Well, in case anyone in the Obama administration thought the Taliban would be so impressed by the president’s speech that they just decide to quit, consider yourself disabused:
A Taliban commander, who did not give his name but is part of the ruling council in Wardak province, told the BBC there could be no peace talks until all foreign troops had left Afghanistan.
He said: “Obama is sending more troops to Afghanistan and that means more Americans will die. With just a handful of resources we can cause them even more casualties and deaths.”
The commander claimed that foreign forces, not the Taliban, were responsible for most Afghan civilian deaths, but the opposite is true, the BBC’s Ian Pannell in Kabul says.
All joking aside, the plan for Afghanistan envisions reaching some kind of political accommodation with elements of the Taliban but the thinking about how this is really supposed to happen seems pretty fuzzy to me.