The court jester strikes again, this time making statements about the Taliban this week that were not only an “insult” to our military service members carrying on the fight in Afghanistan, it was a slap in the face to it’s countless victims around the globe. And he wasn’t alone this time.
The Vice President made the controversial remarks during an interview with Newsweek, telling the magazine that the militant group is only a threat if it allows Al Qaeda to strike the U.S.,”Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical,” Biden said in the interview published this week. “There is not a single statement that the President has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy, because it threatens U.S. interests,” said Biden.” If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us,” he added.
If this wasn’t sickening enough, Obama’s press secretary parrots the remarks stating the White Houses position. Jay Carney said Tuesday that critics are taking Biden’s words out of context. (Of course they were, Jay)
“We went into Afghanistan because al Qaeda had launched an attack against the United States from Afghanistan,” he said. “And what the vice president was reflecting is that, and this is related to the reconciliation process that I was just discussing, is that the Taliban per se, while we are fighting them, it is not the elimination, the elimination of the Taliban is not the issue here. The objective that the president laid out when he laid out his Afghanistan strategy made clear that the No. 1 principle here is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately to defeat al Qaeda, as well as help stabilize Afghanistan. And that’s what we’re doing.”
Tell that to the families of the 14,000+ coalition forces killed and 34,000 wounded in action.
Jeff Treesh is @IranAware