Biden: “The Taliban, per se, is not our enemy’

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, our gaffetastic Vice President is at it again, but this time I think he’s serious. The alleged ‘foreign policy’ expert in the Obama administration recently stated that, “The Taliban, per se, is not our enemy.” Jack Tapper with ABC News has the story:

The ongoing reconciliation process has long included bringing in forces who have taken up arms against the U.S. and against the Afghan government, but Biden might face criticism for stating that as an organization the Taliban is not the enemy of the U.S., when its leadership and members have devoted so much time, resources and energy towards killing American soldiers.

Republicans are already circulating the quote, noting that U.S. forces are still killing, and being killed by, Taliban fighters, trying to figure out how to use the quote given the reality that any peace in Afghanistan will by necessity likely need to include a brokered peace with Taliban forces.

In the wide-ranging interview, Biden talks about how Pakistan was able to live with a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which the U.S. would have been able to do had the Taliban stopped harboring al Qaeda. He asserts that the U.S. could have lived with the Taliban too, if that government had turned over al-Qaeda members.

Then the VP then turned to the reconciliation process, saying, “We are in a position where if Afghanistan ceased and desisted from being a haven for people who do damage and have as a target the United States of America and their allies, that’s good enough. That’s good enough. We’re not there yet. Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. 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. 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.”

You can read the whole interview HERE.



Of course, why would a radical Islamic group that harbored al Qaeda members (including Osama bin Laden), banned television, banned education for women, imprisoned those whose beards were too short and who are constantly seeking to undermine U.S. interests in the region be a terrorist organization? Unfortunately for Vice President Biden, the State Department still considers the Pakistani branch of the Taliban a foreign terrorist organization, but somehow, they’re, “not our enemy, per se.”

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35 thoughts on “Biden: “The Taliban, per se, is not our enemy’

  1. The taliban isn’t our enemy. They’re mine I can tell you that! They’ve been killing our troops for ten years and they’re not our enemies?

  2. Smarty Biden had something to say again………
    Maybe the Taliban are not “per se” our enemy, but “per saecula saeculorum” (forever and ever).

    At this point Smarty Biden should understand that if he doesn’t see the Taliban as our enemies, maybe he should ask them if they see us as their enemies……..

  3. I think i remember people saying “Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be if Palin was the VP….Oh man she don’t no nothing”
    So we’ve got genius boy here not sure if Al kay duh is the enemy.
    So then the last 10 years must have been a joint military exercise in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    I guess the Israeli Arab conflict is simply a reality show.
    These people are dangerous.

  4. There are enemies and there are enemies. The ones we should be most concerned with at this moment are the ones pretending to lead this country. At least the Taliban says its our enemy, or we’re their enemy, or however it goes. But the other enemies, the ones that pretend to lead the country, they are a sneaky bunch.

  5. Why does Biden get angry at an “ambush” interview? (I.e., by Jason Mattera) Biden does at least as good a job of shooting both his feet off as Mattera did.

  6. Some of you folks need to look into who actually funded al-Quaida and the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden and stop goin back and forth with this left wing right wing bullshit.. youll find that both parties are out to destroy american freedom.. Hegelian thesis Anti thesis

  7. You give liberals time to define who they are and they usually come out as anti american. Who the hell would support what these people ever say? Who?

  8. Well. He is right. We didn’t go into Afghanistan because of the Taliban. The Taliban itself is no threat to us, and we even helped to get them in power while the Soviets were in Afghanistan. We went in because of Al Qaeda, and the Taliban just so happened to be willing to harbor them. BTW the never win anything Ron Paul is now the horse race leader in Iowa 2 weeks before the election.

    1. You are wrong, the Taliban is our enemy. They are an ally of Al Qaeda and therefore an enemy of America.

  9. ‘Say it ain’t so’ Joe is the gift that keeps on giving. If they’re not our enemy, then I am to assume that they’re our ally, Joe?

    1. Maybe Obama could join him and they accidentally lock themselves in. Don’t laugh, it could happen with this duo.

  10. “The Taliban, per se, is not our enemy.”

    Does the Taliban know this?
    I think we should send Joe Biden over there to tell them this.
    All by himself.
    It would be easy.
    Since they’re, you know…not our enemy.

  11. Not to mention the fact that the Taliban killed most of SEAL Team Six after they nailed bin Laden. One-bama should be impeached for naming this clown as VP. It really makes you wonder who’s running the country because it sure ain’t this fun house dummy.

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