Sunday, June 19, 2011

U.S. in talks with Taliban in move that could end the war in Afghanistan

I agree that we should get out of Afghanistan, but talking with the Taliban should have nothing to do with it.  Negotiating with them only gives them legitimacy.  These talks are only a means for the US to withdraw and claim all is well.  However, when the Taliban comes roaring back, the country will descend into the 7th century Islamic barbarism it had before 2001 under the Taliban.

We should simply withdraw all our troops and support personnel ASAP, burn or destroy anything we cannot remove and seize all their funds in Western banks.


U.S. in talks with Taliban in move that could end the war in Afghanistan

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 3:32 PM on 18th June 2011

The U.S. and other countries are in preliminary talks with the Taliban about a possible settlement that could end the Afghan war.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai revealed the development today. It is the first official confirmation of U.S. involvement in negotiations. 

Diplomats have already said there have been months of preliminary talks between the two sides, and Karzai, who is a strong advocate of peace talks, has long said Afghans are in contact with insurgent groups. 

'Peace talks are going on with the Taliban. The foreign military and especially the United States itself is going ahead with these negotiations,' the leader told a news conference in the Afghan capital.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul declined to comment immediately.

Karzai was speaking the day after the U.N. Security Council split the U.N. sanctions list for Taliban and al Qaeda figures into two, which envoys said could help induce the Taliban into talks on a peace deal in Afghanistan.   

Despite hopes that talks with the Taliban could provide the political underpinning for the U.S. staged withdrawal from Afghanistan, the discussions are still not at the stage where they can be a deciding factor. 

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