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Obama’s Taliban Moderates Is ‘Illogical’

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Former Taliban soldiers display their weapons during a ceremony in the western city of Herat March 10, 2009.

Pakistan tribe agrees to hand over Taliban

By HABIB KHAN Associated Press Writer

March 10, 2009

KHAR, Pakistan — A tribe in a northwestern Pakistani region where the military has fought insurgents has agreed to stop sheltering foreign fighters and hand over local Taliban leaders, authorities said. A tribal elder said some militants could be pardoned and freed…

Pakistan has previously signed such pacts with tribes in its northwest regions, but they tend to unravel and spur Western criticism that they give militants time to regroup or create safe havens for them.

But Monday’s agreement in the Bajur tribal area came after the army said it had defeated insurgents there after six months of fighting, indicating the government was negotiating from a position of strength.

Bajur is a rumored hiding place of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and the military offensive there earned praise from American officials concerned that militants use Pakistan as a base from which to plan attacks in Afghanistan.

The 28-point pact was signed with the Mamund tribe, which controls a large swath of Bajur and whose ranks have yielded most of the top leaders of the local Taliban. Shafirullah Khan, the top Bajur government official, told reporters that the tribe also agreed to ban the display of heavy weapons

Mamund tribal elder Malik Abdul Aziz told reporters Monday that he and his colleagues were in touch with top Bajur Taliban leader Faqir Mohammed and Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar, and that both had agreed to surrender.

However, Aziz also said the tribe has an "understanding" with the government that those who turn themselves in will be pardoned and let go if the tribe guarantees they will no longer fight

In Bajur, the Mamund tribe also agreed to register the area’s religious schools, which often are breeding grounds for militants, and to disallow the broadcasting of anti-government propaganda in mosques and other places…

If the tribe violates the deal, it will face fines, the confiscation of many weapons and "any action" deemed necessary by the government, Khan said…

And yet we hear this from those other defenders of the faith at Reuters:

Taliban say Obama’s call on moderates "illogical"

Tue Mar 10

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban on Tuesday turned down as illogical U.S. President Barack Obama’s bid to reach out to moderate elements of the insurgents, saying the exit of foreign troops was the only solution for ending the war…

"This does not require any response or reaction for this is illogical," Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a purported spokesman for the insurgent group, told Reuters when asked if its top leader Mullah Mohammad Omar would make any comment about Obama’s proposal.

"The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy…I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means?"

"If it means those who are not fighting and are sitting in their homes, then talking to them is meaningless. This really is surprising the Taliban." …

Yousuf said expulsion of foreign troops was the only solution for Afghanistan’s spiraling violence

Whom to believe?

Of course only someone as naive (or duplicitous) as Mr. Obama would believe there is such a thing as a “moderate” Muslim terrorist.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama’s Taliban Moderates Is ‘Illogical’”

  1. proreason says:

    The Moron’s brilliant strategy has widespread potential. Imagine:

    = dismantling the Mafia by co-opting the moderate capos
    – de-fusing the drug cartels by chatting up the drug lords with less than 100 deaths to their credit
    – tricking N. Korea by supporting the moderate political elements there
    – solving the Iran situation by supporting the mullah’s who promise to de-arm once Israel is destroyed

    the possibilities are endless.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    Why is it that Obama can’t see that “moderate Taliban” is an oxymoron? Geez, even the terrorists will correct him on that one. And the left – wing media would have likely never voiced concern over Obama’s statements had the terrorists not ridiculed the idea themselves.

    Something tells me we’ve left our national security in the hands of a buffoon. Another possibility – one that makes me cringe – is that Obama knows better, but chooses to downplay actions of terrorists to the American people. But for what purpose?

  3. BigBad says:

    Anyone remember Die Hard the original. Remember the “smooth talker” who shares a coke with the terrorists while trying to talk to McClane? Then he gets his head blown off. That guy is Obama. The “smooth talker” who is just clueless.

  4. canary says:

    Unfortunatley, Obomba’s foreignor policy, and youth, has been that everyone in the world comes and go as they please.
    Since he promised to bring all our American soldiers home, if elected, he did not see any reason to study the terrorist problem, while too busy running for office..

  5. caligirl9 says:

    I would like a serious definition and characterization of what a moderate Taliban is all about. Do they use camels instead of jeeps for transportation? Do they prefer rocks to bullets? Do they like to negotiate and adhere to treaties? Do they honor the rights of those who are not Taliban to live next to them without being blown up?

    Seriously … the whole idea is laughable.

  6. TickTock says:

    “Moderate Taliban” is akin to “vegetarian cannibals”.

    Obama is so stupid. Who put that up on his teleprompter?

    • caligirl9 says:

      Oh, so like the “vegetarian” vampires in Twilight, the Cullens, who don’t partake of human blood. Makes total sense to me LOL

  7. VMAN says:

    I don’t know what to think. Is this guy a complete buffoon or does he have a carefully crafted plan that will leave the USA in a mess we will never recover from. I keep waiting fro the cavalry to ride to the rescue.

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    Hummm…the MSM keep saying O is so brilliant. Perhaps the smartest president ever. Well, there truly is a fine line between genius and insanity. Since I don’t see the genius in anything he’s done so far, I vote insanity.

  9. canary says:

    maybe ooboomboo meant to say “Progressive Taliban.”
    The definition according to the Omerica’s new Obamo’s World Dictionary is:

    adj noun’ A Progressive Taliban can train and get pilot licences in the U.S. and
    bomb not just 1 World Trade Center, but on second try bombed
    2 WTC ” buildings” plus Pentagon. They get 1st class trials and
    hearings, free attornies, and priority on the Civil Liberties Unions List.
    example: Jose Padilla

    A Moderate Taliban is a muslim that freely goes in and out of the U.S.
    looking American dressed, every country and practice hate in their
    mosques, funnel money to old school Taliban. They claim to be
    friendly and love they neighbor in America.
    example: Bridges founder built a bridge between moderate Taliban
    Americans, and then chopped his wife’s head off.

  10. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I would guess Obama’s just trying to avoid sounding like W by saying we’re gonna have to tough it out. But even his BFF’s in the MSM couldn’t swallow the “moderate Taliban” crap. I first heard this on ABC radio, so it is getting a little traction beyond the blogosphere. http://abc.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=7037160

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