Here’s what we know about the Obama perspective on international affairs:
- Obama appointees think Karzai’s election in August was a fraud.
- Fraud also occurred during the 2004 election, when Karzai was initially elected.
- When Obama thinks a government has been removed without an election, he wants the old government to be reinstalled, no matter how poorly that government may have acted.
- Until that government is reinstalled, the Obama administration doesn’t recognize future elections, no matter how fair they may be.
- The Administration believes there is “clearly a difference” between the Taliban and al Qaeda.
- They also think the Afghan Taliban is not a threat to the United States.
- We are at war against al Qaeda, but maybe not the Taliban.
- The Taliban was removed from power through U.S. intervention in a longstanding civil war between the Taliban and the tribes of the Northern Alliance.
- “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed.”
- This White House has made significant policy shifts based on a brutally-oppressive regime’s statements and promises alone, or even in hopes that another government will change its behavior in response to our unilateral change.
- Leading liberal intellectuals believe that we must negotiate with the Taliban.
So, if the Taliban comes forward, apologizes for killing over 800 Americans over the past 8 years and for harboring al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11, and promises not to harbor terrorists in the future, will Obama let them have their country back? Or at the very least, will he consider the matter of who governs Afghanistan to be an “internal matter” and get out of the way?