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Good -- today as a potential.
Prison swap offer from the Taliban in Afghanistan as senior spokesman from the group telling the Associated Press.
The Taliban now stands ready to free sergeant -- bird -- he's the American soldier who disappeared in 2009 and is apparently been held hostage all this time there is a condition known for his release.
The release will only happen at the US sprees five of the Taliban senior operatives now being held.
At Guantanamo Bay this offer comes amid conflicting reports today about whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai would join the Taliban peace talks which of course we also have a -- and joining us now Casey -- front -- national security analyst and former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration's into Afghanistan many times so.
Let's start first with this potential.
-- which we do.
-- preacher heart and I got I think he's probably my most difficult decisions any leader makes because if you negotiate with these guys and you do the prisoner swap.
What happens next well the Taliban realizes let's -- sang a couple more Americans don't give us a kind of leverage we need to currency were Nader and I know.
In the Reagan administration -- man I worked where -- we and marine lieutenant colonel rich Higgins.
Was taken prisoner kidnapped by Hezbollah in Lebanon -- ultimately was tortured and died.
But it's the greatest tragedy you have because you believed for those families you want that person back -- you know if you make the trade.
All you're doing is setting yourself -- for -- kidnapping -- T if we don't negotiate with terrorists.
And why are we sitting down with peace.
Talk to brutality that's.
You haven't you Earth's upper right OK this is exactly what we're during a wire return it because we're on -- way out there's nothing.
Really to say we have no wonder I don't analysts take the kid let -- well with the fire -- out that's the -- -- the other question is are we sitting down with the Taliban because we want to make sure we haven't.
Transition out where we don't shooter where -- is -- -- and what is the goal we talked about this for years potentially talking to known terrorists.
What is the going I don't think there is a very good goal here and I sure that we get anything out of this negotiation all mean the Taliban against something habit that probably wants to leave behind a lot of equipment and infrastructure.
I think the interesting one -- -- this combination because he's getting part of the talks is not confirm the talks.
He's planning this he's decided if he's gonna sit down with the Taliban.
And the United States he wants something from the United States -- If he doesn't sit down -- the -- not or Afghanistan tradition he's -- expensive than what happens.
Well I think he's got Karzai and his mind -- Sadr.
Is what happened the last time the Taliban came into Afghanistan and got rid of a president that was -- he was.
Tortured mutilated dragged through the streets.
On the back of a truck and -- -- lamp -- upside down.
Karzai's got to have that designed and when I was in Afghanistan about four years ago I met with one of -- -- top deputies and he said well you know.
If the Americans leave we'll all be slaughtered and I think that's what's in Karzai's might try to cut the deal that he can cut for himself and his -- It's it's interesting he's been a lot anti -- -- he's obviously fascinating with all of this but I can't help but think.
What we're talking about this and the servicemen and women that are in Afghanistan right now for another year.
And deploying as we speak to salute and yet they've they're supposed to be taking more of the backseat role what went with that means on the ground though we have to -- -- combat troops in South America accurate speak for themselves -- What -- the families the troops that are out there watching this play out and -- -- amended that are trying to kill them their government is sitting down with.
But this -- The -- the Afghanistan surge never made a lot of sense from the very beginning we weren't.
Because we immediately -- -- where we're remember we're on the way out now what does that signal signals we're not gonna stick around.
So as far as the Taliban guy goes -- they used to say in Afghanistan.
When they tap their empty risk you've got the -- we've got the time it's a -- did this surge is one issue but announcing the plans after the surge might be it -- -- let me -- -- -- -- really quick because.
A story with on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and it's it's slightly connected there's a country the country of Jordan Georgia didn't it has given troops to also happening -- forces in Afghanistan.
But now we're learning -- -- the Wall Street Journal.
Is actually serving as a proxy market.
For the Ronnie and to get around their sanctions and -- and they're making a lot of money and a lot of company set up in Georgette.
Apparently belong to the terrorist organization a terrorist arm of the running government.
The revolutionary guard right -- what is what's happened is that the sanctions we've had on Iran to try to get around to stop its nuclear program they've actually been very effective in.
Sanction can -- and closing a run and -- isolating it from the world economic community.
What they've not been successful is to get -- to stop its nuclear weapons program in effect there's a lot of indication that there speeding up on that.
But so what's happened is for the people of Iran who went to the polls this week.
The most reformist minded of the candidates one of the reasons I think they voted for -- was because.
He said I'm gonna fix the economy but we help Georgia right now -- I was trying to engage -- some really bad though we were there and now they're not helping us what do we do I think a lot of that is an indication of the kind of those countries most affected.
By American withdrawal from the region are looking around and -- -- -- we got a cutter on separate deal you -- -- the foreign Georgia.
You may have helped us before in Afghanistan particularly you know what you're -- your way out so we've got to cut.
Our own deal we have to live in this neighborhood long after -- left and really interesting point and -- KT I thank you thank you so much John.
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