If you thought President George Bush was an idiot, what would you call Vice President Joe Biden? From The Daily Beast:
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. So there’s a dual track here:
One, continue to keep the pressure on al Qaeda and continue to diminish them. Two, put the government in a position where they can be strong enough that they can negotiate with and not be overthrown by the Taliban. And at the same time try to get the Taliban to move in the direction to see to it that they, through reconciliation, commit not to be engaged with al Qaeda or any other organization that they would harbor to do damage to us and our allies.
Isn’t the enemy of our friend our enemy too? Perhaps the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan really isn’t a friend. . .
Then there are the defenders: Why Biden Isn’t Necessarily Wrong About the Taliban. The writer of this OpEd, Mr. Kerry Patton, states that a lazy American culture has rushed to label everyone and in so doing has wrongfully labelled everyone (isn’t ‘lazy American’ a label?). The grave injustice? The word “taliban” simply comes from the Arabic word Talib meaning “student” so to call anything “Taliban” is indifinitive, spurious, and reckless.
Mr. Patton then admits what everyone else knows, that there is indeed a real Taliban militant group (maybe that is the one the lazy Americans are referring to). No one in the Coalition countries–except for Vice President Biden–is thinking of the little girls at Bibi Mahru High School in Wazir Akbar Khan when they speak of the Taliban.
Anyone paying attention knows that every warlord in Afghanistan is not a friend of the Taliban. But this Presidency is so much smarter than us doofuses that put them in office. Just make sure to get them on the same teleprompter:
“Our troops and our NATO allies are performing heroically in Afghanistan, but I have argued for years that we lack the resources to finish the job because of our commitment to Iraq. – I will make the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be.”
– President Obama, July 15, 2008
“The fight” to which the President refers must be synonymous to the fighting between two brothers arguing over their Tonka trucks while throwing sand on each other during the family vacation to the beach–except for the water.
With all the clarity of a person not limited by logic, gravity, or planetary motion, Mr. Patton begins wrapping up his drivel with this gem: “In Afghanistan, our enemy may or may not be the Taliban.” Time to update the map of COIN Dynamics.
Then again, we botched the whole World War II thing; Nazis may or may not have been bad guys.
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