“Gen Joseph Dunford told the BBC democratic progress could be threatened by
the end of international combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014. He said talks with the Taliban would be essential, sooner or later.”
The above quote from the BBC tells it all and confirms my position as a soothsayer. Howard’s End has consistently stated that the Americans could never win the war in Afghanistan. That they had indeed lost it almost as soon as boots were placed on the ground.
Now the current Commander of US forces in Afghan confirms that view. Whereas previously the hue and cry was about not talking to terrorist organisations, the present line to be swallowed by a public with an extremely short attention span is all about dialogue. Close on 11 years combat and defeat stares the coalition forces in the face.
Howard Gamble, 12.06.2013