“We Don’t Trust Terrorists, But…” – Psaki Defends Coordinating With the Taliban

“We Don’t Trust Terrorists, But…” – Psaki Defends Coordinating With the Taliban
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Just days ago Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Jen Psaki  “Why haven’t we heard the President say ‘the United States does not negotiate with terrorists’? Is that still the US policy?”

Amazingly, she replied to the straightforward question with a qualified statement. “Well of course it is, Peter,” she began to reply. “But, I would also say that there’s a reality that the Taliban is currently controlling large swaths of Afghanistan. That is the reality on the ground, and right now our focus and our priority is getting American citizens evacuated and our Afghan partners evacuated.”

She doubled down on that kind of reasoning again today when she was asked if the U.S. coordinating with the Taliban amid our withdrawal is the best of bad options or simply the only option, saying it “could be both.” She then said of the Taliban; “we don’t trust terrorists… but…” before justifying the administration’s decisions.

Peter Doocy, also asking about coordinating with the Taliban on security, asked Psaki if those running security in Kabul for the Taliban who are known terrorists will be brought to justice. Psaki said it wasn’t a main priority at the moment (as their priority is fixing the mess they created).

Then after a reporter mentioned how egregiously mishandled the Afghanistan situation has been, she deflected that “It is easy to throw stones or be a critic from the outside. It is harder to be in the arena and make difficult decisions.”

She is right about one thing; it certainly is easy to be a critic right now, and the Biden administration is responsible for that.

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