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: Prisoner Release: A good idea?

Gerry Clinchy
12-30-2011, 11:51 AM

Does this sound like a good idea to you?

The proposed trust-building measures were a Taliban headquarters office and the release from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of about five Afghan prisoners considered affiliated with the Taliban. Those steps were to be matched by assurances from at least part of the Taliban leadership that the insurgents would cut ties with Al Qaeda, accept the elected civilian government of Afghanistan and bargain in good faith.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Friday that the United States is pursuing an "Afghan-led process" when it comes to reconciliation with insurgents.

"We and the Afghan Government have been clear about the conditions that would need to be met -- insurgents would need to break from Al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan Constitution, including its provisions on respect for the rights of all Afghans, including women and ethnic minorities," Little said.

12-30-2011, 01:43 PM

Does this sound like a good idea to you?


Assuming the Taliban abide by those terms, it's a great deal. I don't think they can be completely beaten militarily, particularly since we're not in it for the long haul and our stated goals are to GTFO.