The latest troubling report out of Afghanistan is that President Hamid Karzai is in secret negotiations with the Taliban. The New York Times reports that Karzai has held secret meetings on a peace deal without the input of U.S. and Western allies.
Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) weighed in this morning, calling the whole situation "absolute madness" and questioning why U.S. troops are still being killed and maimed in Afghanistan. He faulted President Obama and Kerry for playing "beggar" to Karzai, whom he labeled as "treacherous, dishonest, deceitful, and deplorable."
Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have agreed on a vital security pact pertaining to the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The agreement will be presented to a meeting of tribal elders on Thursday.