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January 23, 2010

Obama (Gates) Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role

Afghan Taliban fighters show off their weapons

Gates Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role

NY Times

The United States recognizes that the Taliban are now part of the political fabric of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here on Friday, but the group must be prepared to play a legitimate role before it can reconcile with the Afghan government.
That means, Mr. Gates said, that the Taliban must participate in elections, not oppose education and not assassinate local officials.
“The question is whether the Taliban at some point in this process are ready to help build a 21st-century Afghanistan or whether they still just want to kill people,” Mr. Gates said.

The defense secretary made his remarks in an interview with Pakistani journalists at the home of the American ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson. Mr. Gates was on the second day of a two-day visit to the country.

American officials have given qualified support to a proposed Afghan initiative to provide jobs, security and social benefits to Taliban followers who defect. Mr. Gates has said there could be a surge of such followers willing to be integrated into Afghan society, but he has voiced skepticism about whether the Taliban leadership is ready to work peacefully with the Afghan government.
“The question is, what do the Taliban want to make out of Afghanistan?” Mr. Gates told the journalists. “When they tried before, we saw what they wanted to make, and it was a desert, culturally and in every other way.”


Wild Thing's comment.......

Plant food is the only role for Taliban.

Everything Obama has done to date since he has been in the Oval Office has promoted "CHANGE" for America as we know it. Gates says nothing that his boss Obama has not preapproved.

If this were 1944 he’d be saying what...that the NAZI’s would need to be part of the new Germany?

Obama is a Muslim so this idea only fits into his desire to please the enemy and the heck with our troops, the wounded, the lives we have lost fighting the terrorists.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 23, 2010 04:47 AM


"Gates Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role

The only legitimate role for Taliban is instant extermination upon contact with our troops.

Posted by: Bob A at January 23, 2010 09:51 AM

Where do they get the idea that the Taliban are "Friendlies". This must be one of Barry's magic bullets, the moderate muslim.

Posted by: Mark at January 23, 2010 11:06 AM

Why does Gates hang around obama? Gates was appointed by Bush and they handled the wars well. obama is entirely different from Bush and yet Gates goes into an entirely different mindset. Gates must have no set of morals.

The Taliban will always be muslim extremists. They will not shareor work with anyone else who is not islamist. They all need to be killed.

Posted by: TomR at January 23, 2010 12:35 PM

WT, if Obama was POTUS during WW II, Nazi Germany, Japan, and Italy would have won, and most likely, US, UK, France, and Soviet Union would be divided colonies of Nazi Germany, Japan, and Italy. And the people of US, UK, France, and Soviet Union would be slaves of Nazi Germany, Japan, and Italy.

Obama is treason 24/7/365, the will to nothingness (= a nihilist), and an utopianist.

Impeach Obama

Posted by: Anon at January 23, 2010 05:13 PM

Again, proof positive that Barry O is a muzzie. He can overlook their propensity for shooting women before a soccer crowd for having learned to read.

This piece of sewage needs to be ridden back to the shite hole that is Chicago on a rail, tarred and feathered.

The sitting President of the United States is a racist, marxist, muslim, fraudulent lying pig.

Posted by: Billy Ray at January 24, 2010 12:07 AM

Anon, I agree sooo much. You are absolutely right.

Thank you eveyone.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2010 01:36 AM