October 11th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Fareed's Take: Talking to the Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started talks with representatives of the Taliban, a move that analyst Fareed Zakaria says could bring an end to the nine-year-long war.

"Most civil wars end with some kind of negotiated settlement, and in the Afghan case this is inevitable," says Zakaria. "Much as we don't want to believe it, the Taliban is a part of Afghan society. It represents some section of the conservative Pashtun community. These people are not foreigners who will go away one day. Finding a way to integrate them into the political system is a good idea."

Watch his take above about the process, the likelihood for success without the U.S. at the negotiating table, and just how Pakistan fits into all this.

And read the full Q&A: How to end the war in Afghanistan
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  1. USmustBsincerewithAFGHANSandWORLD

    The US must encourage talks with Taliban between Afghans and exclude the founders of terrorism in Pakistan(PAKISTAN ARMY AND ISI)...Americans and Afghans are dying because of Pakistanis double dealings.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      good comment US mB

      October 14, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. bailoutsos

    America's enemy has changed, so methods of dealing with them have to change.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      bailoutsos..
      correct

      October 14, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    Talking with the Taliban is the right thing to do. It is their country, and they will always be a part of it. What happens after US leaves will probably bring Taliban to power, as not all elements of Taliban will negotiate. The radicals will take over unless the elders can convince them otherwise. This does not seem to be a concern to neighboring countries. If it gets out of control, they will solve the problem one way or the other. After all, they have purchased modern arms fro US and Soviets, and if they have the will, can defeat the Taliban if they try to spread their poison elsewhere.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dindy Sri lanka

    willie1234
    The leaders should send their children too for this war. Only then they can understand . They must secure the borders of their own land before and even now. It is not easy to fight a war in a foreign land. But these young soldiers still did their fight . So brave. yet..we have to understand ...the enemy does not have a uniform and they are like anaconda. when kill one.. then another one come. Also they are among civilians too .

    October 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bailoutsos

    CNN: Home and Away: Share your memories of troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq @@@@ Shiit, bring them home and then people would not have to "share memories."

    October 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Will it looks like Obama will be on His time schedule to get the troops out of There!!! We will just have to leave a few to make sure They stay with the PEACE plan...

      October 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SANJOSEMIKE

    The real questions are:

    1. Can we prevent Afghanistan from reverting to a national training camp for al Queda?
    2. Can we "protect" the rights of females?
    3. Can we prevent the Taliban from taking over the entire country?

    Ultimately we are there for our own security. As much as defending the rights of females is a fine agenda, it is essentially a "Western" agenda, and does not exist in Islam. That's just the way it is. So we need to concentrate on keeping the Taliban from taking over the entire country, as they did before. Does that mean we have to stay there permanently? Probably not...but long enough for a policial system with its own military to prevent the Taliban from taking over completely. That's the best we can do. We have to moderate our expectations. sanjosemike

    October 13, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      @ SANJOSEMIKE
      Good post and absolutely right, all we can really do is show them a different way of doing thigs and let them weigh the pros and cons of each. NATO is NOT there to impose western ways on them and that's what a lot of these muslins looking in from the outside do not get, they just assume America wants possesion of all these worthless rocks over here and that is not the case. Afghanistan can be helped along for a while but evetually they must stand on thier own, the sooner the better.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      agreed. But why they could nt have their own military for all these years (9 years)

      October 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Actually, they started building the military almost immediately but it has taken time to get Soldiers to enlist, train them and teach them how to run a Army, not just fight, CORRECTLY. This is a process that is still going on.

        October 14, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If We train the troops, Police and Farmers to take care of themselves it is possible!!! First we have to get rid of the killing before We can train the Tribes to be on Their own...

      October 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dindy Sri lanka

    Dan larryfayatte..the.. whole world must pray against evil ..if nuke ...many innocents also die.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jester

    I loved the show in which Fareed interviewed former ISI head, who game him very good shutup calls.

    October 13, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. luis

    I agree, even though having the taliban in any kind of oficial power is a repulsive idea, they are part of that country and getting rid of them would take time and resources and even then it may not be enough...the policies used by the current US and Afghan government are probably the best outcome. I'm glad the Obama administration is keeping their word and getting our country out of the war business....Way to go Obama!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I just wonder where the UN is when You need them??? They are good for nothing!!! The US and the other Free Country should drop out and kick them out of the States...

    October 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      That's what I say,Larry. It would be great if the UN forces could send in it's troops and stop this obscene war,but that's just wishful thinking on my part. The needless carnage goes on and on and on!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Yakabi: Do You really beleve the mumble jumble You talk??? Because if you do You are on Stupid Person!!! I wish You would start talking like a normal Person does...

    October 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bailoutsos

    How are the Taliban any different than Europeans that killed the natives and took over what is now the USA?

    October 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      The Taliban lose in this movie.

      October 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • bailoutsos

        In your dreams. They will go on long after NATO/America has left.

        October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Right, once NATO leaves I hear they are going to loosen the lease on Isreal....

        October 13, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Murtaza

    Talking to the Taliban is a great idea. It can only help, not hurt. History shows integration of radical elements into the political process helps moderate their views.

    October 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      You have the right idea,Murtaza. Just ignore all these right-wing idiots.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JesusChrist

      You are the least intelligent and most obnoxious person on this blog.

      October 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Prophet Mohammed

    Yeah, I know I'm missing a word- just making it easier for the worm to understand.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. neflight

    good post Dan Lafa ...

    October 12, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I never posted that stupid right-wing comment above so don't thank me,thank the jerk who posted it! We need to get these talks under way and find a peaceful way out of there where we have no business in the first place!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Dan, I think it's either Daniel-2 or Stinky Sri Lanka, posting on you. (and I'm not positve Stinky is smart enough).

        Actually NATO does belong in Afghanistan, the Afghans (and I'm not kidding) INVITED them, it's true. Back in 85 Reagan met with the Taliban during the Soviet Afghan war and actually commented something to the effect that "the Tailban were like our founding fathers in moral character". The US supported the Taliban and Mujhadeen (they were intermixed) in defeating the Soviets with CIA training and Stinger missles to shoot down the helicopters. After the Taliban returned to the mountains and the Mujhadeen took charge. The Mujhadeen quickly reverted back to tribal warfar and split up the armies and the country fighting each other. Under thier control the poeple suffered greatly even having thier daughters kidnapped and used as s3x slaves by the Mujhadeen. Eventually the people asked the Taliban for help, by this time the Mujhadeen had destroyed everything (the cities, the Tanks, planes, Helicopters and much of the culture). The Mujhadeen were afraid of the Taliban and slinked away leaving the Taliban in charge. Most of the Taliban were decent for the most part but very strict and crime went from rampant to almost nothing under thier tight (and Brutal) control. The Taliban would occaisionally do public executions as a show of power and of course power corrupts so they got progressively worse. Since they had closed all the schools (an easy way to keep the people ignorant and thue easy to control) the people realized they had no future and would continue to live in the 7th century under Talibn control, that is why they asked for help.
        Mujhadeen are basically folk heroes in Afghanistan and are now being granted special positions or promotions withing the Afghan Army. Will history repeat itself? Time will tell.

        October 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sam

    This guy pretends that he has the authority on the subject of Afghanistan War. Mr. Zakarya, you hatred is quite apparent for Pakistan. After all, you are an Indian!!! You love to bring Pakistan from right or left. Don't you know forget that it is Pakistan who is helping to fight and scarifying her soldiers and NATO and American forces are getting supplies through Pakistan.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I wouldn't say Pakistan is "Helping", they are doing the bare minimum to get paid and stealing supplies from NATO as it passes through, that's a fact- and I KNOW.

      October 12, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    So you are saying that our armed forces are lying and the propagandists are actually telling the truth when they say that we are only killing civilians huh? The drones and attack helicopters kill more Taliban and their terrorist allies in a week than they do in a couple of months if you don't count the innocent people they kill with their suicide bombers!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Your kind of 360 degrees truth throws acid an girls faces for going to school and forces young girls to marry older men and kill young men and boys that do not want to be a part of your murderous truth of 360 degrees! You terrorize the population by publicly executing men and women for even the smallest of crimes to keep hold of power and control over the people! God surely will punish you and all your 360degrees truth of killers most severely!

      October 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      NATO is NOT fighting Terrorist- you can't fight cowards who hide in holes.

      October 12, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Dan, Very Nice!

      October 12, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Hey Phunnie boy,do you believe all that right-wing nonsense that you keep blogging under my name?

      October 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jos lohan

    Sweet Dan, Hope you are not naive enough to believe the drivell that comes from our media. We have not killed nowhere near whats being reported. First of all If we are killing so many where are the dead Taliban bodies?? and why is their movement now ever so stronger to take on areas in the north and to the west (where taliban don't ethnically reside) ?? We have heard from the media about how taliban were wiped out, then reports of all commanders killed and fled afghan region, then came pockets of resistence, to serious adversaries, to dead lock and now having lost the upper hand and finding a position of strength to negotiate from. All within 3 years. I don't think you r not naive enough to believe that.

    I personally think that stategy being pursued now by our commanders should have been tried in 2002 then we would have made a permanent difference. Theatre of war is only good when we control the events and clearly here we do not.

    October 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John

    Tony D. Dont waste your time replying to this whackjob he posts that krap all the time it's meaningless mindless drivel.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The only meaningless,mindless drivel I see are from those who do not want any kind of settlement but to continue this senseless war for their own ends. These right-wing idiots never think about anybody but themselves!!! I say let's get negotiations under way!!!

      October 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Jhon you are correct .some one repeats same thing

      October 12, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. dindy Sri lanka

    Taliban is not only in the Afghan and Pakistan border. They are among Afghan people too. Also they are citizens there. it is not easy for a foreign army to fight there or take control their activities.Therefore It is better if they agree to have talk with the government HONESTLY and work together to build their country .

    October 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. les

    I wish he were right. However, why should the Taliban agree to just be a member of a society, when it can be in control? Remember what Kissinger recently said about Viet Nam. the US simply did not recognize the tanacity of the enemy to just keep going.

    The Taliban are pusing a realistic strategy to gain control.. So perhaps we have to look at whether that is an acceptable scenario. Maybe it is. We can always bomb and missile them if they get out of hand Just like Clinton handled Sadam

    The real problem is Pakistan and itrs nukes.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      Really? Pakistan's nukes which are secured by half a million Army is a problem? if it was really such a big problem than may be we shouldn't have helped India become a nuclear armed country by providing it super computers few decades back that also forced Pakistan to run the arms race wtih its rival.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • patel

        Sam , your lack of GENERAL KNOWLEDGE and history is appalling , it is and was Pak that got help, India DEVELOPED MOST OF ITS CAPABILITIES ON ITS OWN.

        October 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • jos lohan

        I agree with sam. I mean theatre of war just keeps shifting without any progress. 9/11, Osama, Al-qaeda, Mullah Omar, Hikmetyar, Haqqani and now pakistan nukes. or so they have you believe. Which side is our US gov. on?? seemigly supporting proliferation but handing over nuclear deal to India. It is just diabolic of Obama admin as is the fake rhetoric of finding democracy. No other nation bought that and US public is finally seeing the truth, as can be seen by low rating of handling of war. Tactical wars pushed out Bush on lowest ratings and they will push Obama out of the White house too.

        October 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ SAM- Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? Just wondering.

        October 14, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Because in reality they know it will never happen!!! They are trying to make it so They can get the best deal They can... They know Their time is almost up...

      October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Pastel: You sure are giving them a lot more credit than They deserve... If They are so smart why are They so poor???

      October 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Bullcrap, if NATO and Pakistani forces went full force into the mountainous area in Waziristan, Pakistan and killed all the Taliban and other terrorist networks there they would be forced to accept any and all surrender agreements! All it would take is to show them the power we have and that their god allah will not redeem them from all their atrocities that they have done!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      What we need to do Dan is to get both the Karzai regime and the Taliban talking to one another and maybe we can put an end to this insane carnage and get the NATO forces out of there once and for all!!!

      October 11, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Once foreign forces leave there will be civil war and no doubt about it the terrorists and the Taliban will once again have their way with the people of Afghanistan and be planning attacks against the western world!

        October 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • an

      to Dan from Lafayette, IN
      (Bullcrap, if NATO and Pakistani forces went full force into the mountainous area in Waziristan, Pakistan and killed all the Taliban and other terrorist networks there they would be forced to accept any and all surrender agreements! All it would take is to show them the power we have and that their god allah will not redeem them from all their atrocities that they have done)
      The Insurgents will simply melt away or go somewhere else, like they have many many many times before, your thought process is for that of a conventional war, this is not a convention war. Best option will be to get the hell out of Afghanistan, sooner or later, the Taliban will take over again, we should negotiate with them and save american lives and save the economy.

      October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patel

        President Karzai himself said the best option would be to mine the borders. Maybe that is a better option.

        October 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        And let them grow into bigger and more equipped terrorist networks within Afghanistan that Iran has shown would be more than happy to help them defeat the western democracies! If we do not defeat them now they will be much harder to defeat in the future! Their goal is global Islamic sharia law and there are many scattered across most every nation and if we do not stop it where it began many will be embolden to attack all the nations where they have been waiting for the right moment and if they again take Afghanistan they will think they can get away with anything! The whole world must fight against these extremist Islamic radicals!

        October 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        I'm not in favor of land mines, they are dangerous for many yeras, just carpet bomb or nuke and get it over with.

        October 13, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • jos lohan

      Dan, Waziristan is just one of many areas where taliban are strong so even if itis obliterated from the face of the earth, other areas are still not controlled by US forces. Taliban control 92% of the country, which does not mean that they rule but conditions are there for no one else to do anything either. Ten years and counting. This war, as other US wars, is badly planned, poorly managed and executed. May be we should stop kidding ourselves as Karzai and his henchmen (warlords) are not capable of bringing change in that society. Period.

      October 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        So you say we only control 8% of the country? Right! And that's why we are killing so many of them compared to the few a week if they happen to get lucky that we hit an IED or once in a while get hit by small arms fire.

        October 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ jos lohan
        You are a shiite bag, get your facts straight, Taliban control a little over 8% not the other way around and they control that 8% from hiding in caves and rat holes.

        October 12, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Do You know more than the ones their??? We are training the Afghanistan Military and Police to take care of themselves!!! The CIA is helping Pakistan on Their side... With both Efforts the Tarriest don't have a chance!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Hey you Phunnie boy,if you're going to usurp my name in order to blog your right-wing nonsense in here,at least learn how to spell correctly. The word is "terrorist" not "tarriest"!!!

        October 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        "Phunnie Boy" Where have I heard that before? Looks like we found our worthless Paki name thief. Thieves and Liars, Pakis are thieves and Liars.

        October 13, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Larrykegal.... the enemy is anyone who is in bondage with a evil spirit.we kill the flesh and the spirit leave the body (flee away) Then enter into another of their kind or someone else in another country. It is like anaconda (if I spell the word correctly) We can defeat them from bringing them to salvation . How from praying in spirit. I know it will be difficult to understand. we fought here in Sri lanka for 30 years . But when every body did pray for the peace of the country ..somehow the war ended. All the support came against the people who were in bondage with the devil. Prayers must be increased. (please read2thimothy 1:7) and Isiah 44:26. Tell them loud and believe. If we do not defeat them in prayers we all will become killers at the end. Pray for the soldiers so then can come home safely rather than among the people who are in bondage with Devil.

        October 13, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      You think they would have run out of Virgins by now!!! Where are They finding all of them??? Babies and Sheep don't count do They???

      October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I think they find them everywhere, even Pakistan has Geeks. Only the real good ones get the sheep.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Dan they say allah but it is the same god.(one god in different names) the problem is they have misunderstood the teaching of God!!! so they kill like nothing . Also torture if anyone does not agree with them. Many people do not hear what God say in his spirit. JESUS communicate with god every day in spiritual worship and praise .How many people do that today? If they did ..honestly I am sure ..troops could have safely returned home and war would have ended.

      October 13, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  23. Arsio

    I agree with him, Pakistan and even Afghanistan itself has no choice but to negotiate. You can't beat them Pakistan knows it thats why it controlled it until taking U.S side which is costing Pakistanis heavily. We all know(except Americans) that this war will collpase U.S, its innevitable. I would listen to Fareed.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony D

      The Islamic extremists have no concept of democracy. Democracy is not part of the Islamic religion Mullahs are the ones who make laws and enforce them so we are wasting our time and american lives trying to civilize a country that will never be civilized.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        "No concept of Democracy" That's why they are called Islamic and not American.

        October 13, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Jester

        well there are countries who do not have democracy yet people are happy

        just because West has democracy, doesnt mean it should be everywhere, West thinks that it has the right to define Right and Wrong, there is no real difference between West and Extremists

        October 13, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ Jester- Obviously, you haven't visited very many other countries.

        October 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Chris Calley

    I would like to alter his statemant just a little. I wonder if her would feel this way if he wasn't a Nazi oop's I mean Muslim.

    "Much as we don't want to believe it, the Nazi's are a part of German society. It represents some section of the conservative German community. These people are not foreigners who will go away one day. Finding a way to integrate them into the political system is a good idea."

    We know how that one turned out.

    October 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  25. john mcgarry

    please listen to Fareed Zakaria.He is more attuned to this part of the world than anyone

    October 11, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      He's not more attuned than me- but he is correct; the Taliban are part of the Pashtun (and Kharzi is\was part of the Taliban) and Afghaanistan will eventually reconcile with the Taliban. If they are smart they will wait to ensure they do it from a position of absolute power or the country will simply revert back to the way is was in a few years.

      October 12, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Are you really a Prophet ? But your words are not from God. you have said terrible hings about me. How come a Prophet speak in flesh but not in spirit ??

        October 14, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Prophet...now you know I am not stinky and not stupid .Thanks

        October 14, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If Our leaders thought the way You People think... We would not be a free Country today... Thank GOD Our Leaders and Military are running This Country and not Idiots like You!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Larry kegal...I do not underestimate the Army... But do not thank god for leaders. If they had wisdom from God they could have protected their land before this terrible attack took place which is hard to forget even at this moment.you may wonder why I bother so much. For security reasons I cant introduce me. I have been in your country many times. After 9/11 also terrorists were collecting money inside the country. Leader must protect his citizens. To do that ..he must establish better security system. More intelligence from people . CIA cant cover up the whole country. USA is too big. Larry ..sometimes leaders screw up everything. I am tired of seeing innocent die for their wrong ruling and poor decisions. It would have been better for both Sri lanka and America if these massive attacks have been prevented before they happened. I am writing this to you today after facing five massive attacks here in Sri lanka within last five years. Larry... leaders also fall sleep sometimes when they are supposed to take right actions.Hope these brave men in the battle field is guided by the spirit of God and finally they can reunite with their families !!! Amen!!

        October 13, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        @ dindy Sri lanka- That is the most sensible thing I have seen you write. God willing, it will happen.

        October 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Virginian

    Whatever gets our troops out of there and back home. Our men and women in uniform are our most precious national treasure. They are too valuable to be squandered fighting wars that cannot be "won" in any conventional sense, or trying to build nations out of societies that are barely civilized.

    October 11, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony D

      Doesent matter what kind of aggreement we come to in afganistan once US forces leave that country it will be took over by the taliban and things will go back to what they were before we came there ..meaning that this war is a useless waste of lives and resources let the afgans have it we have no business there we will not change anything their religion has always been the way and it will always be that way no matter who comes a calling. The US has not learned anything from history we always repeat oursleves to no availe.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Not if We train the Military and Police right it will never happen!!!

        October 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Tony....troops went to attack al -queda and they used the land of Afghanistan and now there is a Afghan army too. Also there was an election and Kazai is trying to get Taliban to talk and come to a common ground which will be good for their country with the help of US also. Rome did not build in one day as you also know.

        October 13, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        not only Kazai..."s attempt can solve the problem but the Pakistan government too has a responsibility over al-queda. They have a huge army. yet many of these al queda are doing their attacks time to time. Hope if they can get free from these evil spirits which tell them to kill other people .

        October 13, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Willie12345

        You're absolutely right, unfortunately. Shades of Viet Nam all over again.

        October 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
      • 9876543219

        Don`t say that we want to pretend like we won this war ... Kissing Taliban butt sounds like a more correct term ..

        October 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Martin

        Yep. This is a vietnam scenario. Reminds me of the old saturday night live skith where John Belushi was playing Henry Kissinger and an interviewer asked him what the high point of his career was and he answered, "In 1973 when we signed the peace treaty with the North Vietnamese to end the Vietnam war". Then the interviewer asked, "What was the low point of your career", and he answered, "In 1975 when the Vietnam war ended"

        October 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Driver Diver

      I totally agree. The country is barley civilized, and the rule of law is barbaric on the verge of even being sickiening i.e. treatment of woman. All were doing is wasting lives and money. Close the country off, as in refuse all travel to the U.S. of anyone from there or Pakistan. Just keep them out, keep the craziness outside.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • neflight

        It is a good idea.

        October 12, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      CNN: Home and Away: Share your memories of troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq @@@@ Shiit, bring them home and people would not have to "share memories."

      October 13, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      I agree, society there is not civilized, in a sense would take generations to come. But that is an opportunity too. It did not take anything to convince Afgans or at least their government that keeping US troops is in their interest. The culprit of the entire mess is I believe pakistan. Their military is supporting some of the most powerful groups in Taliban. The day they turn their back on them, trust me afgan issue is resolved. Taliban of it's own has no courage, money, people and logistics to fight with anyone, let alone be US solders.

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