Lindsey Graham, one-man PR shop for the Afghan resistance

Lindsey Graham, best known for his Capitol deal-making forays and propping-up of Donald Trump, has a new cause célèbre these days: the man who claims to be Afghanistan’s legitimate president.
After the Taliban swept into power in Kabul, the South Carolina GOP senator began working behind the scenes to build support in Washington foreign policy circles for Amrullah Saleh, the Afghan opposition leader spearheading the anti-Taliban resistance based in the northeastern province of Panjshir.
In a bid to legitimize the Taliban opposition, Graham has been working to connect Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the 32-year-old commander of the de facto resistance forces, with high-ranking U.K. and Indian diplomats as well as influential media figures. That included playing the role of TV booker — Graham secured Saleh an Aug. 27 slot on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, where he pleaded for American assistance as his forces try to bolster the remnants of

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