Sunday, March 8, 2009

Obama wants to work with "moderate" elements of the Taliban


President Barach Obama wants to reach out to “moderate” elements of the Taliban. This was a teasing headline story on AOL, but appeared on the front page of the New York Times today, Sunday, March 8. The story is by Helene Cooper, Sheryl Gay Stohlberg, Jeffrey Zeleny and Peter Baker. The title is “Obama ponders outreach to elements of the Taliban; Says Iraq strategy may help in Afghanistan, urges less fear about the economy,” link here.

The New York Times interviewed Obama on Air Force One yesterday, with a number of pictures shown in the issue.

I suspect some journalists who have covered the Taliban, such as Sebastian Junger (I’ve met him once and been to his Half-King restaurant), might question Obama’s intentions. Go back to Junger’s article “Into the Valley of Death” (the title reminds me of the movie "In the Valley of Elah") in the January 2008 Vanity Fair, here.

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