Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, slammed President Joe Biden after his speech to the U.N. for what she called a missed opportunity on the Taliban.
She called Biden “weak and pathetic” for not stepping up to reject the Taliban’s request to be credentialed at the U.N.
“This week, Joe Biden was bold enough to go to the U.N. to lecture the world on human rights,” Haley told Fox News. “Yet, he can’t find the courage to call on its members to not recognize the Taliban.”
This is just one of many times that officials and lawmakers have criticized Biden for not being more aggressive in his treatment of the Taliban.
Several Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the Biden administration label the Taliban a terrorist group for its violence against Americans and women, all fueled by its radical Islamic beliefs.
“Since reestablishing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban resumed the same murderous and oppressive habits that characterized their leadership tenure prior to the arrival of U.S. forces in 2001,” the letter reads.
“Even as the administration concluded the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan, we saw public attacks on individuals, beatings of women and girls, and search teams actively pursuing allies and partners. Most concerning to us is that among those beaten and chased by Taliban forces were American citizens and their families still living in Afghanistan.”
The lawmakers point out the long history of terrorism and violence among Taliban leadership.
“The Taliban appointed Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network and a known terrorist wanted by the FBI for the murder of American citizens, as Interior Minister and allowed terror organizations to join the government,” the letter reads. “Given their history of supporting terror attacks on the United States, their brutal style of governance, their continued display of atrocities against Americans and our allies, and now, their enhanced military capability, the current version of the Taliban government presents a significant threat to the United States…We believe the Taliban easily meets all three criteria and urge you to consider designating the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization and treating them as such to the maximum extent of the law.”