Vanda Felbab-Brown recently warned about the risks associated with reaching out to the Taliban in a conversation with “To the Point” host Warren Olney. "There is real danger for the [Obama] administration to signal that they do not believe the military offensive, the multi-faceted surge will make a difference," said Felbab-Brown. "And thereby engaging in strategic negotiations with the Taliban leadership that was responsible for the al Qaeda safe-haven, that will be associated with 9-11, really leaves the administration vulnerable to charges of being soft on protecting US homeland."Other participants in the program include Lieutenant General Nick Parker, deputy commander under General Stanley McChrystal for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan; ISAF special adviser Sarah Chayes; and Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid.
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