Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Taliban call Obama offer a "Lunatic Idea"

This might be a news flash for Obama and his foreign policy staff, but it's not for the rest of us. His talk-talk-talk approach is laughable, and the entire world is seeing it as such. I guess he'll have to continue his search for those elusive "moderate Taliban " that he naively believes are out there somewhere.

U.S. reconciliation offer "lunatic": Taliban spokesman
KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents reject a U.S. offer of "honorable reconciliation," a top spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a "lunatic idea" and saying the only way to end the war was to withdraw foreign troops.

With the Afghan conflict now in its eighth year, NATO-led forces and the Taliban are locked in a bloody stalemate with violence set to rise further this year as more U.S. troops arrive and seek to contain the insurgency ahead of August elections.

President Barack Obama is redoubling U.S. efforts with more troops, more diplomatic effort and more economic assistance, but he has also already spoken of the need for an "exit strategy."
If the U.S. plan fails to show results, analysts say, time is on the Taliban side.

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