So John Kerry flies all the way to Qatar to meet with the Taliban and the Afghan government for three-way peace talks. But, when he gets there he finds the Taliban’s opened an office with its flag flying on top of the building like it’s an embassy, and the moment the Afghan government negotiators lay eyes on that flag they see red and tell Kerry they’re breaking off talks with the United States about future military cooperation.
Now, how lucky can a fellow get?
Kerry just had to say, Okay – then fire off a telegram to the General-in-Charge in Kabul saying, Pack up and head for home.
Instead, practicing the strange art of diplomacy, Kerry set about getting the Taliban to take down its flag and close its ‘embassy.’