Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday about the administration’s claims it would have “substantial leverage” on the Taliban after the total withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan by the end of August.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki shockingly asserted on Friday that the United States will have “enormous influence” over the Taliban to move forward. However, critics questioned this, pointing out that the Taliban had illicit means of funding their operations. They also said that the United States does not have many allies in the region to put pressure on the terrorist group.

Wallace confronts Sullivan

“Do you really believe that we have, I quote, ‘enormous power’ over the Taliban? Wallace asked Sullivan, according to News week. “Enough for us to be able to get the Americans and the Afghan allies out after our withdrawal?” Do you really believe that and do you really think there is any chance that we can set up – relocate – an American embassy in Kabul? “

Sullivan responded by saying that “no one here [at the White House] trusts the Taliban. No one here is relying on the words of the Taliban. “

He added that the Biden administration is focused on “stocks”. He also said the answer on leverage is “categorically yes” and that the White House believes the United States “has substantial leverage power to ensure that American citizens and others can safely leave this country. security “. Sullivan then asserted that the United States could “exert tremendous pressure on the Taliban with a swift and forceful response” if necessary.

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Wallace presses

Wallace, however, had none. He pointed out that “some people wonder” if the United States really has influence against the Taliban. While he acknowledged that the United States can financially “crush” the group by freezing billions of dollars in assets, he also said the State Department had a $ 5 billion bounty on its head. a senior Taliban official because of his authorization of suicide bombings against US forces.

“Do you really believe that the kinds of soft pressure you’re talking about are huge leverage on a fanatic? Wallace asked.

Sullivan retaliated by asserting that economic leverage is’ soft power ‘and that’ billions of dollars are not soft power. It’s really cold cash that counts.

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“Second, and probably more importantly, no one is clearer about who the Taliban are … than the national security professionals who have been working on this issue for 20 years,” Sullivan added.

Sullivan went on to say that Biden’s White House knows the Taliban are “bad guys”, but argued that the question is “whether they will ultimately see that it is in their best interests to let the Americans go.”

This article was written by James Samson on August 30, 2021. It was originally published in LifeZette and is used with permission.

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