What?!: House Democrat absurdly says it’s “not necessarily accurate” to call the Taliban “terrorists”

Jackie Speier

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) took issue with Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) suggestion that the Obama administration violated the long-standing policy that the United States doesn’t negotiate with terrorists.

“Let me underscore the term terrorist. The Taliban is a part of the fabric of Afghanistan. They were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there,” Speier told MSNBC. “We are now actively attempting to get the Taliban to negotiate with President Karzai and the Afghanistani government, because there will be some cooperation, some level of coordination between the two if that country is going to survive and move forward.

“So, to say that they are terrorists at this point is not necessarily accurate,” she added.

Though the Taliban isn’t on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, it was added to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists in July 2002 by then-President George W. Bush.

Under the Taliban’s rule, Afghanistan provided safe harbor to al-Qaeda from the mid-to-late 1990s until the post-9/11 invasion of the country. The time period in which al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan covers the deadly 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, after which the Taliban claimed Osama bin Laden went missing in response to an extradition request from the United States.

In May 2011, after bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, Taliban leaders indicated that it would continue the “jihad” against the United States. So, yeah, they’re totally not a terrorist organization.

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