As his lies pile up, the ramifications are becoming dangerous to the US, especially with regard to foreign policy.
Yesterday the White House asserted that the Taliban was not a terrorist group.
The White House today said that the Taliban is not a terror group, but rather an “armed insurgency.”
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz responded to a question about whether Jordan’s plan to make a prisoner trade with ISIS was similar to the U.S. swapping five Taliban members for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
First, Schultz said that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Then he said, “I don’t think that the Taliban … the Taliban is an armed insurgency.”
To which Charles Krauthammer said:
“It slits throats, it attacks buses, it drives car bombs into markets, and it’s not a terrorist group. Look, you can’t parody this administration.”
Today it is reported that the Taliban killed three American contractors in a terrorist attack:
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at a military base at Kabul’s international airport that killed three Americans and one Afghan Thursday.
A U.S. official confirmed that the shooting occurred at about 6:40 p.m. local time Thursday. There was no further comment because the incident was under investigation.
The Taliban’s claim of responsibility came in a message from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who identified the attacker as a man named Hessanulla from Laghman province, just east of Kabul.
Mujahid said that the militant had infiltrated the ranks of Afghanistan’s forces to stage the attack and wore an Afghan police uniform. An Afghan official with the country’s Defense Ministry said the attacker was in an Afghan army uniform. According to The Washington Post, Mujahid added in a tweet that the terrorist had “opened fire on invaders” before he was “martyred by return fire.” It was not immediately clear if the Afghan confirmed dead was the gunman.
Despite the Obama administration’s denial that the Taliban is a terrorist group White House press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Taliban does “carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism, they do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda.”
So according to Obama the Taliban is an “armed insurgency” that commits terrorist attacks but they’re not a terrorist organization. Got that?
Why the tap dancing? For a very important reason. Obama claims he won’t negotiate with terrorists, but he traded what Gen. Tom McInerney called “five four star generals” for one sergeant. Obama traded five terrorists for one deserter. Obama won’t call the Taliban a terrorist organization because it would be an embarrassment- a dent to his ego. And that is just not permissible.
This morning on Fox and Friends Dana Perino said that these idiotic conflicting statements come not from the press secretaries, but from the President himself.
By the way, one of the Taliban terrorists Obama released is seeking to return to jihad. But you can take comfort that although he might kill Americans in a method “akin” to terrorism, he isn’t a terrorist according to Obama.
This nonsensical parsing of nomenclature is asinine and Obama’s ego leaves us more vulnerable than ever.