CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday continued mainstream media’s shameful record of letting officials from past administrations get away with their own records on the war in Afghanistan, while attacking the Biden administration for the U.S. military pullout. This time, host Major Garrett interviewed Nikki Haley, former Trump administration ambassador to the United Nations, and never called out Haley’s past support for negotiations with the Taliban during the Trump years.
On Wednesday of last week, Haley tweeted the message, “Negotiating with the Taliban is like dealing with the devil.”
“The U.S. policy on Afghanistan is working,” Haley said. “We are seeing that we are closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we’ve seen before. ... And I think we really are going to work toward a peace process with the goal being that we do not want Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorism anymore.”
Furthermore, the official talks with the Taliban began months before Haley left office in late 2018. But despite the widespread ridicule of Haley’s claims now, Garrett simply read Haley’s own tweet back to her, then threw her a softball question: “Madam Ambassador, the Biden administration says it's not negotiating with the Taliban. Do you not believe that?
“I agree with you. They're not negotiating with the Taliban; they've completely surrendered to the Taliban,” Haley responded.
Garrett acknowledged that it was the Trump administration that negotiated the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban, but he did not discuss Haley’s past support for the negotiations. (Haley’s own response was to deflect from people “wanting to go back and talk about Trump.”)
On a side note, Haley’s distinction between Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “negotiating” with the Taliban compared to Biden having “surrendered” to them is itself not entirely clear. Former Trump administration National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said last week that Pompeo had “signed a surrender agreement with the Taliban,” further adding of the current situation: “This collapse goes back to the capitulation agreement of 2020.”