Wednesday, January 28, 2015

White House: Taliban not a terror group but an armed insurgency

I think we will be hearing the term "armed insurgency" a lot more from a White House that refuses to admit radical Islam exists.

During Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the Taliban is not a terror group but an "armed insurgency."

ABC News’ Jon Karl asked how the Obama administration's decision to swap five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl differed from the Jordanian government’s agreeing to trade a convicted terrorist for one of its air force pilots held by the Islamic State. Karl noted that the Taliban "is clearly a terrorist organization.”

Schultz: “As you know, uh, this was highly discussed at the time and prisoner swaps are a traditional end-of-conflict, uh, interaction that happens. As the war in Afghanistan wound down, we felt like it was the appropriate thing to do. The President’s bedrock commitment as Commander in Chief is to leave no man or woman behind, that’s the principle he was operating under.

“I’d also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.”

Karl: “You don’t think the Taliban is a terrorist group?”

Schultz: “I don’t think that the Taliban, um — uh – the Taliban is an armed insurgency. This was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, and that’s why this arrangement was dealt.”



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