While our brave troops are fighting the Taliban thugs with one hand tied behind their back. Islam loving Obama, is willing to allow the Taliban to be involved in the future political landscape of Afghanistan. How our great troops are treated is beyond disgraceful!!!!!
Obama focusing on al-Qaida, not Taliban
By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future and appears inclined to send only as many more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as are needed to keep al-Qaida at bay, a senior administration official said Thursday.
The sharpened focus by Obama's team on fighting al-Qaida above all other goals, and downgrading the emphasis on the Taliban, comes as the administration is engaged in a methodical but intensely debated review of how to overhaul the increasingly unpopular eight-year-old war.
Though aides stress that the president's final decision is still at least two weeks or more away, the emerging thinking suggests that he would be very unlikely to favor a large military ramp-up of the kind being advocated by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
McChrystal's troop request is said to include a range of options for Obama, from adding as few as 10,000 combat troops to — the general's strong preference — as many as 40,000.
Obama's developing strategy on the Taliban will "not tolerate their return to power," the senior official said. But the U.S. would only fight to keep the Taliban from retaking control of Afghanistan's central government — something it is now far from being capable of — and from giving renewed sanctuary in Afghanistan for al-Qaida, the official said.
Bowing to the reality that the Taliban is too ingrained in Afghanistan's culture to ever be entirely defeated, the administration also is prepared, as it has been for some time, to accept some Taliban role in parts of Afghanistan the official said. That could mean paving the way for Taliban members willing to renounce violence to participate in a central government. It might even mean ceding some regions of the country to the Taliban. The official is involved in the discussions and was authorized to speak about them but not to be identified by name because they are still ongoing.
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