Democratic Senator: The United States should not recognize Taliban

 A top American senator from the Democratic party said that the United States should not officially recognize the Taliban. This is despite increasing evidence that the Biden administration considers the Taliban to be the de facto ruler of Afghanistan.

He said that it was not a good idea to recognize opposition forces who are not running the country.

"No, I don’t. "No, I don't," Senator Chris Murphy said to CNN when asked if the US should recognize the Taliban.

"But, I don't think it is a great idea to recognize opposition forces, as some suggest. He said that it tends to make America look weaker when we recognize people who are not the leaders of the government.

Murhpy said that the US should speak to the Taliban.

"Even though we don't officially recognize them, we will have to engage in conversations with them. He said that they would have to inform them of the consequences of their actions if they refuse to allow at least American citizens, green card holders, and people in SIV pipelines to leave the country.

Murphy is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Near East, South Asia and Central Asia.

The Senator spoke out about the need to investigate what happened in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. He said that Congress should look back at the entire period.

Murphy responded to criticisms of the Biden administration claiming that evacuations should have started earlier. He said that the US believed that the Afghan military would fight back.

"It was natural to believe that a mass evacuation would have led to the outcome that we were trying not to, which was the fall of the government."