Wow. Those NPR folks sure are smart, unlike the dummies at Fox News.
In an interview with Christine Fair, assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Hockenberry challenged the notion of the Taliban being an enemy of the United States and declared that the idea it could again make Afghanistan a haven for terrorists “an absurdity.”
“I guess, Christine Fair, I’m wondering why this is even a debate,” Hockenberry said. “The Taliban has never been an enemy of the United States. They don’t love us in Afghanistan, but they’re not sending planes over to New York or to the Pentagon and it seems to me much more broadly that the debate needs to happen is what is the sort of multi-state strategy for dealing with rogue nations of all kinds.
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Christine, of course, agreed, blithely unaware that the Taliban would like to see her dead and in a Burka, though not necessarily in that order.
Wow. Just… wow. Has NPR really forgotten what happened on 9/11? Yeah, they were Al Qaeda terrorists who hit us, but the reason we (and they) went into Afghanistan is that the Taliban supported them — Afghanistan was their base for a reason.
Look, I’ve got mixed feelings on Afghanistan and there are good reasons to get out. But to say that the Taliban are not an enemy of the US demonstrates a lack of understanding of the Taliban and very poor memory.
Can we stop paying for them now?