February 11, 2010

The Failed History of Negotiating with the Taliban


In his State of the Union address, President Obama claimed that the U.S. had basically ignored the situation in Afghanistan during the 1990s. But as Michael Rubin shows in a disturbing article in Commentary, Obama's account, as is so often the case when the president dabbles in history, is not correct. Rather, beginning in 1995, before the Taliban had even taken control of Kabul, the Clinton administration began a policy of engagement, a policy that persisted throughout the remainder of Clinton's presidency.

The history of that policy provides an object lesson in the folly of that staple of modern left-liberal foreign policy, and especially the foreign policy of President Obama -- diplomacy as a substitute for meaningful action against our sworn enemies.

...And this is what happened via a bizarre dance that lasted for years.

By Howie at 08:39 AM | Comments |