The administration has accelerated direct talks with the Taliban, initiated several months ago, that U.S. officials say they hope will enable President Obama to report progress toward a settlement of the Afghanistan war when he announces troop withdrawals in July.
A senior Afghan official said a U.S. representative attended at least three meetings in Qatar and Germany, one as recently as “eight or nine days ago,” with a Taliban official considered close to Mohammad Omar, the group’s leader.
A reporter should get Henry Kissinger on record with his views about this negotiation. Who is serving as the Taliban's Le Duc Tho and will he decline the Nobel Peace Prize? Will Obama share the Peace Prize with Mullah Omar?
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2011 May 17 11:48 PM MidEast Afghanistan|