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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