Skip to comments.With Bergdahl handover, proof that successful deals can be made with Taliban (They're serious!)
Posted on 06/07/2014 12:15:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior members of the Afghan Taliban marks the anticlimactic end of what the Obama administration once hoped would be a bold diplomatic stroke to help broker peace in Afghanistan.
Bergdahls return is not, as originally envisioned, a step toward a larger U.S. bargain with the Taliban and the Afghan government. Instead, Bergdahls release represented the last major piece of unfinished Taliban business for the United States, as it winds down 13 years of combat and prepares for the departure of all U.S. fighting forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year.
But the successful handover does prove that deals can be made and that the United States has a channel for negotiation that the next Afghan president might be able to use, said current and former U.S officials and people familiar with a classified briefing to Congress on the Bergdahl swap.
The hope is that either of the two candidates vying to succeed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistans leader could build on the established contacts to seek political reconciliation with the Taliban....
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
They got an American deserter in return for five mass-murdering terrorist leaders. I hope they continue to brag about their standards for a “successful deal”.
Surrendering to terrorists is easy if you try.
Who got the better deal? The screaming bearded savages who now have 5 more ugly-a$$ mean mother bearded savages, or the USA which got a scaredy-cat deserter?
Or 0bama who convinced a few people that he really cares about the military? (fallout from VA)
The fait accompli presidency.
That’s like saying “only 7 killed by a gun that only holds 7 rounds proves an arbitrary limitation on the number rounds a gun holds, works”.
These clowns are really quite insane.
I’ve heard people for years talk about college educated idiots. Now I know what they are talking about, most all of them went to Journalism school.
wait until they find out Obama also gave the Taliban The Washington Post
re: Neville Chamberlin laughing his head off
Not only the dead are laughing. Cameron with a little smile during press conf with O as O gets asked about the “trade.”
Putin and entire crew gotta be laughing.
And Queen Elizabeth II most likely just sees him as this little man soon to leave the stage. To her O is just a wisp o’ the wind compared to her long service where she’s seen them come and go.
Bright moment was photo of Queen being honored with flowers in the French marketplace. Made me smile.
Can I ask a stupid question? Why are we negotiating with the Taliban at all?
The Taliban were overthrown in Afghanistan, precisely because they gave safe harbor to Bin Laden.
To paraphrase George W. Bush in his major speech after 9/11, “the Taliban will accede to our demands to shut down training camps and turn over terrorists in their country, or else they will share the fate of the terrorists.”
So what exactly has changed? Isn’t the Taliban still the enemy? After the overthrow of the Nazis in World War II, would we still have negotiated with guerilla groups of Nazi fighters????
That was the original negotiation with the taliban. Had they turned over Bin Laden, then we wouldn't have invaded.
Which is to say that we have always negotiated with them. The rub this time is that 0bama got rolled in the negotiations.
Just because Obama is leaving Afghanistan doesn’t mean the enemy lost. On the contrary, it means that we have lost.
THE DEMOCRATS HAVE GIVEN UP AND SURRENDERED IN AFGHANISTAN.
THE DEMOCRATS HAVE LOST THIS WAR.
That’s what they don’t want you to think about.
This is like capturing and releasing Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Franz Stangl, Josef Kramer, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner during WWII.
watch this Lou Dobbs report regarding reporter Michael Hastings who did a story in 2012. What happened to Hastings in 2013. Watch this report
Which Dear Leader probably would’ve done, had he been in charge at the time. And instead of Japanese-Americans and enemy soldiers in the concentration camps, it would’ve been the Tea Party, NRA members, anti-homosexual activists, outspoken Christians and abortion opponents, I’ll wager.
On the Duffleblog military humor site, they wrote up a very telling fake story. A very sharp satire:
“Obama Trades Seoul To North Korea For Return Of USS Pueblo”
I expect a presstitute to be a Democrat, a socialist or even further left than that. I’m almost shocked when one appears who isn’t blatantly radical. Remember: Dr. Charles Krauthammer, who everyone here assumes is a Reagan conservative, is in fact a Democrat who worked for the Carter administration. Look it up.
The message of this deal, and what Obama and his supporters are saying, is that we have lost the war against terror in Afghanistan.
Sadly, the lives lost there for 9/11 were in vain.
What are we now, 10 wins and 2 losses?
Once there is an “end to hostilities” the Taliban can set about getting full control, there will be no news of atrocities. If there is the media won’t touch it...much like the deaths of Christians in Syria, Egypt, Sudan and across southern Africa.
This was too much even for the mainstream media, but soon they’ll be back to their bread and butter.
No need to look it up, Krauthammer has never been a conservative.
He was a liberal who drifted into libertarianism after being disillusioned during the Carter-Mondale fiasco.
Can you imagine what a doofus he had to be to write speeches for Mondale? He was working for the nitwits that Reagan crushed in a 44 state landslide.
Excellent comments on that article.
Funny story: I worked civilian security at an Air National Guard base in Iowa after I left the Army. Knew the boiler repairmen pretty well since we called them often in the winter (and my uncle was among them) so I was surprised to see the most senior boiler tech walk up when we were guarding the newly arrived aircraft holding former Vice President Mondale. Wes (the boilerman) walked up to Fritz and hugged him like a long lost brother. The base commander, a brigadier general, was shocked and moved to separate them. Fritz explained that they were Masonic brothers and that Wes was actually above him in that organization.
Obama is a traitor. Providing material support to terrorist to kill Americans.
Good grief! Successful for who? For us? Wow.
It could only be deemed a success for terrorists world-wide knowing what we know.
Now the Washington Post is the Taliban paper of record?
“This is like capturing and releasing Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Franz Stangl, Josef Kramer, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner during WWII.”
And getting Al Capone in return.
That is a good one. B^)
“They got an American deserter in return for five mass-murdering terrorist leaders.”
There must be a lesson to be learned here. For one thing, if you own a car dealership and you’re looking for a salesman, don’t hire Obama.
It’s all conversation by useful idiots.
There never was a trade. What did America get back of value?
For Barack and his brethren, he gifted the globe well rested terrorists to renew their attacks on western man.
For America? Nothing, excepting we will have a government sanctioned terrorist and his peers walking amongst us.
This guy, like Michelle Obama, denied America.
...and we wonder why we are failing.
Don't worry Bo. If you are ever captured for ransom, I'd give them Michelle and the girls to get you back. That would be a fair trade.
No matter what Anne Gearan has reported on in the past, this is just her uninformed or misinformed opinion. We attribute some grand wisdom to the people who write these columns but they are just people, narcissistic, self-inflated people and in the end, this is just their laughable opinion.
The real success is they got millions of our dollars, 5 of their top level military and all we got was a traitor.
“Bad Trade” as any old Indian Chief would say.