This morning we focus on more political blow back as the Taliban takes over following one of the most embarrassing U.S. retreats in history.

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"Pompeo has been coy about his own ambitions for 2024, but the former congressman from Kansas, CIA Director, and Secretary of State has been popping up at high profile fundraisers for midterm candidates and rubbing elbows with influential conservatives in critical early-voting states like Iowa. His appeal to voters is due, in part, to the feet he has had in its two most prominent, recent movements: the Tea Party and Trumpism.

"But that experience now carries some potential baggage. Pompeo met with the Taliban in February 2020 at the signing of a withdrawal agreement with the U.S. in Doha. A picture of him from that moment, standing alongside Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar, has circulated widely online in the last week. It’s the type of image that could dot and complicate future election bids, should he choose to make one."

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Mike Pompeo takes his own arrows over the Afghanistan collapse

"Trying to extricate yourself from this withdrawal is I think difficult if not impossible to do, especially to rewrite history about what actually happened," said former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, a prominent critic of his former boss' Afghanistan policy. "I think that's a prescription for Democratic attack ads that would be fatal to someone's credibility."