Sometimes, you just have to say you miss Jay Carney. Oh the days when the press secretary was on his lying toes, running his lying mouth. At least, he was certain about what he was lying about. In the most recent press conference, one might call it “amateur hour”, or was it deliberate?

Reporters were asking questions regarding the Obama Administration's hypocrisy over lambasting Jordan for considering a hostage exchange, when the Bowe Bergdahl swap is so freshly imbedded in the public's memory.

Breitbart News reports that Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz appeared to stumble when the press conference turned to the question “Was the Taliban considered a terrorist group?”

“The Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL is a terrorist group. We don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.” Shultz explained. ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, surprisingly, picked up on the word play.

“You don’t think the Taliban is a terrorist group?”

It was at this time that Eric Shultz panicked and began stumbling with what he had just said.

“I don’t think that the Taliban… the Taliban is an armed insurgency.”

As usual with President Obama or anyone else from his administration, it is a game of wordplay or a “war of words”. Rhetoric and platitudes either mask the problem, hide it, or make something look better than it is. In this case, it's no different from “man caused disaster”, “overseas contingency operations” or “violent extremists”.

The president and his administration refuse to call a spade a spade. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is in fact a beagle. At least, that is what the Obama administration would have you believe.

The real underlying issue here is that the Taliban are terrorists and have been proven to castrate a former Afghanistan president along with numerous suicide bombings and female body mutilation. Oh yea, the Taliban was also our enemy in a recent war.

What are your thoughts? Should we be changing terminology as we shift away from the “War on Terror”? Should we be shifting gears in the first place? Is the word play a shift in policy, or a clever ploy to cover up the reality of Islamic extremism?

Leave your thoughts below.


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