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October 09, 2009

Oh, Well That Explains It Then: White House's Embrace on Taliban Based on Hopes They Will Become More Like... Hezballah

Move over, Marvel Comics! Theres a new House of Ideas!

The goal, senior administration officials said Thursday, is to weaken the Taliban to the degree that it cannot challenge the Afghan government or reestablish the haven it provided for al-Qaeda before the 2001 U.S. invasion. Those objectives appear largely consistent with McChrystal's strategy, which he says "cannot be focused on seizing terrain or destroying insurgent forces" but should center on persuading the population to support the government.

"The Taliban is a deeply rooted political movement in Afghanistan, so that requires a different approach than al-Qaeda," said a senior administration official who has participated in the meetings but has not advocated a particular strategy.

Some inside the White House have cited Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese political movement, as an example of what the Taliban could become. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, but the group has political support within Lebanon and participates, sometimes through intimidation, in the political process.

Yes, and all the time funded by Iran and attack US and its allies at behest of that mullahcracy.

Wonderful.

We gave him the Nobel, can we still get him the MacArthur Genius Grant?


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