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Adios, Jihadis!

June 18th, 2013 - 12:33 pm

So this happening:

Senior US officials said on Tuesday that representatives will begin formal talks with the Taliban “within a few” days at a new office in Doha, Qatar.

The Afghan Taliban opened the office to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war, saying it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation.

Senior Barack Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the record, described the office opening to AP as a stepping stone to full Taliban renouncement of al Qaeda.

What I want to know is: Why? Why are we trying to make peace with the Taliban? Does anyone expect that peace to hold once we’ve exited the country? No, this will be Vietnam all over again, where the bad guys resume war just about the time our last soldier leaves the country. The Afghan National Army is riddled with Taliban and al Qaeda, too, so it’s a pretty sure bet who will win in the end.

Is Obama opening talks just to save face, to show the world he’s made a good-faith effort? How much face will he have left, when his purported peace partners make a mockery of his efforts as soon as his back is turned?

We should have either kept a small footprint and continued to wage a low-intensity anti-terror fight, or bugged out completely. Instead, we had this phony surge in order to force a phony peace. But I suppose there will be a brief moment of glory, when the diplomats and the leaders can all come together and smile for the cameras and give awards to each other and remind us of how wonderful they all are.

Or maybe I’m just not being cynical enough.

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Compared to the violence in Obama's home town of Chicago, this new “peace in Afghanistan” might actually look kinda peaceful.
1 year ago
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Obama wants to surrender. This means peace in our time.
1 year ago
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Steve - I have come to the conclusion that one can never be cynical enough.

Especially with that bunch.
1 year ago
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I have been saying ever since he first appeared as a major player over there that Hamid Karzai was fit to be another Ngo Dinh Diem; corrupt, feckless and more than willing to put his country under the power of those bent on its destruction. Granted, O is beyond help. Yet it begs the question, just what did GWB see in him to vest so much hope and energy?
1 year ago
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Well, Nixon did not have a cool peace trophy thingy from the Nobel Company a Division of Wham-O that The One got in 2009 for, "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". All his minions need to do is wave it around during negotiations and that will make all the difference in securing a lasting peace on his terms with the Taliban.
Then, finally, the President will be able to use his laser-like focus to improve the economy...for sure this time, really, truly.
1 year ago
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The Guardian piece has the real kicker:
"'Peace and reconciliation' milestone comes after US drops request for formal rejection of al-Qaida as precondition to talks"

Oh, and these talks have been authorized by a certain Mullah Omar. Wasn't he the Public Enemy #2 at some point?

Paper. Tiger.
1 year ago
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His foreign policy sorta makes sense if assume it is solely for domestic politics. And even then, only for a small slice of DC/media elites.
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