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Not content with the Taliban gaining control of billions in U.S. weaponry obtained when Afghanistan’s national defense force folded up shop and quit defending the country, President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan isn’t ruling out sending financial aid to the Taliban.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to it straight from Jake Sullivan’s mouth. Appearing on Good Morning America, Sullivan didn’t deny that economic aid could go to the Taliban.
“When it comes to our economic and development assistance relationship with the Taliban, that will be about the Taliban’s actions,” Sullivan told George Stephanopoulos.
“It will be whether they follow through on their commitments, their commitments to safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies. Their commitment to not allow Afghanistan to be a base from which terrorists can attack the United States or any other country. Their commitments to upholding international obligations. It’s going to be up to them. And we will wait and see by their actions how we end up responding in terms of the economic and development assistance.”
NEW: Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the US may deliver aid & economic assistance directly to the Taliban pic.twitter.com/sb4dzpTzxx
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 31, 2021
According to a report on Tuesday from Reuters, the U.S. already has the wheels in motion to keep “allowing humanitarian work in Afghanistan to continue despite Washington’s designation of the Taliban as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.”
The Treasury Department told Reuters that a license has been issued authorizing the U.S. to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid such as food and medicine to continue, even though the Taliban is the official government of the country and is responsible for upholding its “commitments,” as Sullivan puts it.
The United Nations estimates more than half of Afghanistan’s 18 million people require aid and half of the children under 5 are malnourished.
Will the Taliban take care of their own people? Its track record says no and they’ll start begging the U.S., which already lost 600,000 infantry weapons to these lunatics, for money to feed the people or start dealing with even worse guys who will help them out.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday that the U.S. will do its best to make sure the Taliban doesn’t get its hands on the assistance.
“We can maintain a humanitarian commitment to … the Afghan people in ways that do not have any funding or assistance pass through the coffers of a central government,” Price told reporters. “I expect the United States will continue to be a very generous donor to the Afghan people.”
There’s a whole lot of faith being put into the Taliban, the same group that held a mock funeral this week for Americans.
The Taliban celebrated today by holding a mock funeral with coffins draped in British, US and NATO flags pic.twitter.com/hQZKjY0jWZ
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 1, 2021