In an interview with Les Gelb, of the Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vice President Joe Biden signaled just how far American thinking on the Taliban’s role in the future of Afghanistan has come since the invasion of 2001.
"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. 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. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us."