Today, American foreign policy and global politics could easily contend for several episodes of The Twilight Zone without competition.
A week before the G8 summit got underway in Great Britain, the Brookings Institute and the Qatari government held a three-day forum in Doha, Qatar. During the 10th U.S.-Islamic World Forum, Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated, “The United States, the rest of the Western world and our neighbors tried to impose radicalism on our resistance against the
According to Karzai, and other Muslim leaders, the war on terror combined with the failure to end the eternal conflict between
“In my view, the West, as led by the
On Tuesday, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that talks between the
President Barack Obama echoed the announcement in the
Within hours after the announcement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a
Since the attack and the announcement, Karzai issued an angry statement suspending his involvement in the pending negotiation accusing the
Based upon Psaki’s statements to the press prior to the Taliban attack, it appears there are no pre-conditions for the Taliban to negotiate and that major concessions could be made in their favor in order to bring stability to the region without
“Peace process” and “stability” in the
When asked by reporters if the Taliban would be required to disown, disavow, or disassociate themselves publicly with Al-Qaeda, Psaki answered that it is part of the end process but not a pre-condition for the talks.
Seeking clarification about the administration’s position another reporter stated, “…if you’ve already decided on what the end goal….the overreaching end goal is to have Afghanistan at peace and not a threat to anybody around it. But…up and to that point there has to be negotiation to make it worthwhile for the Taliban. And if you don’t, if you’ve already set out what the end goal is in terms of them having to respect the existing constitution exactly the way it’s written with the protections for minorities and women, then I don’t get how it’s a negotiation. Either you think that these are points that can be negotiated, that the Taliban have legitimate concerns that have merit and can be addressed in a negotiation, or you don’t.”
Karzai’s anger is said to be the result of the Taliban opening an office in
According to government sources, the meeting is further complicated by the apparent recognition of the legitimacy of the Taliban by the
Barack Obama promised to negotiate without pre-conditions during his presidential campaign in 2008. After nearly five years on the job, it appears Mr. Obama has learned little in dealing with the Muslim world.
Americans continue to die, even after so-called peace negotiations are being scheduled with known terrorists use children as human shields and decapitate children in the streets.
Stay tuned for more episodes of the The Twilight Zone and surprise endings that even Rod Sirling or O. Henry could not imagine.
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