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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 11:47 AM

11. We did work to achieve this during the Obama years

This is also not a new policy for the Trump administration. They tried last October - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-afghanistan-talks/new-afghan-peace-talks-expected-in-oman-but-taliban-participation-unclear-idUSKBN1CG1FI However, since then, Trump has criticized Pakistan.

As to Obama, here is a link of him commending Karzai in starting an Afghan led reconciliation process - https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/obama-applauds-us-afghan-peace-talks-taliban

There was also a Norway led effort documented years later here - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-peace-talks.html As this article says that there have been several points where people were optimistic, but as of December 2016, they ahd all failed.

What Mattis is backing is an Afghan led effort that is supported by both Abdullah Abdullah and Ghani, the two men in the disputed election where Secretary Kerry brokered a result where both had a role going forward. It is interesting to see both supporting this effort, because their power sharing, according to many articles, has not gone smoothly. If they succeed in a pact with the Taliban, credit should go to these leaders who chose country over complete power then and are doing the same now. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/11/opinion/peace-taliban.html

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