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Must Read: Negotiating with the Taliban, Again by A.J. Caschetta (Washington Examiner via M.E. Forum)

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Jun. 14, 2016

Barack Obama ran for president promising to end the “bad” war of choice in Iraq and concentrate on the “good” war of necessity in Afghanistan. True to his word, he did everything possible to remove U.S. forces from Iraq, with calamitous results.

But his approach to Afghanistan has been far less focused, vacillating between surge and withdrawal, and imposing absurdly restrictive rules of engagement on an already hamstrung military while waging an effective drone campaign to kill individuals….

…this president has a special talent for misjudging foreign leaders and a history of overinvesting in the good faith of sworn enemies in his gullible quest for “moderates” among Islamists. He has not learned that there is no “good” Taliban, no moderate Taliban, no reasonable Taliban. He does not understand that the entire organization, every branch and splinter group right down to the miserable trunk, is the antithesis of goodness, moderation, and reason.

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