Dem Rep: ‘Not Necessarily Accurate’ to Call Taliban Terrorists, They’re Just ‘Part of the Fabric of Afghanistan’

by Molly Wharton

Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) worries it’s not quite correct to say that the militants from whom the U.S. secured the release of Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl are terrorists.

In an interview with MSNBC, she responded to House speaker John Boehner’s suggestion that the Bergdahl deal violated the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists by arguing that the Taliban is “part of the fabric of Afghanistan” and wouldn’t count as a terrorist group. Pakistan’s Haqqani network, which was holding Bergdahl, however, is indeed listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department, and a State Department spokeswoman has more or less conceded that the deal was reached with a terrorist group.

Speier added that believes there has to be cooperation between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban if the country is going to “survive and move forward.”

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