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Gold Star mother Jill Stephenson, whose son died fighting in Afghanistan over a decade ago, is appalled at how meek and subservient the Biden administration has acted toward the Taliban.
Speaking with the New York Post on Thursday, she specifically expressed exasperation over a White House statement released earlier that day in praise — yes, praise — of the notorious terrorist troupe.
On Thursday, after more than a week of delays, the Taliban finally allowed a mere 200 people, “including some Americans,” as reported by NPR, to fly out of the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Hundreds of U.S. Citizens and thousands of Afghan allies have remained stranded in Afghanistan ever since the administration pulled out on Aug. 30th, thus putting an abrupt end to evacuation flights.
In its statement, the White House vigorously praised the Taliban for the additional evacuation of only 200 more people.
“The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from HKIA. They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort. This is a positive first step,” the statement read.
#Taliban have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort. This is a positive
first step. — @WhiteHouse . So Talibs are Professional according to @POTUS administration. Irony died thousand times. @alinazary pic.twitter.com/seB52iGzeA
— Shivank Mishra (@shivank_8mishra) September 10, 2021
Stephenson found the statement infuriating.
“Wow, the first word that comes to mind … was blasphemous, horribly blasphemous. To call the Taliban that — it’s absolutely disgusting. And it’s coming from the White House,” she told the Post.
“Especially given the circumstance of why it’s even happening in the first place. Why are we even negotiating with terrorists? That makes me shake my head,” she added.
Added to that, the administration is negotiating with and praising terrorists even as it demeans roughly a third of the U.S. population and threatens political warfare against Republican governors.
“As a Gold Star mother and as a voice that represents so many families who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and especially those of us whose loved ones took their last breath in Afghanistan, it’s embarrassing. It’s completely embarrassing. It’s disappointing. It’s disgusting. It’s unbelievable. It’s like living in the ‘Twilight Zone,’” Stephenson added.
Her son, Army Ranger Ben Kopp, reportedly died in July of 2019 after being wounded during a firefight with the same terrorists whose butts the Biden administration is now eagerly kissing.
Asked what she’d tell the administration if given the chance, Stephenson said only that it “would not be very nice.”
It’s not clear whether anyone in this administration would even care. When Peter Doocy of Fox News tried confronting White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the White House’s flattering statement to the Taliban, she seemed completely indifferent about it. And as usual, she repeatedly contradicted herself.
(Video: Fox News)
“We wanted to note that the Taliban was cooperative in facilitating the departure of these American citizens and legal permanent presidents from HKIA,” she said.
“We promised we would get American citizens out. We promised we would get legal permanent residents out. We promised we would get our Afghan partners out. And we promised we’d press the Taliban to get them out. And that’s exactly what we did,” she added.
It’s not clear why she thinks sucking up to the Taliban is equivalent to applying pressure on them.
Her nonsensical response provoked Doocy into actually pressing, “But you’re saying the Taliban is ‘businesslike and professional.’ Their interior minister has an FBI wanted poster. He’s got a $10 million bounty on his head. That’s — what’s the business?” he asked.
But again Psaki contradicted herself.
“We are here to celebrate the return of American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan, of legal permanent residents, of Afghans who fought by our side, to Qatar — successfully on a Qatari airlines flight,” she said.
“And in order to get those people out, we had to work with some members of the Taliban to press them and to work in a businesslike manner to get them out. That is what we were stating in the statement,” she added.
Her words only make sense if the White House believes that “pressing someone” requires appeasement, in which case they may need to purchase a new dictionary.
What makes this strategy of appeasement particularly aggravating to many Americans is that it comes even as the administration is forcing authoritarian diktats down the throats of its own constituents:
On the same day Biden’s White House referred to the TALIBAN as “businesslike and professional” he said he’s “losing patience” with AMERICAN CITIZENS who won’t do what he tells them to do.
On. The. Same. Day.
— Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) September 10, 2021
Biden is too busy trying to force you to get the vaccine to save Americans he threw to the Taliban
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) September 10, 2021
Sasse calls Biden’s vaccine mandate “a cynical attempt to pick a fight and distract from the President’s morally disgraceful decision to leave Americans behind Taliban lines on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.” pic.twitter.com/fQBVix4zPh
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) September 9, 2021
Couple of weeks after surrendering to the Taliban, Joe Biden will declare a new war – the War on the Unvaccinated. He will insist young, fit, healthy people – some with natural immunity – who decline the vaccine are to blame for all the troubles in the world. The media will cheer https://t.co/fssGriITlx
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) September 9, 2021
The unnerving dichotomy seems to be yet another example of the administration — of Democrats in general, really — placing everybody else in the world over the American people themselves.
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