My AEI colleague Ahmad Majidyar points out to me that, amongst the
declassified Bin Laden documents released today, was mention that
Muhammad Tayib Agha, an intermediary between Taliban leader Mullah
Omar and American diplomats, was double-dealing and in close contact
with bin Laden (see cursory mentions in document 10 and 15) and was
discussing, among other items, how al-Qaeda could overthrow Karzai
after the American withdrawal.
That the Obama administration continues its ill-considered plan
to “engage” the Taliban when it has zero positive to show for its
efforts and against all evidence that its strategy is actively
harming U.S. servicemen and the U.S. position in Afghanistan and
undercutting the desired outcomes in Afghanistan, is nothing short of
It is quite telling that if President Obama had to construct a
strategy for defeat, it would not differ from what he and his aides
describe as America’s way forward.