Do not negotiate with Taliban
Earlier this week, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of “girl power” songs, ranging from “Survivor” to “Girl on Fire.” It was part of her promotion of her “Let Girls Learn” campaign.
More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to education, the White House points out.
But the number cited in support of Mrs. Obama’s initiative could expand by several hundred thousand if a proposal being discussed within her husband’s administration proceeds.
As incredible as it may sound, some in the Obama administration are discussing whether the best method of ending the civil war in Afghanistan might be to negotiate with the Taliban.
In at least some measure because of President Barack Obama’s precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country, the Taliban are making a comeback. They have scored important military victories, prompting the leading U.S. general in Afghanistan to suggest Obama’s schedule for near-full withdrawal of American troops should be modified.
Another option – again, being considered seriously – is a negotiated peace. That would require talks with the Taliban on some sort of power-sharing arrangement with the current Afghan government.
Taliban leaders may agree to such talks, but only as a tactic. In the long run, they have no intention of sharing power with anyone
Have U.S. officials so quickly forgotten who the Taliban are? While in power for a few years, they were among the most brutally repressive regimes in the world – especially to women. Females were not permitted to go to school. Even leaving one’s home except in the company of a husband or other relative could land an Afghan woman in trouble with the Taliban. Some were executed for crimes such as adultery, even on the flimsiest of evidence.
Mrs. Obama appears to believe firmly in her “girl power” campaign. Clearly, she should have a long discussion about it with her husband.