What is behind US-Taliban talks?

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by Alex Lantier
29 October 2008

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on US plans to open direct negotiations with Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. The fact that the Journal, a conservative financial paper, broke the story shows that it was not a journalistic exposé, but a deliberate public declaration of a shift in state policy.

According to the Journal, “The US is actively considering talks with elements of the Taliban, the armed Islamist group that once ruled Afghanistan and sheltered al-Qaeda, in a major policy shift that would have been unthinkable a few months ago.” It reported that such talks were included in a “draft recommendation in a classified White House assessment of US strategy in Afghanistan.”

These plans seek to address a serious deterioration of the US position in Afghanistan. Violence has spread through the country and into neighboring tribal areas of Pakistan, whose US-backed government has been discredited by its acquiescence in US bombings and ground incursions into Pakistan against Taliban militants. The US war on the Taliban has also antagonized important US allies that helped the US organize the Taliban militias in the interests of US pipeline politics in the mid-1990s: the Saudi clerical establishment and Pakistan’s powerful military espionage agency, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).


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One thought on “What is behind US-Taliban talks?

  1. Of course this is no summit nor peace talks, rather as a follow-up article in the WSJ points out, it’s an attempt to co-opt/bribe lower-level taliban, divide & conquer, coupled with another surge: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122518444142375573.html

    I’m no military strategist, but methinks it won’t work.

    Barack is delusional to imagine he will march in there with 10k troops and supress the region– The soviets failed at that with all their vast military might as have we.

    This is all very scary. I am most scared for the innocent Afghanis who have seen more horror and war and poverty for more dacades than anyone could possibly deserve, and this is before we start in with the tactical nukes and reprisals from Islamabad, the Russians, yikes.

    The USA needs to retreat and retract all of its troops from around the world, and pursue diplomacy to demilitarize the world. How much horror, how many failed campaigns will it take to teach the USA that war doesn’t work?


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