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Rep. Jackie Speier: Taliban are 'part of the fabric of Afghanistan'

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A Democratic House member said Tuesday she sees a role for the Taliban in Afghanistan's future government after U.S. forces withdraw.

The Taliban are "part of the fabric of Afghanistan. They were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., told host Kristen Welker on MSNBC, noting that the Obama administration is trying to push the government of President Hamid Karzai to negotiate with the Islamist extremist group "because there will be some cooperation, some level of coordination between the two if that country is going to survive and move forward. So, to say that they are terrorists, at this point, is not necessarily accurate."

Speier was responding to comments by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who said the deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would come back to haunt the United States.

“We're going to pay for this,” he told reporters Tuesday. “There is not any doubt in my mind there are going to be costs — lost lives associated with what came out of this.”

As I said earlier, it's the Afghans who are going to pay the most. The Taliban's affinity for terrorist tactics has always been focused more against them -- especially Afghan women -- than against Americans.

What Speier is proposing is essentially a return to the political situation in Afghanistan that existed before Sept. 11, 2001, as if more than 2,000 U.S troops and thousands more Afghans and other allied soldiers hadn't died to change it.

It seems President Obama is not the only Democrat who wants to throw Afghanistan — and all the U.S. lives and effort spent there — under the bus.

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