Biden Says Taliban Is Not Our Enemy
- Heritage Foundation--Mike Brownfield Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On a Saturday in late October in Kabul, Afghanistan, a car carrying explosives rammed into an armored U.S. military bus, killing 13 Americans, including five soldiers and eight civilian staff. In August, a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans. Who was responsible? The Taliban. And who now says the Taliban is not Americaís enemy? Vice President Joseph Biden.
In an interview with Newsweek, Biden laid out his ó and the Administrationís view ó of the Taliban:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. Thatís 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.