Obama declares war lost in Afghanistan, reaches out to taleban?

This from MSNBC and NYT

Image: U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

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U.S. strategy against the Taliban now focuses on rooting extremists out, as in this patrol on Feb. 18 where villagers in Afghanistan’s Shembal Valley were asked whether any fighters were nearby. President Barack Obama is weighing whether to modify that strategy to also reach out to more moderate Taliban elements.
By Helene Cooper and Sheryl Gay Stolberg

updated 51 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.

Mr. Obama pointed to the success in peeling Iraqi insurgents away from more hard-core elements of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a strategy that many credit as much as the increase of American forces with turning the war around in the last two years. “There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region,” he said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.

In a 35-minute conversation with The New York Times aboard Air Force One on Friday, Mr. Obama reviewed the challenges to his young administration. The president said he could not assure Americans the economy would begin growing again this year. But he pledged that he would “get all the pillars in place for recovery this year” and urged Americans not to “stuff money in their mattresses.”

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4 Replies to “Obama declares war lost in Afghanistan, reaches out to taleban?”

  1. Yeah. I think you can find them in the building next to the SS moderates. Oh and the office across from Pol Pot above the moderate Stalinists.

  2. Darn good thing I don’t personally know of anyone who voted for this Fool-in-Office. The temptation to lose my cool with them, would be overwhelming!
    Lord, please help us to get through what is left of the next four years … if there *is* another 4 years left for this country, that is!

  3. How can this so called president say in one breath, the troops are doing an incredibly hard job and completing the mission but yes say the war is lost??!!! and then he reaches out to the people that Will kills us if given the chance and then kill every one you and i know if we do not convert to Muslim ways.

    I am completely dishearten and sick of how he is ruining and wrecking this country i so love in a single sweep. i have no clue as to what to do other than complain and keep sending messages to the reps in office.

    i am so close to wanting to have ohio succeed from the union but i know that is a lost cause.

    god bless each one of us and please to what you can to stop this train wreck.
    bb

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