Pakistani and Afghan political and tribal leaders meeting in Islamabad Tuesday have agreed to seek talks with Taliban insurgents in a bid to limit violence along their shared border. The announcement came after a two-day meeting described as a mini-jirga in the Pakistani capital. VOA's Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad.
The two-day "mini-jirga" in Islamabad ended with pledges to create new committees in both countries that will try to establish contact with Taliban groups.
In military history, there a dire, and clear, warning in the books about being unable to win what is essentially a ground war from the air.
Viet Nam should have taught American military something about this. And unfortunately those who do not understand history (particularly military history, are doomed to repeat it.
So now, the US is in a situation where what this meeting's leaders have accomplished (an agreement to work on common goals with the Taliban) could be the beginning of the end of this 7 year conflict.
Unfortunately, if past performance is any judge, the US will succeed in snatching defeat from the jaws of potential victory here by continuing to bomb the heck out of Pakistan and Afghanistan, thus radicalizing those left standing even further away from their respective governments, and more deeply into the Taliban fold.