RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN, WASHINGTON POST ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Look these guys were bad guys, let's make no mistake about it. Some of them were responsible for the slaughter of thousands of their fellow Afghan. And some of them did acquiesce to the presence of al Qaeda in their country in the late '90s and in the early 2000s and were probably sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden.

But to then say you can't have discussions with any of them, you can't move in that direction is quite frankly, you know, ludicrous. This war has to end in some way and if there's one disappointment in all this, Chris, it's that we didn't negotiate more directly with the Taliban. That's the only way that some elements of this war are going to draw to a close.