Traditionally, the American people have cared very little about foreign policy. In part, that’s because they assume that the experts that are handling it know exactly what they’re doing. Tragically, this is all too often a completely erroneous assumption.
If you want to see a story that illustrates that, well wow, you really couldn’t do much better than the one you’re about to read. How bad is it? Imagine that Larry, Curly, and Moe are running the State Department’s ground game in Afghanistan and you’ll get the general idea. Am I exaggerating? Well, read the excerpts from this New York Times story and my comments afterwards and form your own conclusions:
For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all. In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO appear to have achieved little.
“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
We handed piles of money to some random con man and spent months negotiating with him even though he was running a fraud? That sounds like a spy novel? It actually sounds more like a Saturday Night Live skit.
NATO and Afghan officials said they held three meetings with the man, who traveled from in Pakistan, where Taliban leaders have taken refuge.
The fake Taliban leader even met with President Hamid Karzai, having been flown to Kabul on a NATO aircraft and ushered into the presidential palace, officials said.
Can we confirm whether Barack Obama has ever bowed to this guy?