Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends - Afghan edition
From the WSJ (there's a pay wall)
The gathering was to have been the first since the latest effort resumed that Taliban and government officials were to be in the same room
A landmark meeting between the Taliban and senior Afghan political figures was canceled Thursday in a row over who should participate, dealing a crushing setback to efforts to reach a negotiated settlement of the 18-year Afghan war.
Afghan government officials had asked Qatari mediators only to postpone the planned weekend meeting, hours after the Taliban issued a list of acceptable attendees that differed from a list of 249 politicians, officials, former anti-Soviet rebel leaders and representatives of civic and women’s groups announced by Kabul earlier this week, a Western diplomat and people briefed by the Taliban said.
Wrangles over the size and makeup of the delegation have beset efforts to convene the talks. The Taliban initially urged a small delegation from Kabul of about 50 delegates. But early this week, the list compiled by Mr. Ghani and his top aides had swelled.
I skipped the snips.
Also as reported that aside from Gubmint reps Kabul was bringing women. No, not women.
This "conference" was supposed to have between 200 and 500 attendees (the Taliban have 200+ attendees btw). Have you ever tried to get something agreed on let alone done with 500 people. Oh sure the US Govt is an example of efficiency. Heh!
If they're so proud of their bloody history sounds like a good base for a stew. Served by dancing boys maybe?
STOP THE WAR.