NV-Sen: Does John Ensign want to appease the Taliban?

The Republicans just love to talk about "appeasement". If you don't vote with them in dissolving the Constitution step by step you are "appeasing" the terrorists. Essentially, this tactic is nothing else but fearmongering. Democrats simply disagree with the notion that you have to destroy the Constitution of the United States when you want to fight the terrorists. No one in his right mind would want to "appease" terrorists and their enablers.

That's what you would think, right? Well, think again. It seems the Majority Leader in the US Senate, Republican Bill Frist, wants to appease the Taliban. Yup, you heard that right. This is an excerpt from an AP story in the International Herald Tribune (which has since been picked up by news outlets across the U.S.):

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.

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Hemp, Opium and Afghanistan

"A new report (PDF) by the Senlis Council, a U.K. think tank, finds that counter-narcotics policies in Afghanistan over the last five years have facilitated insurgency, laying the groundwork for the Taliban to return to power."
Afghanistan Five Years Later: The Return of the Taliban Spring/Summer 2006 (AFYL). AFYL

The report continues:

"Without alternative means of livelihood, farmers are unable to give up growing poppy."

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Whatever happened to Johnny Walker Lindh?

Remember the kid who was captured along with Taliban fighters on the tail end of the invasion of Afganistan?  Few really sympathized with the kid at the time - 911 being a fresh wound.  Right wingers railed on him, and his hometown county of Marin, making him a symbol of the ravages of permissive liberal parenting.

While in military custody he was apparently tortured into some kind of confession and brought back to the US to face 11 charges involving several death penalties.  I don't remember that we were ever really given the details of those charges.  Because of the coerced confession the case started to go south for the prosecution very quickly, and the government offered him a plea bargain of two counts (fighting with the Taliban and carrying weapons) with a 20 year sentence.  

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Critics of Ghailani Trial Have Little Faith in U.S. Law





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