Obama Administration Making Concessions to the Taliban
11:38 AM, Aug 8, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Sangeen responded, “All praise is for Allah, Al-Qaeda and Taliban all are Muslims and we are united by the brotherhood of Islam. We do not see any difference between Taliban and Al- Qaeda, for we all belong to the religion of Islam.” The full text of Sangeen’s response to that question can be found here.
You can see why the State Department dropped its preconditions for talks with the Taliban. There is no evidence that Sangeen and his ilk are about to separate from al Qaeda or give up the fight any time soon.
The Obama administration’s attempt at diplomacy with the Taliban has degenerated to such a point that the U.S. is willing to free men suspected of mass murder (two of the Taliban five are wanted by the UN for war crimes), while simply hoping that an al Qaeda-linked Taliban and Haqqani commander will free one American soldier in return.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.