Monday, October 2

Let The Taliban In?

So says the Republican Senate Majority Leader. What? You want to reward the group who help with 9/11? You want to reward the group who has been killing American, British, Canadian and other other troops? And Democrats are the ones who want to give aid and shelter to the enemy?

(IHT h/t Dkos) "You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government," Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. "And if that's accomplished we'll be successful."

Frist, who said he would announce whether he would run for the U.S. presidency in about a month, said he had hoped that the United States would be able to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan soon. But the 20,000 U.S. troops are still needed to help the 37-country coalition deal with an intensifying Taliban insurgency.

"We're going to need to stay here a long time," Frist said.

And what about others?
Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican from Florida accompanying Frist, said negotiating with the Taliban was not "out of the question" but that fighters who refused to join the political process would have to be defeated.
And what makes this just great is how the article ends.
Suspected Taliban on a motorbike, meanwhile, killed two policemen in Gereshk district, he said. Separately, NATO-led troops killed three militants in Nawzad district.
But by all means, let them be part of the 'Solution'!