Many in the U.S. are pinning their hopes for ending the Afghan War on the ongoing talks between Taliban representatives and former U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. What few realize is that the two sides aren’t negotiating an end of the war, but merely the hoped-for beginning of negotiations between the Taliban and a fractured, divided Afghan Government.
Not one more drop of American blood should be spilled in Afghanistan to support what will almost certainly be a years-long process of continued political and military conflict in Afghanistan. It is time — now — to bring our troops home.
The agreement, if one is eventually reached, won’t result in an end to the war, but merely start inter-Afghan discussions. Khalilzad himself admitted as much when he said his talks with the Taliban centered on, “efforts to achieve reduced violence and pave the way to intra-Afghan negotiations,” not end the war.