White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz filled in capably for Josh Earnest on Wednesday. When asked about the administration’s claim they don’t make deals with “terrorists” even though Obama traded five Taliban commanders in return for Bowe Bergdahl’s release, Schultz got out of it by refusing to categorize the Taliban as “terrorists.”
And this is how it’s done:
The swap was OK because those released from Gitmo were Taliban “armed insurgents” and not ISIS “terrorists.” At least they’re admitting ISIS are terrorists. In December, the group the WH refers to as non-terrorists slaughtered 132 kids and nine staff at a Peshawar school.
As for Schultz, he comes across more like somebody who’s about to get a D-minus for his “Mock U.N. Day” Q & A in high school than a spokesman for the President of the United States. But I guess it’s preferable to admitting that letting five Taliban commanders hit the streets (and making ransom payments to con men) to secure the return of somebody who may well be charged with Army desertion might not have been the best way to go about it.