Unlike the Algerians (whose people are being held for ransom) and many other nations who refuse to negotiate with terrorists, Obama has chosen, at the worst possible time, to negotiate with the Pakistani supported Taliban of Afghanistan.
Anti-terror-craft wisdom says one should not negotiate with terrorists unless they are psychologically and physically weak and see no other option than to come to the table. It is inadvisable to negotiate unless the other side of the table is strong. It is dangerous to negotiate when the terrorists can garner political gain from the talks.
Obama blew it on all three counts. He negotiates with the Taliban at a time when their power is increasing.The 'other side' is not only weak, but Karzai is about to leave office and no promises he makes to the Taliban are guaranteed once he is out. The beautiful Qatar building housing the Taliban representatives was dubbed the home of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", immediately giving the Taliban an image of legitimacy they did not have before.,
The Taliban's disdain for Obama and his ideas was clearly demonstrated hours after the Qatar office was opened. They launched suicide and weapons attacks on both the heart of the Karzai government (the Presidential Palace) and and the local CIA offices. The clumsy rush to get America out of Afghanistan is a betrayal of Obama's promise to help rid Afghanistan of the Taliban.
Actions based on dreams and simplistic solutions only hurt the innocent civilians suffering in the conflict. Those advising Presideent Obama need to be removed and replaced with people who are at least in touch with the realities of dealing with terrorists.