Taking potshots at Biden is almost too easy if his opinions weren’t so occasionally frightening. In a Newsweek interview, he says:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
So the Taliban are hurting the existing government, which is helping the US keep the bad guys out, who are… The Taliban? But I guess he sort of has to say stuff like this, since we’ve been negotiating with the Taliban for the last ten months. Ugh.
To quote Harry Reed (and this is the last time I’ll ever do this): this war is lost. I can’t entirely blame Obama for it – I think we should have tried harder up front to kill the bad guys, rather than this ten year death by a thousand cuts to our soldiers and to the Afghan people. But negotiating with the Taliban – it’s like negotiating with Hitler. I feel dirty.