During the Fox News Channel’s “The Story” Monday airing, Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL) argued that the Biden administration should give some of the aid it sends to Afghanistan to groups of people. veterans who have protected vulnerable Afghans and use the money as “leverage in talks with the Taliban”, but instead allow the Taliban to use “our taxpayers’ money to consolidate their power”.
Waltz said, “Let’s talk about what they should do with this money. Why don’t they give at least some of that money to those veteran groups who mobilized so heroically when their government failed and who to this day still protect thousands of Afghans targeted by the Taliban? houses with medical care, with means of transport, to move them so that they are not tracked down, to take care of girls and women who are now banned from going to school. Why don’t they give that money to these groups that have proven to be so effective? Why don’t they use it as leverage in talks with the Taliban to say, you know what the Taliban are? Let the girls go back to school. Stop stalking our allies. What if you free the American hostage you are holding. But instead, we don’t get anything from the Taliban for that money and what I can tell you, after serving on the ground, is that terrorist groups are still framing millions of dollars. … I don’t care how much they try to promise us that it will go to independent organizations. When these organizations have a gun pointed at their temple and are told to give us 30%, they will do it and then the Taliban decide who the winners and the losers are and use the taxpayer’s money to consolidate their rule. It’s just maddening, it’s irresponsible, it’s clueless and it’s heartless.
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