CNN’s Tapper to Mike Pompeo: Wouldn’t You Be Mad if a Democrat Invited the Taliban to Camp David?

  
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CNN’s Tapper to Mike Pompeo: Wouldn’t You Be Mad if a Democrat Invited the Taliban to Camp David?

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On Sunday,  State of the Union  anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Donald Trump’s  recent announcement that he abruptly called off secretive peace talks  with the Taliban, asking the nation’s top diplomat why the president would invite the Taliban to Camp David days ahead of the 9/11 terror attack anniversary.

“I think there are a lot of Americans out there who had been surprised the Taliban had been invited to Camp David, especially the week of the 9/11 commemoration,” the CNN host pointed out.

After Pompeo waved off the criticisms while saying Trump was making “real progress” in achieving peace in Afghanistan, Tapper pressed him again.

“Here’s an organization that still supports 9/11—still believes that the United States was to blame,” the CNN anchor stated. “We brought that on ourselves. Why bring people like that to Camp David? I understand why you want to negotiate for peace but why bring people like that to Camp David?”

Pompeo, again, punted on the specific question, saying that the administration has an “obligation to do everything we can” and that they “understand who the Taliban are.”

This prompted Tapper to then confront Pompeo on how he would view this if the shoe were on the other foot.

“I can’t help but think that if a Democratic president had talked about having the Taliban come to Camp David to negotiate a peace process that was not already a done deal,” Tapper noted. “That you as a congressman, as a soldier, as a veteran, as a West Point graduate, that you would be rather upset.”

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

This prompted Tapper to then confront Pompeo on how he would view this if the shoe were on the other foot.

“I can’t help but think that if a Democratic president had talked about having the Taliban come to Camp David to negotiate a peace process that was not already a done deal,” Tapper noted. “That you as a congressman, as a soldier, as a veteran, as a West Point graduate, that you would be rather upset.”

Elsewhere on the other Sunday shows, the secretary of state was grilled on the scuttled peace talks, with much of the focus on the optics of inviting the Taliban to Camp David—especially since the presidential retreat is where American leaders gathered following the 9/11 attacks to plan a response.

 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace aggressively pressed Pompeo on the bipartisan uproar over the canceled meeting, asking Pompeo point-blank: “Who thought it was a good idea for the President of the United States to meet with Taliban leaders who have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands just three days before 9/11?”

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Krishna @2    one week ago

I thought it was the Saudi's who were the "some people who did something" on that tragic day, not the Taliban.

It probably wasn't the best place or time to try to bring this killers to heel, and it was a bad idea in the first place

because they can never be reasoned with or trusted. Who was the fool who invited Arafat?

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    6 days ago
I thought it was the Saudi's who were the "some people who did something" on that tragic day, not the Taliban.

True. (Well, most of the hijackers anyway).

But the Taliban gave them (Al Qaeda) "aid and comfort" -- and sheltered them in Afghanistan.

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    6 days ago
Who was the fool who invited Arafat?

Arafat won the Nobel Peace prize ( for creating peace between Israel and the Arabs)

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1.3  1stwarrior  replied to  Krishna @2.1.2    6 days ago

And Obama won the Peace Prize for not even being in office - your point?

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.4  seeder  Krishna  replied to  1stwarrior @2.1.3    6 days ago

Arafat   won the Nobel Peace prize (   for creating peace between Israel and the Arabs)

And Obama won the Peace Prize for not even being in office - your point?

I could explain it-- but I think it might be more useful for you to just think about it for a while :-)

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    one week ago

I'd much rather have them come to Camp David than have the president go to Afghanistan, just for security reasons. The date, I think, is a very minor sticking point. Those seems to be Tapper's main objections, and not that the president is negotiating with them in the first place. Personally, I'm not enthusiastic about negotiating with these assholes anywhere or any time. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
4  Ronin2    one week ago

Fuck Tapper, fuck Wallace; and fuck the cry babies in Congress on both sides of the isle. Seriously. This is what they get fucking upset over?

Where were these people when Clinton took Yasser Arafat to Camp David and Ehud Barak for a peace summit.  Anyone want to pretend Arafat wasn't a terrorist?

This is about getting US troops out of Afghanistan with some semblance of an organized withdrawal. Anyone want to witness the US withdrawal from Vietnam part II? No matter how long we stay there, no matter how many US lives we sacrifice, and money we waste- Afghanistan will never be a stable country. Obama tied the US to a weak corrupt Afghanistan government with his SOFA agreement. Trump is finally trying to get us out of that sink hole.  He is going to take a political hit for doing so no matter what type of deal he makes; because it won't be worth the paper it is printed on. The Taliban will be starting the next Afghanistan civil war before the ink is dry.

No, let's just keep doing stupid shit. It is what we are good at.  We have exactly the government we deserve; and I don't mean Trump. They don't give a shit about the troops or us. Their family members are not the ones at risk.

 
 
 
It Is ME
4.1  It Is ME  replied to  Ronin2 @4    one week ago
Where were these people when Clinton took Yasser Arafat to Camp David and Ehud Barak for a peace summit.  Anyone want to pretend Arafat wasn't a terrorist?

Only "ONE" side is "ALLOWED" to do the "Deed". It's GREAT Foreign policy then. jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Krishna
4.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Ronin2 @4    6 days ago
No matter how long we stay there, no matter how many US lives we sacrifice, and money we waste- Afghanistan will never be a stable country.

Correct.

OTOH, apparently it does have a lot of rare earth metals....

Interesting, eh?

 
 
 
Krishna
4.2.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @4.2    6 days ago
OTOH, apparently it does have a lot of rare earth metals.... <--- (An exclusive from the NT's "Get Smarter Here" Dept.!)

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     one week ago

My opinion is that the Taliban should never have been invited to Camp David, period full stop. 

Have a meeting with them in some other venue but not Camp David and certainly not this close to 9/11. 

This is about getting US troops out of Afghanistan with some semblance of an organized withdrawal. Anyone want to witness the US withdrawal from Vietnam part II?

Now that the negotiations have been suspended the killing of Americans can go on unabated. Maybe we can drop another ''mother of all bombs''...That really worked well. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
5.1  Ronin2  replied to  Kavika @5    one week ago
My opinion is that the Taliban should never have been invited to Camp David, period full stop.  Have a meeting with them in some other venue but not Camp David and certainly not this close to 9/11. 

I frankly don't care where or when they meet. Let them meet at one of Trump's hotels, casinos, or resorts. That way Trump can feel good about it; and the left will have more fodder to fling.  Just get the damn talks rolling. US soldiers will be in danger for as long as they are there.  There is no turning Afghanistan into a "peaceful Western ally".

Now that the negotiations have been suspended the killing of Americans can go on unabated. Maybe we can drop another ''mother of all bombs''...That really worked well. 

Bombing Afghanistan didn't work for Bush Jr, Obama (who was Bush or steroids when it came to bombing); so why does anyone think it will work for Trump?  I am sure there are military advisers, or their subordinates, that served in all 3 administrations pulling the strings. 

Obama promised us to get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq; and F'd up on both. Trump isn't doing much better; but at least he is trying as far as Afghanistan and Syria go. He needs to stop listening to all of the hawks in Congress and his administration. Iraq is a lost cause with the upping of tensions between the US and Iran.

We are so stuck on stupid shit we can't see the big picture any more. 

 
 
 
Krishna
5.1.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Ronin2 @5.1    one week ago
Just get the damn talks rolling.

Do you really think you can negotiate with a group like the Taliban?

 
 
 
Krishna
5.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Ronin2 @5.1    6 days ago
Bombing Afghanistan didn't work for Bush Jr, Obama (who was Bush or steroids when it came to bombing); so why does anyone think it will work for Trump? 

BTW, FWIW, it didn't exactly work too well for the Russians either...back in the day.

(IIRC didn/'t some commentators attribute  the YUGE casualties they suffered there for turning their people against the government...and ultimately being a contributing factor in the overthrow of the USSR?)

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6  Paula Bartholomew    one week ago

Trump lambasted Obama for wanting to negotiate with the Taliban and yet it is okay that he does it.  The worse part is that the meeting was set for the day before the anniversary of 911.  Also, why Camp David and not one of his fabu golf resorts?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
6.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    one week ago

Obama never negotiated with anyone, all he ever did was kiss ass and sell out to the enemy.

 
 
 
bugsy
6.1.1  bugsy  replied to  Greg Jones @6.1    one week ago
all he ever did was kiss ass and sell out to the enemy.

Don't forget about those red lines...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Greg Jones @6.1    one week ago

I said he wanted to not that he did. The point is that Trump jumped on him for wanting to when he was prepared to do the same damned thing.  Considering Trump's two butt buddies (Kim J/Putin) don't even go there with selling out.  Now go drink some  more Kool Aid and let the grown ups talk.

 
 
 
Krishna
6.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    6 days ago
Also, why Camp David and not one of his fabu golf resorts?

Probably to show the Taliban the respect they deserve?

(Or such was probably Trumps reasoning).

 
 
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