High-Level Talks Aim for an End to the Afghan War.
Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve extensive,
face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the
highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly
leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan with the help of NATO
troops, officials here say.
The discussions, some of which have taken place in Kabul, are
unfolding between the inner circle of President Hamid Karzai
and members of the Quetta shura, the leadership group that
oversees the Taliban war effort inside Afghanistan. Afghan
leaders have also held discussions with leaders of the
Haqqani network, considered to be one of the most hard-line
guerrilla factions fighting here; and members of the Peshawar
shura, whose fighters are based in eastern Afghanistan.
I have told you this before and I will tell you this again. Unless you elect Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Ken Buck, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Sharron Angle, and Joe Miller, we will never see Obamacare repealed.
Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that repealing the new healthcare reform law — or looking to defund it — were not good options.
“I don’t think starving or repealing is probably the best approach here,” Gregg said on the Fox Business Network. “You basically go in and restructure it.”
Here’s the thing — Senate leadership staff will say this is just Judd Gregg, who is retiring, and not reflective of the Senate GOP leadership. There is a problem though.
In the past several weeks, there have been several closed door, off the record meetings of high dollar donors getting briefings from various elected officials, including several Senators. In each case the donors have been “reassured” by the Senators present that they have no intention of repealing Obamacare, just restructuring it.
The Senators seemed to think the high dollar donors were not kooks like those tea party activists and would understand the practical need to just “restructure” instead of “repeal.” Unfortunately, the Senators have badly misread the donors.
In any event, you can be sure that Judd Gregg is not speaking out of turn and is not a lone wolf on this issue. His view reflects that of the Senate GOP leadership despite their protestations to the contrary.