May 3rd, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Clinton to Taliban: 'Abandon al Qaeda'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to suggest that the death of Osama bin Laden offered a unique opportunity for a wider settlement in a region riven by warfare and insurgency.

"Our message to the Taliban remains the same," she said Monday. "You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political process."

That has been a long-cherished ambition of U.S. foreign policy - to delink the "good" Taliban from the "bad" Taliban and al Qaeda as a way of bringing peace to Afghanistan. As Clinton put in a speech to the Asia Society in February, the Holy Grail was to "split the weakened Taliban off from al Qaeda and reconcile those who will renounce violence and accept the Afghan constitution."

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  1. salerno

    AlQaeda is an organization larger than than the Taliban. AQ and Taliban are 2 distint and separate realities.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    Taliban and Alqaeda are never been separate, they are together run their barbarism and brutality, if you remembers in Afghanistan when the Taliban occupied the most part of the country were controlling by Alaeda Taliban by ISI, both Taliban and Alqaeda committed a lot destructions in Afghanistan and people of the country do remember their shameful actions to people. during the Taliban regime, Osama married with one of the Mulalh Omer’s daughters , and killing of Osama has very important negative impact on Taliban and their supporters, Osama was on of the fathers of Taliban including of ISI is now,

    the moral of Taliban are very weak now without Osama, and they can blast themselves one other another,

    not the moral of USA soldier but also all international forces have very strong moral and they know that they would be finishing Taliban Alqada and their lobbies, wherever they are,

    most of crimes have committed by Taliban and Alqaeda jointly everywhere, both of them have the objectives to kill and destroying humanity and people around the world,

    I am afraid for those people who make the ways to make differences between Taliban and Alqaeda, though both of them except killing and destroying know nothing, they have killed many people and destructed many houses, land and gardens of the people in Afghanistan , when they were occupied Afghanistan.

    But still how some people can ignore these all their (Taliban Alqaeda’s) shameful actions against humanity.
    If we think logically, the healthy mind order us to say for these kind of people that they are sick-mined and can not able to judge events truly without biases, be careful god is the witness of all, then we should not ignore the truth for someone or something, even something is bothering us, its up to us to say the truth, not to say what we like to say,

    Taliban Alqaeda must be removed from the region, if we want peace and improvement
    From Kabul

    May 7, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. BANGASH

    HELRY CLINTON should have asked her predecessor Donald Rumsfield why he did not allow Karzai's deal with Mullah Umar for peaceful surrender in Kandahar to isolate Al-Qaida and now after a decade long deaths and destruction Clinton ask for isolation from Alqaida. Taliban have never been part of Alqaida but America had pushed them to join Alqaida to prolong their stay in Afghanistan and strengthen their military bases. killing of Osama will have no effect on Afghan insurgency but rather it will further expedite as after all Osama was never a blessing for Taliban but rather he was a liability of which now they are relieved and now their campaign will look more indigenous then an international issue and this will put Americans on more weaker wicket.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Napoli

    Hillary Clinton's statements are very true but not new. Taliban should have disconnected from AQ many years ago. Time heals all wounds....perhaps they are finally coming around and doing so.

    A difference between Taliban and Al Qaeda is objectives. AQ spews crap, always against the West and US, the more absurd, the better. Taliban wants their country back. This is an admirable objective. The methods are in question which lower respect.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. salerno

    Most Taliban were never connected to Al Qaeda.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Most Westerners are not connected with the Military (in Afghanistan).

      May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Theorically we can control our military through elections. Taliban are divided in tribes and most of them had no control on AlQaeda. Many Pashtun are even against the Taliban, but fighting against the US occupation as well.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan from Detroit, MI

    This Hilary Clinton nauseates me to no end with her unmitigated arrogance and self-righteousness. Who is this bimbo to tell everybody what to do anyway? She surely does an excellent job as a spokesperson for the right-wing thugs in Washington. They say that nobody likes a bully,but I detest them so please excuse me for writing this post.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Good grief Dan,you took the words right out of my mouth! Thank you. Besides,isn't that why we fought Germany because Adolf Hitler was that way?

      May 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yes, she cannot pretend to impose a constiitution to the Taliban.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Until the day comes when the Afghans stop chanting "Allah Akbar" and start chanting "Allah Akbar,but Capitalism Akbar-er", Hilary Clinton will not be happy!

        May 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      Hilariously enough, she's a Democrat who takes a hardline on foreign affairs, exactly like myself. Just because she wants to continue the war in Afghanistan does not mean she is a right-winger.

      She's right. US is too strong to be defeated militarily by some militants like the Taliban. She is probably one of the smartest women around.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Gee,you must really like war. I detest it especially when it has absolute nothing to do with neither national security nor any of our rights or freedoms. The right-wing thugs in Washington are after the underground minerals there which have been valued at well over $1T. Don't let anybody kid you otherwise!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Hillary may be better than her husband, but she is still a democrat. Libaral ideology is the worst in US along with the neo-cons, as they use the pretest of human rights to move wars like Hitler. Serbia and Libya are 2 examples. I prefer republicans like Nixon, Reagan and for the present Ron Paul or even Buchanan.

        May 4, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Get serious,salerno. Nixon and Reagan were nothing but hoodlums and Barack Obama unfortunately is no better. I guess that the murder of the purported Bin Laden will be his ticket to his reelection. How revolting!

        May 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |