International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander told the BBC in an interview that it was becoming increasingly difficult for politicians to explain to the British people the 'tough message' of a rising death toll in Afghanistan.
'All of us have a responsibility not only to support our troops, but also make the case to the British people of reconciliation and reintegration,' Alexander said.
Memo to British Secretary Alexander: what you are proposing is completely logical, and communications, coupled with Karzai's willingness to apply a sharp stick in the rear of Afghan government corruption, might be a great start here.
Unfortunately, logic and the current US administration (as it was with this administration's predecessor) do not have an ongoing relationship.
Had this been the case, we never would have gone to war in Afghanistan in the first place. The Bush administration and the oil companies would have paid what the Taliban had asked, and installed the pipelines. Mission accomplished.
However, somehow in the magical thinking of the knuckleheads who "planned" this military misadventure, a military campaign (with its cost in blood, human devastation, and money) was somehow "cheaper" than paying what the Taliban were asking.
One has to shake one's head at this decision, given the history of the region, and the fact that even after the defeat of the Soviet Union, which had roughly 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, that these planners actually believed that they could win what was essentially a land war from the air.
It didn't happen in Viet Nam; it is certainly not going to happen in Afghanistan.