Taliban opens office in Qatar

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    The New York Times reports that the Taliban has announced plans to open an office in Qatar. Sources see this as a sign the Taliban is doing so as the US/allies make plans to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Pakistan sees this as a move that could reduce their influence in the area.
     
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    Thanks, Obama.
     
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    the idea of them literally 'opening an office' seems oddly... civilized
     
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    For all your Taliban needs.....call? Thanks Bush/Chaney
     
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    Because Bush was the one who pulled us out of the area.

    Wait no...
     
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    If people would post links to the article so that other people could read it, it might clear up a few misconceptions.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/w...-qatar-office-in-step-toward-peace-talks.html

    The very first paragraph explains the purpose of the office - and it isn't to take over Qatar.

    In other words, they're opening the office to engage in diplomatic negotiations with Americans - a sign that they see their insurgency as failing. Thank you, Obama, indeed. This is the best news I've heard about Afghanistan in a LONG TIME.
     
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    George bush did more to encourage the taliban than any other western leader. His policies, idiot defense secretary and wild accusations by our us ambassador to the un did not help either.
     
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    All of this from people who have never been to Afghanistan.
     
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    It's certainly what the coalition have been aiming for for quite a long time now. This is good.
     
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    And what are you basing this accusation on? Last I saw, Clinton's piss poor performance regarding defense led to 9-11.
     
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    And it's sad that we have to stoop to negotiating with the Taliban.
     
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    Please tell us what you base your claim on. I'm not familiar with those claims, other than hearing some sassy mutterings from Dick Cheney.
     
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    I feel comfortable saying you are a moronic asshole. I do believe that 9/11 happened almost 2 full years into W's reign. That along with the fact that the FBI was notified that there were Arabs taking flying lessons and they were told to drop it, puts it all on Bush.
     
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    ...outside of their little bubble.
     
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    Clinton severely cut the defense budget. It is happening exactly like it did after the Korean war, After Vietnam and after Desert Storm.
     
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    It does now. But it didn't and it won't.
     
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    Huh, the chart comes from a site that has no agenda at all.
     
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    It is one from one year. It doesn't show a number from say 1994 or 1979 when spending was low.

    It also compares raw numbers to other countries. When in fact, when compared as % of GDP, ours isn't too much higher than most other countries, if not less.
     
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    Does anyone have information about the portion of the military budget that goes to retirees? I suspect it is eye popping. Money to keep our troops safe and supplied, most people support. I think money for generous retirement plans will be viewed as no longer affordable.
     
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