I found this from a NY Times story:

    Mr. Jackson, 59, said in an NBC television interview today that he had discussed the matter with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and the national security adviser Condoleeza Rice, who he said were “not at all hostile” to the proposed mission,

    But Mr. Powell’s deputy, Richard Armitage, also speaking on NBC television, said today: “We’re not interested in a dialogue. We’re interested in action and no negotiation. The demands are not subject to dialogue.”

The first paragraph is intrigueing, but the second one is more troublesome. Even if Jackson is able to negotiate some kind of settlement, it looks like the US is not willing to accept anything but total aqcuience by the Taliban. And that is unlikely to happen.

Now, more than ever is the time to pray for peace.