Flashback Joe Biden 2011: The Taliban is Not Our Enemy

It's not just the White House Press Secretaries...

ABC News 12/19/2011
In interview with Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vice President Biden asserted that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.”

The ongoing reconciliation process has long included bringing in forces who have taken up arms against the U.S. and against the Afghan government, but Biden might face criticism for stating that as an organization the Taliban is not the enemy of the U.S., when its leadership and members have devoted so much time, resources and energy towards killing American soldiers.

Republicans are already circulating the quote, noting that U.S. forces are still killing, and being killed by, Taliban fighters, trying to figure out how to use the quote given the reality that any peace in Afghanistan will by necessity likely need to include a brokered peace with Taliban forces.

The interview was conducted by Les Gelb, with whom Biden authored the so-called “soft partition” plan to divide Iraq into three semi-autonomous regions: Sunni, Shi’a and Kurd.

In the wide-ranging interview, Biden talks about how Pakistan was able to live with a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which the U.S. would have been able to do had the Taliban stopped harboring al Qaeda

"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy"
-Joe Biden, December 19th, 2011


New Fox News Poll Republican 2016: Romney Way Out In Front With 21%

The bigger headline? Romney also leads among those who identify themselves as Tea Party with 20%

Fox News
 Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton remain the front-runners for their respective party’s presidential nominations. In addition, Romney performs best against Clinton among the Republicans tested in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, coming out dead even.

That’s according to the latest Fox News poll, released Thursday.  In the quest for the GOP nomination, Romney leads with 21 percent among self-identified Republicans. He’s followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee each at 11 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent.

Then the single-digit tier:  Ben Carson earns nine percent support, followed by   Scott Walker at eight percent and  Marco Rubio at five percent.  Chris Christie,  Ted Cruz and  Rick Perry each get 4%.  .

Romney (20 percent) is the top choice among voters who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, followed by Carson (13 percent), and Paul and Walker (9 percent each).

Q23. I’m going to read a list of potential candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination.

Please tell me which one you would like to see as the Republican presidential nominee
Anybody remember the completely ridiculous headline from the WashExam the other day that Drudge linked to (at the top) saying Marco Rubio was surging to second place, now just 3 points behind Romney! There have been 2 polls out since then, a Rasmussen poll Friday had Rubio in 7th place with 5% . Today, Fox News also has Rubio in 7th place with 5%.  Marco Rubio has never exceeded 6% in the last 8 national polls.


Comcast Changes Customer's Name To A**Hole on Bill

The customer had recently called Comcast asking how they could lower their cable bill

Fox News
Comcast, the mammoth U.S. cable company, was reportedly forced to issue an apology Wednesday after someone at the company changed a customer's name on a bill from Ricardo to "A—hole."

Lisa Brown, who lives in Spokane, Wash., said she was shocked when she first saw the bill with her husband Ricardo's name changed. She contacted a consumer advocate blog called Elliot.org and provided it with a copy of the billing statement.

When asked what may have led to the derogatory name, Brown theorized that it could have stemmed from a recent phone call she had with the company's customer service.

Brown, a two-year customer of Comcast, explained that her family was in a tight financial spot. She called to inquire about how she could cut down her monthly bill. Brown told the blog that instead of assisting her, the representative passed her on to a retention specialist who promptly tried to keep her at her current bill and, on top of that, get her to sign a two-year contract.

"It could have been that person was upset because I didn't take the offer," she said.

Comcast, which has been criticized in the past over its customer service, was reportedly quick to respond to the issue

Copy of the customer's bill

The man's name is Ricardo Brown

Fox News Shep reports:


Senate Passes Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Bill 62-36 - Nine Democrats Join Republicans in Voting Yes

The Epitome of a shovel-ready project...
But Obama has promised to veto the bill


The Senate on Thursday voted 62-36 to build the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, delivering Republicans the first legislative victory of their new majority.

Nine Democrats joined with Republicans in voting to approve the $8 billion project, five votes short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a promised veto from President Obama.

The nine Democrats who voted to approve Keystone were Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.).

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is traveling, missed the vote, as did Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is recovering from eye surgery.


WH Word Games Day 2: "The Taliban Do Carry Out Tactics That Are Akin to Terrorism"

Jon Karl grills WH Press Sec. Josh Earnest over what WH Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said yesterday.

Here's Josh Earnest explanation in a nutshell--

The Taliban and Al Qaeda both carry out terrorism, but the Taliban's terror tactics is largely confined to inside Afghanistan. However, Al Qaeda's terror tactics go beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan's borders to Americans all around the globe.

This is so stupid.
Watch this nonsense.


McCain Slams Code Pink Protesters At Senate Hearing: "Get Out of Here You Low-Life Scum" (Video)

According to ABC News protesters with Code Pink swarmed behind former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as he arrived for a Senate hearing on national security.

"Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!" the protesters chanted, upset over his role in the Vietnam War.

But McCain, a Vietnam veteran, fired back---"You're going to have to shut up, or I'm going to have you arrested," he told them. McCain also apologized to Kissinger for allowing their "despicable" interruption to occur.
"I've been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful, and outrageous, and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place," he said. "From all of my colleagues, I'd like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who served his country with the greatest distinction. I apologize profusely."
Watch the video: This is an absolute circus. McCain repeatedly asks for Capitol Police to come, but there's nobody and the protesters are directly behind Kissinger. He asks again. It takes forever to get somebody to do something here.
Nice job by John McCain --


Ron Fournier on White House Calling Taliban 'Armed Insurgency': "Just Don't Insult Our Intelligence Like That"

Fournier on Fox News Special Report--

 "It Defies Common Sense"...


ABC's Jon Karl Stunned By WH Deputy Press Secretary: "You Don't Think The Taliban is a Terrorist Group?"

Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz  -- ISIS is a terrorist group, Taliban is an 'armed insurgency'

Watch the exchange at the WH Press briefing



Bret Baier: Do You Think There's Some Kind of Antipathy In this Admin Towards Netanyahu? Boehner: "Of Course There Is, They Don't Even Try to Hide It"

Special Report's Bret Baier interviews Speaker Boehner

Here's where they talked about the Netanyahu invite and what the Obama Adm. thinks about Israel.

Antipathy towards PM Netanyahu-


Does Rand Paul Think Jeb Bush Has Run For President Before?

Rand Paul tweets today:
'Same old candidates running for President'
Hillary Clinton ran in 2008
Mitt Romney ran in 2008, 2012
Jeb Bush was Governor of Florida and has never run for President


Scott Walker's First Ad (Video)

The first ad making the case for Scott Walker for president, from his newly formed committee called "Our American Revival"

Watch the video here---

"America stands on the brink," says the voiceover. "At a time and place in our history where failed leaders preside over a nation adrift. With family incomes in steady decline. Dreams stifled. A foreign policy that apologizes for America and projects weakness abroad."

At this moment, a still picture of Hillary Clinton comes on screen, and the voiceover continues. "American can't stop this by looking to the past or for answers in Washinton, D.C."

The committee then makes the case for someone from outside Washington, who's been responsible for bold and fresh ideas--that is, Scott Walker. Touting, in particular, these ideas: "conservative reform," "new ideas," "empower people," "eliminate deficits," reduce government," "cut taxes," and "create jobs." (weeklystandard)


Dem 2016: Clinton 59, Warren 12, Biden 6, Sanders 4, Webb 3

Looking at all the Democrat President 2016 polling, these numbers really haven't changed since last just July. Warren has been between 9-15, Hillary between 59-67

The race to be the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee is still Hillary Clinton’s to lose.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey asked Likely Democratic Voters to choose among six of the early presidential hopefuls from their party as if their state primary were held right now. Clinton remains far and away the leader with 59% support. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is in second place, but she earns just 12% of the vote.

The remaining four candidates each get single-digit support: Vice President Joe Biden (6%), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (4%), former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (3%) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (2%). Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided


GoDaddy Pulls Puppy Super Bowl Ad After Animal-Rights Complaints (Video)


All on purpose? I wouldn't doubt if GoDaddy made the video, knowing they would pull it a few days before the Super Bowl. Create a controversy and gets thousands of headlines without spending one penny. And that's what's happened

Mess with puppies at your own peril during Super Bowl week, GoDaddy.com learned Tuesday. The company wound up vowing not to air its ad during the big game this Sunday after unveiling it this morning, to widespread disgust.

The ad, “Journey Home,” mocked Budweiser’s highly anticipated “Lost Dog” Super Bowl ad that the beer label has been teasing — which, in turn, is a sequel to its wildly popular 2014 Super Bowl ad “Puppy Love.”

In GoDaddy’s ad, an adorable golden retriever puppy named Buddy is traveling with his mom and sibling in a box in the back of a pickup truck, when he’s tossed out as the truck hits a bump. Buddy goes through quite a lot to make his way back to his home, where he’s scooped up by his human guardian who is thrilled he made it back to them — because she’d already sold him on her new website she set up using GoDaddy.com.