You will have to watch this video to actually believe the headline above. A White House spokesman refused to call the Taliban a terrorist group. Instead, he referred to the group as an "armed insurgency" while he called ISIS a terrorist group. The topic came up at a White House press briefing because the Jordanian government just agreed to release a convicted terrorist to ISIL in exchange for a captured Jordanian air force pilot. Jon Karl asked some pretty simple questions of Eric Shultz that only elicited some pretty confounding responses.
"As you know, uh, this was highly discussed at the time and prisoner swaps are a traditional end-of-conflict, uh, interaction that happens. As the war in Afghanistan wound down, we felt like it was the appropriate thing to do. The president's bedrock commitment as commander in chief is to leave no man or woman behind, that's the principle he was operating under," White House press secretary Eric Schultz said. "I'd also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL is a terrorist group. So we don't make concessions to terrorist groups."
Karl rebutted: "You don't think the Taliban is a terrorist group?"
Eric Shultz had trouble coming up with a clear answer to a pretty simple question.
"I don't think that the Taliban, um — uh – the Taliban is an armed insurgency," Schultz said. "This was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, and that's why this arrangement was dealt."