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petaeus-obamab_783109cEditor’s Note – It’s time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. 

Growing desperate to appease the far left anti-war crowd by delivering on his campaign promise to end this war, it looks as if Obama is willing to go to any length to bring this about.  With his overall approval rating  falling as if struck by a drone, Obama can ill afford to lose this base of supporters.  Hence, the “talks” with the Taliban begin.

This country learned a very painful lesson in Vietnam, that we do not put our troops in harm’s way if we have no intentions of winning.  It is immoral to ask our troops to sacrifice their very lives when the U.S. Government is not committed to the mission, and Barack Obama is not committed to winning in Afghanistan.  His mission is simply to get out, at whatever cost.

So we sit down with the Taliban, a ruthless, barbaric people that ruled with an iron fist.  A group that terrorized Afghanistan with its brutal form of justice which included cutting the hands off those suspected of stealing, killing their own daughters simply for being born female and holding  public executions that included stoning women to death for perceived infidelity, all in an effort to ‘teach a lesson’ to others.

And Obama dignifies the Taliban by inviting them to the table.  Just as we saw in Vietnam, he’ll negotiate whatever shaky deal he can that looks good on the surface, all the while knowing that the existing Afghan government doesn’t stand a chance with the Taliban once our forces are gone.  Just as America did in Vietnam.

The outcome is inevitable, and all the sacrifice and toil will be for naught once the Taliban re-establish control in Afghanistan.  Not one more American life should be lost to Obama’s political agenda.  The sons and daughters of America that serve this nation deserve better than this. 

It’s time to bring our troops home.

 

U.S. Backs Taliban Talks

By Adam Entous in Brussels and Julian E. Barnes in Washington
Wall Street Journal

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U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have facilitated the passage of senior Taliban leaders to Kabul for talks with President Hamid Karzai’s government, signaling a shift by the U.S. to more active support of Afghan reconciliation efforts.

The U.S. military has said in the past that Mr. Karzai’s efforts to broker peace with the Taliban were premature.

But a senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization official said the allied force was now offering direct help for preliminary peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which has strong influence in big swaths of the country.

“We have indeed facilitated, to various degrees, the contacts between these senior Taliban members to the highest levels of the Afghan government,” the NATO official said.

President Barack Obama has vowed to begin bringing some American troops home in July of next year. That timetable has increased the pressure on the coalition to show progress in the war.

To be sure, some Taliban members likely are using the peace talks as a delaying tactic in the hope it could undermine support for the allied military campaign. But senior U.S. officials have said that some factions are genuinely interested in ending the fight.

Confirmation that the U.S. has helped facilitate the Taliban’s participation in the peace talks will likely be received positively in Pakistan, where officials have called on Washington to play a more open role in reconciliation talks.

“America is in the talks, but has not revealed itself,” a senior Pakistani official said Tuesday. “The U.S. must reveal its face, or it [the war] will get worse. There has to be U.S. ownership of the reconciliation talks.”

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Tom Tillison

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