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Nikki Haley is mocked for saying diplomacy with the Taliban is like ‘dealing with the devil’

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, a GOP favorite for a potential 2024 presidential run, is catching flak for tweeting that negotiating with the Taliban is like ‘dealing with the devil’ after she helped the Trump administration to do exactly that. 

‘To have our Generals say that they are depending on diplomacy with the Taliban is an unbelievable scenario. Negotiating with the Taliban is like dealing with the devil,’ Haley wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The tweet was savagely ratio’ed, where the ambassador received more replies than likes or retweets.

Haley resigned as ambassador to the United Nations in October 2018, long before President Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, but she till had a key hand in negotiations with the Taliban.

Nikki Haley’s tweet was savagely ratio’ed, where the ambassador received more replies than likes or retweets.

Haley resigned as Trump's UN ambassador in 2018, but by that time had already helped with peace talks between the Afghanis and the Taliban

Haley resigned as Trump’s UN ambassador in 2018, but by that time had already helped with peace talks between the Afghanis and the Taliban 

Many are calling attention to this September 12, 2020 photo where then State Sec. Mike Pompeo met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban and now one of its most visible leaders

Many are calling attention to this September 12, 2020 photo where then State Sec. Mike Pompeo met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban and now one of its most visible leaders 

In 2018, the US released Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the co-founders of the Taliban and now one of the group’s most visible leaders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, on the understanding that it could help broker peace. 

‘The U.S. policy on Afghanistan is working,’ Haley said in January 2018. ‘We are seeing that we are closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we’ve seen before.’  

Only weeks later, Trump reversed course from the diplomatic strategy after a series of Taliban attacks on Kabul. 

‘I don’t see any talking taking place,’ Trump said at the time. ‘I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now. It’s a whole different fight over there. They’re killing people left and right. Innocent people are being killed left and right.’ 

That came after a suicide bomber detonated an ambulance filled with explosives, killing 100 and wounding 235. That was after a violent Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel that left a number of Americans dead and other acts of violence.

‘When you see what they’re doing and the atrocities that they’re committing, and killing their own people, and those people are women and children … it is horrible,’ Trump said.

‘We don’t want to talk to the Taliban. We’re going to finish what we have to finish, what nobody else has been able to finish, we’re going to be able to do it,’ Trump said.

US officials were surprised at the time at Trump’s remarks and said the president would not be able to take talks off the table and decrease the military presence in Afghanistan.  

But two years later Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban, where the US would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and free 5,000 prisoners in exchange for the Taliban promising not to harbor terrorists or attack the US or its allies.

The former ambassador and South Carolina governor has said she would support Trump if he decided to run again in 2024 and not mount a bid against him. 

As the Taliban overtook Kabul and ousted the Afghani government, Haley said she wasn’t against withdrawing from Afghanistan, but rather the ‘pathetic’ way President Biden went about it. 

‘In April, President Biden announced we would withdraw the remainder of our forces without any pre-conditions on Taliban conduct. No one should have been surprised at what’s happened since and everyone should be honest about what will happen next: The Taliban will enslave the Afghan people once again,’ she wrote on Substack.   

Haley did not respond to requests for comment on the apparent flip-flop.  

‘I realize she presents well as some sort of reasonable and likable political figures but, at least when it comes to foreign policy, Nikki Haley is a warmongering neocon and one of the most obscene jokes in US politics, and if you have doubts about that, look at this,’ rabble-rousing journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote on Twitter, along with screenshots of Haley’s tweet and her 2018 comments on the Taliban peace process. 

Many replies to Haley’s tweet included a photo catching a lot of attention, where former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured standing next to Baradar. 

‘Where were you for this one?’ Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., wrote along with the Pompeo photo.  

‘There is this attempt to memory hole the last four years,’ CNN’s Jake Tapper said of the ambassador’s tweet. ‘You don’t make peace with your friends, you make peace with your enemies. That’s how peace deals work.’

‘Have you checked in with Mike Pompeo lately?’  wrote TV host Mehdi Hasan.  




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