Obama’s “Moderate Taliban”: An Odd Idea, But not an Original One

Posted by John Rosenthal

The most surprising thing about President Obama’s suggestion that America should perhaps reach out to moderate Taliban is undoubtedly the very expression “moderate Taliban.” But the idea is not an original one. In 2007, the then Chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic party, Kurt Beck, already proposed talks with “moderate Taliban.” He was seconded by German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

For the details, see my new article on Pajamas Media here.

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