I actually had to read this twice to be sure. From the UK Times Online:
President Obama is prepared to accept some Taleban involvement in Afghanistan’s political future and is unlikely to favour a large influx of new American troops being demanded by his ground commander, a senior official said last night.
Mr Obama appears to have been swayed in recent days by arguments from some advisers, led by Vice-President Joe Biden, that the Taleban do not pose a direct threat to the US and that there should be greater focus on tackling al-Qaeda inside Pakistan. MORE
My, my, my what happened to all that tough talk during the election? It is becoming pretty clear that as far as Afghanistan is concerned, Obama is looking for the path of least resistance. He has no guts to go against his party and no guts to win the war in Afghanistan. This is pathetic.
It was the Taliban that created an atmosphere in Afghanistan that allowed Al-Queda to thrive. There is even evidence that Iran is already working with the Taliban.
Allowing the Taliban to gain any legitimacy in the Afghan government is a recipe for disaster. Rather than destroying the already fragile Afghan government with weapons the Taliban can simply work to destroy it from within.
We should not be surprised that Joe Biden supports this foolish notion. This is the man who wanted to partition Iraq and wanted to give Iran a $200 million check shortly after 9/11.
God help us and God help our troops.
Via: UK Times Online
H/t Protein Wisdom