Diplomacy may still be alive and well under the George W. Bush administration.
Voice of America reported yesterday that:
“State Department officials say the United States is considering contacts with elements of Afghanistan’s militant Islamic Taliban movement, as part of a broad Bush administration review of the conduct of the Afghan war. The review is expected to be completed after the U.S. presidential election.”
After the U.S. made contact with Sunni tribes in Iraq, who had been initially hostile to the U.S., the tribesmen turned against al Qaeda and drove that terrorist organization out of the country—a strategy known as the Awakening Council movement. A similar U.S. overture to Taliban elements willing to reconcile with the Kabul government could help in the battle with extremists in Afghanistan, and especially foreign Islamist extremists, i.e., al Qaeda.
Sounds like we are starting to use of heads, finally.
[Related info.: Voice of America]