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Bill Frist calls for the Taliban to be included in Afghan government

In what can only be seen as a preview of the kind of wipe-out plan the administration is going to float once there’s no hope of winning in Iraq, look at Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s trial balloon on Afghanistan.

The country is currently being rocked by blasts and killings as the ousted Taliban has streamed back in and threatens U.S. puppet Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s weak government.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.

The Tennessee Republican said he had learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated by military means.

…”You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government,” Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. “And if that’s accomplished we’ll be successful.”

Weren’t we fighting these guys? What was the point of all these troops dying? Maybe it’s really about this.

Afghanistan is being rocked by the worst outbreak of violence since the ouster of the Taliban regime in the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Militants have increasingly resorted to suicide attacks and roadside bombs.

Frist, who said he would announce whether he would run for the U.S. presidency in about a month, said he had hoped that the United States would be able to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan soon. But the 20,000 U.S. troops are still needed to help the 37-country coalition deal with an intensifying Taliban insurgency.

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