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[WATCH] Liz Cheney Blames Trump and Pompeo For Afghanistan Failures: ‘They Walked Down This Path’

Afghanistan’s President fled the country on Sunday as Taliban fighters in Kabul and the group reached the brink of taking political power. Twenty years after toppling the militant regime, the United States rushed to exit the country after the loss of thousands of American lives and billions of dollars failed to bring lasting democracy to the nation. President Ashraf Ghani’s departure — and the hurried evacuation of all personnel from the American embassy — followed a lightning-fast Taliban offensive across the country that brought an embarrassing end to the U.S. military presence after two decades.

As Afghans from the presidential palace to the frenzied streets fled the militant group’s rapid advance, the Taliban prepared to take full control of the country once more. The Taliban ordered their fighters to enter Kabul because they believed police had deserted all their positions. insurgents also captured the eastern city of Jalalabad, giving them control of one of the main highways into landlocked Afghanistan. They took over the nearby Torkham border post with Pakistan, too, leaving Kabul airport the only way out of Afghanistan that is still in government hands.

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Sunday suggested that Donald Trump and his former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, share responsibility after the U.S. faced difficulties while withdrawing from Afghanistan during an appearance on ABC News Sunday. Guest host Jonathan Karl pointed out that the Trump had administration had negotiated with the Taliban for a complete withdrawal that was scheduled to take place earlier this year. “I think absolutely President Biden bears responsibility for making this decision,” Cheney replied. “But there is no question that President Trump, his administration and Secretary [Mike Pompeo], they bear very significant responsibility for this.”

 

“They walked down this path of legitimizing the Taliban, of perpetuating this fantasy, telling the American people that the Taliban were a partner for peace,” she continued. “President Trump told us that the Taliban was going to fight terror. Secretary Pompeo told us that the Taliban was going to renounce Al Qaeda. None of that has happened. None of it has happened.”

 

Cheney added: “The notion in the Trump administration, they said we’re going to invite the Taliban to Camp David. This disaster certainly began — this notion that we’re going to end endless wars, that campaign slogan, what we’re watching right now in Afghanistan is what happens when America withdraws from the world. So, everybody who is saying America needs to withdraw, America needs to retreat — we’re getting a catastrophic real-time lesson in what that means.”

Watch Liz Cheney’s exchange with Jonathan Karl, below.

 



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