Sullivan on Safe Passage for Americans in Afghanistan: Billions of Dollars Is Not Soft Power

‘We have evacuated more than 5,000 Americans in that time’


SULLIVAN: "First of all, Chris, billions of dollars is not soft power. That's real cold hard cash that matters. Secondly, and probably more importantly, no one is more clear-eyed about who the Taliban are and who the Haqqani network is than the national security professionals that have been working on this issue for the past 20 years. The question is not whether these are good guys or bad guys. We know the answer to that question. The question is whether or not they will ultimately see it as being in their interest to let Americans through. A lot of people suggested 12 days ago that they wouldn't, that people under the Taliban head of security wouldn't let thousands of Americans have safe passage to the airport and get out. We have evacuated more than 5,000 Americans in that time. And we intend to ensure that any American who wants to leave Afghanistan at any time will be able to do so." 

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