The Daily Beast’s, Josh Rogin reported that Hillary Clinton didn’t like the hostage swap deal entered into by President Obama without the consent of Congress. Most significant in all of this are these things:
- Taliban is an organization with 25,000-35,000 combatants, a number that has grown over the years.
- Karzai sought to negotiate with this group, but just how much influence does it have over the 42% Pashtun Afghan population?
- Taliban played host to the al Qaeda which led to attacks against the US homeland and killed thousands of Americans, why would the US ever settle for anything less than its complete annihilation?
- After all of the military might committed to Afghanistan, why are the Taliban the last men standing?
Here is what is most astonishing, the US State Department and the CIA information about Afghanistan and the Taliban appears to be out of date and grossly incomplete to citizens of the USA who demand transparency in government. Congress doesn’t trust President Obama, and until now, this reporter was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After the Taliban swap, trust is lost on this administration.
“The Qatari regime under the Clinton deal would have been required to do a whole host of things to ensure that the released prisoners were adhering to the terms of their pseudo-house arrest, including surveillance, systematic monitoring, and travel bans that would last until there was peace.
Under the deal Obama struck last week, the assurances given by Qatar have remained secret other than a one-year travel ban the White House announced. Reports from Doha this week show that the released prisoners are free to roam about with little or no supervision.
Secondly, for Clinton, the prisoner swap only made sense if it was one piece of a series of events that led to a peace process between the Taliban and the Afghan government. In February 2011, Clinton delivered a major speech that set out her offer to the Taliban for a future inside the Afghan political system.
‘Break ties with al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution, and you can rejoin Afghan society,’ she told the Taliban. ‘Refuse and you will continue to face the consequences of being tied to al Qaeda as an enemy of the international community.’”
“How many Taliban are there?
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
By Tim Foxley
Summary: Afghan and ISAF authorities suggest that there are as many as 35,000 Afghan Taliban fighters currently operating. Ten years ago the figure was in the very low thousands. The number of Taliban remains very unclear. Although the figure has undoubtedly increased over the last ten years, analysis of the politics behind the figure – how and why the assessment is used – deserves consideration as well.
This is a cheap (and highly under-researched) shot, only because I saw a tweet yesterday claiming that the Afghan government (Interior Ministry, I think) said that their estimate of the number of Afghan Taliban was up to 35,000.”