Later to be reported and confirmed by Arabic-language news organization Al Jazeera and other news organizations, the Asia Times first hinted, on January 15, 2010, that the United States and Great Britain have been considering a plan under which the Taliban would be offered $1 billion to ensure that “Afghans … mutually agree to live peacefully with each other.”
Four months later, a report released by a Kabul, Afghanistan think tank entitled Golden Surrender noted instead that the money would only swell the ranks of the insurgency, and that in fact several dozen Taliban commanders had rejoined the insurgency in anticipation of the additional funding.
Now, of course, we’re actively engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, so much so that we’re concerned about whether the backlash from an unfortunate battlefield video will derail that dialogue. Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised about the talks we’re engaging in — it’s been the policy of this administration to be involved with the Taliban since the beginning.
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