After today, Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz might beg off filling in for his boss.
It wasn’t one of Jonathan Karl’s toughest questions, but during today’s press briefing he couldn’t answer one easy question. Is the Taliban a terrorist group. Most Americans would just say yes without thinking…but Schultz, well he just couldn’t think.
After Karl asked how the Jordanian government’s agreement to trade a
convicted terrorist for the release of an air force pilot held by ISIS, differs from the Administration’s
decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders. What follows is a train wreck:
Karl: You don’t think the Taliban is a terrorist group?
Schultz (who looked like he was in agony as he tried to answer): I don’t think that the Taliban, um — uh – the Taliban is an armed insurgency. This was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, and that’s why this arrangement was dealt.