Friday, January 29, 2010

Brilliant Plan to Give a Billion Dollars to Taliban

Why the Democrats and the Labour Party should never be allowed in the same room. Ever.

hat tip: Ghost of a flea

Report: Plan being considered to buy off Taliban for $1B or so

By Bridget Johnson - 01/27/10 05:18 PM ET

The United States and Britain are mulling a plan to buy off Taliban fighters in Afghanistan with as much as $1 billion over five years, according to a report Wednesday from Al-Jazeera.

Coalition partners plan to meet Thursday in London to discuss the stragety of the U.S.-led NATO effort in Afghanistan, where a roused insurgency has complicated efforts to forge a lasting peace.

According to Al-Jazeera, which reported that the U.S. and Britain were leading the charge for the buyoff plan, "the scheme would offer cash, jobs and other incentives to the Taliban and fighters in other armed groups," including community development projects in the fighters' villages, and could cost from $500 million to $1 billion over five years.

The goal would be to woo the less-radicalized of the Taliban back to the good side by offering to help alleviate their poverty, thus chipping away at the insurgency's ranks.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is skipping tonight's State of the Union address in Washington, is in London for the talks.

7 Opinion(s):

Dachshund said...

The mind does not boggle anymore, it freezes up.

Anonymous said...

Right, the climate deal didn't work, so let's take that money and give it to the Muslims instead. One way or another we need to spend the Western World's tax money.

Exzanian said...

So they are admitting that they have lost the war against terror then?

Anonymous said...

It is a bribe. The CIA have successfully bribed thousands of leaders worldwide and obviously think that the same will apply for the
Taliban.

Viking said...

true, Anon. The West is under the illusion that jihadis are jihadis because theyre poor and oppressed! And if only they had more Playstations and Louis Vuitton handbags they'd be constructive members of society...

Fact is, the Afghan people hate the Taliban - they're days are numbered.

Anonymous said...

You get what you incentivise. This will backfire, I fear; we are just teaching them to hold us hostage and blackmail us with violence.

BTW, this is one theory as to why the UK tolerates so many extremists; part of a deal so they will not resort to violence within the UK.

Anon.

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