Rep. McCaul: Our Adversaries Are Emboldened After Afghanistan Exit

‘This is not new and improved Taliban, this is the same old Taliban’

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MCCAUL: "Well, I think freezing their assets is a positive thing. But that’s about it. Because right now we’re dark in Afghanistan. We don’t have Bagram, we don’t have eyes and ears, we can’t see Russia, China and Iran anymore. Our adversaries are emboldened. What leverage do we have over the Taliban now? And what I fear the most, Sandra, is that Zal Khalilzad, the special envoy, and Blinken are going to recommend to the President that we legitimize this government, and as you pointed out in your prior piece, who are these people? The leader of the Haqqani network, people who harbored bin Laden, all having pre-9/11 al Qaeda ties. This is not a new, improved Taliban, this is the same old Taliban, and it's going to get worse before it gets better."

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