If President Karzai is serious about his intention to work out a compromise with the Taliban, then there is hope that the war could end much more nicely than I had feared. Reaching out to the Taiban is the only way out of the quagmire. Devil remains in the details of a possible truce. That truce has to include the Taliban as part of a governing coalition with meaningful power. Here is the latest news:
..."Afghanistan’s president declared Thursday that reaching out to the Taliban’s leaders should be a centerpiece of efforts to end the eight-year-old war there, setting in motion a delicate diplomatic process that will carry great risks for both Afghanistan and the United States.
Speaking to an international conference here on Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said “reconciliation” was one of his top priorities. “We must reach out to all of our countrymen, especially our disenchanted brothers,” he said...
Source: NY Times