Obama, Karzai agree to open Taliban office to facilitate talks

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Karzai, Obama at joint White House news conference. Obama: “…we agreed that this process should be advanced by the opening of a Taliban office….”

By any conceivable human measure, the Taliban is a bunch of very bad, brutal dudes who would make a convoy of hog-riding Hell’s Angels look like a gathering of the Vienna Boys Choir. Yet at every opportunity, President Obama insists on giving them recognition far beyond what they have earned.

Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai appeared at a joint White House news conference Friday to announce the ending of the war in Afghanistan, CBS News reported.

The president said that concurrent with the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban would be officially setting up shop in that country. It will have an office and engage in direct talks with the Afghan government.

“Ultimately, security gains must be matched by political progress, so we’ve recommitted our nations to a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” the president said.

The last time we committed to reconciliation with the Taliban, it didn’t work out all that well.

On the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, Obama highlighted a security agreement he and Karzai had signed that purported to usher in “a future in which the war ends, and a new chapter begins.” The president at that time reported his administration was in direct negotiations with the Taliban. Before the ink had barely enough time to dry on that agreement, two explosions rocked Kabul, killing six and wounding 17. According to ABC News, the Taliban immediately took credit for the suicide bombings. So much for negotiations.

Why should anyone have been surprised? This, after all, is the same Taliban that harbored bin Laden before and after al-Qaida’s suicide attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Yet on Friday, Obama spoke of welcoming the Taliban to the peace process.

“President Karzai updated me on the Afghan government’s road map to peace, and today, we agreed that this process should be advanced by the opening of a Taliban office to facilitate talks,” he said.

An office? Is this going to be the Taliban version of American Express?

In less than a month — on Feb. 11 — the president is scheduled to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha for his heroic actions in warding off a prolonged, brutal attack in 2009. The enemy Romesha was engaged in at that time was the Taliban.

I’ve always been a numbers kinda guy. Numbers tell a story, and if you know the language, they seldom lie. Here are some numbers for you:

The war in Afghanistan started on Oct. 7, 2001, meaning we’ve been engaged there a bit over 11 long years. Roughly seven of those years were under President Bush, four under Obama. Yet 72 percent of the U.S. casualties in that country occurred under Obama’s watch, according to CNSNews.com. How many of these are attributable to believing that our enemy is our friend?

Read more at CNSNews.

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