Mike Pompeo, the former CIA Director and Secretary of State, slammed President Joe Biden in an interview on Thursday over the way that Biden’s administration has pulled out of Afghanistan. Pompeo also revealed what former President Donald Trump told the Taliban in meetings about how the U.S. would pull out of the nation.
Pompeo said that the rapidly deteriorating conditions in the country, which led to the U.S. announcing earlier in the day that it was going to deploy 3,000 back to Afghanistan, was the result of “poor planning, poor leadership and that the model of deterrence that the Trump Administration had in place as we prepared to bring the soldiers, sailors, marines, everybody who is on the ground there, home, looks like they have not been able to execute this.”
“I don’t know exactly what they are doing, but we had conditions attached to how we were thinking about this withdrawal — I was part of those negotiations,” Pompeo said. “I was also in the room when President Trump made very clear to Mullah Baradar, the senior Taliban negotiator, that if you threatened an American, if you scared an American, certainly if you hurt an American, that we would bring all American power to bear to make sure that we went to your village, to your house. We were very clear about the things we were prepared to do to protect American lives. And indeed, since we began those negotiations back in February of 2020, there wasn’t a single American killed by the Taliban. We had established a deterrence model.”
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