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U.S. Officials Consider Release Of Taliban Members As Part Of Peace Talks

December 20, 2011 by  

U.S. Officials Consider Release Of Taliban Members As Part Of Peace Talks

After 10 months of largely secretive talks between U.S. officials and the Taliban, officials say a diplomatic plan is emerging which involves measures like the release of many Taliban prisoners into Afghan government custody.

According to Reuters, the United States is considering the transfer of an unknown number of Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay into the custody of the Afghan government. U.S. officials have asked the Taliban to meet the release with confidence-building measures such as denouncing international terrorism and entering formal political talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The diplomatic strategy is aimed at creating stability in the Afghan region to give the United States an opportunity to stabilize the area before the expected withdrawal of many troops in 2014. Once U.S. troops are gone, the Taliban will have less reason to negotiate. U.S. officials say if the diplomatic efforts fail now, the region could be thrown into violence in 2014.

While the U.S. – Taliban peace talks represent a shift in the attitudes of some Taliban factions, it is clear that the network as a whole is not open to diplomacy; many Taliban members have pledged to continue “sacred jihad” against NATO and U.S. soldiers.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://comcast JimBob

    Run the white flag up the pole. No corruption in the Afghan government so what could go wrong, eh? This is how we ended “the war” in Iraq so let’s quit altogether. Next time, let us think long and hard before poking our nose into other countries’ business.

    • clarence swinney

      127 inmates in Gitmo.
      Cost–$800,000 per inmate
      Waste? No.Someone gets all that cash.

    • wandamurline

      Let them go, but before you do, make sure our soldiers and all their equipment is out of that country and back in the USA. Stop the foreign aide to Afghanistan, Pakistan and any of the other hell holes over there … allow them to do what they have done for centuries and that is kill each other.

      • Blueshoes

        It would be nice if that’s ALL they did but they have us, this country, the US, America, in the cross-hairs of their sights. Need to stop being Ostriches and putting our heads in the sand.

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      JimBob,

      Code Pink: Get out of Afghanistan – USATODAY.com
      Aug 9, 2011 … Code Pink: Get out of Afghanistan … Ten years of war in Afghanistan has left us a tragic loss of lives — as we have seen with the … Let’s face it. …
      http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2011-08-09-afghanistan-code-pink_n.htm

  • http://Warrner D121212

    Yes run the white flag up and be quick about it. We’ve got to release other prisoners, bow to other kings, and in general fail to live up to what our troops lost over 4300 comrades, and spent, I should say wasted, countless Billions of dollars on. By all means lets get all the problems of obammy and associates completed before he gets annihilated in the upcoming election. He and his Socialist co conspirators have to go including our queen of state Ms. Clinton.

    • Lastmanstanding

      D12…It was nearly $1 trillion and bushe started it…they are just the pawns for those that control the game…the big banks…why is it that the govts. worldwide need to go to the big banks to keep the game going?

      War makes the world go round (for them)…follow the money.

      • wandamurline

        My dad who served four years in the jungles during WWII has always said that “it is always a rich man’s war, but a poor man’s fight”. He is 100% correct…if the rich had to serve our country, we would not have wars. My husband fought in Viet Nam and Desert Storm, one of which was Pres. Johnson’s war to fill his pocket.

  • clarence swinney

    ALL AMERICAN TERROR FIGHTER
    CLINTON developed the nation’s first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator of anti-terrorist efforts.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold the Al Qaeda millennium hijacking and bombing plots.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to kill the Pope.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up 12 U.S. jetliners simultaneously.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up UN Headquarters.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up FBI Headquarters.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up Boston airport.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in NY.
    Bill Clinton stopped cold a planned attack to blow up the George Washington Bridge.
    Bill Clinton tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).
    Bill Clinton brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.
    Bill Clinton did not blame the Bush I administration for first WTC bombing even though it occurred 38 days after Bush left office. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively – and successfully – to stop future terrorist attacks.
    Bill Clinton named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.
    Bill Clinton sent legislation to Congress to tighten airport security. (Remember, this is before 911)—-The legislation was DEFEATED by the Republicans because of opposition from the airlines.—-
    Bill Clinton sent legislation to Congress to allow for better tracking of terrorist funding. It was DEFEATED by Republicans in the Senate because of opposition from banking interests.
    Bill Clinton sent legislation to Congress to add tagents to explosives, to allow for better tracking of explosives used by terrorists. It was DEFEATED by the Republicans because of opposition from the NRA.
    Bill Clinton increased the military budget by an average of 14 per cent, reversing the trend under Bush I.
    Bill Clinton tripled the budget of the FBI for counterterrorism and doubled overall funding for counterterrorism.
    Bill Clinton detected and destroyed cells of Al Qaeda in over 20 countries.
    Bill Clinton created national stockpile of drugs and vaccines including 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine.
    Of Clinton’s efforts says Robert Oakley, Reagan Ambassador for Counterterrorism: “Overall, I give them very high marks” and “The only major criticism I have is the obsession with Osama”.
    Paul Bremer, former Civilian Administrator of Iraq disagrees slightly with Robert Oakley as he believed the Bill Clinton Administration had “correctly focused on bin Laden.”
    Barton Gellman in the Washington Post put it best, “By any measure available, Bill Clinton left office having given greater priority to terrorism than any president before him” and was the “first administration to undertake a systematic anti-terrorist effort”.
    THEN CAME 9-11

    • Lastmanstanding

      So you and Monica Lewinsky have something in common…

      • bobn

        Wow–all of this while getting a hum job in the white house. Quite a guy!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sirian

        LOL, LOL, LOL!!!! LORD HOW YOU GOT THAT DEAD CENTER. . . :)

      • bob wire

        Most people of any intelligence that had something to offer would attack the “message”, to debunk and discredit.

        You have elected to attack the messenger instead. You plan to steal his luck money too?

    • wandamurline

      Bill Clinton also put pressure on the banks to make mortgages to people who definitely could not afford to buy one…and backed them with Fannie and Freddie…with all the good things he did, this was the worst mistake of his career…once the mortgage bubble burst, we now have the worst recession since the 1920′s. Thanks Slick Willie.

      • bob wire

        Well to offer some defense. ~ You blame the tool maker in the way the tool was used. Why not blame the gun maker for the way the gun is used?

        NAFTA? the argument is still the same as we tend to blame the “tool maker” rather then the “tool user” or the “TOOL” it’s self.

        Strange Truth. no?

    • jack

      and his (socialist) majesty could not have done ANY of those things you CLAIM he did without:

      1. violating his oath of office
      2. causing the murder of many hundreds of political enemies
      3. Sidestepping the constitution whenever HE deemed it needed
      4. Allowing/Instructing his subordinates to violate their oath of office
      5. Disgracing the Office he occupied
      6. Increasing the national debt ten fold (approximately)

      and on and on, and on…….

      • bob wire

        You are wrong and have no valid grounds to support such wild claims.

        If you could, you would ~ but find it impossible for one reason, it’s a lie, made up, fabricated.

    • Blueshoes

      AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! Sounds like your in love with Bill Clinton. Too bad his wife, Hillary isn’t.

      • bob wire

        How do you know about such things to make such wild claims?

        Are you filling in for the ALL Mighty today?

  • http://PublicLibertyDigest RoughandReady

    Plus Clinton sold us out to the Chineese (while he made millions) …. dismandled our trade policies which sent thousands of American jobs to other countries.

    Bush II never blamed Clinton for the World Trade bombing which took place just after he took office …. what’s your point?

    Most of those “accomplishments” were done by the intelligence and military community which Clinton continuously cut funding for and did his best to render useless …. without success, thank God. And now he gets credit for their accomplishments ….. typical democrat leader.

    A democrat leader is one who looks to see where the crowd is headed and then sprints to the front of the line. A REAL LEADER IS ONE WHO LEADS WHETHER IT IS A POPULAR DECISION OR NOT.

  • http://PublicLibertyDigest RoughandReady

    And another thing …. if we think that releasing those prisoners will cause the Talibon to do ANYTHING … we are certainly dumber than I have even imagined. When are we going to learn that dealing with Pakistan is a dead end road … they are anti-American and all they want is our money and aide … come on America …. Grow some balls!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blueshoes

    A diplomatic plan?! The US to release Taliban (terrorist) prisoners in exchange for… a promise by the Taliban denouncing international terrorism. HUUUUH!!!!

    Now let’s see. The Taliban are Muslims and like all the Arab world, practice Sharia Law. Their “Holy Book” is the Quran, Kuran, Coran, Al-Quran, Alcoran… whatever. According to “whatever”, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to LIE to an infidel, which we all are.

    Question: If it perfectly acceptable for a Muslim to lie to us, basically the whole world, HOW can you tell WHEN a Muslim is NOT lying?

    Sounds like the terrorist’s clock is is about to be set back to zero. Great US strategy!

  • eddie47d

    The Taliban are wicked and backwards but not worldwide terrorists Blueshoes. They were exploited (used) by al Qaeda and also by the Russians for 9 years. The Russians killed 1 million Afghans and that left a bitter taste in the Taliban’s mouth.They trust no one but they are the citizens of that country and will have to be negotiated with. When wars end you have to know what to do with the “enemy” whether it be the Germans,Japanese or the Taliban. We knew the Middle East is full of Muslims so why did we keep poking that hornets nest? Time for solutions not piss and vinegar.

    • Blueshoes

      I’m sorry! I thought they were Militant Islamic Terrorist but I guess you’re right. They’re just Islamic Militants. I’m glad they’re not those dangerous Rednecks we have in the south in this country. Boy, would we be in trouble over there.

  • Norbert

    After Vietnam we worked hard “plowing and seeding” and then came
    “HARVESTER” from Hope – Arkansas !!!!

  • txyank

    Has it never come to anyone’s notice that EVERY decision that O’Bumma makes goes against the interests of this country and our personal liberties??? We are about to lose more all the time. They will tell you what you can say in public, what you are allowed to eat, what you can and cannot do on the Internet, what doctors you can visit, what guns you are allowed to have, why you cannot stop them from coming into your home without a warrant, why you cannot take money out of the country, why your taxes are going up to provide for those who are “entitled” to their equal share of the public toll, etc., etc….
    This president has single handedly brought about conditions that may break this country apart. I have to think it is deliberate. I get a sick feeling inside when I hear this lying you know what open his mouth and blame everyone else for the results of his policies. I am a retired person and I have seen a lot of mistakes made by other presidents but never have I seen anything as foul as this man.

    • bob wire

      No, I have not noticed that, tell us more.

      • Sirian

        As long as you continue to stare at the wall you will never notice it. When was the last time you stepped out of the box and looked at all sides objectively? From the majority of your posts it clearly appears that you haven’t. You suggest that txyank should read more and move TV viewing around. OK, no problem, but the question that statement raises is – DO YOU? Off hand, have you by chance read “The Naked Communist” by Skousen? Or, have you read “The Black Book of Communism”? Or, have you read “The 5000 Year Leap”? Or, have you read “The Federalist Papers”? These are merely a few examples of what people with an objective mind, one which holds a sizable portion of common sense also, commonly read. There are many others, such as M.W. Walbert’s “The Coming Battle”, copyright 1899. If you haven’t pleasured yourself with any of the others please give that one a try – you may find it both interesting and very applicable to today. Presumedly, from the nature of your rebuttal questions it may not run the line that you prefer but it’s always best to have a sound knowledge of history to draw from. Via a personal, historical view of this POTUS in comparison to previous POTUS’s is what txyank is standing on to present his view. Wouldn’t you agree? From the looks of it, you toss in short, one, two or three line comments without much other. That alone leaves much to ponder on as to your true nature and whether your mind has a socialist/communist twist provided to you willingly by your years in college (if you have any educational background along that line) or possibly something more. Now then, may I pose a question to you? Have you read Saul Alinsky? If not, give that a try too so you can see the major difference between our Founding Fathers and what we are being confronted with on a daily basis today. You may be aware of this, then again, perhaps not. But once you’ve read some it may become quite evident as to the similarities. Similarities that honestly are very frightening. So, it may be difficult but step out of your ivory contentment box and look at all sides for a change. By some remote chance, you may truly find it much more revealing than you ever thought possible.

    • bob wire

      Maybe you should read more and move your TV viewing about. Watch more then just one channel.

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