February 19, 2011


Obama Administration Talking to Taliban

The Obama Administration has begun "direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders," according to a must-read New Yorker piece.

"The discussion are continuing; they are of an exploratory nature and do not yet amount to a peace negotiation. That may take some time."

"The recent American talks are intended to prime more successful and durable negotiations led by Karzai. The United States would play a supporting role in these negotiations ... For the United States, the overarching goal of such negotiations would be to persuade at least some important Taliban leaders to break with Al Qaeda, leave the battlefield, and participate in Afghan electoral politics, without touching off violence by anti-Taliban groups or gutting the rights enjoyed by minorities and women."










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