Skip to comments.Obama, Karzai Call for “Taliban Office” in Afghanistan
Posted on 01/11/2013 6:39:51 PM PST by Olog-hai
The Taliban, which harbored al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001, will have an office in Afghanistan and engage in direct talks with the democratic government there, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai affirmed at a joint White House news conference Friday.
Ultimately security gains must be matched by political progress, so weve recommitted our nations to a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Obama said. President Karzai updated me on the Afghan governments road map to peace, and today we agreed that this process should be advanced by the opening of a Taliban office to facilitate talks.
Karzai agreed this would be an important step for the peace process.
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Political Progress = the transformation of America.
What Bizzaro earth have I landed on?
I thought that one of our primary objectives for being in Afghanistan was to get rid of the Taliban?
Get us the hell out of this worthless waste of a country NOW! Let the rag heads spend their wrath on each other not on our soldiers.
They don’t intend to spend their wrath on each other. And the faster we run away, the more emboldened they’ll get.
There are very few Christians and Jews in Afghanistan, so I would expect when we are gone, and there are not many Infidels left to kill, the Sunnis will start to knuckle under the Shiite minority in Afghanistan. -Tom
So, I guess we continue to sacrifice our young troops to a loosing cause?
As for spending their wrath on each other ... they were doing this long before we got involved. This culture has been involved in tribe against tribe mayhem for millennia.
more flexibility after I’m reelected
If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the rulers bidding. (10:23)Instead we have generals that care more about what the politicians tell them than what will work. (The Art Of War was meant for generals.)
All you need to know is how the liberal democrats despised our allies in Southeast Asia, and forced the deaths of millions after our Vietnam withdrawal - to understand what they are capable of.
Give them an office in the White House the Taliban is already there, they may as well have an office.
I assume the Taliban office in Afghanistan will have direct communications with the Taliban office in Washington D.C.
I guess we had a similar train of thought.
It moved from the White Crib to Afghanistan? Whoda thunk it?
So, to save face we continue to sacrifice our best and brightest? As a veteran of VN I say BS. Get us the hell out of Afghanistan and let them fight their own fight.
If our troops are not allowed to fight via conventional rules of engagement then we should leave. Like VN we are fighting for a people that don’t give a damn and wish we were gone so they can get on with their regular lives ...
I’d say surrender monkey but it’d probably be interpreted as racist.
So we should stay in Iraq and Afghanistan? Should we invade Iran and all other Islamic s***holes? What about Mexico, Central America, and South America? Africa? Where does it end?
1. How exactly is there reconciliation between the United States and a terrorist group that participated in 9/11?
2. If we went into Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban then why are we recognizing them politically while still maintaining troops there.
If Obama is going to be chummy with 9/11 terrorist groups then get our soldiers the hell out of there ... now!! what the hell are they dying for ... now?
3. Is any House Republican going to speak out against this craziness? Impeach the SOB!
Did I misidentify the problem that resulted in sacrificing instead of fighting? Since you pointed out the problem with rules of engagement, I would think you do get it to an extent. I don’t know if you agree that generals should fight even when the ruler (in this case the POTUS and his administration) tells them not to, in the case of fighting assuring victory that is.
If you want to invite more attacks on the home soil, the proverbial declaring of victory and running away surely is the way to do it. They will not leave us alone.
Iran has been identified as the #1 state sponsor of terrorism for many decades; they’ve declared war on us over and over and we didn’t act. Nothing was done about them, so the problem spread across many other countries. Now it’s in Egypt, and it’s starting to grow in Ethiopia. If we pull back to our own borders, then they will follow us there. Bad enough that a “pre-9/11 mentality” has already been identified in the thinking at DC. We surely didn’t wait for Germany to attack us on home soilas soon as they declared war on us after Pearl Harbor, off we went to meet them in Europe.
Tonight on “Taliban Office,” Mohammed Scott beheads Meredith for drunkeness before Allah! Elsewhere, Jim Ali Hussein forces his new wife Pam into a burkah under threat of beating! Tune in!
There is never been a lasting peace in Afghanistan,what will probably happen is Karzai’s government will collapse and the Taliban will return to the territory they controlled circa 9/11.
While remnants of the old government return to the old Northern Alliance frontier.What is idiotic is that our soldiers are still getting killed,still getting in trouble and still being lectured on absolute bs on how to treat the locals.
Staying in Afghanistan or leaving will not determine whether these animals will leave us alone. IMHO
I hope Dwight mohammed is still funny...
I agree with your first couple sentences, but you didn’t answer any of the questions I asked.
Well, you asked where does it end, so the only way to answer that was to identify where it began at the very least, that being Iran. Take out Iran and the rest of them will be severely weakened. But that seems to be the untouchable country on any president’s list.
All depends on what we do if we stay. Running will not make them say “OK, time to leave the Great Satan alone, they’ve had enough” . . .
True ... turn Afghanistan into a sea of glass would be the only thing that would quite the taliban down, however the taliban had nothing to do with 9/11.
Islamist will be forever targeting the US and our presence in Afghanistan will do nothing to deter them.
I recall Truman set up a Nazi Office in the new Germny under the same thinking.
Our problems with terrorists are solved in one way only; by killing every last one of them. I remember 9/11 and I AM STILL PISSED.
Only if its purpose is to corral them in a known location for Ms. Daisy Cutter to visit.
We need to just bomb the crap out of them, no more nation building. You can’t make savages into civilized people.
Great idea. They should have tried that with Japan and Germany in the closing days of WW2. That generation of leaders were much smarter than the current ones, so it would have stood a better chance of success.
“I said, ‘Jim, you know what makes it most frustrating about this assignment? It's not the hardships. It's not the gunfire. It's not the threats. It's dealing and fighting against the people, programs, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me,” Nordstrom said. “’For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building.”
He was right. The Taliban have been in the White House for four years.
Yep, I still hear the echoes from some here that Romney was as bad or worse than Obama. You idiots!
I recall first hearing the term "compassionate war", thinking, what kind of bullcheet is this?
After spending multiple trillions, WTF did we win?
We didn't even win cheap gas for cripes sake.
And this isn’t even a satire piece. And the Barry Bizarro World saga continues....
This is satire, right?
“What Bizzaro earth have I landed on?”
The same one we landed on at Tet. We beat their ass so THEY WON. Nothing changes. Only the places, faces, and names. And sometimes, not even that.
Why isn’t the word “satire” in the keywords? Please tell me that’s an oversight. Oh nevermind, I know it isn’t, but couldn’t you just humor an old woman? Where are we going, and how did we get in this hand basket?
I thought I heard Karzai say that the Taliban would establish an office in Doha, Qatar and that the Afghans would negotiate with them there. Did I hear wrong?
Islamic extremists are part of the admnistration, up in the double digits.
This is all part of Obama’s master plan, don’t fight the terorists, talk to them.
It’s all part of the plan of The Man Behind The Curtain, Valerie Jarrett—Muslim Brotherhood bigshot.
She is Obama’s CLOSEST and most important “advisor.”
She is calling the shots, and Obama knows he has to obey.
As Eric Nordstrom said at the Benghazi hearings...”The TALIBAN is IN the BUILDING”!! I think he meant the WHITE HOUSE and/or the STATE DEPT!!
I said that when the plan was to invade Iraq.
Yawn. I'm so tired of this from the whining class here. What grounds for impeachment? To what end? The Senate would never vote to remove and, Heaven forbid they did! Do you want a President Biden?
I find this disturbing and wonder if it'll end up like WWI, "the war to end all wars" by setting the stage for future instability. I figured in twenty years' time we'd have some sense of W took the right path after 9/11. I may have been too optimistic on how quickly clarity would come.
Nice to see Karzai visiting the Taliban office in D.C. :/
Don’t let the enemy write the agreement, Mr. President.