Joe Biden: 'The Taliban ... Is Not Our Enemy'
Republicans circulate questionable quote from vice president
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2011 5:04 PM CST
US Vice President Joe Biden waves upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens on December 4, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Joe Biden is showing off his propensity for, ah, colorful quotes again—this time in talking about the Taliban. "The Taliban per se is not our enemy," he says in an interview with Newsweek/Daily Beast. Republicans are already distributing the remark, with the additional fact that US troops are still dying in battles against the Taliban, ABC News reports. So what exactly does Joe mean?

If the Taliban stops harboring al-Qaeda, says Biden, "that’s good enough. ... 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 US interests." If, on the other hand, the Taliban collapses the Afghan government, "then that becomes a problem for us.” Read the whole interview on the Daily Beast. (Or look back at a couple of Biden forehead-slappers—about China's one-child policy or the Ukraine's "beautiful women.")

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Dec 20, 2011 11:03 AM CST
Dick Chenney and G W Bush have done more to harm this Country, than the Taliban.
Dec 20, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Actually, Joe, the Taliban is our enemy. How quickly we forget human rights... This guy, seriously.
Dec 20, 2011 3:41 AM CST
Outrageous how these people protect other countrys, illegals and other societys and religions.But put laws like the new Ndaa that just passed against the real american people (this national def.bill i think is put in place to defend the administrtion from the people their scr*wing the americans,I think he may be right they didnt scr*w the people in this country the ones leading us are the ones acting like the enemmy.