By capturing a Taliban military official who expressed interest in negotiating with the President of Afghanistan AND the Americans, the US pretty much guaranteed their continued presence in the region for years to come. It couldn’t come at a worse time, what with NATO forces engaged in very vicious fighting in some areas of Afghanistan and racking up heavy civilian casualties, capturing Abdul Ghani Baradar and in essence making him a martyr, although he was captured alive, will underscore how allied forces can’t be trusted and by extension, the Karazai government as well. Pretty dumb move. What’s worse is the excuse given for the capture of a man who wanted to cooperate with his perceived enemies.
Pakistan it seems felt left out of the negotiation process going on between the Taliban, Karzai and the US so they interjected themselves, read that sabotaged, into the peace process. To add insult to injury, it appears the US doesn’t mind that they were shot in the back by an “ally”. It’s clear Afghanistan is going to be Obama’s war no matter how many terms he serves. It is another example of how America has ineptly handled opportunities to end so many times in this euphemistically called ‘war on terror’. They seem neither interested in ending the war or the terror it brings.
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