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US foreign policy: Negotiate with Taliban

It is a nightmare scenario and here is proof. Apparently the US State Department under the direction of President Barack Obama doesn’t understand that we are at war with the Taliban. Today’s news is that the Taliban claim to have attacked the Karachi airport with machine guns and a rocket launcher. That would be a significant action of war against Pakistan that is characterized as what?

Taliban attack Karachi Airport
ASIF HASSAN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES
  • Ally
  • Enemy
  • Fencerider

Which is it? Let’s ask the CIA.

“Pakistan Taliban claim deadly airport attack

Smoke rises above Karachi airport terminal Monday, June 9, 2014 in Pakistan. Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked the terminal with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege that killed 13 people as explosions echoed into the night, while security forces retaliated and killed all the attackers, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)”

http://www.heraldstandard.com/news/world/asia/taliban-claim-deadly-pakistan-airport-attack/article_c0a81591-4674-5d31-984d-5029d232e745.html

Astonishing is that the CIA World Factbook says nothing about the Taliban in Pakistan. This is such an extraordinary omission that it is shocking that members of Congress have said nothing about this.

“Pakistan, with UN assistance, repatriated 2.3 million Afghan refugees leaving slightly more than a million, many of whom remain at their own choosing; Pakistan has sent troops across and built fences along some remote tribal areas of its treaty-defined Durand Line border with Afghanistan, which serve as bases for foreign terrorists and other illegal activities; Afghan, Coalition, and Pakistan military meet periodically to clarify the alignment of the boundary on the ground and on maps

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

Refugees (country of origin): 2.6 million (1.6 million registered, 1 million undocumented ) (Afghanistan) (2014)

IDPs: more than 1 million (primarily includes IDPs who remain displaced by counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations and violent conflict between armed non-state groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber-Paktunkwa Province; individuals also have been displaced by repeated monsoon floods) (2014)”

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pk.html

Oh it gets much worse because the Obama administration is actually arming the Taliban.

“How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

June 8, 2014 | 3:55am

In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he ­reveals here, Afghanistan:

The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons.

Military records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile.

They thought they had a surefire kill. But instead of bursting into flames, the Chinook just disappeared into the darkness as the American pilot recovered control of the aircraft and brought it to the ground in a hard landing.

The assault team jumped out the open doors and ran clear in case it exploded. Less than 30 seconds later, the Taliban gunner and his comrade erupted into flames as an American gunship overhead locked onto their position and opened fire.

The next day, an explosive ordnance disposal team arrived to pick through the wreckage and found unexploded pieces of a missile casing that could only belong to a Stinger missile.”

http://nypost.com/2014/06/08/how-the-taliban-got-their-hands-on-modern-us-missiles/

Pakistan facts:

“Executive branch:

Chief of state: President Mamnoon HUSSAIN (since 9 September 2013)
Head of government: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz SHARIF (since 5 June 2013)
Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president upon the advice of the prime minister
(For more information visit the World Leaders website )
elections: president elected by secret ballot through an Electoral College comprising the members of the Senate, National Assembly, and provincial assemblies for a five-year term; election last held on 9 September 2013 (next to be held in 2018); prime minister selected by the National Assembly
election results: Mamnoon HUSSAIN elected president; Mamnoon HUSSAIN 432 votes, Wajihuddin AHMED 77 votes

Legislative branch:

Bicameral parliament or Majlis-e-Shoora consists of the Senate (104 seats; members indirectly elected by provincial assemblies and the territories' representatives in the National Assembly to serve six-year terms; one half are elected every three years) and the National Assembly (342 seats; 272 members elected by popular vote; 60 seats reserved for women; 10 seats reserved for non-Muslims; members serve five-year terms)
elections: Senate - last held on 2 March 2012 (next to be held in March 2015); National Assembly - last held on 11 May 2013 (next to be held in 2018)

Election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PPPP 41, PML-N 14, ANP 12, JUI-F 7, MQM 7, PML-Q 5, BNP-A 4, NPP 1, PML-F 1, independents 12; National Assembly - percent of votes by party - NA; seats by party as of June 2013) - PML-N 126, PPPP 31, PTI 28, MQM 18, JUI-F 10, PML-F 5, other 22, independents 25, unfilled seats 7; 60 seats reserved for women, 10 seats reserved for non-Muslims”

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pk.html