The latest news is that the Taliban are refusing to meet with NATO representatives. It looks to me as if they don't want to cut a deal with the weak-willed U.S. President. What the Taliban want is to win! According to the BBC:
Taliban Rule Out Negotiations With Nato
Thursday, 1 July 2010
By John Simpson
World affairs editor, BBC News
"The Taliban in Afghanistan have told the BBC that there is no question of their entering into any kind of negotiations with Nato forces.
It comes after US commanders and the British army chief of staff, Gen David Richards, suggested that it might be useful to talk to the Taliban.
The Taliban statement is uncompromising, almost contemptuous.
They believe they are winning the war, and cannot see why they should help Nato by talking to them." -more