British foreign minister David Miliband foresees a future Afghan government, one in which senior Taliban commanders have a place at the table.
What's wrong with this picture?
It's pretty obvious that what the British minister is describing isn't a government of any form that we would recognize but a council of warlords, a round table if you will, that's almost guaranteed to condemn the Afghan people to fundamentalist Islamic feudalism forever.
But that's what we're up against. We never made any effort to rid the country of the warlords on our side. That leaves the default option of having to invite in the warlords of the other side, the Taliban. Brilliant. Now, can we leave?