The top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan, which he called the only way to bring peace to the tortured central Asian nation, battered by three decades of war.
"A political solution ... is the only solution" in Afghanistan, Adm. Mullen said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. "It's hard to say ... who would be a part of that, and I wouldn't do that."
But he added, "It's hard to rule out that political entities who are now the enemy might be a part of that."
What Mullen is saying is totally logical; which is why the White House, State Department, and Pentagon will probably reject the notion out of hand.
And the fact that the Kandahar offensive has been delayed because "...One third of the extra troops allocated by President Obama following his review of Afghan strategy last year still had not arrived..." is chillingly telling.