Afghanistan's Taliban rejected President Hamid Karzai's latest attempt to reach out to them as "futile" and "farcical" on Sunday, but said they were open to talks to achieve their goal of an Islamic state.
"This is not the first time that the Kabul regime and the invading countries want to throw dust into the eyes of the public of the world by announcing reconciliation in words and, in practice, make preparation for war," said a statement posted in English on the Afghan Taliban's website, alemarah.info.
The Taliban are smart enough to recognize they don't have to "reconcile" with Karzai's government; all they have to do is to wait.
The Karzai government, so befouled with its own corruption, will ultimately collapse, and the US will have its "Saigon moment" and leave.
At that point, the US will, again, have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for rights to the oil pipelines.
Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating for rights to the pipelines with the Taliban government, but thought the price demanded was "too high".
Apparently, the Bush administration thought that a war, and the cost in blood of our brave military, and in money, was somehow "cheaper" than negotiations in the long-run.
It has not been cheaper for those young men and women who have died, or been maimed for life, in the pursuit of private profits for the oil companies.
It has not been "cheaper" for the families and friends who mourn them, or - for those still alive and badly injured - are desperately seeking help from a Veterans Administration system which routinely ignores them, makes them wait, and provides substandard care.
Of course, these people are completely expendable to the powers that be in Washington..and the corporations which profit so handsomely from war.