WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on news that the Afghan Taliban has asserted leadership of the interim government of Afghanistan.
“If you had any doubt of how ill-advised the Biden Administration decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was, all doubt should now be removed by the lineup of thugs and butchers who now form the interim government of Afghanistan.
“What could possibly go wrong with this cast of characters?
“The leader of the Interior Ministry, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has a $10 million dollar bounty on his head offered by the U.S. government because he’s a terrorist.
“If you’re a radical Islamic sympathizer, this is an all-star lineup.
“If you believe in human decency, particularly for women, it is a nightmare.
“I will oppose any and all efforts by the Biden Administration to legitimize the Afghan Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.
“They are a terrorist organization. Any country who provides them legitimacy is setting in motion a reign of terror for the people of Afghanistan and the spread of the terror threat throughout the world.”
BACKGROUND: Taliban announce new government for Afghanistan