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It would seem that the US stance of "never negotiate with terrorists" may be going out the window as well

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081008/...n_usa_petraeus
post #2 of 11
since the Taliban,used to be the goverment there.
would it still be negotiating with terrorists?
post #3 of 11
Because of our misguided handling of the war we may now have no choice but to sit and negotiate.
post #4 of 11
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since the Taliban,used to be the goverment there.
would it still be negotiating with terrorists?
I don't think the Taliban was ever officially recognized as a formal government. As far as I'm concerned the best way to negotiate with a terrorist is a bullet to the head. The only good terrorist is a dead one.
post #5 of 11
well in that case, sure, call a meeting.
that way you can kill most of them all in one spot.
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Because of our misguided handling of the war we may now have no choice but to sit and negotiate.
well if obama wins have your burka ready.
since every suggestion obama has come with is, only going to lead to more attacks here.
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well in that case, sure, call a meeting.
that way you can kill most of them all in one spot.
It would be my pleasure.
post #8 of 11
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well if obama wins have your burka ready.
since every suggestion obama has come with is, only going to lead to more attacks here.
It looks as though the negotiating may be well under way by the time he even gets there. After all these years of tough talk, if that happens, that would be some serious wimping out.
post #9 of 11
Is there any other choice? The situation sounds pretty dire: U.S. Military Chief Gives Grim View of Afghanistan
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Admiral Mullen said Afghanistan was likely to continue what a new intelligence assessment calls “a downward spiral” barring rapid, major improvements to curb Afghanistan’s booming heroin trade, bolster district and tribal leaders to offset a weak central government in Kabul, breathe life into a flagging economy, and stem the flow of militants who are carrying out increasingly sophisticated attacks from safe havens in Pakistan.
U.S. Urgently Reviews Policy on Afghanistan
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Underlying the deliberations is a nearly completed National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan and the Pakistan-based extremists fighting there. Analysts have concluded that reconstituted elements of al-Qaeda and the resurgent Taliban are collaborating with an expanding network of militant groups, making the counterinsurgency war infinitely more complicated.
U.S. Study Is Said to Warn of Crisis in Afghanistan
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A draft report by American intelligence agencies concludes that Afghanistan is in a “downward spiral” and casts serious doubt on the ability of the Afghan government to stem the rise in the Taliban’s influence there, according to American officials familiar with the document.

The classified report finds that the breakdown in central authority in Afghanistan has been accelerated by rampant corruption within the government of President Hamid Karzai and by an increase in violence by militants who have launched increasingly sophisticated attacks from havens in Pakistan.
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I agree Tricia. Things have been left without intervention for too long.
post #11 of 11
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Is there any other choice?
Actually, most likely not. I'm just a bit amazed that a notion of negotiation was called treason when it was mentioned a couple months ago, yet now seems to be a pretty reasonable idea. Funny how things change in the light of reality.
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