Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Frist: Negotiate w/Taliban

So Frist says that we can't defeat the Taliban militarily and must negotiate to pull (presumably the "non-terrorist") Taliban into the local government.

Statement 1

Wow. Nuance from this administration? Is Frist turning into a Democrat? Or is he just an unloyal, snot-nosed liberal non-patriot? What's the difference these days?

Strange that the W-Admistration still insists that we continue to fight (forever?) a country that had nothing to do with Al Qaeda yet suggests that we negotiate with the Taliban, which actually *did* (still does?) support Al Qaeda. Stunning.

Having discussed the situation with commanders on the ground, I believe that we cannot stabilize Afghanistan purely through military means. Our counter-insurgency strategy must win hearts and minds and persuade moderate Islamists potentially sympathetic to the Taliban to accept the legitimacy of the Afghan national government and democratic political processes.

Statement 2

Wow! again! Further suggestions of negotiating with an enemy. "Winning the hearts and minds" and pulling them into local government has worked so well in Iraq... we just must try that in Afghanistan.

Do go on...

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