Taliban is not America's enemy: Joe Biden
"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical," US Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview to the Newsweek magazine. There is not a single statement that the US President has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens US interests," he said.If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us. So there's a dual track here, Biden added.
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Image: Pakistani Taliban fighters hold weapons as they receive training in Ladda, South Waziristan tribal region, in this still image taken from a video, shot between December 9 to December 14
'Did not send US troops to Afghan because of Taliban'
"We didn't invade Afghanistan. We did not send US military personnel into Afghanistan because the Taliban were in power. They had been in power. We went into Afghanistan because the Al Qaeda had launched an attack against the US from Afghanistan," he said. "What the vice president was reflecting is that -- and this is related to the reconciliation process that I was just discussing -- is that the Taliban per se --- while we are fighting them, the elimination of the Taliban is not the issue here."
Image: US military officer CPT Heiliger from Alpha Co, 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry, Task Force Cacti lifts a boy while on patrol in a village near Combat Outpost Penich in Khas Kunar district in Kunar
'US-Afghan engaged in reconciliation process with Taliban'
"Whether it will work or not is another question. But we are in a position where if Afghanistan ceased and desisted from being a haven for people who do damage and have as a target the US and their allies, that's good enough. We are not there yet," Biden said."Of that process is our support for the Afghan-led reconciliation talks. The conditions for reconciliation for the Taliban are very clear, but reconciliation has to be a part of the long-term process in Afghanistan, if Afghanistan is going to evolve into a peaceful country," he said.
Image: US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in New York