Another achievement of the Bush
bomb until the rubble bounces foreign policy!
Two Pakistani officials said Thursday that their government held secret talks with Taliban fighters and tribal elders near the Afghan border before a cease-fire just announced by the militants.
The officials familiar with the talks said they took place at an undisclosed location in South Waziristan, a semiautonomous region that is home to scores of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, many of whom fled there from neighboring Afghanistan after the U.S-led invasion in 2001. The officials would not say who represented the government or how long the dialogue had been going on.
Militant representatives included Siraj Haqqani, a prominent Afghan militant blamed for attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan, one official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue…
In Washington, the State Department signaled it would oppose any agreement that resembled the last truce.A cease-fire in North Waziristan in September 2006, which collapsed in July, was widely seen as a setback in the war against terror, giving the Taliban and al-Qaida a freer hand to stage cross-border attacks into Afghanistan and extend their control of areas within Pakistan…
Militant spokesman Maulvi Mohammed Umar said the truce would include the tribal belt along the Afghan border and the restive Swat region to the east where the army has also battled pro-Taliban fighters.
So we go into Iraq and create "terrorists" by giving Al Qaeda a new training and recruiting ground — where they will eventually move on to other "business" in other countries, namely here (I apologize for linking there in advance).
While a series of truces are brokered to keep Osama & Zawahiri free, protected, and operating their viral video business?
But impeachment is off the table! — and McCain is the guy who will keep up this "awesomely" successful policy turned up to "11"?
UPDATE & and off-topic:
While many of us around the country were paying attention to Super Tuesday, throughout much of the South a horrible storm spawned massive tornadoes killing dozens of people (and the number will rise). Monkeyfister has put together links for assisting the victims, ignored by the sweep of other events.
Here are some ways to donate:
American Red Cross
1400 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
United Way of the Mid-South phone in a donation at (901) 433-4300.