"Next week it will be seven years since the war on terror was officially launched when the US military, with British support, unleashed a devastating bombardment on 31 al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan.
But despite the heroic efforts of coalition forces and the deployment of vast resources, the West appears no closer to achieving its long-term objective of eradicating the threat posed by Islamist groups and helping to turn failed states into ones capable of sustaining democratic government based on the rule of law." Telegraph
If an agreement can be worked out that does not return Afghanistan to medieval barbarism under Taliban versions of Shariah such an agreement might be useful to the Coalition.
The war in Afghanistan is not going very well. The Coalition needs to reduce its profile and expenditures for a variety of reasons. Taliban interest in talking about a "deal" with the Karzai government indicates that they, too, are hurting in the war.
The neocons want to make Afghanistan into a Western clone. They wanted that in Iraq as well. They will not get what they want in either place.
A truce of some kind with the Taliban would enable the Coalition to concentrate on its worthwhile objective in Central Asia. This is the extirpation of takfiri internationalism in the region.
Pakistan is a looming problem of potentially vast proportion. The Afghanistan problem should be dealt with on the basis of Afghan internal politics and their application to coalition goals. (See my earlier piece on engaging the tribes)
In any event, the neocons would be so unhappy about such a development that the entertainment value of such an event would be desirable for that reason alone. pl