Wait, Did Biden Just Praise The Taliban?

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The Taliban has been bad news from the very beginning. And as much as they promise they have changed, their actions speak louder than their words.

We have given them a lot since Biden took office. They now have an entire country to rule – and they’re just waiting for world leaders to recognize them as the rightful government of Afghanistan.

To say that we need to use caution is an understatement. If we give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.

Caution isn’t Biden’s strong suit. Actually, nothing is, but we digress.

It seems that the entire Biden administration can’t figure out how to communicate effectively – or take a hard stance on the Taliban.

Ian McCrary, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires for Afghanistan, thought it would be a good idea to praise the terrorist organization after they have supposedly banned the practice of cultivating opium poppies. “Outlawing the production of narcotics in Afghanistan is a positive first step but enforcement will be key.”

The Taliban has made a lot of promises since coming into power last year. They promised that things would be different this time around, which included offering more freedoms to the women of the country.

Most of those promises haven’t seen the light of day yet. Their promises are empty. They’ll say whatever they think will get them the most praise. It’s in their best interest to play the role of a good government. If world leaders accept them, they gain access to the finances of Afghanistan, sanctions will be lifted, and they can rise to even more power.

We have to see a lot more than outlawing the production of opium poppies before we start believing anything that the Taliban has to say.

When McCrary sent out its tweet, he was met with a significant amount of opposition. Many don’t believe that the edict will actually stop the production of opium. Others believe it to be a lie just so that they can get more money from the international community.

There’s a reason why the Taliban made such a big announcement – and yes, it’s for money. Abdul Salam Hamafi, the deputy prime minister of the Taliban, asked the world for donations so that they could shift the farmland in Afghanistan from poppies to other crops.

At what point do we draw the line? How much money are we supposed to give them? The country has already received a significant amount of money in humanitarian aid – and we’re not even sure if that’s getting to the people. The United Nations has even authorized a request for another $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid.

According to the UN, 80 percent of the world’s opium products are supplied from Afghanistan. That industry generates close to $2 billion in income. That’s going to be a hard amount of money to replace – which is why many people question whether the Taliban is simply going to stop opioid production.

One of the reasons there’s a national food shortage is because many farmers in Afghanistan have abandoned the idea of growing crops in favor of growing poppies. Throughout the country, poppies are used as a form of currency.

The country is close to mass starvation because the people can’t afford to buy food. They seem too focused on poppies.

A decree came down from Taliban Supreme Leader Haibatullah Akhunzada this past Sunday. It is now strictly prohibited to cultivate poppy. And the punishment will be that the crop will be destroyed and the individual violating the decree will be “treated according to Sharia law.”

It’s not quite that easy, though. What are people supposed to do? How long will it take to grow other crops? As one poppy farmer complained, “Other crops are just not profitable.”

The Taliban is simply saying what they can’t do – there’s no suggestion of what they can do.

As Breitbart reported, “Foreign observers noted the Taliban’s idea of drug rehabilitation was characteristically brutal, with no provisions made for the pain and sickness of withdrawal.”

This is yet again lip service, but our administration is too busy praising the terrorists instead of being able to see the writing on the wall.