Negotiations with Taliban dismay troops

 
 
U.S. Special envoy Richard Holbrooke said Sunday that reconciliation talks between Karzai and Taliban leaders are not full-fledged peace negotiations but informal discussions between the two groups.
 
“It’s certainly not another Vietnam, … and it is certainly not hopeless,” Holbrooke said Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
 
  But retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely disagrees with Holbrook’s assessment and told The Examiner that, ”it looks like the senior leadership is working for a negotiated settlement and then we will withdraw just like Vietnam.”
 
The Administration and some of our military commanders are  “pandering to the enemy and giving a disorganized group of criminal insurgents a power they should never be granted – we’re not going to see this through and believe me we’re making a serious mistake,” said a military official in Afghanistan.
 
A young soldier who spoke from Afghanistan via telephone questioned why he was fighting. “If we’re not here to win the war with the military, then what are we here for? I think that’s the question that the administration  – if we’re not here to succeed then what are we dying for?”

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