The United States government has been begging the Afghanistan Taliban for years, and I do mean years not months, to pweese o pwritty pweese be fwriends with us! Now the US has promised to release all Taliban terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay prison if the Taliban will agree to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar. The news media report this as something new, as if contact with and negotiations with Taliban leaders is a news flash, which it is not.
We reported in September 2011 about plans to build a Taliban Embassy in Qatar, a prelude to peace talks, according to Wired's Danger Room. The news became public later that the Obama administration was considering releasing Taliban members from Gitmo.
According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan.
More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund....
The Taliban are holding just one American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, a 25-year-old sergeant captured in June 2009, but it is not clear whether he would be freed as part of the deal. (The Guardian UK)
All the negotiations over the past years between the US and the Taliban have failed, as they were intended to do by the Taliban who play the current gullible administration like a violin. It was reported that the reason all the talks failed is because those negotiations were leaked to the media and the Taliban got their itty bitty feelings hurt.
A little history:
Prior to the Afghan invasion:
On the eve of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Secretary of State Colin Powell instructed his ambassador in Islamabad, Wendy Chamberlin, to get a message to [Mullah] Omar through Pakistani intermediaries. It was neither a lengthy nor complicated communication. Nor was it an invitation to further dialogue.
“It is in your interest and in the interest of your survival to hand over all al-Qaida leaders, to close the terrorists’ camps and allow the U.S. access to terrorist facilities,” reads Powell’s message, prompted by suspicions of a 9/11 follow-up attack and unearthed by the National Security Archive. “We will hold leaders of the Taliban personally responsible for any such actions. Every pillar of the Taliban regime will be destroyed.” (Photo: ISAF, Danger Room)
After the Afghan invasion:
As I've said before, "Why should anyone be surprised at this idea of an embassy for the Taliban in Doha Qatar, when again and again since 9/11, the U.S. Government has engaged in "outreach" with Islamic supremacists and jihadists."
... in 2007 we reported on previous failed talks with Taliban leaders that took place in 2005.
In 2009 we reported that cooperation with the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar could lead to help in locating Osama bin Laden if the Taliban had assurances they could return to power in Afghanistan.
In January 2010 we confirmed with sources that the talks were underway. In October 2010 we reported that Pakistan had freed the supreme commander of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, so that he can play a pivotal role with Mullah Mohammed Omar in backchannel talks through the Pakistani army with Washington. Also here.
February 2011 we reported:
The United States is now negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef, who was previously blacklisted by Western nations and the United Nations and spent four years in Guantanamo Bay, charged with co-ordinating Taliban and al-Qaeda forces around Kabul, is now in a London hotel. Zaeef is now in secret negotiations between Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and the Taliban's Pakistan-based supreme commander, Mullah Muhammad Omar.
Apparently the United States and coalition partners trust Zaeef when he says the Taliban has learned it's lesson, and apparently we still trust Karzai and even Mullah Muhammad Omar. It boggles the mind. If negotiations work out here's the deal: in return for power in parts of southern Afghanistan, the Taliban would accept the authority of the Kabul government and expel al-Qaeda and its jihadist affiliates.
In June of 2011 Hamid Karzai himself confirmed the negotiations and we reported of direct contact with Mullah Mohammed Omar, NATO forces and Washington.
And here we are today, planning to release terrorists. Shameful.