US/Taliban Talks: Real or Illusory Progress?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
US/Taliban Talks: Real or Illusory Progress?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US Afghan aggression and occupation of parts of the country remain largely unchanged after over 17 years.

Afghanistan reflects what CIA officials once called Vietnam – "the grand illusion of the American cause," a conflict impossible to win. Yet it persists with no prospect for meaningful resolution.

US Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis earlier assessed conditions in the country after touring occupied areas for weeks, speaking to commanders, lower-ranking soldiers, Afghan security officials, civilians, and village elders.

He minced no words saying "(h)ow many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding," adding:

"Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that th
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