A retired Army officer and national defense expert thinks Vice President Joe Biden’s recent gaff that the Taliban is not an enemy of the United States was based on wishful thinking rather than reality.

In a recent interview with Newsweek magazine, Vice President Biden laid out his and the administration’s view of the Taliban, saying “There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests.”

Later, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified the VP’s comments, saying they were taken out of context. However, his underlying message was essentially the same as Biden’s — that the Taliban is not America’s enemy.

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