Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
No doubt middle east governments need to negotiate or otherwise come to terms with the armed resistance in their countries. The choice we make in America to join sides or otherwise park our military in the middle of their civil wars does nothing to expedite a conclusion to their rebellious state.

As I stated, I do support negotiation or at least dialog with your enemies. Petreus seems to be acknowledging that a dialog is needed between the Afgan government and its resistance.
The problem we need to come to terms with in America is this. Why have the opposition resistance movements in these foreign countries expanded their targets to include the United States and our allies? And what can we do to prevent this from occurring in the future.