Why didn’t she just go ahead and say it? We know she wanted to, and by now it’s the State Department’s stock answer, so why didn’t spokesperson Jen Psaki just go ahead and give the Hillary answer in reply to a reporter’s question about the Taliban?
QUESTION: I’m going to carry on with what Matt’s question is about – negotiating, the legality of it. I mean, in the eyes of the U.S., is Taliban a terrorist group?
MS. PSAKI: Well, I’m not sure how they’re defined at this particular moment.
MS. PSAKI: But the important thing here is that we’ve long said that moving toward a reconciliation process, of which they are a key part – the President has said this, the Secretary has said this – is an important part of moving towards a more stable Afghanistan. That’s why we support these efforts. That’s why we’ve been so engaged, why the Secretary has been so engaged, at every level of the government.
Psaki made this statement within hours of a Taliban attack that killed four American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
We are now engaged in a great civil debate, testing whether this free society, or any free society, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Our Democrat and Republican Establishment officials are spending a great deal of time and energy defending the NSA’s domestic spying program because it’s a necessary tool in the war on ……somebody, or something, what difference at this point does it make? And yet nobody in an official capacity, from Leon Panetta to Hillary Clinton to Victoria Nuland to Susan Rice to David Petraeus to Barack Obama to Chuck Hagel to John Kerry to Jen Psaki, can tell us who those dudes in Libya are, who those dudes in Syria are, who those dudes in Iraq are and who, or what, those dudes in Afghanistan, WHO WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR TWELVE FREAKING YEARS, are.
We would ask John Boehner to initiate a resolution suspending all NSA funding until the State Department answers the question posed by the upstart reporter as to who, or what the enemy is. (Note that the reporter’s blistering follow-up question was …….”yeah.”) But Boehner’s reply would probably be “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Maybe it really doesn’t matter after all. Maybe we should just quit squawking about some faceless bureaucracy having every iota of our personal information and life history at it’s disposal, to be utilized by whatever regime, political party, Islamist sect or dictator is in power at the moment. We were told early on in the Obama administration who it was that needed watching, weren’t we? And our good old RINO representatives feigned horror at the notion. Well, today they are feigning horror at the notion that the IRS has been gathering as much data as it can gather on certain entities in the United States. And they ain’t the Taliban. Here is the $64 question – What is so wrong with the IRS wanting to know every contact, activity thought and prayer of every Tea Party leader, donor, member, supporter in the nation? See, the IRS has a job to do, so……..What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make? Besides, it would be one more resource for the NSA to have at it’s disposal! And this is not your Founding Fathers’ country anymore.
Speaking of the Taliban and the upcoming…..peace talks ….unconfirmed reports are that the US wanted to hold the talks in Paris. You know, like the good old days when John Kerry was something of a novelty? Well, turns out the Taliban reportedly said “No, the talks will be in Qatar, where our official “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” offices are. And make sure any female representatives in your delegation have their heads covered.”
Okay. What difference, at this point, does it make?
Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions