Last night I was watching the evening news and was shocked to learn that General David Petraeus was briefing Iran on our Afghanistan strategy at a meeting in Rome according to CNN. Even worse Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that Iran "has a role to play" in the Afghan peace talks.
"We recognize that Iran, with its long, almost completely open border with Afghanistan and with a huge drug problem ... has a role to play in the peaceful settlement of this situation in Afghanistan. So for the United States there is no problem with their presence," said Holbrooke." [Emphasis added]
This action by President Obama is tantamount to bringing Nazi officials to the table to discuss a peace agreement in France during WW II because Germany borders France. We are in effect sleeping with the enemy.
So who understands this better than anyone? Our soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: Tthe restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength.
"If they use rockets to hit the [forward operating base] we can't shoot back because they were within 500 meters of the village. If they shoot at us and drop their weapon in the process we can't shoot back," said Spc. Charles Brooks, 26, a U.S. Army medic with 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, in Zabul province.
I cannot believe that Petraeus is in agreement with this move because it puts his soldiers at ever greater risk on the battlefield. This is the first step in America surrendering in Afghanistan. The next step will be a formal agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to stop the violence. The pre-condition to this agreement will be that all America soldiers leave. Once that happens the government of Hamid Karsai will topple and the void will be filled by the Taliban.
Who will be the losers in this agreement? America and the Afghan people who sided with us. Who will be the winners? The Taliban, Iran, the Pakistan ISI and Al Qaeda.
If this comes to pass we will be back to where we were on 9/10/2001.
Richard Swier is an editor at Red Country where this article first appeared.