Remember — if you are old enough — how Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for negotiating the Paris Peace Accords which were to end the war in Vietnam? The Accords provided that:
- North Vietnam was to release American Prisoners of War within 80 days;
- A ceasefire to be monitored by the International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICC);
- Free and democratic elections to be held in South Vietnam; U.S. aid to South Vietnam would continue; and
- North Vietnamese troops could remain in South Vietnam.
It was nothing but the barest of fig leafs to allow the United States to save face while pulling its troops out of Vietnam, allowing the Communists to retool and prepare for the full military conquest of the South. Other than the absolute naifs, everyone knew exactly what was happening, and exactly what would happen. The Accords stated that the United States could come to the aid of the Republic of Vietnam if the North violated them and tried to conquer the South, but everybody — including President Nguyen Van Thieu of the Republic of Vietnam — knew that there was no way on earth that the Congress would allow President Nixon to reintroduce troops into Vietnam to enforce that provision.
From the Pirate’s Cove:
By William Teach June 19, 2013 – 8:15 am
This is the same Taliban that the Obama administration has wanted to have peace talks with for most of his presidency
(Yahoo News) President Barack Obama warmly welcomed the announcement on Tuesday of fresh reconciliation talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban, as well as plans to launch a new round of direct negotiations between the insurgent force and the United States.
“This is an important first step toward reconciliation,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with French President François Hollande on the sidelines of the G-8 summit of rich countries. “It’s a very early step—we anticipate there will be a lot of bumps in the road—but the fact that the parties have an opportunity to talk and discuss Afghanistan’s future I think is very important.”
These types of bumps in the road?
A US official said insurgents attacked Bagram Air Base with “indirect fire”, suggesting the soldiers were killed by mortars or rockets.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. “Last night two big rockets were launched at Bagram (air base) which hit the target. Four soldiers are dead and six others are wounded. The rockets caused a major fire,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
The NY Times is more concerned with Obama’s legacy than the actual deaths of Americans, but they do point out that Karzai is not happy with these negotiations.
More at the link.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: once President Obama decided that we would withdraw from the war in Afghanistan based upon a timetable and not upon victory, this was the inevitable result. The Taliban no longer had to win against the United States, they simply had to survive long enough to outlast the US. If President Karzai is “not happy” with these negotiations, it’s because he recognizes the tole he is supposed to play: that of Nguyen Van Thieu.
At least President Obama has avoided resurrecting the phrase Peace With Honor™.