Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama Replenishes the Taliban (good article)
National Review ^ | 6/1/14 | Andrew Mcarthy

Posted on 06/01/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT by mgist

President Obama finally completed the prisoner swap he has been pleading with the Taliban for years to accept. While the president draws down American forces in Afghanistan and hamstrings our remaining troops with unconscionable combat rules of engagement that make both offensive operations and self-defense extremely difficult, the Taliban get back five of their most experienced, most virulently anti-American commanders.

In return, thanks to the president’s negotiations with the terrorists, we receive U.S. Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl — who, according to several of his fellow soldiers, walked off his post in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban. (For more on this, see Greg Pollowitz’s post at The Feed.) This was shortly after Sergeant Bergdahl reportedly emailed his parents that “the US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at,” that he was “ashamed to even be an American,” and that “the horror that is America is disgusting.”

Sergeant Bergdahl’s father, Robert, was by Mr. Obama’s side during Saturday’s Rose Garden press conference, at which the president announced Sergeant Bergdahl’s return but carefully avoiding mention of the jihadi-windfall the Taliban received in exchange. Mr. Bergdahl is an antiwar activist campaigning for the release of all jihadists detained at Guantanamo Bay. His Twitter account, @bobbergdahl, has apparently now deleted a tweet from four days ago, in which he said, in echoes of Islamic supremacist rhetoric, “@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!”

We have been warning for years here that Obama was negotiating with the Taliban — even as he duplicitously bragged that the U.S. had “removed the Taliban government.” The president and his minions reportedly even turned for mediation help to Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi — the top Muslim Brotherhood sharia jurist who issued a fatwa in 2003 calling for violent jihad against American troops and support personnel in Iraq. (Indeed, the administration has hosted Qaradawi’s sidekick, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah — who also signed the fatwa — at the White House for consultations . . . and the State Department was embarrassed to be caught touting bin Bayyah just a week ago.)

Nearly two years ago, I noted that Obama had just sweetened the pot on a longstanding offer to release the five Taliban leaders — beseeching the Taliban just to agree to participate in Afghan peace talks, not to make any actual concessions (other than freeing Sergeant Bergdahl). As Reuters reported at the time:

The revised proposal, a concession from an earlier U.S. offer, would alter the sequence of the move of five senior Taliban figures held for years at the U.S. military prison to the Gulf state of Qatar, sources familiar with the issue said. U.S. officials have hoped the prisoner exchange, proposed as a good-faith move in initial discussions between U.S. negotiators and Taliban officials, would open the door to peace talks between militants and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The revised proposal would send all five Taliban prisoners to Qatar first, said sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Only then would the Taliban be required to release Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. prisoner of war. Previously, U.S. officials had proposed dividing the Taliban prisoners into two groups, and requiring Bergdahl’s release as a good-faith gesture to come before the second group of prisoners would be moved out of Guantanamo.

The Obama administration has never designated the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization. (The Bush State Department similarly failed to designate the Taliban, although President Bush did designate the group as a terrorist organization in an executive order that, pursuant to a congressional statute, criminalized the conducting of various financial transactions with it.) In 2012, the Obama White House made much of the fact that it had finally designated a close Taliban confederate, the Haqqani network, as a terrorist organization. But as Eli Lake reported earlier this year, the administration refrained from using the designation to seize assets — which is the whole point.

Plain and simple, President Obama has never had any intention to confront and defeat the Taliban. As I observed back in 2009, General Stanley McChrystal, then the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, pronounced in a memo explaining U.S. strategy that the war in that country was the Afghans’ war, not ours. In his estimation, our troops’ primary reason for being there was not to defeat America’s enemies but to enable the Afghans to build a better life, and therefore “our strategy cannot be focused on seizing terrain or destroying insurgent forces; our objective must be the population” — meaning, to protect Afghans.

Obama’s overriding goal has been to end the war, not to win it — as if it were possible, by walking away, to end a war that the enemy started and continues to fight. The president has thus announced that our forces — which aren’t being permitted to prosecute a war anyway — are being pulled out. Less than 10,000 will remain as sitting ducks from an abandoned mission by the end of this year, and all of them will be withdrawn by the end of 2016. The president knows the Taliban are ascendant, aggressive, and biding their time until they can seize control again. He knows that the Taliban’s official return will be a boon to al-Qaeda, which Taliban leadership continues to support. So Obama is trying to portray a humiliating American defeat as an Obama foreign-affairs triumph: The Taliban’s return will be made to look like a negotiated peace settlement instead of a surrender. The prisoner swap is just the latest accommodation of the Taliban on the road to this sorry outcome.

At The Weekly Standard, Tom Joscelyn profiles the five Taliban commanders Obama has released. They include Mullah Mohammed Fazi, perhaps the Taliban’s senior warrior (its “army chief of staff”) and a longtime al-Qaeda ally; Mullah Norullah Noori, a senior military commander who fought side-by-side with al-Qaeda; Abdul Haq Wasiq, a senior Taliban intelligence official who helped train al-Qaeda and fought with it against U.S. forces after 9/11; Khairullah Khairkhwa, a Taliban governor and al-Qaeda trainer who brokered an alliance with Iran to collaborate against American-led forces; and Mohammed Nabi, who worked with the Haqqani network and al-Qaeda to coordinate attacks against American and Coalition forces.

Meet the new Afghanistan, same as the old Afghanistan. In Obama’s America, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bho44; bhogwot; guantano; obama; oef; taliban

1 posted on 06/01/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT by mgist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: mgist
He replenished them with some seriously bad actors.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 3:02:26 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist

3 posted on 06/01/2014 3:02:46 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist
Maybe he thought he could empty Gitmo this way.
4 posted on 06/01/2014 3:04:28 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist

Lets go try out my new prayer rug


5 posted on 06/01/2014 3:05:50 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mgist

Egypt came back from the brink after zer0 installed the moslem brotherhood. Libya is gone to the moslem brotherhood, thanks to zer0. Iraq is teetering if not gone. Iran will get the bomb. zer0 plans to help turn Syria over to moslem brotherhood. Afghanistan is gone back to tallybunnies. Well must be time for zer0 to bow to the saudi royals again. The saudis are receiving everything zer0 bowed down for. Meanwhile here at home, on this side of the globe, Americans are NOT safer from all of the aforementioned. Guess the media figures they and their are safe ... Poor media, they don’t do research and only read what their handlers allow them to read.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 3:12:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist

Good piece...Never thought I’d live to see a traitor in the White House


7 posted on 06/01/2014 3:17:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: no-to-illegals

It would appear that the Muslim Brotherhood is running the country.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 3:17:21 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

They look happy...


9 posted on 06/01/2014 3:18:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Aria

yep


10 posted on 06/01/2014 3:18:41 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: no-to-illegals

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2644959/These-terrorists-blood-Americans-hands-McCain-leads-Republicans-hit-illegal-Guantanamo-Bay-prisoner-release-exchange-Americas-prisoner-war.html

‘These terrorists have the blood of Americans on their hands’: McCain leads Republicans hitting out at ‘illegal’ Guantanamo Bay prisoner release in exchange for America’s only prisoner of war
Five senior Taliban members are to be handed over to Qatar as part of deal

Obama criticized for sidestepping law that requires him to alert Congress to release of terror suspects
One detainee is accused of presiding over a mass killing
Qatar has agreed to to host the detainees for at least one year
By JESSICA JERREAT

PUBLISHED: 18:17 EST, 31 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:31 EST, 1 June 2014

President Obama has been accused of violating U.S. laws by approving a prisoner exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of America’s only prisoner of war, Republicans claim.

John McCain welcomed the release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for five years by Islamic Islamists, but said the men being freed had ‘the blood of Americans on their hands’.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 3:18:50 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: All



Less Than $2.7k To Go!!
Your MONTHLY And Quarterly Donations To FR
Help "Light The Fuse" To Speed Up The Pace
Of These FReepathons!!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


12 posted on 06/01/2014 3:21:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: mgist

I really worry about mclame. Seems mclame has a difficult time standing for America and America’s citizens for very long. Wonder how long before mclame folds?


13 posted on 06/01/2014 3:22:12 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

Comment #14 Removed by Moderator

To: mountainlion

Lol,, no offense,, closing Gitmo has always been a tender subject,, letting these five go must trouble Obama deeply.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 3:25:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Aria

Do they have an office in the WH? Besides the Oval one?


16 posted on 06/01/2014 3:26:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
letting these five go must trouble Obama deeply.

There must be some secret reparations for them.

17 posted on 06/01/2014 3:34:03 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: mountainlion

Too bad we couldn’t just ‘UYGHUR’ them to Bermuda,,

during a shark run,, tie ‘ em to dinghy made of bacon


18 posted on 06/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

during a shark run,

Oh man, the sharks deserve better.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 3:41:21 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: mgist

Let’s look at this just from a bartering standpoint. Obama traded five really bad enemy combatants for one, well, I’ll be kind and just call him a dipshit.
What kind of deal is that? We elected this man to do our bartering? He’s awful at it. Unless he meant to make a bad deal.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 3:45:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blueunicorn6
Let’s look at this just from a bartering standpoint. Obama traded five really bad enemy combatants for one,

He traded 5 high level terrorists for one low life deserter.

This was not even a bad trade. This is treason.

21 posted on 06/01/2014 3:50:07 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: mgist
The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
- George Orwell

I think this has been Obama's plan all along.

22 posted on 06/01/2014 3:54:10 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blueunicorn6

Let us be honest. Obama continues to do illegal, disgusting and damaging things daily, with no regard to Congress. Meanwhile he builds a civilian army while demoralizing, defunding and destroying the US military.
He is daring us into civil disorder showing no restraint from taking our freedoms until we do so.
We can not fall into his trap but must speak out, call Congress and defeat the entire Democrat party in the next two elections. Public opinion must be changed rapidly, this may be the only way to defeat him. Citizens have to peacefully get very involved and fast.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT by paguch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: paguch

Remeber that Qatar is where Obama offerred the Taliban Middle East headquarters.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-offers-the-taliban-a-new-mideast-headquarters-2011-9

Let’s be honest, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood are essentially drug cartels with an army of sociopaths linked to governments. Just like the “Sinaloa” in Mexico aren’t really tribes with historical roots. They are criminals that work under the guise of ideological beliefs. They were formed by wealthy and powerful people.

Chavez was funded by Iran and turned Venezuela into a Narco nation, the biggest distributor in the world. Afghanistan under US military protection is flooding world markets with heroin.

The cartels aren’t the thugs that get caught. They are bankers, hedge fund managers, and world leaders. If Obama was working for a nation such as Qatar, this is what he would be doing. Supporting their cartels around the world.

The drug trade is a $4 TRILLION dollar CASH industry. Thats more than the GDP of most nations without the overhead. It has bought plenty of politicians including presidents.


24 posted on 06/01/2014 4:05:50 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I’m betting that obummer is desperately hoping and working to enable another terrorist attack ASAP, murdering millions, thinking that it’ll bring about patriotism akin to what Bush enjoyed. Boosting his polls.


25 posted on 06/01/2014 4:07:37 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: RandallFlagg

I think it is something a little more like protecting the cartels.

http://www.newsweek.com/2013/06/12/talibans-new-role-afghanistans-drug-mafia-237524.html

Educated people in South America understand that major traficking doesn’t happen without government complicity.

We are iin the midst of a heroin epidemic, a drug epidemic, and world market are being flooded. It all makes sense when you realize that despite kids dropping like flies, our FED agencies are silent.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 4:16:12 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: mgist

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/253421/qatar-used-as-transit-point-by-drug-traffickers-expert-

Qatar used as transit point by drug traffickers: Expert
September 17, 2013 - 3:07:42 am

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-offers-the-taliban-a-new-mideast-headquarters-2011-9

US offers headquarters for Taliban in Qatar.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 4:48:32 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: mgist

The OPEC cartels are petrified of America’s oil production.

Obama has stopped production whenever possible.

Russia, Iran, and Qatar are also involved in the drug trade.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2008/oct/22/gas-russia-gazprom-iran-qatar. (2008 they invested in buying a president and got their monies worth)

Russia, Iran and Qatar announce cartel that will control 60% of world’s gas supplies
• EC fears Opec-style group will drive up prices
• Gazprom boss tells of end to cheap hydrocarbons

Terry Macalister
The Guardian, Tuesday 21 October 2008


Whenever US oil production is in full effect their golden goose is gone. The drug business is just as lucrative if not more.


28 posted on 06/01/2014 5:39:14 PM PDT by mgist (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Scramble their brains THEN
Return them.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 5:53:05 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Scramble their brains THEN
Return them.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 5:53:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: mgist
At some point, you just know Obama was bowing to the dad.


Ramirez's latest political cartoon LARGE VERSION
05/30/2014: LINK  LINK to regular sized version of Ramirez's latest, and an archive of his political cartoons.

In this political cartoon, Ramirez presents, "Obama: Foreign Policy"



FOLKS, THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN, PLEASE CLICK HERE AND PENCIL IN YOUR DONATION TO HELP END THIS FREEPATHONTHANK YOU!  We're over 97% now. Cool!
...this is a general all purpose message, and should not be seen as targeting any individual I am responding to...

31 posted on 06/01/2014 6:40:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mgist

“he Taliban get back five of their most experienced, most virulently anti-American commanders.”

Not nearly as “virulently anti-American” as our own commander....


32 posted on 06/01/2014 6:40:47 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist

“Anti-American President, exchanges Anti-American Taliban for Anti-American Soldier”

Alternate headline.....


33 posted on 06/01/2014 6:42:44 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist

The thing that concerns me most about this whole new debacle is that Obama seems to have rushed his timing on this one. He quickly asked for another big helping of scandal. He is acting like the little kid who just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and responds by shoving more cookies into his mouth before he can be hauled out the kitchen kicking, screaming, and spitting cookies.

What is coming that only he knows about?


34 posted on 06/01/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT by Avid Coug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

They look happy...

________________________

Happiness, for them, is thoughts of mayhem.......


35 posted on 06/01/2014 7:30:32 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

He might as well have freeed Bin Laden and Mullah Omar if caught.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 1:24:50 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RandallFlagg

I’d bet you are right.
Never let a crisis go to waste.
All while his federal agencies are armed up.


37 posted on 06/02/2014 4:37:36 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: mgist

It’s becoming clear that right down to his pronunciation of the word, Obama has endeavored to rebrand the “Tally-bon”.


38 posted on 06/02/2014 4:59:06 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgist; All

I like the title.

This may have been a bad trade (and I’m trying not to judge Bowe because I’m guessing he did what he had to do to survive; I’ll let the military sort it out) but I’m going to write down each of their names and wait to hear the news flash of the death of each one; after all, we know what they look like.

On a doomsday note: I think this is a lesson learned for non-Muslims...one day we may be forced to make the same decision - convert or die. IMO - this is the Anti-Christ from Revelations...not just ONE man.

Just food for thought.


39 posted on 06/02/2014 5:19:55 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aria

The government and State Department are saturated with islamists. Only God knows how, or if, we’ll ever get them out.


40 posted on 06/02/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: mgist

Obama has put the pedal to the metal to DESTROY our country even FASTER than he has been doing. EVIL INCARNATE!


41 posted on 06/02/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All


Less Than $900 To Go!!
Even George Would Be Shocked
To Find Some FReepers
Haven't Donated To FR This Quarter!
Every Dollar Helps!!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


42 posted on 06/02/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: mgist

TREASON!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 06/02/2014 12:09:54 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RandallFlagg
This was posted just a few days ago. Even more likely now.

The Next 9/11 is Coming

44 posted on 06/02/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson