BLITZER'S BLOG: President Obama's olive branch to the Taliban
May 3rd, 2012
02:12 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: President Obama's olive branch to the Taliban

(CNN) – For a long time, U.S. intelligence officials have testified before Congressional committees that there are probably fewer than 100 al Qaeda terrorists remaining in Afghanistan right now. They have suggested that there are many more al Qaeda members in other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

If true, and I believe it is, that raises this question: Why does the United States still have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan and virtually none in those other countries?


Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    Wolf, I certainly hope you are not suggesting we invade three more countries. We need to get out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible while trying to prevent a huge mess after we leave. Al Queda could end up back in Afghanisan in a real hurry.

    May 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |

    They snapped that olive branch as soon as the President took off. There is no negotiating with them.

    May 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama is a naive simpleton. He offers the Taliban an olive branch and they offer him suicide bombers. And he thinks they want to negotiate. He's totally clueless on this like he is on the economy.

    May 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. vote_them_out

    LOL "fewer than 100 al Qaeda terrorists remaining in Afghanistan"

    I guess the U.S. intelligence officials are also calculating the unemployment numbers for the Obama administration.

    May 3, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. estibaliz

    The taxpayers should not have to pay for re fugues wants and needs.

    May 3, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Mikey

    You have to love it when people who probably have IQ's at least 50 points lower than the POTUS call him things like "naive simpleton". LOL

    May 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    We supported Taliban in 80s and 90s, so time for us to negotiate with Taliban

    Obama administrations have very good relations on that region; recently India helped us to pass a UN resolution against Sri Lanka. So start talks with Afghan, Pakistan India and Taliban to bring peace on that region
    We can’t bring peace in Afghan by Military operation past 30 years experience

    May 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. oustsorosvanjonesobama

    obama has handed Iraq over to Iran and the rest of the Middle over to the Muslim Brotherhood, why not re-instate the Taliban and al-qaeda???

    May 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    obama has handed Iraq over to Iran and the rest of the Middle over to the Muslim Brotherhood, why not re-instate the Taliban and al-qaeda???
    The next time we go into Iraq, it will be as paid mercenaries. No more freebies. That is the same direction that we are moving towards in Afghanistan. Except, we ain't going back to Afghanistan as mercenaries.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and the rest of your favorites have gained strength in numbers through the extended US military prescence throughtout the Middle East. The Muslim Brotherhood is less of a threat than you believe.

    May 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @democrat whatever, you are the simpleton just for the fact that you are a teapublikan.
    I rather have a President who is zt least trying for some sort of peace treaty than one who shoots from the hip then doesn't lose any sleep over what his wars caused. Never mind the sociorobot whose knowledge of foreign policy is to make sure his hidden money is doing well in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.
    @ouxtehatevef, your village idiot was the one who handed, not that it hsd happened, Iraq to Iran by taking out sad am husein who was a known enemy of Iran! Please educate yourselves if you can ever get out of the teatard bubble

    May 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |