Miranda Devine's interview with Donald Trump on his plans for exiting Afghanistan and controlling the Taliban
Miranda's excellent column is at the New York Post here:
Here's an extract:
I asked President Trump Sunday about the plan his administration had to get out of Afghanistan —which ultimately was obstructed by the same US generals who gave Biden a green light.
“We were going to not let people get slaughtered,” Trump said flatly. “I wanted to get out. But you have to get out safely and you have to get out with respect . . .
“We had all sorts of conditions . . . All civilians were going to come out before the military. Everyone should have been out before they took our military out . . .
“I was going to close this ridiculous embassy they spent a billion dollars on and move everybody out . . .
“I was going to blow up every military base [before we left]. I was going to take out every single piece of equipment. I said I don’t want anything left [apart from] leave each soldier a gun . . .
“Plus, I had a relationship with the Taliban where they knew they weren’t allowed to do this. They understood they were going to get hit very hard . . . What I had was conversations with the [Taliban] leadership where I said if you do anything we were going to hit them like they haven’t been hit before.”
Trump said the Taliban “no longer has fear or respect for America . . .
“It’s a terrible, terrible black eye for this country.
“We’re a laughingstock. The whole world can’t believe it.
“And there was no reason for it.”