President Obama's recent overture to the Taliban not only sends a dangerous message of appeasement to our sworn enemies, but it sends a lethal message of abandonment to all those who have suffered the oppression of the Taliban. He is effectively telling the Taliban that "we will work with you." Is President Obama unable to see the evil that has been perpetrated against humanity over the years by these Islamists? How can a Presidential candidate who campaigned on a message of "change" turn around as President and completely abandon those who seek change away from the thugs and theocrats of the Taliban of Afghanistan?
There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that the Taliban can be trusted or serve as any type of viable "partner" in a negotiation of the future of Afghanistan and global security. They have in fact repeatedly proven to be sworn enemies of freedom and liberty. They will tell the Obama administration what it wants to hear in order to get American advocates for liberty out of Afghanistan and allow them to reestablish their Islamist oppressive regime in the region. Rather than empowering our anti-Islamist Muslim allies in the region who are already underfunded and outmatched, President Obama is giving our ideological allies the signal that the United States "would rather sit with your oppressors and get short term assurances of stability than sit with real agents of anti-Islamist change." President Obama may yearn for quick solutions, but in so doing he places our long term global security in peril.