Why do I ask? Perhaps because the Obama Regime is considering making a deal with the most-wanted Taliban terrorist leader, Mullah Omar.
Joint Chiefs Chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan, which he called the only way to bring peace to the tortured central Asian nation, battered by three decades of war.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen was asked about reports that Afghan and Pakistani officials were exploring peace talks with Mullah Omar’s Taliban group — known as the Quetta Shura — and the leadership of the Haqqani network, one of the most virulently anti-American groups in the Afghan insurgency.
“A political solution … is the only solution” in Afghanistan, Adm. Mullen said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. “It’s hard to say … who would be a part of that, and I wouldn’t do that.” But he added, “It’s hard to rule out that political entities who are now the enemy might be a part of that.”
He went on to say that he had been struck by how unpopular the Taliban were in Afghanistan, where there was “no desire to return to any form of Taliban rule.” (Yet Obama is willing to hand the Afghan people back to the most brutal barbarians on earth)
At the weekend, CIA Director Leon Panetta was also asked about recent reports that several Taliban groups, including the Haqqani network and the Quetta Shura, were taking part in exploratory talks with Afghan officials — brokered by the Pakistani military — about a deal under which they would give up their arms, accept the authority of the Kabul government and, crucially, cut off relations with al Qaeda. (Yep, that’ll work, until the Americans leave)
“We have seen no evidence that they are truly interested in reconciliation,” said Mr. Panetta of the insurgent leaders, adding that serious peace talks were only likely to happen once the Taliban believed that they were going to be defeated. (Oh, really? Is that why the Taliban turned down control over 6 provinces in return for peace as offered by the Obama Regime?)
Adm. Mullen said that the crucial Kandahar offensive — against the Taliban’s stronghold and spiritual birthplace — had been delayed (indefinitely) because there were insufficient U.S. forces currently in Afghanistan (Thanks to Obama for giving only half the troop numbers Gen. McCrystal requested).
One third of the extra troops allocated by President Obama following his review of Afghan strategy last year still had not arrived, the admiral said, and he supported the decision not to act until they were in place. Washington Times
(I wonder if Omar will be eligible to get the $10 million reward on his head for coming to the negotiating table?)
SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Taliban are growing bolder!
MESSAGE TO GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: “No matter who is in charge, we will defeat you.” The Taliban in Afghanistan seem to be growing bolder, despite an increase in foreign troops. On Wednesday they attempted to storm a US military base at Jalalabad airfield, just east of the capital, Kabul. A suicide bomber detonated his car at the entrance as fighters clashed with international troops and Afghan security forces.