Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher predicted the Biden administration has always intended to provide humanitarian aid to the Taliban as the administration revealed its plans to send support to Afghanistan.
“I think the Biden administration is fooling itself to believe that, in the Taliban, we have a reliable counterterrorism partner,” Gallagher said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.
“And the Taliban actually just came out and said they are not going to work with us when it comes to tackling ISIS-K. So, the entire counterterrorism strategy, this over-the-horizon counterterrorism strategy that we’ve been sold is the way going forward is collapsing in front of our eyes,” he added.
“I believe the Biden administration will and has always intended to provide humanitarian assistance to the Taliban,” Gallagher also noted.
In a Sunday report by The Associated Press, “The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday.”
How will the Biden administration send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and also make sure it goes to those who need it? The plan seems unclear at the moment. It is more likely those in power will control the distribution of any aid, despite White House claims otherwise.
The administration may seek to make a distinction between helping Afghans in need and not supporting the Taliban, but the reality reveals no such distinction exists.