US, Karzai Clash on Unconditional Talks With Taliban

On the surface, it would seem unlikely that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who presides over a politically feeble government and is highly dependent on the U.S. military presence and economic assistance, would defy the United States on the issue of peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban insurgency.

But a long-simmering conflict between Karzai and key officials of the Barack Obama administration over that issue came to a head at last week’s London Conference, when the Afghan president refused to heed U.S. signals to back off his proposal to invite the Taliban leaders to participate in a nationwide peace conference.

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With all his faults and corruption, Karzai realizes that the only way any true stability is going to be achieved in Afghanistan is by including the Taliban into the government, rather than marginalizing and demonizing them.

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