clear who on the Taliban side would be attending the talks, but the two senior administration officials told Reuters that members of the Taliban’s cabinet would be at the meeting.
Does it actually matter? The previous negotiations were all worthless because negotiating with terrorists doesn't work.
A State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that key priorities topics to be discussed in the meeting include, “the continued safe passage out of Afghanistan of US and other foreign nationals and Afghans to whom we have a special commitment who seek to leave the country."
"As Afghanistan faces the prospect of a severe economic contraction and possible humanitarian crisis, we will also press the Taliban to allow humanitarian agencies free access to areas of need," the spokesperson added.
The State Department spokesperson also said that U.S. officials would press the Taliban to make sure that the insurgent group respects all Afghans' rights, especially girls’ and women’s rights, and hold "the Taliban to its commitment not to allow terrorists to use Afghan soil to threaten the security of the United States or its allies."
The Taliban is not about to deny Al Qaeda access to Afghanistan. They wouldn't hand over Osama and Al Qaeda leaders back when Bush was first threatening them with war. They're not likely to be more impressed with Biden issuing requests after a defeat.
Any Americans or visa recipients will most likely be allowed to leave in exchange for some sort of ransom. Humanitarian aid is a convenient vehicle for such ransoms.
The Taliban want an end to sanctions and access to Afghanistan's treasury in the federal reserve bank in New York. Their best leverage for it comes in the form of hostages.
These negotiations are a farce and can only serve to empower terrorists. But maybe that's what the Biden administration wants.