Taliban makes new threat after Trump calls off talks


WITH US NOW IS FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AND IRAQ WAR VETERAN, DON BRAMER. THIS ENEMY DOES NOT SOUND DEFEATED. HOW CONCERNED SHOULD WE BE ABOUT THESE NEW THREATS?>>WELL, I THINK THESE THREATS ARE VERY REAL AND IF YOU LOOK BACK, THE TALIBAN IS NOT A PARTY THAT WANTS TO NEGOTIATE. THEY HAVE PROVEN MORE THAN ONCE THEY CAN’T BE TRUSTED BY THEIR WORDS AND WE SHOULD APPRECIATE THAT THAT DANGER IS STILL THERE AS MUCH TODAY AS IT WAS 18 YEARS AGO.>>THIS IS GARY KALTBAUM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THE ONE THING THAT JUST STOOD OUT TO ME IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, PRINTED OUT A PAGE TODAY, CONDEMNED ACTS AND CRIMES OF THE TALIBAN, I WAS ABLE TO PRINT OUT LIKE 20 DIFFERENT PAGES, YET WE WERE GOING TO BRING THEM TO CAMP DAVID AND I’M JUST THINKING TO MYSELF WHO IS ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON THIS? WHERE DO YOU COME OFF ON THAT, BECAUSE I GOT TO TELL YOU, THIS JUST TASTES SO BAD KNOWING THEY WERE INVOLVED IN 9/11 AND WE ARE A FEW DAYS BEFORE THAT ANNIVERSARY.>>YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. HERE WE ARE JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE THE 18th ANNIVERSARY, SO WHERE THAT ADVICE IS COMING FROM, IT’S NOT CLEAR. YOU KNOW, SECRET TALKS, SECRET MEETINGS, WHEN IT COMES TO PEACE, HAVE A HISTORY AT CAMP DAVID, WHETHER IT WAS JIMMY CARTER IN 1978 OR WITH BILL CLINTON IN 2000. BUT WHAT WE HAVE IS THE VISUAL OF THIS IS EXTREMELY BAD. THE TIMING WAS BAD. AND I THINK IT WAS A BAD MOVE.>>DON, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT TRUMP DO AT THIS POINT WITH RESPECT TO WHAT’S GOING ON IN AFGHANISTAN?>>WELL, MY RECOMMENDATION IS AS THE PRESIDENT THE DEAL IS DEAD. THERE ARE NO MORE TALKS UNTIL THEY CAN COME BACK AND SAY THEY ARE WILLING TO HONOR THEIR PART OF THE DEAL. PART OF THAT MEANS HAVING A CEASE-FIRE WHICH THEY AGREED — OR DID NOT AGREE TO DO IN EXCHANGE FOR THE TALIBAN PRISONERS THE U.S. HAD NEGOTIATED ON BEHALF OF KABUL. KRISTINA: YOU JUST SAID MOMENTS AGO THE TALIBAN IS NOT A PARTY THAT WANTS TO NEGOTIATE. YOU HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS FIELD. HOW COULD THE PRESIDENT INVITE THE TALIBAN OVER AND EXPECT ANY TYPE OF DIALOGUE WHEN YOU JUST SAID RIGHT HERE AND MANY PEOPLE DO AGREE WITH YOU, THAT THEY DON’T NEGOTIATE?>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT LOVES HIS FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS. WE KNOW THAT. KRISTINA: FOR WHAT PURPOSE, THOUGH? THIS COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN EVEN MORE VIOLENCE.>>I COMPLETELY AGREE. I THINK IF THERE WERE TO BE A SECOND MEETING OR A FIRST MEETING, WE HAD THE MEETING SEPTEMBER 1st WITH THE TALIBAN, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN A MUTUAL GROUND, NOT THE UNITED STATES, NOT AT CAMP DAVID, AND NOT IN A PLACE THAT GIVES THEM A WIN PUBLICLY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE USED PROPAGANDA YEARS TO COME. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT RECRUITING TOOL FOR THEM. WHAT WOULD THAT HAVE SHOWN? KRISTINA: WE INVITED YOU TO THE UNITED STATES. YEAH.>>HOW DO YOU THINK THE MILITARY SERVING US OVERSEAS FEELS WHEN THEY SEE THIS ON AGAIN/OFF AGAIN?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY CONFUSING. THE ONE PART OF THAT, WHEN YOU RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, YOU ALWAYS HONOR THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, WHETHER YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE. SO THAT’S ON ONE HAND. BUT THE OTHER HAND, WE SAW THIS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHEN WE HAD THE VICTORY AND WE STARTED WITHDRAWING IN IRAQ, AND I KNOW PERSONALLY THAT WHEN WE LOST THOSE SAME TOWNS THAT I FOUGHT FOR AND WE WERE THERE, YOU KNOW, IT’S DISHEARTENING. YOU LOSE YOUR SENSE OF MORALE. THIS WOULD HAVE CAUSED US, THIS PULLING OUT TOO EARLY, THIS WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS WOULD HAVE SENT A BAD MESSAGE OF WASTED TIME AND WASTED ENERGY.>>THAT’S MY QUESTION. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE. BUT THE PRESIDENT WE KNOW WANTS TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME. WILL THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN BE ENDED OR WILL THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN BE WON, AND HOW SHOULD THE PRESIDENT DO IT EITHER WAY?>>WELL, THIS PRESIDENT HAS SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT HE WANTS US OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. HE WANTS US TO BRING AS MANY TROOPS HOME AND HE’S TRYING TO HAVE THOSE PLANS BUT I THINK IN THIS CASE, THE TALIBAN HAS SHOWN THEY DO NOT WANT PEACE. THEY DO NOT WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT THAT WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR THE LAST NEAR TWO DECADES TO ESTABLISH. WHERE THEY SAID THEY WANT TO ENSURE THERE IS FREEDOM STILL IN PLACE, I THINK THIS IS COMPLETELY WRONG AND IT’S A BACKWARD MOVE FOR THEM. KRISTINA: JUST THIS WEEK, A PRETTY SENSITIVE — I KNOW YOU SAID THE TIMING IS PROBABLY NOT THE GREATEST, 9/11 ANNIVERSARY ON WEDNESDAY, THERE WAS THE ANTI-TALIBAN COMMANDER, THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH TODAY, TOMORROW IS A VERY POPULAR HOLY DAY AS WELL. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CHOSE OF ALL WEEKS TO MEET OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND? I KNOW YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW BUT I FIGURED IT’S JUST WEIRD, THE TIMING.>>IT IS WEIRD.>>I WILL SAY STUPIDITY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SAY IT. KRISTINA: NO.>>WHAT I DO THINK IS THE POTENTIAL HERE FOR THE TALIBAN AND EVERY OTHER TERRORIST GROUP TO USE THIS AS A RECRUITING TOOL STANDS OUT. YOU WILL SEE THIS ON THEIR TWITTER ACCOUNTS. THEY WOULD BE USING THIS TO RECRUIT. KRISTINA: ARE YOU SEEING THIS ALREADY?>>WE HAVEN’T SEEN IT. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING. I THINK HAD THEY GOT THOSE FIRST COUPLE IMAGES WITH THEM AND THE PRESIDENT, THEM IN THE UNITED STATES, WE WOULD HAVE SEEN THAT FOR YEARS, MAYBE LONGER, TO COME.>>WOW.>>WE ONLY HAVE A MINUTE LEFT BUT I WANT TO ASK YOU BRIEFLY, THEY PROMISED GREATER ATTACKS. ARE AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AT GREATER RISK NOW AS A RESULT OF THE CANCELED MEETING? IS THIS JUST IDLE TALK OR IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?>>I THINK THE RISK IS ALWAYS THERE. WE HAVE TO REMAIN VIGILANT WITH THIS FORCE. BUT WE HAVE A STRONG FORCE AND THEY NEED TO REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING COMES WITH A PRICE. IF THEY WANT TO INCREASE THEIR ATTACKS, WELL, WE HAVE NOT SAID WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IN RETALIATION FOR THIS PAST ATTACK. I THINK MORE TO COME ON OUR SIDE.

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