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"What we have here is some differences of opinion in the Taliban, some are more anxious to talk and some more anxious to fight. We also have to be careful to understand when armed groups say they want peace, everybody wants peace. The question is always: On whose terms?"
President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, during their meeting at the NATO Summit in Chicago. Karzai thanked Americans for the help their 'taxpayer money' has done in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Karzai’s comments thanking Americans for their “taxpayer money” may
raise some eyebrows at the Pentagon and on military bases around the
United States. At least 1,840 American troops have lost their lives in the Afghan War. Thousands more have been wounded, many of them maimed for life. That’s a considerable investment in blood as well as treasure.
By Don Babwin in Chicago
"That was beer making equipment, not a bomb."
- The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at Chicago's Grant Park, to protesters as they begin a two-mile long march to the site of the NATO Summit."As we march today we must be nonviolent. Not because we're scared, but because we're wise. ... We must go another way. . There's too much violence. There's too much poverty."
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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, left, and President Barack
Obama, right, laugh as French President Francois Hollande arrives at at the
NATO Summit on Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh
Rasmussen, left, and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (middle), talks to President Barack
At left is NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. (AP Photo/Kiichiro
The world thought the same thing when the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989. But the country descended into civil war, paving the way for the Taliban, al-Qaida and 9/11. Afghanistan will still require considerable economic aid and political support to prevent history from repeating itself in the years ahead.
Lorenzo Pacheco blows bubbles while perched in a tree in Grant Park before the protest march. (AP Photo/Charles Rex
Hare Krishna followers dance beneath an inverted U.S. flags in Grant Park
before the protest march. (AP Photo/Charles Rex
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