Skip to comments.Holbrooke's plea for talks with Taliban leader
Posted on 10/22/2009 6:29:29 PM PDT by gandalftb
US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke had requested talks with Mullah Omar during his July visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Holbrooke, asked Pakistani officials to make the effort in bringing either the Taliban leader or his special representative to the negotiating table.
Holbrooke's request is being considered in Taliban's leadership council by Mowlavi Abdul Kabir and Mowlavi Abdul Latif Mansour, the report adds.
According to a member of Taliban's leadership council, during his Islamabad visit in July, Holbrooke opposed suggestions by Pakistani officials that his appeal for talks with the Taliban leader should be made public. Holbrook then demanded that the issue must be pursued covertly, adding that in case Taliban's response to his request was affirmative, then the US would decide how to carry on the matter.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that Taliban leaders have also embraced the idea of Saudi Arabia brokering of talks between the US and Taliban.
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And the Saudi initiative is well known. In any case, Omar is untouchable in Pakistan for now, we might as well try to reach out. We have common interests in Afghanistan such as getting rid of opium and Karzai.
You want us to reach out to Mullah Omar??
What a stupid infidel dog...
Let’s send Biden over there to talk to these people. That will confuse them.
Holbrook is looking for someone to show the white flag to. Mullah Omar shouldn’t sink to the indignity of meeting with him. He can send a first year Madrasa student to deal with the infidel.
Our approach to Omar should be the same now as it was 8 years ago. Hand over Bin Ladin and we’ll talk.
Hey man, the Taliban encouraged opium growth because it was exported to the kuffar (i.e. infidels). The only reaching out we should be doing to One-Eyed-Omar is using Hellfire missiles. Besides, keeping Omar in Pakistan keeps him removed from his supporters and renders him ineffective... until he gets careless.
The Taliban is just as likely to chop Holbrook’s head off as talk to him, and it is ludicrous to even suggest that we have anything to discuss with Mullah Omar.
And where is the Secretary of State this week...??
Yeah, and I should have guessed it would be 911 liar Holbrooke.
I’ve had my eye out for Mullah Omar
Mullah Omar said to meet him in the big empty cave on the Pakistan Afghanistan border. He gave his word that he wouldn’t harm Mr. Holbrooke. I’m sure Holbrooke won’t have a problem with this since he thinks mullah Omar is an honest person he can deal with.
Our/my military family is stuck in Omar's sandbox and he is sending them home feet first. I don't give a damn what happens to Afghanistan, sorry about the ladies there that will have to live like cattle.
But Afghans are exporting jihadists and opiates to us here in America and killing our families here. Something has got to give, their country is too primitive, illiterate, anarchaic and corrupt to ever govern or even pacify.
We either face up to generations of garrisoning them and haggling with the latest mayor of Kabul or find a new path. Viet Nam was really quite simple compared to this mess.
I don't need to see any more American dead and vacillating Obama's to know that American willpower will go away without progress. Our military can offer many effective solutions that will drive the enemy to the table but we need a dialogue to get to a political solution and end-game.
You should respect that part of your family which decided to volunteer for duty knowing full well where they would be headed and support them and their cause instead of wishing foe a defeat in Afghanistan. Note: before you go off on me, I served 20 years in the AF so “been there and done that”.
“Holbrook is looking for someone to show the white flag to”
Exactly my thoughts. Holbrook is most likely carrying a white flag with him at all times.
Legitimizing the Taliban will end in failure, but hey, don’t let Pakistan’s past mistakes with the Taliban have any frakin’ bearing on your pleas there, Holbrooke. Idiot.
Well here we are, stuck with New Kids On The Block that won't send reinforcements until we are "sure of our Afghan partners". Our military can't wait 3 years for a new President with some courage.
Do you think our military has any confidence in their "War President" when he just got pimped with the Nobel Peace Prize? Does anyone think Obama, as obsessed as he is with his place in history, is going to expand this war?
This war needs to be fought in Pakistan just like it should have been fought in Laos and Cambodia, out in the open, where ever the enemy is. I will risk my family if they can take the gloves off.
If this war is going to be fought in DC it can only be lost and our American blood wasted. I personally would rather sit down with Omar than Obama, more could be done.
There is no Taliban, it is a collection of ragtag tribesman that will go back to killing each other after we’re gone. Omar is reality and the key to ending Al Qaeda. He is the center of gravity just like Saddam. Any contact will destabilize the enemy and that is not something we are doing in Pakistan right now.
Contrary to your belief, there is indeed a Taliban and any contact with them will only act to legitimize them.
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