A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, announced on Tuesday morning that the insurgent leadership had reached an agreement with the Qatar government and other “relevant parties” about the opening of the office but did not say when it would happen.
Secret discussions between American and Taliban officials have been under way for months about taking confidence-building measures including the establishment of a political office outside the immediate region and the release of Taliban prisoners.
Initial reports suggested that a prisoner release had been negotiated at the same time as the Qatar office plan. (Read More)
It looks like Obama’s setting the stage for US surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
So let’s get this straight: we agree to release key Taliban leaders from Gitmo, and the Taliban “reciprocates” not by releasing the one American they hold hostage, but by agreeing to “open a political office…in Qatar?” Wow, what a sacrifice! So basically, what is happening here is that Barack Obama is begging the Taliban to do business with him.
How in the world is the Taliban’s agreement to open an office “a dramatic breakthrough?” Could the Obama administration at least have the decency to let the terrorists manage their own spin, without doing it for them? (Read More)
Update: Lady Liberty linked – thanks.