Another great comic from Isaiah. Now David Miliband is with the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. He was on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC) yesterday and this is from the transcript:
ANDREW MARR: And I think about 1% of them pay tax, as I recall. What about the statement from President Obama that he would ultimately be talking to the Taliban? We haven't heard that I think from him directly before. What do you make of it?
DAVID MILIBAND: I think that's important. Up to now President Obama has set an end game … an end date for the Afghan War. He hasn't set out an end game. But of course the end game is precisely the sort of political talks, the political engagement that is essential in any counterinsurgency. Afghanistan is not going to be pacified by foreign troops or indeed even by Afghan troops alone. It's a decentralised country, which is run according to tribal structures as well as the sort of state structures that we would recognise. And I think that getting all the tribes into the Afghan political settlement is key to keeping Al Qaeda out, and I think we'll need some independent mediation to make that happen but it needs to be within Afghanistan and also incorporate the countries of the region. And of course that's something that Pakistan, India, other countries fear. They need to see it's actually in their interest.
So Barack Obama is planning on entering talks with the Taliban?
I wonder why that has not resulted in headlines or discussion within the United States?
The U.S. military needs to get out of Afghanistan, no question. But there is no reason for the government to negotiate the Taliban's victory with the Talbian.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:
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