The Biden administration is putting out feelers to the Taliban begging them not to attack our embassy in Kabul and are dangling foreign aid as a bribe.
It’s a fitting end to our involvement in a “Forever War” that ended up with the United States bartering with the enemy for a safe exit.
The Biden administration is already urging Americans there who are not working for the government to get out while the going is good.
There are 1,400 Americans working at our billion-dollar embassy in Kabul and the Biden administration would rather not have a repeat of the Saigon experience where pictures and films showing our evacuation from the U.S. embassy depicted people hanging out of helicopters trying desperately to leave. The images made an indelible mark on many Americans of that generation.
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That won’t happen as long as Biden and the Americans can toss a few billion dollars in aid toward the Taliban.
American diplomats now are trying to determine how soon they may need to evacuate the U.S. Embassy should the Taliban prove to be more bent on destruction than a détente. On Thursday, the embassy urged Americans who were not working for the U.S. government to leave Afghanistan immediately on commercial flights.
Biden administration officials insist that there are no immediate plans to significantly draw down the embassy’s staff of 4,000 employees, including about 1,400 Americans, as U.S. troops formally complete their withdrawal from the country.
Reports from Afghanistan suggest the Taliban will not be in a very cooperative mood when they hit Kabul. Taliban fighters are reportedly executing surrendering Afghan government troops. So the U.S. tweeted about it.
We’re hearing additional reports of #Taliban executions of surrendering Afghan troops. Deeply disturbing & could constitute war crimes.
— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) August 12, 2021
Biden is having diplomats fan out across the globe searching for allies who will assist the U.S. in forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government to allow for a peaceful handover of power.
There don’t appear to be many takers.