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Sen. McCain Supports Talks with the Taliban

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain endorsed U.S. talks with the Taliban on Sunday morning during This Week, setting himself at odds with Mitt Romney, who he is backing for the GOP presidential nomination.

“I think it’s important to have talks wherever you can,” said McCain, R-Ariz, speaking from Afghanistan. ” We have to have an outcome on the battlefield…that would motivate a successful conclusion.”

During a recent presidential debate, Mitt Romney said “The right course for America is not to negotiate with the Taliban while the Taliban are killing our soldiers. The right course is to recognize they’re the enemy of the United States.”

Afghan president Hamid Karzai confirmed for the first time this week that peace settlement talks between the U.S., Afghanistan, and the Taliban have begun.

McCain, who also said he is for a long-term American presence in Afghanistan, said he has not “had a conversation” with Romney about this issue. McCain, added the former Massachusetts governor had a “realistic” approach.


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Rep. Ron Paul Predicts US Military Involvement in Pakistan

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Congressman Ron Paul sees no way out of the war in Afghanistan.

In fact, the Texas Republican, who announced his candidacy for president last week, believes the U.S. is primed to send forces into Pakistan.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday, Paul, who has fervently opposed U.S. military involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said, "I think that we are going to be in Pakistan.  I think that's the next occupation and I fear it.  I think it's ridiculous, and I think our foreign policy is such that we don't need to be doing this.”

Paul said the Obama administration telegraphed its future intentions with the successful raid to get Osama bin Laden, who was living undetected in Abbottabad, Pakistan for the past several years.

That mission and other actions, including sending unmanned drones to kill al Qaeda and Taliban members in Pakistan's northwestern region, are tantamount to creating civil war and violating our ally's national security, according to Paul, who has promised to withdraw all American forces out of Afghanistan if elected president.

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Obama: I Won't Let the Taliban to Retake Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama says the U.S. is intent on winning the war in Afghanistan by preventing the Taliban from regaining control of the country it led from the mid-1990's through 2001.

In the second part of an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Obama asserted, "I can say we will defeat al Qaeda and that the Taliban will not be retaking Afghanistan."

The president, who ordered a surge of 30,000 more soldiers to join the coalition effort that began nearly ten years ago, praised American forces as being "on the offensive rather than being on the defensive and we’re starting to transition so that Afghan security forces are taking over."

According to Obama, one of the biggest variables that could either guarantee or squash success in Afghanistan is the performance of its volatile leader, President Hamid Karzai.

Washington has had a love-hate relationship with Karzai ever since he came to power in 2005, and Obama said, "I do think that he’s got some big changes that he has to make in his government to be legitimate in the eyes of the Afghan people over the long term."

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Obama Wants to Refocus on Economy, But International Events Linger

Photo Courtesy - The White House/ Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama tries to shift the focus back to the economy and jobs after a blistering defeat in the mid-term elections, a spate of international events threaten to distract the country from his message.

It's not unusual for an administration to fall victim to unfolding events and crises.  But this is a time when anxiety among Americans is boiling over, as unemployment continues to hover at record levels, and the economy remains the foremost concern.  Unforeseen events in Korea, Afghanistan and elsewhere are hampering the White House's efforts to set its own agenda.

Concerns about war in Korea remain high after North Korea launched an artillery attack on a South Korean territory Tuesday.  North Korea also unveiled a more sophisticated nuclear plant last week, demonstrating to the world and the United States that it is not about to back down from its nuclear ambitions.

The U.S. also faced embarrassment in Afghanistan after reports emerged that Afghan and U.S. officials were engaged in talks with an imposter they assumed to be a key Taliban leader.

A new Department of Defense report this week painted a somber picture of the war in Afghanistan, and while there were gains in some areas, challenges continue to surpass the advances.  Additionally, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan are warning of another WikiLeaks document dump that might reveal more unpleasant facts about U.S. policies in the region.

In the past, many international crises have given presidents a political lift.  John F. Kennedy's approval rating peaked in 1962 with the Cuban missile crisis, as did President Dwight Eisenhower's in Cold-War 1956.  But Obama hasn't had similar luck so far.

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