It’s not like we need more examples to understand that the media and the establishment are either clueless or they simply don’t care. We already know. But when your own government and the media have conversations about whether terrorists will cooperate with your country to counter terrorism, you’ve got serious questions to ask that just aren’t being asked because no one has the guts to do so.
During a Wednesday press conference, Associated Press (AP) national security reporter Robert Burns asked both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley whether, based on their communications with the Taliban, they think if there will be any kind of coordination in counterterrorism operations” against ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
You read that correctly. I couldn’t believe it myself. Just take a look below for the full set up and question:
.@AP's @RobertBurnsAP asks Sec. Austin about "the prospect" of a "United States relationship with the Taliban to include the possibility of any kind of coordination in counterterrorism operations" following their need to rely on them to evacuate people from the Kabul airport pic.twitter.com/LQ2fRpuUqc— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 1, 2021
For context, here was Austin's answer:
We were working with the Taliban on a very narrow set of issues. And it was just that, to get as many people out as we possibly could. And so I would make any leaps of logic to, you know, broader issues.
It doesn’t even matter what the answer might have been.
For the same media that pushed the narrative of “Never Forget” after the horrific and society-changing events of September 11, 2001, they have clearly forgotten.
According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website:
Al-Qaeda was based in Afghanistan. They operated training camps there, and openly lived in the country with the support of the Taliban, an Islamist group that ruled the country.
On September 20, 2001, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, former President George W. Bush asserted: “Any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.” No distinction was made between a harboring state and the terrorists it was harboring. The U.S. government insisted that the Taliban immediately hand over the terrorists and close the training camps or face an attack from the United States. When they refused, “Operation Enduring Freedom” was launched on October 7, 2001, less than a month after the attacks of 9/11.
So the media is wondering how the same people who aided and abetted the 9/11 attacks will counter terrorism in Afghanistan, when it was the Taliban who actively had — and probably still do — terrorist training camps in Afghanistan?
Sure, Burns is probably just doing his job. Although, to be fair, Austin even said that he wouldn't have made that "leap." The fact that this is even a question being asked only 20 years after the worst attack on American soil should make most Americans blood boil.
This is a farce. It’s gotta be. There is no way that anyone could convince any rational person — who looks objectively at the facts — that the Taliban is going to cooperate with the U.S. in fighting terrorism.
I don’t even know what to say about these people anymore. It’s sick, just sick.
We never forgot. How and why did they?
For the full press conference, watch below: