US Accomplished What Obama ‘Tried to Do, But Could Not’ with Taliban Peace Deal: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday to discuss the peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the Trump administration has been able to do what the Obama administration could not.

“What we’ve done is fundamentally different than what the Obama administration did. Indeed, we accomplished what they tried to do, but could not,” Pompeo said. “They never got the Taliban to break with Al Qaeda and they never got a commitment that says, ‘If you execute the following conditions based — That is, if the violence levels come down. That is, if the security posture for the United States of America is reduced, then and only then will we begin to deliver a commensurate footprint inside of your country.'”

The Secretary also responded to conflicting comments and statements by parties in Afghanistan.

“I’ve seen lots of remarks. Just watch what really happens. Pay less attention to statements. Pay less than attention to things people say. Watch what happens on the ground there,” Pompeo said. “There’s been a lot of work done at detailed levels about how this will proceed. So far, so good. We’re just hours into this. I’m sure we’ll have days when we start and say that the problems are big. But we’re determined and the president’s made this commitment.”

3 / March 2020