RUSH: And have you heard about the fake Taliban negotiator? Oh, folks, this is incredible! Again from the New York Times: "For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war [in Afghanistan] appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement. But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all." He was a fraud. He was an imposter.
"United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an imposter, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO" -- that means us -- "appeared to have achieved" nothing. "'It's not him,' said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions.' And we gave him a lot of money.' American officials confirmed Monday they had given up hope that the Afghan was Mr. Mansour, or even a member of the Taliban leadership." He was a total fraud!
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the sequel to the movie Catch Me If You Can. Remember that guy who impersonated airline captains and yacht captains and every -- look at this, the sequel! "American officials confirmed Monday they had given up hope that the Afghan was Mr. Mansour... NATO and Afghan officials said they held three meetings with the man, who traveled [from across the border] in Pakistan, where Taliban leaders have taken refuge. The fake Taliban leader even met with president Hamid Karzai, having been flown to Kabul on a NATO aircraft and ushered into the presidential palace, officials said."
The imposter got into the equivalent of the White House in Afghanistan! Did they not ask this guy for some kind of identification? They clearly didn't, they clearly didn't ask this guy for his birth certificate. How in the world could they trust a leader and even give money to somebody who has not been properly vetted? Oh, well, because it happened here in the United States. We have an imposter, for all intents and purposes, serving in the White House.
RUSH: Now, think about this imposter. I can't let go of this. We actually had negotiations and had this imposter, this fake Taliban guy in the house where Hamid Karzai, head honcho of Afghanistan -- I've been in that house. I had a sit-down with Mary Matalin. The security to get in there, you can imagine what it is. I got checked. They checked my ID and I was with the State Department on this trip. How does this guy get in there? Do you realize that if this Taliban leader had tried to buy antihistamines from a local Publix or a CVS or any kind of drugstore he woulda had to produce a photo ID. Not to vote and not to be president, but to buy antihistamines. But to somehow become a negotiator representing the Taliban -- do we not even know what the guy looks like? Obviously he used a name that we knew. Do we not have a face that goes with the name? Don't give me the "they all look alike" excuse.
This is the United States intelligence agencies we're talking about. And we gave him millions of dollars to entice him to go back to the Taliban and say, "Let's call it all off. Let's just live in peace." Millions of dollars. We told him our plans for the region, and this guy gets a pass.