The United States is considering taking part in talks with elements of the Taliban in a sharp change in tactics in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday citing unnamed officials.
The report said the new approach was contained in a draft recommendation in a classified White House assessment of US strategy in Afghanistan. Talks would be led by the Afghan government, “but with the active participation of the US,” it said.
So finally, after 7 years of blood and money spent on the badly mangled occupation of Afghanistan, someone gets something of a clue as to what really needs to happen here?
One has to wonder if there were any true adults in the room when the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was (allegedly) planned.
And how horrendously wrong this has gone can be ascribed to three factors: magical thinking, a complete ignorance of the history and culture of the region, and a complete repudiation of the US's own military protocol, indicating that it would take 400,000 soldiers to manage this occupation successfully.