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Biden: Taliban negotiations likely

March 11, 2009

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.   Vice President Biden on defining what “moderate Taliban” numbers by percentage:

In response to a question about how many of the Taliban might be considered “moderate” and therefore open to reconciliation, Mr. Biden ticked off some percentages.

“Five percent of the Taliban is incorrigible, not susceptible to anything other than being defeated. Another 25 percent or so are not quite sure, in my view, [of] the intensity of their commitment to the insurgency,” Mr. Biden said during a press conference.

“And roughly 70 percent are involved because of the money, because of them being . . . paid,” he said.

Where did these percentages come from.?  Was there a survey? Questionare?  Five percent incorrigible?  I expect a three year old to be incorrigible not the Taliban.   Okay I have to highlight this part again.  Read it slowly and attempt to define and understand what he is stating:

“Five percent of the Taliban is incorrigible, not susceptible to anything other than being defeated. Another 25 percent or so are not quite sure, in my view, [of] the intensity of their commitment to the insurgency,” Mr. Biden said during a press conference.

What does that mean? But more importantly.  Why would they negotiate with us after stating they already won. You have nothing to offer because we gave them the upper hand.  At this rate we will not have any allies left. Doubt it?  Refer back to my other post in regards to how Britian described our administration:

But Sir Gus’s remarks will leave ministers smoothing feathers in the new administration, whose support is vital for agreement at the summit.

He made them as he stressed the importance of a permanent civil service rather than the US practice of filling posts when a new President is elected. He said it would be “madness” to introduce a similar system in Britain, because of the need for continuity in major projects such as the 2012 Olympics.

“You get to a certain point, and you can’t go any further,” Sir Gus said. “A whole new bunch of people come in who probably haven’t been in government before.” Fifty days after President Obama was sworn in, every senior post in the US Treasury Department remains vacant, with the exception of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, who should have 17 deputies. The vacuum has prompted complaints that it is struggling to deal with the most severe downturn since the 1930s.

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