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DNC: Republicans Have Thrown In Their Lot With Terrorists

11:02 AM, Oct 9, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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The statement from the DNC this morning:

The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists - the Taliban and Hamas this morning - in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize.

If that's true, than an awful lot of liberals -- from Ezra Klein to Peter Beinart to Richard Cohen to Ruth Marcus -- seem to have thrown in their lot with the terrorists, too. But leaving aside the fact that any criticism of Barack Obama now makes you a terrorist according to Barack Obama's DNC, it's interesting that the DNC is calling the Taliban "terrorists." All the reporting on the current White House deliberations over "AfPak policy" would seem to indicate that this president doesn't necessarily consider the Taliban a terrorist organization anymore. The administration wants negotiations with the Taliban; they're even prepared to let the Taliban join an Afghan government. The Washington Post reports:

"Some inside the White House have cited Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese political movement, as an example of what the Taliban could become. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, but the group has political support within Lebanon and participates, sometimes through intimidation, in the political process.

Some White House advisers have noted that although Hezbollah is a source of regional instability, it is not a threat to the United States. The senior administration official said the Hezbollah example has not been cited specifically to President Obama and has been raised only informally outside the Situation Room meetings.

"People who study Islamist movements have made the connection," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations."

It's not Republicans that are throwing their lot in with terrorists -- it's the White House.

Update: A response from the RNC:

"Like most Americans, the DNC can't think of one achievement that the president has accomplished, so they resort to their predictable response and standard playbook of demonizing those who disagree with them. First they call Americans concerned over health care ‘rabid extremists' and ‘angry mobs.' Now, when challenged to answer the question of what the president has accomplished, Democrats are lashing out calling Republicans terrorists. That type of political rhetoric is shameful." - Gail Gitcho, RNC Press Secretary