You know Confucius takes issues of war, peace, strategy, diplomacy, and so forth seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Defeats and bad press for the U.S. depress him mightily. Still. He can’t stop laughing at this. We’ve apparently be negotiating with a Taliban commander—who’s not actually a Taliban commander, but an con man!
“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
Wow. We probably gotta find that guy and kill him and/or his sponsors to keep up any kind of credibility over there, but… 我靠, that’s pretty awesome. Well played, bad guys.