Rich Galen

Hamid Karzai, current thug atop the Afghan food chain, immediately flew into a frenzy and declared he was not only opposed to the U.S. meeting with the Taliban but was stopping his own negotiations with the U.S. on which military forces would be allowed to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. This is known as a Status of Forces (SOFA) agreement.

The Taliban, to show their good faith, immediately went out and attacked a convoy, killing at least one NATO soldier. It also attacked and killed nine tourists in Pakistan, including one American. And to round out the week of goodwill, they launched an attack in central Kabul in which, according to the New York Times, they employed:

"Two land cruisers similar to those used by international soldiers here, fake badges and vehicle passes, which allowed at least one to get inside the heavily guarded area, according to Kabul's deputy police chief."

This is the way the Taliban wants to prep the conference table for negotiations with Obama.

The fact is, there's no longer much of a downside for foreign leaders to embarrass the President of the United States.

Call Rosetta Stone -- it's high time we all learned French.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at