Senior Clinton And Bush Advisers Call For Negotiations With The Taliban

The war in Afghanistan “will not end by military means alone” and a broad political settlement must include negotiations with the Taliban, says a column authored by Stephen Hadley of the United States Institute of Peace and John Podesta, chair of the Center for American Progress. Hadley, a George W. Bush administration adviser, and Podesta, chief of staff in the Clinton White House, urge that “efforts to reach a settlement should include an approach to Taliban elements that are ready to give up the fight and become part of the political process.”