Taliban “negotiations”—they always double-cross; why does State believe them? Tom Joscelyn

Dec 03, 05:04 AM
Image:  King Yaqub Khan with Britain's Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon Cavagnari on May 26, 1879, when the Treaty of Gandamak was signed.

Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; in re:  No, the Taliban don't seem to be negotiating anything of any utility to the US.  State Dept is under a lot of pressure to come up with something (and State has been surprisingly credulous of Taliban’s constant, mendacious claims). In the past year, no change whatsoever in this respect with al Qaeda, either. Why would anyone want to proceed with an agreement with absolves the Taliban of the fundamental reason for the war.  Taliban and al Q are still basically blood brothers in Afghanistan https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2019/11/taliban-overruns-district-hq-in-zabul.php