In the San Francisco Chronicle, page A-3, article, “Mattis discusses vision for victory on visit to Kabul,” ( examines a reasonable way out of the Afghanistan quagmire by facilitating a reconciliation with the Taliban. It has only been 16 years of conflict, but finally admitting the Taliban deserve a seat at the peace table is a huge step to the creation of a nation state which does not export terrorism. In the last week Taliban attacked a police station killing many, so it will still be a long road to peace as U.S. backed Afghan government controls less than half the country, but still inclusion is a huge step as the basis for peace instead of military subjugation.