Rejecting the Terrorist Label

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For its part, Pakistan sees little incentive in waging an overt war on the Haqqani, especially as one Pakistan official noted, “The Haqqanis will be with us forever. And in two years the US will be gone for the most part.”

In fact, in its rush to exit Afghanistan, the Obama administration is bending over backwards to do nothing that will derail its prospects of negotiating a reconciliation agreement to bring the Taliban back into the Afghan government.

As such, Obama administration officials believe that the Haqqani’s ties to the Taliban could throw those peace talks off the rails given the American government’s long-standing policy of not negotiating with terrorist organizations.

However, it should be noted that the Obama administration has played fast and loose with that policy in that Hillary Clinton acknowledged back in October 2011 the United States had held preliminary meetings with representatives of the Haqqani Network “to test their willingness and their sincerity…to try to put together a process that would sequence us towards an actual negotiation.”

To speed those negotiations, the Obama administration, which recently said the US has been in “direct discussions” with key Taliban leaders, had been facilitating those discussions for years by secretly releasing high-level Taliban captives on the condition that they promise to not fight anymore.

Not everyone, however, is on board with bringing back the Taliban into the Afghan fold, most notably Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, a position likely hardened by the recent Haqqani-backed assassination in Kabul of Mullah Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban official and peace negotiator.

In fact, if anything, the Taliban appears growing stronger and more deadly, an observation made by Senator Feinstein upon her recent return from Afghanistan, resurgence she attributed in large part to the increased violence by Haqqani forces.

Specifically, in April 2012, insurgents launched the biggest attack on Kabul in 10 years, an assault on major on Afghan government buildings, military bases and foreign embassies that killed 15 and wounded 74 others.

That attack was followed three weeks later in May when — hours after President Obama departed Kabul after signing the Afghan-US strategic pact –insurgents launched a series of coordinated suicide attacks against Afghan government targets in Kabul.

Yet, while the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for both those attacks, the Pentagon said they were likely carried out by Haqqani militants withUS Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker offering more certainty, claiming, “There is no question in our mind that the Haqqanis were responsible for these attacks.”

In fact, the strength of the Haqqani in fueling the escalation in violence is such that in March General John Allen, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, said the upcoming spring Coalition offensive would primarily be rooted at clearing out Haqqani strongholds in eastern Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, the long-term effects of that strategy remains undecided given that the Afghan-US strategic pact prohibits the American military fromusing Afghanistan as a base to combat insurgencies in neighboring countries after 2014.

As such, the agreement will expose the remaining 30,000 American troops expected to still be in Afghanistan to attacks by the Haqqani who could then cross back over into the safety of Pakistan.

According to one US military official, “The Haqqanis should not be given carte blanche to do whatever they want while State Department officials hold out false hope that they can cut a deal with the Devil.”

Sadly, those words will continue to fall on deaf ears, as in the eyes of the Obama administration, there is a clear distinction between the Devil and a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

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  • StephenD

    Reminds you of the FBI making deals with confessed killers to bring down a more note-worthy mobster.

    What does it matter these guys kill Americans when, if they are exposed we'd have to acknowledge Pakistan is a State sponsor and is actually "bad" to America?

    If Obama can exit the arena without stirring up more controversy, he will count it as success.

    In the meantime, just like La Cosa Nostra, This "thing of theirs" called Islam slowly and assuredly marches headfirst into the enlightenment of the 7th century.

  • TESSIETOM

    IT IS WRONG TO CALL THE TALIBAN TERRORISTS. I CALL THEM DEEPLY RELIGIOUS MOSLEMS. ONE OF THE MOST DEEPLY RELIGIOUS IS THE GENTLEMAN WHO CUT HIS WIFES NOSE AND EARS OFF. I AM SURE HE HAD THE BLESSINGS OF ALLAH AND HIS HOLY IMAM. IT IS AMAZING THAT THE RELIGION WHO PRAYS TO THE MERCIFUL GOD SHOWS NO MERCY. NEVER FORGET JIHAD IS A SACRAMENT JUST LIKE COMMUNION FOR CHRISTIANS. YOU LEAVE YOUR FAMILY WITHOUT PROTECTION TO STARVE WHILE YOU GO TO PARADISE AND COLLECT 72 VIRGINS WITH A COUPON. HOW THOUGHTFUL.
    WHEN WE STAND BEFORE GOD AND GABRIEL SAYS HE HAS NO BOOK OF GOOD DEEDS. WILL GOD SAY THAT'S OK. YOU ARE A GOOD MOSLEM. http://WWW.MEDIACRAPMATTERS.US

  • Linda Rivera

    Our government does NOT regard Muslim terrorists as the enemy!

    Google: Muslim terrorist training camps in America. There are many. They are ALLOWED by our government.

    Who does the government regard as the enemy?

    In 2009, Homeland Security declared the people to watch out for were veterans returning from the wars, pro-lifers and Tea Party attendees. In 2011, Homeland Security put out a video portraying white people as the most likely terrorists.

    Google: Concentration camps in America

    There are many. They are NOT intended for Muslim terrorists. People in Germany thought the murder of millions of innocents could never happen there. But it did.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Is this picture a Hussein family photo?……..Yes………………William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Despite the Haqqani Network’s decade-long murderous assault on American-led troops and Afghan civilians, the Obama administration is refusing calls to designate the Taliban-allied and al-Qaeda linked insurgent group a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

    Good! Because terrorism and jihad are two mutually exclusive and entirely different manifestations altogether.

    As a matter of fact, terrorism indiscriminately targets civilian non-combatants, is only perpetrated by political extremists for various political causes and is always perpetrated by non-Muslims. Whereas jihad, on the other hand, is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme and is a holy obligation incumbent upon every mainstream orthodox Muslim on earth.

    Thus, in stark contrast to terrorism, which indiscriminately targets civilian non-combatants, jihad specifically and only targets non-Muslim unbeliever non-combatants and combatants to make Islam supreme. As opposed to being for the purpose of various political causes, as is the case with terrorism, jihad, on the other hand, is waged and perpetrated by jihadists only in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme and jihadists are never political extremists, but instead mainstream orthodox Muslims.

    In addition, jihad can be both violent and non-violent as opposed to terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent. Nevertheless, for the most part jihad is overwhelmingly non-violent, covert, and deceptive. In fact, mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest is today the most prevalent form of covert and deceptive non-violent jihad taking place throughout the world today and unfortunately it takes place totally unopposed and uncontested.

    Indeed, the very same people that insist upon mislabeling jihad as being terrorism are the very same people that don't have the first clue about Islam. In fact, the reason that mass Muslim immigration to the West, which is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, takes place today totally unopposed and uncontested throughout the West is because these very same people that insist upon mislabeling what is really violent jihad as being terrorism, while at the same time ignoring the prevalence of covert and deceptive non-violent jihad that is employed by the Islamic world against the West astronomically far more prevalently, don't have the first clue about Islam.

  • Matt

    Pakistan will retake Afghanistan, there is a secret operation yet to be deployed by the ISI. The Talib will be back in control of Kabul. The ISI are always up to things, like the forced quantitative easying of Indian via fake currency, causing stampedes and moving the nuclear warheads in civilians vehicles and storing them in ISI safe houses. And they have a plan to retake Afghanistan.