Pay attention, it’s tought to keep up with all the twists and turns in this plot:
A brief recap (which admittedly probably includes many more subplots not captured here):
- President Obama wants to talk to terrorists. According to Secretary of State Clinton, this is ‘to test whether the terrorist groups “have any willingness to negotiate in good faith.”’ Negotiating with Terrorists.
- U.S. says Pakistan’s ISI is supporting terrorists (former CJCS says the Haqqani Terrorist Network is a “veritable arm of the ISI.”
- Pakistan says any U.S infiltration of Pakistan is a violation of their sovereignty.
- President Hamid Karzai says they will stand with Pakistan against the U.S.
- Mr. Hamidzai, chairman of the Afghan parliamentary committee on internal-security affairs, says we
This ought to be interesting. The Afghans have caught up to the previous administrations’ policies of not negotiating with terrorists. In another 5-10 years, the Afghans will embrace the current administration’s policy of negotiation. In the meantime, President Obama wants to accelerate the turnover of security responsibility to the Afghans and the removal of forces.
Sounds like we have a surefire plan for success or failure — depending on your definitions of “success” or “failure.”