In a recent interview with Newsweek, the man who is second in line for the most powerful and influential job in the entire world had the gall to say that the Taliban, the Muslim fundamentalist movement that formerly governed Afghanistan and protected agencies that carried out terrorist attacks against the rest of the civilized world, is “not our enemy, per se.”
This must be some new definition of the term per se, one which means “just kidding” or “stop listening to me right here, ’cause I’m Joe Biden”, because it is utterly impossible that someone in Biden’s position could even remotely believe the Taliban is not the primary problem in Afghanistan. The monumental stupidity necessary to even premise that thought boggles my mind.
While I sincerely doubt that the term per se has some alternate, Bizzaro World meaning for Joe Biden, I included it in the quote because White House spokesmen have defended this heinous (not to mention serially gonzo) comment by saying that the VP’s point was taken out of context. I even am willing to go one step further to assuage any fear that the thinking people of the world are being unfair to Joe Biden and reprint the entire comment.