The Obama administration continues to play verbal gymnastics by refusing to call the Taliban the terrorist organization it is, insisting it’s merely an “armed insurgency.”
And yet a 2002 executive order including the Taliban on a list of “specially designated global terrorists” is still in effect, Fox News reported.
After the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing three U.S. civilians Thursday, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki shied away from calling their deaths the result of terrorism.
That armed-insurgency-that-is not-a-terrorist-group just claimed responsibility for the death of three Americans http://t.co/SCKjGIYVV1
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 30, 2015
“Obviously, any attack that kills contractors, that kills individuals who are working there in harm’s way, is horrific and a tragedy, but I’m not going to put new labels on it today,” Psaki told CNS News.
It didn’t help the administration that the attack came one day after White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz insisted yet again that the Taliban is a not a terrorist group.
“I’m just not sure why you wouldn’t just say, ‘Of course, it’s a terrorist attack,’” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee told Psaki, according to CNS News.
“It’s an act of terror when American citizens are, individuals are killed, like contractors, absolutely,” she replied.
Can this dodge get any more painfully awkward?
Even Fox News host Greta Van Susteren has had her fill, turning to social media to break it to the White House that the Taliban indeed qualifies as a bunch of terrorists.
Here is Van Susteren’s comment, and a few responses from Twitter users:
Someone tell WH TALIBAN are terrorists “Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport” WAPO — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 30, 2015
@greta They know what the Taliban is. They’re playing semantic games to justify making deals with terrorists w/out admitting it.
— Brad The Impaler (@BEBolly71) January 30, 2015
@greta If they are not terrorists, why did 3K+ Americans die to defeat them?? obama has a September 10th mentality!
— Dale Austin (@fishing4dale) January 30, 2015
@greta @rebelgirl1213 Not terrorists, just members of the Kabul Men’s Glee Club.
— Curtice Mang (@curticemang) January 30, 2015
— Patriot Truth (@minutemenblood) January 30, 2015
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