NATO Report Indicates Taliban Plotting Power Grab

From The Heritage FoundationLisa Curtis, February 1, 2012 –

In a secret NATO report recently leaked to the British media, Taliban insurgents told their interrogators that they are increasingly confident that the Taliban will retake power once NATO forces depart Afghanistan, and that Pakistan is positioning itself for such an outcome. NATO officials have sought to downplay the report’s contents, emphasizing that it represents uncorroborated pieces of information, not an overall analysis of the military situation.

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Still, the contents of the report should give pause to those who are pushing for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. There are well-founded concerns that the Taliban are uninterested in genuine peace talks and will try to string the U.S. along in talks that would simply allow them to play for time and obtain release of their prisoners. The U.S. must guard against the possibility that the Taliban will use any negotiations to strengthen their influence in Afghanistan without breaking ties to international terrorist groups or giving up their goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate.

The leaked NATO report, based on thousands of interrogations of captured insurgents, also asserts that Pakistan supports and directs their attacks against NATO forces and is “intimately” involved in efforts to topple the Karzai government. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar dismissed the report as “old wine in an even older bottle,” and said it was more important “to look at the conversations that are taking place with the Taliban by many other important capitals of the world.” Although Pakistan claims it is not interfering in Afghanistan’s affairs, there have been no indications that Pakistan has cracked down on Taliban sanctuaries on its side of the border.

The NATO report, combined with findings from a recent intelligence estimate on Afghanistan that conclude the Taliban have little interest in peace talks, should cause the Administration to think twice when considering concessions to the Taliban. These reports reveal that the situation is not yet ripe for genuine reconciliation, and the Administration would be jumping the gun if it releases senior Taliban prisoners at this juncture. U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged in congressional hearings yesterday that the U.S. may release five top Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as an incentive to bring the Taliban leadership to talks.

The building blocks for genuine peace and stability in Afghanistan are simply not yet in place. The Administration must pay more attention to the facts on the ground before diving into a pseudo-reconciliation process merely to justify an early drawdown of troops.

3 responses

  1. Senator-Blutarsky

    Good………….let the Taliban, Al-CIA_duh and all the other “usual suspects” have the place. Who cares ? Let the assorted tribes go back to killing each other as they have for thousands of years.

    Oops- my bad – its a revenue stream for the CIA-

    The global proceeds of the Afghan drug trade is in excess of 150 billion dollars a year. There is mounting evidence that this illicit trade is protected by the US military.

    Historically, starting in the early 1980s, the Afghan drug trade was used to finance CIA covert support of the Islamic brigades. The 2003 war on Afghanistan was launched following the Taliban government’s 2000-2001 drug eradication program which led to a collapse in opium production in excess of 90 percent.

    The following report, which accuses the United States of using military transport planes to ship narcotics out of Afghanistan confirms what is already known and documented regarding the Golden Crescent Drug Trade and its insiduous relationship to US intelligence.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8180

    Would you not feel great about your kid dying in uniform for the Afghan opium trade ?

  2. Definitions…

    “Heritage Foundation”…a Republican-oriented, Neo-Con think-tank that is full of war-mongering chickenhawks that cheerlead for the World-Wide Wars without End.

    “Taliban”…a title that formerly described the ultra-conservative Muslims who ruled Afghanistan prior to the illegal U.S. invasion in 2001. More recently, the term is utilized by the public relations officials of NATO to describe the entire guerilla force in Afghanistan comprised primarily of Afghan nationals who are resisting the continued and illegal foreign occupation of their country. We call them “Taliban”…the Soviets called them “Mujahideen”…the world calls them “Freedom Fighters”.

    “Neo-Con Propaganda”…example…

    “Still, the contents of the report should give pause to those who are pushing for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. There are well-founded concerns that the Taliban are uninterested in genuine peace talks and will try to string the U.S. along in talks that would simply allow them to play for time and obtain release of their prisoners. The U.S. must guard against the possibility that the Taliban will use any negotiations to strengthen their influence in Afghanistan without breaking ties to international terrorist groups or giving up their goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate.”

    The common man’s definition of the above paragraph…

    “The defeated Western imperialists are looking for a face-saving way to exit Afghanistan and desperately want to negotiate with the Afghan Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan. The Heritage Foundation hopes that there is a way for the West to ‘have its cake and eat it too’…i.e., leave with grace, but keep its puppet Afghan government in place to maintain the CIA’s highly-profitable heroin empire and allow Western corporations to continue the pillaging of Afghanistan’s natural resources while returning pennies-on-the-dollar to the Afghan people.”

    “Karzai government”…the puppet regime installed by the West to give the appearance of democratic self-rule while allowing the continued economic and social rape of Afghanistan by the West.

    “More Neo-Con propaganda”…

    “Although Pakistan claims it is not interfering in Afghanistan’s affairs, there have been no indications that Pakistan has cracked down on Taliban sanctuaries on its side of the border.”

    The truth?

    Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty has been violated on thousands of occasions by U.S. and NATO drones, aircraft, and soldiers over the past several years. Thousands of their citizens and soldiers have been killed by the West…and Pakistan is supposed to be an “ally” of the U.S.

    The U.S. and NATO have proven time and time again that they represent the greatest threat to the lives and well-being of Pakistanis than any perceived threat by the “Taliban” boogeymen.

    “Blowback”…it’s a mo-fo.

  3. Let them have it and wait til they get here to the good ole US of A. Then kick their butt back where they came from.. However, ???? OH! their seragates (sp) have already been here forgot about 9/11, oh yeah that was our fault for messing in their business, gosh maybe RP is right. If we let them come here maybe we could talk to them and just be friends! Wonder what smedley would say on this one. bet I might find out!

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