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Obama’s “Moderate Taliban” Strategy has Failed

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 3, 2012 @ 2:03 pm In The Point | 5 Comments

Remember when Churchill tried to win World War II by winning the hearts and minds of “Moderate Nazis”? Me either. When Rudolf Hess flew to the UK to negotiate peace, he was locked up. Under Obama, he’d have been flown to the White House and the moderate Nazis would have gotten a 1 billion dollar line of credit on the promise that they would help fight the extreme Nazis.

Anyway the great dream of recruiting moderate Nazis Taliban to join in a moderate Islamist coalition to secure Afghanistan allowing Obama to claim, “Mission Accomplished” isn’t happening.

American generals and civilian officials have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war in Afghanistan: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

Well Obama did sacrifice a whole lot of American lives. He just didn’t accomplish anything by trying to duplicate the Vietnam exit strategy or the USSR’s Afghanistan exit strategy. But fear not, there’s a backup plan.

Military and diplomatic officials here and in Washington said that despite attempts to engage directly with Taliban leaders this year, they now expect that any significant progress will come only after 2014, once the bulk of NATO troops have left.

If by “significant progress”, they mean the Taliban taking Kabul and turning teenage girls into human pincushions, then yes significant progress will only be achieved after 2014.

If by significant progress, they mean that the “moderate” Taliban will split with the “extremists” to build a secular democratic Afghanistan, then we have to ask whether the New York Times is actually just rewriting old Pravda news stories.

New York Times subscribers like to think they’re smart. Does anticipating significant diplomatic progress when the US is no longer in Afghanistan seem at all intelligent to them?

The bizarre newsoganda has its roots in Democratic Party claims that Iraq would stabilize once the US withdrew, a claim made notably by one Obama, Barack Hussein.

American officials say they hope that the Taliban will find the Afghan Army a more formidable adversary than they expect and be compelled, in the years after NATO withdraws, to come to terms with what they now dismiss as a “puppet” government.

Sure the4 Afghan Army is killing Americans now, but not actually doing anything useful with the Taliban, but once the US withdraws then finally the Afghan Army will defeat the Taliban.

The United States has not given up on talks before that time. It agreed last month to set up a committee with Pakistan that would vet potential new Taliban interlocutors

And who better to vet the Taliban than… Pakistan.

Bringing Pakistan into the search for Taliban contacts is also an uncertain strategy, American officials said.

Using Soviet Union to mediate peace talks with Viet Cong, described as uncertain strategy, public lunatic claims.

But wait… this isn’t Obama’s failure. Blame the Republicans! Blame the Republicans!

The effort fell apart when the Obama administration, faced with bipartisan opposition in Washington, could not make good on a proposed prisoner swap, in which five Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, would have been exchanged for the sole American soldier held by the insurgents, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The trade was to be an initial confidence-building measure that would lead to more serious talks. If it is revived by the Obama administration, it would come after the presidential election.

Don’t worry Mr. Taliban, Obama will be more flexible after the election.


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