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Karzai Confirms Talking With The Taliban

From an approving Associated Press:

Karzai: Talks with Taliban on for ‘some time’

By Robert Kennedy, Associated Press Writer
October 11, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai confirmed his government has been in informal talks with the Taliban on securing peace in war-weary Afghanistan "for quite some time" — the latest in a series of high-level acknowledgments of contacts with the insurgent group…

Unofficial discussions have been held with Taliban representatives over an extended period, Karzai told CNN’s "Larry King Live" in an interview to be broadcast Monday.

"We have been talking to the Taliban as countryman to countryman," Karzai said. "Not as a regular official contact with the Taliban with a fixed address, but rather unofficial personal contacts have been going on for quite some time."

Afghan presidential spokesman Waheed Omar said it was not the first time Karzai had acknowledged talks, saying both the president and his office have repeatedly confirmed unofficial discussions.

"He has talked about it in the past as well. It’s not hidden from anyone," Omar said. The president’s office previously confirmed there were informal talks with different levels of Afghan Taliban over the past couple of years.

"We have said that there have been contacts in the past, initiated sometimes by the government, sometimes by the armed opposition," Omar said. He said these have been through intermediaries.

NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan — Gen. David Petraeus — has also said the military coalition was aware of overtures made by Taliban insurgents at the highest levels to the Afghan government

The Afghan government says it hopes to make talks more structured with a "peace council" that will aim for formal talks with insurgent groups. On Sunday, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani was named chief of the council. Rabbani was one of a group of mujahedeen leaders who fought the Soviets in the 1980s. He was Afghanistan’s president between 1992 and 1996, when he was ousted by the Taliban.

Omar said the panel should become the conduit for formal talks.

"We hope that the signals that have been sent from the different representatives of the Taliban, and the kind of contact, direct and indirect, from the past will materialize into substantive talks led by the High Council of Peace," Omar said

According to the Washington Post article we posted last week, the Obama administration had been opposed to these talks, but now they approve of them.

In truth, it’s more likely that they just found out about them and can’t do anything to stop them – even if they wanted to. And they don’t want to.

After all, they will agree to anything that will give them cover for bugging out in July.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Karzai Confirms Talking With The Taliban”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Within three years after we pull out the Taliban will be back in power and the burkas will be back in force along with no music, TV, etc, etc, etc. What a waste of brave men and women’s lives.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s not like thinking people didn’t see it coming. The nature of human beings is to survive and if that means surviving under a strict authoritarian rule, then that is as it shall be.

      This is what makes the American Revolution so anathema to 99% of the world. The fight for freedom from oppressive rule to free all people from same was unheard of. From historic times to 1776, fights for “freedom”, even in William Wallace’s time were to replace one form of oppressive rule with another. Frying pan/fire/back to frying pan.

      The United States is the only time and place where it worked to such great results. And that is primarily due to a people collectively agreeing to our system of laws and in cases where there appeared to be obvious problems, proper debate and compromises were reached. In fact, the United States is the only nation in the world, still that made slavery against the law. Other nations do not practice it but it is more a matter of custom than law.

      So, Karzai is no dummy. He will be well taken care of as long as he toes the taliban line. He knows this and he also knows that he will meet a gruesome demise if/when the taliban tires of him or he gets out of line. He is planning his own survival and by proxy, the survival of others whence the US leaves. Indeed, it is a tap dance on very thin ice and he may, for all intents and purposes, be done away with in the end anyway. They do have a nasty habit of subverting agreements through murder. As Pro likes to say, “Trapped in the seventh century”.

      My own personal opinion is that they have operated this way for centuries and there is little change that can be mustered. No amount of American blood spilled will alter their ways. I have friends serving in Afghanistan and I fear for their lives every day. But I am also angered that the whole thing has become a political football when I thought it best to do them in, with supreme firepower, bring them to their knees and then rebuild as necessary under threat of being destroyed again. It’s what we did to Germany and Japan and it’s the only thing that would work. The object of a war is to defeat the enemy, not show “tactical restraint” and fight a “politically correct” war. That’s patently BS. The socialists think otherwise and God only knows what brand of logic they are using.

      Our half-assed efforts in Afghanistan had a prototype…when the USSR did something similar. And, they weren’t interested in political correctness or tactical restraint…they were full-bore with over 100,000 troops on the ground. What makes this administration think a lesser number with restraint is going to produce results? The answer is obvious…this administration has absolutely no interest in winning a war in Afghanistan; It simply finds it an annoyance to their socialization of this nation here at home. And they want to eliminate that distraction ASAP.

      Thus, though I hate to say it, our troop losses, by their estimate, are a necessary cost of doing business. I doubt that Obama listens to the daily reports with much interest while he plots and schemes to further destroy us at home. He listens to the casualty reports probably with the bent that they are a boon to him in that they were republican voters anyhow. Pathetic, on his part, to say the least.

      And finally, this administration doesn’t want a working democracy in the middle east because to do so would undermine their desires to make THIS nation a socialist dictatorship. In other words, their actions and inactions tell us all what they are truly about.

  2. proreason says:

    More like three months.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I call Bovine Scatology. If it makes it to the headlines, the Deal is already done.

    And the Deal is not about power or politics. It’s about cutting up the pie labeled Opium. The rest is just gang banging in the neighborhood to settle who has what territories. And Karzai has been using US troops to settle his claims.

  4. Astravogel says:

    If President Karzai has the sense G*d gave a goat, he’ll
    take a page out of “Air America” and get a Holiday Inn
    in Southern California, “..own and operate.”

    GBJ has it right.
    History may not repeat itself, but it sure rhymes…

  5. canary says:

    Karzai main talk is telling the Taliban where to plant the IED devices at every path & move U.S. & NATO make.
    Since Karzai has privy to all of it, as he over sees the corrupt Afghan police & military.
    Karzai’s goal is to kill U.S. & NATO soldiers so they will leave.
    Obama’s partnership with Karzai, giving him more and more say shows both are more loyal to the Taliban. Obama’s muslim roots are drenched since early childhood. Now that he is president, his actions & words in rapid growth of partnerships with muslim & latino countries grows. His contempt & disdain to Americans can’t be hidden.
    Obama hates the military because they volunteered. He’d stand with hate signs just like those Westboro church members.
    I’m sure all the high rank officers will be safe places when the supplies start going through to booby trapped Afghanistan again.

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