Taliban back in charge of Afghanistan 20 years after 9/11
Fox News senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot has the details on ‘Fox News Live’
Former Obama CIA Director Michael Morell said Sunday that President Biden’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban takeover “absolutely inspired” jihadists and emboldened terrorists across the globe.
Morell, who twice served as acting director of the CIA under the Obama-Biden administration and was considered a frontrunner to then-President-elect Joe Biden’s for the same position, told CBS’ “Face the Nation on Sunday” that the Taliban will likely “flow back” into Afghanistan, making the region “more dangerous than other spots on the planet.”
“I think that the Taliban winning the war in Afghanistan, and then the way our exit happened, has absolutely inspired jihadists all over the world,” Morell told host Margaret Brennan.
“The Taliban is saying, we just didn’t defeat the United States, we defeated NATO. We defeated the world’s greatest military power, ever. So there’s a celebration going on,” he added.
“I think, not only will the jihadists be inspired, but a lot of them are going to come to Afghanistan to be part of the celebration, to be part of jihadist central,” he said.
Morell made the comment as the nation marked the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda orchestrated 9/11 terrorist attacks. For the first time since then, the former intelligence official said he believes Afghanistan will now become “more dangerous than other spots on the planet” with the terrorist group regaining control.
Asked whether the U.S. is at greater risk in the region without a military presence in the country, Morell said pointedly “we are more at risk, without a doubt.”
“We haven’t yet put together a strategy…to collect intelligence, and then the Department. of Defense has to figure out this over the horizon capability,” he said.
Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov said on “The Five” later Monday that the former Obama allies’ public rebuke of the president likely dealt a heavy blow inside his administration.
“These are Obama-Biden officials…they got picked by Obama and Joe Biden together,” she said. “These are those from your own team because it’s not just Democrats saying that. It’s ones that you’ve worked with for years and people who you’ve often worked with for decades.”
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