Pompeo Responds to Claim That Taliban Agreement to Blame for Afghanistan Collapse: ‘Nonsense’

Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2021 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

To hear some observers tell it, after President Joe Biden, the men most responsible for the chaos unfolding in Afghanistan right now are former President Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

In an interview with National Review, Pompeo rejected the charge outright.

“It is nonsense,” he said. “It is, in fact, nonsense on stilts.”

Two successive Trump national-security advisers are among those who have leveled this accusation. H. R. McMaster, who served as Trump’s first national-security adviser, accused Pompeo of signing a “capitulation agreement” with the Taliban which all but guaranteed the Afghan military and government’s eventual collapse. “The Taliban didn’t

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