- The Washington Times - Monday, October 25, 2010

An ironic twist is taking place in Afghanistan.

During the chaos of Sept. 11, 2001, the Taliban terrorist group “governed” that nation. Recently, we hear that this terrorist group is “negotiating” with President Hamid Karzai. Only the most naive will not perceive the endgame. At the end of the semantics, the Taliban will be back in control because of the weak Afghan government.

What, then, will we have achieved through our 10 years in Afghanistan? As with the persistent Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Taliban will rise to challenge us again until the terrorist group is finally - and completely - destroyed. That is the only endgame we should accept.

JOE HAMMELL

Waynesboro, Pa.