Senate majority Leader Bill Frist seems to have stepped in it, big time today and his comments (or reported comments) made in Afghanistan are leaving Republicans wondering WTF. So much for the Republicans being tough on National Security. I don’t think Frist can worm out of this, the damage has been done in the eyes of many a right wingnut, although he claims his comments were taken out of context. Oh, and Frist wasn’t speaking to the press alone about this, his sidekick Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida also stepped in it with him…
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.
The Tennessee Republican said he had learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated by military means.
“You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government,” Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. “And if that’s accomplished we’ll be successful.”
Frist said asking the Taliban to join the government was a decision to be made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican from Florida accompanying Frist, said negotiating with the Taliban was not “out of the question” but that fighters who refused to join the political process would have to be defeated.
“A political solution is how it’s all going to be solved,” he said.
Frist said what? If you find Frist’s comments a little mind-boggling join the club. Bloggers on both sides of the aisle are having a field day with this.
Over on DKos, Geekesque says, “Bill Frist has just put the final stake in the heart of they myth of Republican toughness on national security.”
Sadly, it bears repeating: Taliban = Al Qaeda. They are joined economically, ideologically, and operationally at the hip.
Bob Fertik on Democrats.com notes: Bill Frist Is Now an Enemy Combatant.
Now let’s get this straight: “the Taliban and their supporters” are the very people who attacked us on 9/11 and started Bush’s “War on Terror” – Mullah Omar, Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al Zwahiri, and the rest of Al Qaeda.
And on The Heretik: Reality Check — Maybe Senator Doctor Frist can claim somebody doctored his meds.
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