Wednesday Secretary of State Blinken was asked “Why does the United States even have to pay attention to what the Taliban wants?”
“Mr. Secretary, thank you. I wanted to ask a more fundamental question about the Taliban,” the reporter began.
“Your spokesperson indicated in recent days that de facto the Taliban are in charge in Kabul, but there is no legal recognized government by the United States at this moment. And it kind of begs the question: Why does the United States even have to pay attention to what the Taliban wants?” she asked.
“It’s an SDGT,” she continued, “it’s sanctioned by many organizations. It’s already losing access to Afghan government resources because of its past and current behavior. Why should the United States even care what the Taliban wants to be done at the airport or, frankly, anywhere else in the country since they are not, in the U.S.’s eyes, a legally recognized government? Thank you.”