Climate Change Debate in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Clifford Marks, With Yochi Dreazen Contributing
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Clifford Marks, with Yochi Dreazen contributing
March 13, 2014, 12:49 p.m.

Asked Thursday morn­ing about re­ports that Taliban of­fi­cials would be offered safe pas­sage to peace talks in Ka­bul, Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton did not deny that an of­fer had been ex­ten­ded, though she re­mained skep­tic­al about wheth­er talks with the Taliban would lead any­where.

“You don’t make peace with your friends,” she said in an in­ter­view on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. “And it’s not World War II, where there can be a sur­render on a battle­ship, be­cause of the kinds of en­emies and the way they wage war these days.”

GMA co-host Robin Roberts did not ask for con­firm­a­tion of the re­ports, but Clin­ton re­spon­ded to her ques­tion­ing that it was “very early in the pro­cess,” be­fore also not­ing that NATO troops were still work­ing to hunt down Taliban fight­ers.

“I sense that you’re very cau­tious about this and that you’re go­ing to re­serve judg­ment,” Roberts said after get­ting a care­ful an­swer from the sec­ret­ary of State. That state­ment eli­cited an em­phat­ic “Mmm-hmm” from Clin­ton.

“I don’t think it’s likely that the Taliban that re­fused to turn over bin Laden in 2001 will ever re­con­cile,” she said, “but stranger things have happened in the his­tory of war.”

A seni­or NATO of­fi­cial told re­port­ers in Brus­sels on Wed­nes­day that the al­li­ance had “fa­cil­it­ated” the move­ment of high-level mil­it­ants in­to the Afghan cap­it­al for talks with the “highest levels of the Afghan gov­ern­ment.” But Mas­soom Stanekzai, a seni­or ad­viser to Afghan Pres­id­ent Ham­id Kar­zai on re­con­cili­ation, de­clined to com­ment today on the news re­ports.

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