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Monday, June 14, 2004
 
So Much for Nation Building

The Agonist points to a fascinating Overseas Security Advisory Council article, entitled "UK Holds Indirect Talks with Taliban."

LAHORE: The UK has started holding indirect talks with the Taliban to seek an "honourable" exit from Afghanistan, MMA [Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal - the six-party alliance that runs Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province] secretary-general Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who is mediating between the two, told Dawn by phone here on Sunday.

The Maulana feels that the British authorities are working on behalf of the United States and this indirect process has been chosen to avoid any ill-effects on forthcoming presidential elections. The polls are to be held on Nov 2.

If we're looking to bug out of Afghanistan, why are we negotiating with the Taliban? Did we do such a bad job of rebuilding the country and setting up the Karzai government that we have to ask the Taliban's permission to leave? It appears that the Bush administration believes that as soon as we drop the strings, our puppet government will cease to be and Mullah Omar's goons will march in and take over. And we have to make nice with them so they won't make the transition worse than it has to be.

If I recall correctly, we killed an awful lot of them en route to driving them from power in the first place. I can't begin to imagine why they'd want to help us when we approach them from such a craven position.

If this is true, then, with the exception of the capture of Saddam, the Bush administration is batting a perfect .000 in the War on Terror. I've long thought we were going to let Karzai's government fail. I never imagined we'd have to ask the Taliban's permission to do so.

I don't remember having seen anything about it before, but the OSAC appears to be very much legit.