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Karzai To Try To Buy Off Taliban – Again

From a short term memory deficient Associated Press:

A peace conference billboard in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Afghans to discuss peace at national conclave

By ROBERT H. REID and DEB RIECHMANN (AP) – May 31, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai is rolling out his program to lure Taliban and other insurgent fighters off the battlefield, addressing a three-day conference starting Wednesday aimed at building a national consensus on how to end the nearly nine-year war.

About 1,600 Afghans will convene in a giant tent at Kabul Polytechnic University to discuss how to reconcile with the fighters — even as the U.S. rushes in more troops to ramp up the war. Lawmakers, provincial council members, tribal and religious leaders and representatives of civil society will participate.

Notably absent from the "peace jirga" — jirga means "large assembly" in Pashto — will be official representatives of the Taliban, although some of the delegates may be insurgent sympathizers.

The Taliban have dismissed the jirga as a "phony reconciliation process" and insist they will not negotiate until all foreign troops leave the country. Security has been stepped up in Kabul in case the Taliban launches attacks in the capital to disrupt the conference.

Still, Karzai is hoping the jirga will bolster him politically by endorsing his strategy of offering incentives to individual Taliban fighters and reaching out to the insurgent leadership, despite skepticism in Washington that the time is right for an overture to militant leaders.

Some members of Afghanistan’s ethnic minorities fear Karzai may be too eager to sell out their interests in hopes of cutting a deal with the Taliban, who, like him, are Pashtuns, the country’s largest ethnic group

Even among southern Pashtuns, where skepticism of the government and support for the militants run deep, there are doubts whether significant numbers of Taliban fighters will accept the deal [sic]…

So even the most skeptical are skeptical?

[P]referring instead to hold out until foreign troops are gone. President Barack Obama has pledged to begin pulling out U.S. troops in July 2011…

Gee, no kidding.

But isn’t this the same AP that argued there would be no harm in publishing a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops?

Nevertheless, the conference will provide an opportunity for representatives of Afghanistan’s complex power structure to determine how to design a peace policy toward the Taliban without giving away the gains in human rights and rule of law achieved since the collapse of Taliban rule in the U.S.-led invasion of 2001…

All they will give away is the sacrifice in American blood and treasure.

But Obama will declare that a victory. And, perhaps in his mind, it is.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Karzai To Try To Buy Off Taliban – Again”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Careful what you wish for Mr. Karzai
    The Taliban don’t want to share jack with your regime.
    It is a all or nothing thing for them.

    Back to the ‘Stone Age’ for the rock apes.
    NATO out ———- NOW!!

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”President Hamid Karzai is rolling out his program to lure Taliban and other insurgent fighters off the battlefield…..”

    He’ll have the same degree of success as all those methodone clinics and needle exchanges the libs foisted on the American public to lure addicts off their drug habit. Leave it to Obama to help him implement his ‘program’.

    As you say, Steve, “All they will give away is the sacrifice in American blood and treasure.”

    And I agree, LD. Since we can’t bomb Afghanistan back into the stone age since they never left it, I say we use that as a plane of reference and proceed from there. My grandson will be there around November, and it pains me to see him used as a pawn in Obama’s political power-grab. If the Moron wants to play it that way, have him send his “mistakes” to do his bidding.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      May God keep his hands on all of our Warriors.
      My prayers are with your grandson and all our fine fire pissers.

      I hate to even bring this up but I see shades of ‘Nam with this group of “COWARDS” that occupy the ‘Peoples House’.

      Semper Fi, my brother!

    • JohnMG says:

      It is painful to contemplate, but I said the same thint to Mrs. MG just yeaterday.

      Obama stands poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. As you say, just like in ‘Nam.

      My real quarrel, though, is with those who didn’t have the gray matter to see this clown for the fraud he is, or if they did know, voted for him anyway.

  3. Right of the People says:

    President Hamid “Chamberlain” Karzai just doesn’t get it. Being a moose limb himself he should know that there is no negotiating with these savages. Their idea of compromise is to give them what they want.

    Gee, coming to think of it, it is the same definition of compromise the liberals use. Moose limbs, liberals, liberals, moose limbs, I’m seeing a pattern here.

    Here’s hoping you and yours are having a happy and safe Memorial Day. I’ve been watching war flicks on TMC and Fox Movie channel all day. Too bad this is the only time of year they ever put on anything remotely patriotic.

    Keep the faith, November’s coming soon.

  4. AmericanIPA says:

    Obviously he’s been boning up on how things operate in America recently.

    Pay people to sit on their duffs once and they will never be a contributor to society again. Of course, in our country at least the welfare cases don’t have AK-47s and RPGs that they routinely use.

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