Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who is widely believed to be laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run in 2024, wasted no time in blasting President Biden, her potential 2024 Dem opponent, for the crisis currently playing out in Afghanistan. While the Afghanistan crisis is a legitimate attack topic for Republicans, Nikki Haley is finding out, like former Secretary of State Pompeo did, that her job in the Trump administration, makes it harder for her to slam President Biden over Afghanistan. Nikki Haley’s attack on President Biden for “dealing with the Taliban” in particular, is demonstrably hypocritical, because she is on record as having supported the exact same approach under Trump.
The full CNN segment on Nikki Haley’s Taliban hypocrisy is available here, but the relevant clip is below.
Then Ambassador Nikki Haley said in 2018 re the Taliban:“Our[Trump admin]policy on Afghanistan is working. We can see dramatic changes in terms of what the U.S. policy has been doing. We are seeing that we are closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we’ve seen before. We think peace is very important, we think the Taliban coming to the table is very important, and we think that the entire international community needs to support this process…”
There’s no other way to interpret this, other than Ambassador Haley was in favor of the Trump administration negotiating with the Taliban, but is now totally opposed to a Democratic President, Biden, doing the exact same thing–the quintessential rank hypocrisy.
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.— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 18, 2021
Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly stated recently regarding similar hypocrisy from former Secretary of State Pompeo, the situation in Afghanistan is clearly a mess, and a legitimate attack topic for Republicans. However, for Nikki Haley, Pompeo, and other former members of the Trump administration, attacking Biden over the Afghanistan mess is a tricky business, that will almost always expose them to rank hypocrisy charges.
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