We shouldn’t be negotiating with the Taliban at all. They aren’t going to turn into something we can live with, and it sends a very bad message. But if we are going to negotiate with the Taliban, we ought to be doing it from a position of strength. We are the United States of America and they are a bunch of guerrillas hiding in caves.
Unfortunately, the Taliban has figured out that if they play hard to get, we will plead with them to negotiate. Even to the point of releasing high-level Taliban from Guantanamo:
The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned.
What kind of message does it send when we will release the Taliban’s leaders just for opening an office in Qatar? And what will those terrorists do once they’ve been released?