• 135 Dead After Taliban Attack School; FLASHBACK Obama: “The Taliban Are Not Our Enemies And We Don’t Want To Fight Them”

    Taliban Islamists attacked a school for more than eight hours on early Tuesday, slaughtering as many as 135 people–most of them children.

    The White House has responded to the vicious massacre calling the mass murder “heinous” and “horrific.”

    But Obama hasn’t blamed the Taliban by name, even though the Taliban has already taken credit for the attack.

    Here’s Obama’s full statement:

    The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones.  By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity.  We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region.

    Obama has a habit of playing nice with the Taliban.

    In a November 2013 interview with RFE/RL’s Akbar Ayazi, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the Obama administration assured him that the Taliban was not America’s enemy:

    Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: “The Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.”

    The Obama administration sent more than 1.6 billion of your tax dollars to Pakistan in the form of military and economic aid in 2013.

    The Pakistani Taliban says they will continue to attack government targets.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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