Posted by Curt on 2 August, 2022 at 4:46 pm. 2 comments already!


By Nick Arama

The Biden Administration announced that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had been taken out in a drone strike on Monday, and that was a good thing.
But some were also raising very good questions about what he was doing in Kabul, not to mention in a home owned by a senior Taliban official, Sirajuddin Haqqani. That raised the greater issue of how the debacle pull-out by Joe Biden from Afghanistan left it open for al-Qaeda to again be on the rise there.
Fox’s Peter Doocy grilled National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby about that issue. Doocy said they weren’t being consistent.

“You’re saying that you’ve always known that there’s a small number of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. President Biden said, ‘what interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al-Qaeda gone?’” Doocy asked.

Al-Qaeda wasn’t gone, contrary to what Biden said; they were being harbored by the Taliban, to whom Biden gave the country. Kirby scramble to spin for Biden, saying he, Kirby, never denied that they had a small presence there. But Biden said they were gone, and they wouldn’t be able to use the country as a safe harbor again. But they are being harbored there by the Taliban.
Doocy then let loose on that point, “[T]he Taliban was harboring the world’s most wanted terrorist. You guys gave a whole country to a bunch of people that are on the FBI most wanted list. What did you think was going to happen?”

Kirby took issue with that. He can take issue with it all he wants, but it’s true. They knew they were pulling out and leaving it to the Taliban terrorists. As Doocy said, “What did they think was going to happen?” It stood to reason that al-Qaeda would then feel free to come back.
Now, yes, they got Zawahiri. But when you give a whole country over to the terrorists, with no one left on the ground anymore, you’re asking for trouble. Because there’s no one there anymore to prevent al-Qaeda from being harbored there–and it isn’t just Zawahiri.
As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich observed, Kirby himself said they were planning attacks from there.

So, how is handing over the country to them any kind of guarantee against future attacks, as Biden claimed? It isn’t.
Doocy asked, now that they know that the Taliban isn’t living up to their part of the deal to not let al-Qaeda back, what are they going to do about it?
Kirby had no longer range answer, just relying on the fact that they killed Zawahiri. But the problem is they can’t guarantee anything, and they should have known they couldn’t trust the Taliban.

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