Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Negotiating with the alligator

Every time I think the government has reached a new low, another rabbit hole opens up and we sink deeper into a morass of stupidity, naivety and hubris.  Even a cursory glance at Islamic doctrine regarding non-Muslim entities and how to deal with them reveals the pro-Islamic slant.

Our dear leaders now are actively engaged in negotiating some kind of peace treaty with the Taliban, believing that they are a honorable partner in peace.  No recognition of the ideology which drives the Taliban or any acceptance of a doctrine that demands conversion, subjugation or death to non-believers.

We blindly plow ahead, desperately wanting our efforts to pay off in spades with an end to hostilities and a new dawn of peace between disparate cultures.

It's all bullshit.  A belief in something not real, never based in history and always a losing proposition for the side refusing to accept what the enemy says about themselves is what we are steeped in right now.  Trying to make peace with the Taliban and expecting the end result to be a lasting and honorable peace is the same as Chamberlain waving the "peace in our time" paper and declaring Hitler to be someone who can be trusted.

Once again, we will be eaten by the alligator and those in power will declare they are shocked to find this has happened.

From NBC June 18 by Jim Miklaszewski, Courtney Kube and Erin McClam

US, Taliban to meet in Qatar for 'key milestone' toward ending Afghanistan war

U.S. and Taliban representatives will meet soon for the first time to begin what are expected to be long and complex negotiations for a peaceful settlement to the war in Afghanistan, senior Obama administration officials said Tuesday.

The officials told NBC News that the meeting will take place in the next several days in the Qatari capital of Doha. The Taliban will open an office there for the purpose of negotiating directly with the Afghan government, the officials said. A precise date was not announced.

"This is a key milestone on the way to the complete transition of responsibility for security to Afghans by the end of next year," a senior U.S. administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said via conference call after the announcement was made.

However, a senior Taliban official said "formal talks" would not begin immediately and any negotiations would be conditional on the release of Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.

A non-starter, one would think...

The talks, which follow numerous failed attempts to start peace negotiations, would represent the first time the U.S. and Taliban militants have met to discuss ending the war since the Afghanistan conflict started in 2001.

The negotiating conditions require the Taliban to break their ties with al Qaeda, end the violence and accept the Afghan constitution, especially the protections for women and minorities, the officials said.

But because of deep distrust between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the process will be “complex, long and messy,” one official said. The officials emphasized that expectations were low, but said the opening of Doha office was a crucial step for Afghanistan.

"We have long said that this conflict will likely not be won on the battlefield, and that is why we support the opening of this office," said one senior administration official.

Correct, but until we accept and deal openly with the ideology which drives the Taliban and work to deconstruct the doctrine of Muhammad, the battlefield is the only place we may be able to win, at least temporarily.

As for the American government's role in the talks, the United States "will have a role in direct talks, but this is a negotiation that will have to be led by Afghans," another said.

According to a State Department spokesperson, special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins will meet on the U.S.'s behalf with the Taliban in the coming days. He departs Tuesday for Ankara, Turkey, and will then travel to Doha before going to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His trip will primarily be focused on reconciliation, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

"Our goal in Afghanistan continues to be to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida, to ensure that the country can never again be a safe haven for terrorists. We're doing both at the same time, talking and winding down our fighting in the country," Psaki said.

So the Taliban are now the "moderate' Islamic influence in Afghanistan?  Excuse me while I throw up.

Secretary of State John Kerry praised the decision to hold talks.

"We're very pleased with what has taken place," he said.

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