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June 20th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Is talking to the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan a good idea?

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed
negotiations that began weeks ago with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. He insisted there's only one way these talks
will succeed.  

"I think that the Taliban have to feel themselves under military pressure, and begin to believe that they can't win before they're
willing to have a serious conversation," Gates says. "We've all said all along that a political outcome is the way most of these
wars end. The question is...when and if they're ready to talk seriously about meeting the redlines that President Karzai,
and that the coalition have laid down, including totally disavowing al Qaeda."

This morning, Carol Costello and Kiran Chetry spoke with General George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander who has helped lead successful talks with guerilla forces in El Salvador during its civil war. He explains if talking to the Taliban is a good idea.

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