What did the US expect when we pay for a Taliban embassy in Qatar?
Outraged? I doubt it.
The opening of the Doha office was meant as a big first step toward peace talks, and a possible peace deal, in the Afghanistan war. But the Taliban last week angered Afghan President Hamid Karzai by using their flag and calling the office the "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan." Karzai objected to the wording of its name, saying it was tantamount to the establishment of a rival government office, not a political office.
U.S. envoy James Dobbins echoed his concerns on Monday.
"We protested and we asked them to take corrective measures and they took them," he said, according to AFP. "We were outraged ourselves because it was inconsistent with the assurances we had been given and the assurances we had given."
And the US believed the assurances of the Taliban?
The Taliban have since removed the offending sign and lowered the flag, though Taliban leaders are also objecting over the stand-off. (continue at Fox News)