The U.S. will pour another $50 million into efforts to woo Taliban members in Afghanistan to lay down their arms.
Karl W. Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, announced the new funding on Tuesday (April 5) in a news conference in Kabul, The Washington Post reports. He said the money will be used to facilitate meetings between the Afghan government and the rebels, finance community development projects and job training programs, and support those who abandon fighting. The pledge supports an effort by the Afghan government to reintegrate Taliban members who had severed ties with terrorists and now recognize the country’s constitution.
So far, about 2,000 former fighters have signed up for the program.
We went into Afghanistan to punish those responsible for the 9/11 attack upon America.
Almost ten years later, we're giving them millions of dollars in hush money.