Scorpio’s World

Thoughts on Politics, Race, and Middle Earth

“Thinking Outside The Box”

Posted by scorpiomkm on March 8, 2009

The Felicity Daily Herald

 

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai on Sunday welcomed President Barack Obama‘s call to identify moderate elements of the Taliban and encourage them to reconcile with the Afghan government.

Obama’s call “was good news because this has been the stand of the Afghan government,” Karzaitold a gymnasium full of Afghan women during a speech to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Obama said in an interview with The New York Times published Sunday that there may be opportunities to reach out to moderates in the Taliban, but the situation in Afghanistan is more complicated than the challenges the American military faced in Iraq.

“There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region,” Obama said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.

U.S. troops were able to persuade Sunni Muslim insurgents in Iraq to cooperate in some instances because they had been alienated by the tactics of al-Qaida terrorists.

Karzai warned that there are Taliban fighters who are beyond reconciliation — those who have joined with al-Qaida, for instance. But he said talks should go forward “with those who are afraid to come back to their country, or who feel they have no choice but to stay with the Taliban for various reasons. They are welcome.”

Obama cautioned that Afghanistan is a less-governed region than Iraq with a history of fierce independence among tribes, creating a tough setof circumstances for the United States to deal with.

Obama last month ordered 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan to bolster the record 38,000 American forces already in the country. Obama has promised to increase the U.S. focus on Afghanistan and away from Iraq, as the U.S. begins to draw down its forces there.

In the latest violence, a roadside blast killed a NATO service member and wounded two U.S. coalition members in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO-led force said. The alliance did not disclose the troops’ nationalities or the exact location of the attack, but the majority of troops in eastern Afghanistan are American.

Another roadside blast in central Ghazni province hit a police vehicle, killing three officers and wounding another three, said Ismail Jahangir, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

A joint Afghan-coalition patrol, meanwhile, killed two Afghan police officerslate Friday who opened fire on their team in northeastern Kapisa province, the coalition said in a statement Sunday.

The joint patrol, which was on foot, attempted to identify themselves as friendly forces to the police without success, the statement said. “In self-defense, the patrol returned fire killing two individuals,” it said.

The string of deaths continues an upward spike in violence that has spread throughout Afghanistan the last three years even as Obama’s administration is trying to come up with a new approach to dealing with the Afghan war.

 

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Do you folks recall when Dubya’s Foreign Policy position was the “Take a bat to a beehive” Principle, hum? How it was spoon fed to the American People that ‘ALL’ who opposed us were the Enemy and thus needed extermination.

Remember those Days and that Mentality?

Well, somehow along the way Republicans allowed their Racism and Ancient Ideology to get in the way without realizing that Human Beings (another thing they forgot ~ that Iraqis, Taliban et al were actually PEOPLE ) are motivated by MONEY (among other things) and wish to be RELEVANT within their own country. It takes a Leader with extraordinary Brilliance and Courage to craft a Foreign Policy encompassing INCLUSION within our Foreign Policy, but you see with President Obama … CHANGE is now in the making!

One HUGE reason the United States can begin pulling troops from Iraq was the result of the “Sunni Awakening”. This so-called Awakening did not result from the Sunni one day realizing that they could never defeat the United States, or one day realizing that the United States were the ‘Good Guys’ : NO, it resulted simply in the U.S. PAYING the Sunni Militia to fight on our side! Keep in mind that is was the Sunni faction that Saddam belonged to. It was the Sunni that constituted Saddam’s “Republican Military Force”. It was the Sunni …. that Bush claimed we were at WAR with!

Saddam Hussein was a SUNNI!

My, how the worm turns when thousands of caskets return from far off Lands where our Foreign Policy proves short sighted and wrong, doesn’t it; or when our Treasure is spent by throwing it down a black hole (or to Halliburton and  Black Water).

Barack Obama thinks “Outside The Box”, folks! In Afghanistan you are now seeing the Beginning of a “Taliban Awakening”. Hell, the Taliban HATE the U.S. ~ but not so much as to turn their backs to MONEY ….. or Representation within Afghan Government …. or again being RELEVANT within Afghan Society:

just like the Sunni faction in Iraq!!

And don’t be surprised that after Obama ‘sweetens’ this new “Taliban Awakening”, that bin Laden’s cave gets a little smaller in the process.

Barack: You’re doing GREAT!!

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