What a headline.
Looks like Jack Layton has been right all along in saying that diplomatic relations with the Taliban need to be part of a strategy in Afghanistan if we are to have any success in achieving peace the region.
MacKay changed his mind on the issue after British general, Brig.-Gen. Mark Carleton-Smith, came out publicly in favour of negotiating with the Taliban. From the CBC story:
The Conservatives have softened their position on talking with the Taliban after a British general said that Western forces will never win against insurgents and negotiations may be necessary.
NDP Leader Jack Layton jumped on that Sunday, saying he was "heartened" by British Brig.-Gen. Mark Carleton-Smith's comments to a London newspaper.
Later Sunday, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said the Conservatives would be "supportive of discussions" provided the talks were headed by the democratically elected Afghan government, and as long as the "terrorists" renounced violence.
Layton has said negotiations are necessary, but MacKay rejected that in the past. "We are not having direct discussions with terrorists. We won't, will not, that will not change," he said on May 4.
Will the Conservatives apologize to Layton for calling him "unpatriotic" and even "Taliban Jack" for suggesting the diplomatic route for a couple years now? Doubtful. But it does feel good to be able to say I told you so.
You'll have to excuse me now. I feel the sudden urge to go post comments all over the Conservative blogosphere. Come join me if you like.