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White House and Department of State royally PUNKED… Negotiator for Taliban said to be Impostor.

2010/11/24

Courtesy of Drudge Report,   From Time NewsFeed:

The secret peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban leaders took a giant step backwards Monday. [As it turned out], Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, an alleged boss in the ranks of terror and the supposed key to negotiating a peaceful future, was a fake.

His impostor sham fooled the best [sic!]. The man pretending to be Mr. Mansour was given diplomatic treatment for his role in the talks, including being flown on NATO aircraft from Pakistan to Kabul and escorted to the presidential palace for three meetings. A Western diplomat was quoted saying he also received “a lot of money.”

He was a very clever man,” one of the officials said.

…and the clever man punked them to the tune of millions of dollars. This jaw-dropping example of incompetence emerges as:
Afghan violence soars, insurgency expanding: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Violence in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in recent months as Western troops battled an increasingly sophisticated insurgency expanding across the country, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

Neither Secretary Clinton nor President Obama were available for comment.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/11/24 14:48

    It’s not hard to punk a PUNK.

    As I vaguely to remember you repeating in a recent post here, “If one stands for nothing, he’ll fall for anything.”

  2. 2010/11/24 15:30

    No kidding. Assuming Hillary runs, this little episode will be used heavily against her. An absolutely breath-taking screw-up. I can hear the chuckles in Republican oppo-machines now. This is a gift.

    Heh. Rush tweaked yesterday that there was also an impostor in the White House.

  3. 2010/11/25 03:36

    Under the Obama administration, this is at best a page 2 or page 3 story. Now, if you can imagine this happening under Bush, this would be front page two-inch high headlines for weeks, SNL sketches and late-night comedy fodder for years.

  4. 2010/11/25 13:03

    Times have changed… this little screw-up will reappear to haunt them both. Rush Limbaugh compared it to the DNC being punked by the un-vetted candidate from Chicago. It’s going to come back.

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