WH: Taliban Is Not a Terror 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.”
“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,” Charles Krauthammer said this evening on “Special Report.”
This comes at the same time as Al Jazeera English’s directives not to use words like terrorist, extremist, Islamist or jihad.
A Fox News poll found that 56 percent believe we are at war with radical Islam, and 47 percent think President Barack Obama underestimates the threat. The poll also revealed that 84 percent think terrorists will try to launch an attack on U.S. soil soon.
Watch Trace Gallagher's report above, and the full "Special Report" All-Star Panel analysis below.