CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto demonstrated on Tuesday morning a top example of mainstream media’s reliance on former George W. Bush administration officials to comment on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Speaking to longtime warmonger John Bolton, Sciutto repeatedly backed up his guest’s talking points for a permanent U.S. military presence in Afghanistan — and even added a talking point of his own.
On Tuesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, the co-anchor endorsed Bolton’s claim that a permanent occupation in Afghanistan would be similar to having U.S. troops stationed in Germany and Japan ever since the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War.
A crucial difference, however, is that the U.S. has stationed troops in such places as Germany, Japan, and South Korea in order to deter an attack by an enemy power from actually happening. By contrast, U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan had been engaged in an ongoing civil war for nearly 20 years.
The talking point came up in the context of discussing Bolton’s service as national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, during which time he opposed negotiations with the Taliban for the U.S. pullout.
“How do you think people in Taiwan feel?” said Cheney, a former State Department official in the Bush administration, during which her father was also vice president. “How do you think people in Ukraine feel watching these scenes thinking, well, can we count on America?
Also, in a now-deleted tweet from Monday night, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) claimed that there were currently 30,000 American troops stationed in Taiwan — something that has not been true for over 40 years. (An official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party published a bellicose editorial in response to Cornyn’s tweet, threatening to “destroy and expel US troops in Taiwan by military means, and at the same time realize reunification by force.”)
Following his interview on Tuesday, Sciutto also tweeted quotes from Bolton opposing the pullout, with all capital letters for emphasis: