Obama's latest plan to deal with the Taliban apparently involves government pogy for Taliban insurgents. I guess I couldn't have expected anything different from someone who so wholly believes that big bureaucratic top-down government is the answer to health care. I know - I shouldn't be so hard on him - it's backed also by Lord Socialist Brown in the UK as well.
As far as I can see to get out the quagmire in Afghanistan the international community needs to do three things:
1) Encourage local militias to introduce self sufficiency for Afghans.
2) Legalize and license the opium trade. This is a drug war the world will not win. Practically speaking this may not be possible. I fully understand this, but even some minor moves towards liberalizing drug laws could have dramatic effects.
3) Stop supporting the regime of Hamid Karzai. He's becoming quickly a despot and the west would do best to distance themselves from him now while they still can.
Giving welfare to terrorists is not the solution to the Afghan insurrection. I would hope we can all agree on that at least.