Taliban Articles

Ambassador Crocker Objects to Strategic Retreat

12:15 PM, Apr 02, 2012

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the State Department’s man in Kabul, is clearly concerned about a premature drawdown of American and Western forces from Afghanistan.

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Problematic ‘Peace Talks’ with the Taliban

4:11 PM, Mar 27, 2012

The Obama administration’s attempt at peace talks with the Taliban has been fraught with problems. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on another: Qatar.

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Taliban Suspends Talks with U.S.

5:00 PM, Mar 15, 2012

The Obama administration’s fantasyland attempt at talks with the Taliban took another significant blow on Thursday. In a statement released online, Mullah Omar’s organization announced that it “has decided to suspend all talks with Americans taking place in Qatar from today onwards until the Americans clarify their stance on the issues concerned and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time.”

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Senate Armed Services Chairman Worried about Taliban Five

4:00 PM, Feb 17, 2012

During a hearing on Thursday, Democratic senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, publicly doubted the Obama administration’s decision to consider transferring five senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo to Qatar.

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Taliban Openly Rejects Goals of Peace Talks

9:05 AM, Jan 13, 2012

The Obama administration is continuing to pursue peace talks with the Taliban, even as the Taliban openly rejects the goals of those talks. 

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Biden vs. Obama

9:33 AM, Dec 22, 2011

In one of my few real conversations with President George W. Bush, I was struck by the degree to which he seemed always to have given thought to this question: How would what he said, and what his subordinates said, affect the morale of those fighting for our nation, and their families? Bush was willing to say something that wasn’t politically advantageous—and not to say something that might have been—if he thought this would adversely affect the spirit of those he had the honor to command.

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Carney: America Is 'Fighting' the Taliban, but the Taliban Is Not America's Enemy

4:44 PM, Dec 19, 2011

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked about Vice President Joe Biden's comments on the Taliban earlier today. "Look," Biden said in an interview in Newsweek, "the Taliban per se is not our enemy."

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Fantasyland Peace Talks with the Taliban

2:32 PM, Dec 19, 2011

The Obama administration is still pursuing negotiations with the Taliban, even if it doubts a viable negotiating partner sits across the table. And, as part of this ad hoc diplomatic effort, the administration is considering the transfer of Taliban members held at Guantanamo back to Afghanistan. Those are the two key takeaways from a new piece published by Reuters (“Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point”).

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Success Against Al Qaeda Depends on Success in Afghanistan

11:15 AM, Jun 19, 2011

The New York Times reports today that senior officials within the Obama administration are pressing for an accelerated withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. The “rationale” for that pressure is supposedly the success of America’s efforts against al Qaeda and the fact that “the counterterrorism campaign, which was favored by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2009, has outperformed the more troop-intensive counterinsurgency campaign pushed by Mr. Gates, Gen. David H. Petraeus and other top military planners.”

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How to Deal with Pakistan

11:05 AM, Jun 10, 2011

Later this month, President Obama will decide the size and scope of the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. July 2011 marks the beginning of a process that should ultimately result in the complete transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghans by 2014.

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Obama's Reasonable Suspicion of Pakistan

11:02 AM, May 09, 2011

In an interview with President Obama on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes, Steve Kroft asked:

Right now, it certainly...the location of the compound just raises all sorts of questions. Do you believe people in the Pakistani government, Pakistani intelligence agencies knew that bin Laden was living there?

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Happy Hour: How Obama Turned on a Dime Toward War

6:00 PM, Mar 18, 2011

"How Obama turned on a dime toward war"

The Congressional Budget Office says the White House is understating the deficit by a mere $2.3 trillion.

Good question: "Why Hasn’t Hollywood Rallied for Japan Relief?"

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Petraeus Testifies on Afghanistan

1:43 PM, Mar 15, 2011

General David Petraeus testified earlier today at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Afghanistan. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan sounded optimistic, yet cautious:

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William Daley on Afghanistan: 'Our Goal is to Leave'

1:45 PM, Mar 14, 2011

Yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," White House chief of staff William Daley had this to say about America's war in Afghanistan:

We went to Afghanistan in order to get rid of al-Qaeda. And our goal is to leave, and the president's goal, is to leave--begin to leave in 2011, and we will do that.

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The Daily Grind: Why Liberals Love Trains

7:27 AM, Feb 28, 2011

How our Marines are "destroying the Taliban"

“While Kennedy was in Santiago he made arrangements to ‘rent’ a brothel for an entire night. Kennedy allegedly invited one of the Embassy chauffeurs to participate in the night’s activities.”

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Nir Rosen and the American Foreign Policy Establishment

6:15 PM, Feb 16, 2011

Nir Rosen, as it turns out, had pro-Taliban inclinations for quite some time. And so it should not really come as a surprise that a person who’d be willing to defend the terrorist organization might mock a womanin this case, CBS’s Lara Loganfor being sexually assaulted in Cairo.

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