Talk about letting the foxes tend the sheep. President-Elect Barack Obama wants to recruit Iran to help manage Afghanistan. Yes, that Iran, terrorist supporting Iran, the Country that is funding Hamas and Hezbollah. The country that is building Nukes and plainning to use them on American Interests across the world-THAT IRAN. Obama should learn from the Old Yiddish Saying, ” if you sleep with dogs you are going to get fleas”
Obama’s Afghan ‘war strategy’
11/11/2008 14:10 – (SA)
Washington – Barack Obama’s incoming administration is considering a regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan that could include talks with Iran, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper, citing unnamed Obama national security advisers, also said the incoming US officials support talks between the Afghan government of Hamid Karzai and “reconcilable” members of the Taliban.
Once he takes over as president on January 20 Obama intends to renew the US focus on hunting Osama bin Laden, responsible for the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the Obama advisers told the Post.
The administration of George W Bush “has been hampered by ideological and diplomatic constraints and an unrealistic commitment to the goal of building a modern democracy” in Afghanistan, the newspaper said.
A more realistic goal would be to help build a stable Afghanistan that rejects Islamist extremism and does not threaten US interests, the officials told the Post.
The newspaper cited conversations with several Obama advisers and senior military strategists before and after the November 4 election.
None of the Obama advisers or the military strategists would speak openly, “citing sensitivities surrounding the presidential transition and the war itself”, the Post said.
It is still too early to say how the Obama administration would co-ordinate with Iran on Afghanistan, as Washington and Tehran have not had diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the US-backed shah.
However the two countries share a common goal, as the Iranians “don’t want Sunni extremists in charge of Afghanistan any more than we do”, an unnamed senior US military official told the Post.
During the presidential campaign Obama said that he would explore the possibility of direct talks with the US foes, including Iran.
Separately, the Obama team had not yet plotted its diplomatic approach to Pakistan, where Bin Laden is reportedly hiding, the Post reported.