President Joe Biden, along with a number of other world leaders, apparently just made a deal with the terrorist group known as the Taliban, the Washington Examiner reports.
The brokered deal addresses the issue of how Americans and others will be evacuated from Afghanistan after Biden’s Aug. 31st troop withdrawal deadline expires.
Numerous media reports, and Biden himself, have indicated the likelihood that a number of Americans will remain in Afghanistan after the deadline. The primary question revolves around how Biden and his administration intend to address the inevitably disastrous issue.
Now we have Biden’s answer, which is simply trusting in and relying on the Taliban, a terrorist organization, to make good on their commitments.
“We have received assurances”
The deal was announced by the U.S. State Department on Sunday. It involved the United States and 97 other countries as well as the Taliban, who now control virtually the entire country of Afghanistan.
“We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan,” the statement reads.
It continues: “We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country.”
The State Department goes on to say that it “will continue issuing travel documentation to designated Afghans,” and added that it has “the clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban that they can travel to our respective countries.”
“We note the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding,” the statement concludes.
What could go wrong?
The obvious question that many, including veterans and politicians, are asking is: Why should America trust the Taliban?
According to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, the answer is that America has “considerable leverage” to “hold the Taliban to its commitments.” That was Sullivan’s response on Sunday during an appearance on CBS News.
It is unclear what that leverage entails, and it is also unclear if that leverage can be undermined by the Taliban’s relationship with the likes of China. In other words, there are more than enough reasons for Americans to express great concern over the Taliban’s willingness to play ball with the American government after all U.S. troops are pulled out of the country this week.