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The Wishful Lunacy of the “Moderate” Taliban

AMAC Exclusive – by Aaron Kliegman

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Meet the “new Taliban.” It’s the same as the old Taliban: brutal, Islamist extremist, and allied with al Qaeda. In many cases, it’s even the same people.

In 1999, during the Taliban’s first try at ruling Afghanistan, the United Nations demanded the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden after al Qaeda bombed two U.S. embassies the prior year. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, then a senior Taliban leader, gave the U.N. a blunt response: “We will never give up Osama at any price.”

Last week, Akhund was named the “head of state” or prime minister of the Taliban’s newly announced government. He’s been on a UN blacklist for two decades. And he’s hardly the lone “hardliner” in the new regime.

In 2001, following 9/11, Jalaluddin Haqqani helped bin Laden escape America’s manhunt for the al Qaeda leader. He warned at the time that Afghanistan would be “the graveyard of the Americans.”

Last week, Haqqani’s son, Sirajuddin, was named the Taliban’s interior minister. Like his late father, Sirajuddin has worked closely with al Qaeda. In fact, according to a U.N. report, the younger Haqqani is “a member of the wider al Qaeda leadership.” He’s also wanted by the FBI for planning an attack that killed an American citizen, and the U.S. is offering $10 million for information that will lead to his arrest. (Good luck executing that warrant now.)

Most importantly, the Taliban’s current “emir of the faithful,” or supreme leader, is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. In 2016, the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, swore allegiance to Akhundzada. To this day, Zawahiri remains loyal to Akhundzada, who has never disavowed the al Qaeda leader’s pledge — a fact that few leaders and commentators note when they write of a more “moderate” Taliban.

In short, the Taliban got much of the old band back together, and added a few new faces with the exact same beliefs.

The only people who will be surprised by this are those who desperately want to believe the Taliban has changed. The truth is that after the U.S. toppled the Taliban’s self-declared Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 2001, its leaders and their Al Qaeda allies spent the next two decades fighting to restore it. The jihadists were clear about their goals the entire time. And with President Biden’s help, they are now back in power.

Taliban thugs are already beating women in the streets, apparently beheading children, and imposing strict Sharia law. This is the Taliban on its best behavior, hoping to gain access to Afghanistan’s assets held abroad.

But once Afghanistan fades from the headlines and the American consciousness, the real horrors will begin. As a Taliban judge told a German newspaper in July, “There are only two penalties for gays: either stoning or he has to stand behind a wall that falls on him. The wall must be 2.5 to 3 meters high.” This will soon be the new normal.

Yet somehow, the Biden administration was surprised that the Taliban didn’t suddenly abandon its long-held beliefs, hold elections, and treat women as equals upon re-conquering Afghanistan.

“I think the whole international community was hopeful that they would be as inclusive as they said they would be weeks and months ago,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said of the Taliban in one eyebrow-raising comment last week.

One day earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken lamented that the Taliban’s newly announced government “does not meet the test of inclusivity.”

“It includes people who have very challenging track records,” he added.

“Challenging track records.” The Obama administration’s use of the term “violent extremist” was a bad enough euphemism for “Islamist terrorist.” But Blinken just took the obfuscation to another level of absurdity.

Still, the Biden administration somehow seems to think the Taliban will be a pragmatic partner capable of working with the United States. Our current leaders are either shockingly naïve, blinded by their own progressive ideology, or shamefully dishonest, hoping to hide just how badly they failed in Afghanistan.

Consider the words of Blinken, who managed to sound victorious as the last American troops left Afghanistan.

“A new chapter of America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun. It’s one in which we will lead with our diplomacy,” Blinken said on Aug. 30. “The military mission is over. A new diplomatic mission has begun.”

You’d think he was declaring a great triumph, not presiding over a humiliating surrender. Perhaps America’s top diplomat was unaware that the U.S. leaving meant the Taliban was taking over.

The Pentagon was well aware but appeared to see the situation as an opportunity — to fight jihadists. No, that’s not a typo.

Two days after Blinken’s remarks, Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it’s “possible” the U.S. will coordinate with the Taliban on military strikes against the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

This is a fantasy. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State hate America and want the same thing: global domination for Islamists. Their only real disagreements are about timing, tactics, and who ultimately rules the caliphate. But their objectives are identical. Empowering one to weaken the other would only hurt the U.S.

Milley’s comment is reminiscent of the Obama administration trying to work with Iran to fight ISIS in Iraq, in effect having the U.S. serve as Iran’s air force. What was true then remains true now: The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.

But Milley and Blinken could be forgiven for their remarks considering what’s coming out of the White House.

Last week, the spokesperson for the National Security Council actually heaped praise on the Taliban for helping to get Americans out of Afghanistan.

“The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from [the airport],” said Emily Horne. “They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort. This is a positive first step [emphasis added].”

When asked about Horne’s statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki echoed that the Taliban “was cooperative,” adding that the administration had to work “in a business-like manner” to rescue Americans and Afghans.

This is the messaging of this administration: The group holding innocents hostage should be lauded for releasing some of them.

The administration is refusing to recognize the true evil of the Taliban. This is shameful but it’s also dangerous. Taliban rule means a country-wide haven from which al Qaeda can operate. Not to mention both al Qaeda and the Taliban see Afghanistan as the cornerstone of a global caliphate, which can only be achieved by waging jihad.

The bottom line is this: The cruel and savage men who celebrated 9/11 and stood by Osama bin Laden are back in charge of Afghanistan. And the Biden administration seems more willing to collaborate with them than to make their lives more difficult.

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Becky
1 month ago

Our ‘leaders’ are Liars and shockingly Stupid.
It merely requires a read through muslim History to understand their platform: rape, pillage, burn, and murder in such abhorrent ways that populations cave before them.
This has not, nor will it ever, change. This has been their platform since the 600s AD.
They are the most brutal and worst sort of Totalitarian culture on earth, followed closely by Communists in beliefs and behavior. It is why America participated in the Barbary Wars in the 1700s, and WHY muslims were banned from America.
Now, the Traitors within are denying this History. At OUR peril. They have stolen enough of our wealth to be safe. We will not.

Karen
1 month ago

Do our politicians think that when China takes over that they will still be able to keep power and keep collecting $$$$$$$$$. NO, SORRY. You are going down with the rest of us.

Ollyoop
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

Unfortunately for them, they will be some of the first to go because they’ll have targets on their foreheads from millions of patriots they have treasonally betryed!

Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  Ollyoop

That’s for sure……..I hope you’re right!

D.P.
1 month ago

Surprise, surprise, surprise……and no one in their right mind would expect terrorists to change their spots…..only an idiot thinks they can ever be “moderate” at anything, especially when given the open door to the world to do their worst. Now the kaka will hit the fan all over this planet. Surprise, surprise, surprise….Gomer is in charge.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

No Gomer’s senile old uncle is in charge. Gomer might actually realize terrorists can’t be trusted.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Did FDR look for the “good Nazis” in WW2?

PaulE
1 month ago

Actually up until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, FDR was kind of enamored of the socialist model being employed in Germany and in Russia. Which is why he kept delaying Churchill’s repeated requests for the United States to enter the war against Germany sooner. I’ve read several biographies of the time, where it is reported FDR thought Hitler could eventually be reasoned with to voluntarily halt his march across Europe.

Red Hawk 1
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

The roots of all the socialists programs disrupting our society today were planted by FDR. I can’t decide if FDR or obama will top my list as America’s worst President. (Biden is obama II).

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Well well,the politicans just cant leave it alone. Now we are out ,stay out. We didnt have Aggan. in 1960 and we dont need it now. Let the mideast fight among thereselves. Bless the innocents over there. Kyle L.

Red Hawk 1
1 month ago

If we need troops in Japan, Germany, England, Greenland, etc., than we definitely need troops in Afghanistan. Biden gave our sworn enemy the best, most modern, most capable airbase that America controlled.

Honey
1 month ago

How anyone could still love this administration and want to support it at this point is beyond me.

I looked at GW Bush and his love in with Obama.
I thought to myself, if I were GW, I would be furious at Biden for forcing us to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with the Taliban back in charge, with Americans abandoned in Afghanistan and with our allies hiding and at the mercy of the Taliban, whom Biden called cooperative. Egad.
And it was Biden’s puppeteers who arranged all of this, including leaving those weapons and planes and humvees, etc. behind (I believe intentionally) if I wereBush, knowing it was Obama and his operatives who chose to make this happen, I could never be interested in being his friend ever again.
No matter how angry Bush is at Trump, he has to know that Trump would never have left Afghanistan the way Biden and his crew did.

I don’t understand anything. How could Bush not give Obama at least a bit of the blame for that horror?

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago
Reply to  Honey

I lost all good feeling for GWB with his current load of crap on 9/11! I know daddy Bush was a CIA head and ambassador to China but thought GWB was better than that. I WAS WRONG!

Red Hawk 1
1 month ago

“Daddy Bush” was the first to introduce the “New World Order” to our America.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Honey

GWB was being petty and vindictive, because everyone in the Bush family felt that Jeb was “owed” the presidency in 2016. Now it’s all about revenge for Trump beating Jeb in the primaries. Fact of the matter is if Jeb had won the Republican nomination, there is a high probability that Hillary would have won in 2016 due to Jeb being such a poor, low energy and lifeless candidate with nothing new to say.

Becky
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

I agree with your assessment of GWB.

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Biden has so little respect for our military that he would rather work with the Taliban for the release of Americans than take the time and do the planning needed to secure our military installations in Afghanistan. He would rather give tens of billions of military equipment to the Taliban than bring the equipment home to the United States, where it all belongs. He would rather severely weaken and dishonor our military than allow it to leave a quagmire with honor and order. Biden has potentially sacrificed tens of thousands of lives just so that he could politically brag that he actually ended the war in Afghanistan. If Dante were alive today, he would write about a special place in hell reserved just for Joe Biden.

Red Hawk 1
1 month ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

Before abandoning Afghanistan I understood that as many as 40,000 Americans, and 80,000 Afghanis, were to be brought out. I don’t hear what might be accurate counts but only about 6,000 Americans got out. 200,000 Muslims were brought out, but the 80,000 Afghanis we promised to bring out are being slaughtered by the Taliban. Biden abandoned Americans and imported our enemy.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

” The bottom line is this: The cruel and savage men who celebrated 9/11 and stood by Osama bin Laden are back in charge of Afghanistan. And the Biden administration seems more willing to collaborate with them than to make their lives more difficult. ”
Once again, the final sentence sums up the entire article…
Blinken, Milley & Austin quite obviously are NOT on the same page where the the Taliban are concerned…( 3 ) main people within the US State Department & each has an opposing opinion to one another, in other words, the LEFT hand has no idea what the RIGHT hand is doing…
This kind of haphazard idiocy within the State Department is a concise example on why the Afghanistan evacuation played out as it did, lest we forget surrendering our multi-billion dollar heavy lift airfield, Bagram Airport, $85 billion dollars of equipment, Black Hawk Choppers, Humvees, armaments, ammunition’s, weapons, pallet loads of CASH…All of this occurred before the Kabul Airport catastrophe ever began, not forgetting the Taliban emptying the jails of ISIS terrorists…This is where ” the enemy of my enemy is my friend ” played itself out with the bombing at Kabul Airport & the CIA did nothing to thwart it as they allegedly had fore knowledge of it…
Biden’s final maneuver, give the enemy a kill list of American citizens & Afghani’s who gave aid to our troops declaring we want them back…They are now either hostages or they are DEAD, thanks in no small part to a senile old man, so desperate to become potus, he used China in the theft of the US 2020 Presidential Election & boy does he owe them now, big time…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

PaulE
1 month ago

Pretty much spot on Bill. Most American still in Afghanistan are either on the run and being hunted or already dead. Hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan SIV holders tossed to the wolves, so Biden could have his 9/11 victory speech. Yet the American people continue to allow this administration to continue on its merry way. That is the most troubling aspect. It appears the sheep have an endless capacity to tolerate one crisis after another.

Next up will be establishing some sort of formal diplomatic relations with the Taliban, so they justify sending over billions in “humanitarian aid” on a regular basis. All so the Taliban won’t broadcast pictures of all the people they are slaughtering daily in their “moderate” regime.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

And Senile Joe wasn’t even man enough to give his 9/11 remarks in person due to cowardice OR inability to string three sentences together cogently. Taped remarks can be spliced!

D.P.
1 month ago

As I recall, there were a number of families and loved ones who bid that Biden not bother coming at all….they did not want him there. Also, there is the video of his appearance with Obama and Clinton at the flight 93 memorial where he was openly booed and heckled…..but not loudly enough for my taste. Pure gall on his part. We have not heard the last from the Taliban and their cohorts….the imagination runs wild with the prospect of even having nuclear weapons involved now that the Iranians have a means and and end.
We will get to see terrorism blossom in the years to come as the U.S. becomes more impotent and weak. Seems little can be done at present. A sad state of affairs to say the least.

Don Pierce
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

Will it take an Iranian nuclear explosion in the U.S.A.,probably smuggled in by our Afghanistan Enemies to wake up our nation “AGAIN” ????

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Pierce

No, probably no WAKE UP. Besides, this administration would blame the attack on a country like Andorra, Grenada, or the Seychelles to help cover up the truth.

Red Hawk 1
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Pierce

There is no wake-up coming. History shows that REPUBLICS usually have a lifespan on about 200 years. America has made 250 years. The sheep will be taken by the wolves until none are left.

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