As the idiot Obama prepares to give another meaningless speech in Berlin, his capitulation to the Taliban has hit a snag.
Less than 24 hours after the Taliban opened an office for peace talks in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, the Afghan government backed away on Wednesday from even starting discussions with its adversaries and broke off talks on future military cooperation with the United States.
In one statement, signaling his anger at how the Americans had negotiated the opening of the Taliban office, President Hamid Karzai suspended talks on a bilateral security agreement with the United States which would allow American troops to stay after 2014.
It was at best a rocky prelude to peace talks with the Taliban, which have collapsed repeatedly in the past. American officials have long pushed for such negotiations, believing that they are crucial to stabilizing Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Western forces next year.
In a separate announcement several hours later, the government delayed indefinitely any encounters with the Taliban in Qatar, saying that it would not meet with them unless the insurgents lowered the office’s profile. When the Taliban opened the office Tuesday evening, they described it as a political office, and put up a banner calling it the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the name they used when they were in power — suggesting that they saw it more as an office of a government in exile.
Even more humiliating, we are preparing to go to that same office to negotiate a deal with these subhuman savages. We may well have reached the nadir of the Obama years, although we fear there are many more low points ahead. Embarrassing.