The Biden administration continues to face widespread criticism for its chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to end 20 years of war in the region.
The nation descended into chaos as the fundamentalist Taliban regime retook control after the Afghan government collapsed faster than any simulations predicted. This resulted in thousands flocking to the Kabul International Airport in a bid to escape Taliban rule and retaliation. Last week, terrorists targeted the airport and a suicide bomb killed more than 100 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.
Prominent right-wingers have been especially critical of the withdrawal's execution. Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, recently joined that chorus, but her condemnation seemed to gloss over recent history.
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Ms. Trump said in a segment on the conservative Fox News network:
"The fact that we are relying on the Taliban for anything I think is very frustrating to many people in America. We don't understand why we are basically partnering with a terrorist organization for so many people."
In reality, it was former President Donald Trump's administration who first established diplomatic relations with the Taliban, who harbored perpetrators of the September 11 attacks. The Trump administration sought a meeting with leaders of the group at Camp David on the week of the attacks' anniversary.
In 2020, the Trump administration brokered a withdrawal deal with the Taliban, releasing 5000 of its imprisoned members, lifted U.S. sanctions against the group, and lobbied for the United Nations to lift its sanctions on the Taliban as well.
Trump said at the time:
"I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show we're not all wasting time."
People didn't hesitate to remind Lara Trump of the goodwill her father-in-law's administration bestowed upon the Taliban.
The recent debacle in Afghanistan has brought renewed scrutiny to Trump's policy on the region.
More than 100 thousand people have been evacuated from Afghanistan this month.