The Obama administration is now trying to negotiate peace with the Taliban in what are being dubbed as preliminary talks. John Bolton says whether they are preliminary, low-level, or whatever, it’s a mistake to talk to the Taliban. He goes on:
The only time to talk to the Taliban is after they are on their backs, after we’ve defeated them.
Bolton says that the Taliban aren’t stupid and will just wait for the administration to leave, no matter what they agree to do. But what Bolton really believes is that this is going to be used as justification to announce a major draw down in troops from Afghanistan.
Considering how desperate Obama is to win the next election with an economy that is stagnant and with such high unemployment levels, it makes sense that he will try to curry favor with the American people by bringing some of the troops home. That’s about all he’s got left in his arsenal and I’m not sure even that is enough to make him competitive.
Bolton also weighs in on the current GOP field, noting that none of them have impressed him on foreign policy: