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Kerry: Detainees could return to fight
The Hill ^ | June 8, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 06/08/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT by maggief

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged on Sunday the possibility that the five Guantanamo Bay detainees released in a prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to terrorism.

"I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some time to get back involved, but they also have an ability to get killed if they do that," he said in an interview that aired on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of Americans to protect Americans," Kerry added.

The swap for five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl has sparked fierce controversy and criticism from Republicans, who have expressed anger at the 28-year-old soldier's suspected desertion and the potential that the freed detainees could return to combat.

One of those detainees has said he plans to return to fighting against the U.S.

But Kerry said that the U.S. is monitoring the released Taliban fighters, and that "they're not the only ones keeping an eye on them." And he emphasized that the U.S. is capable of dealing with the prisoners if they do return to terrorism, declaring "these guys pick a fight with us…at enormous risk."

Ultimately, Kerry defended the choice in much the same way President Obama has, as one central to the core values of the military and the U.S.

"What I know today is what the president of the United States knows, that it would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind, no matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things," he said. "And we would consciously choose to do that? That's the other side of this equation. I don't think anybody would think that's an appropriate thing to do."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; hanoijohn; johnkerry; secstate; secstatekerry; taliban5
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-challenges-kerry-sounds-like-youre-not-sure-about-bergdahl/

CNN Challenges Kerry: ‘Sounds Like You’re Not Sure’ About Bergdahl

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Labott pressed Kerry on reports that the five released detainees will now be able to freely roam around Qatar, without specific surveillance measures being taken. “On a scale of one to ten, ten being the most confident,” she asked, “how confident are you that they’ll be able to keep a close eye on these guys?”

“They’re not the only ones keeping an eye on them,” the secretary replied.

“The U.S. is going to be monitoring them?” Labott pushed back.

“I’m telling you they aren’t the only ones keeping an eye on them,” Kerry said. “We have confidence in those requirements. If they’re violated, then we have ability to be able to do things.”

Labott didn’t let him off the hook there, asking for more specifics.

“I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans,” Kerry vaguely responded. When Labott asked him point-blank whether that means the U.S. would go in and kill those released prisoners, he simply repeated his answer.

Labott then asked about reports that Bergdahl may have gone AWOL while in Afghanistan, and whether he “served with honor and distinction”?

“There’s plenty of time for people to sort through what happened, what didn’t happen,” the secretary responded. “I don’t know all the facts.”

“Sounds like you’re not sure he served with honor and distinction,” Labott challenged back.

(snip - video at link)

1 posted on 06/08/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of Americans to protect Americans,

Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith were unavailable for comment.

2 posted on 06/08/2014 7:18:12 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: maggief

For Kerry, at least the released detainees would be returning to fight on the same side.


3 posted on 06/08/2014 7:18:17 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: maggief
“I don’t know all the facts.”

A rare honest moment, he'll quickly get his mind right


4 posted on 06/08/2014 7:20:19 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: maggief

“Detainees could return to fight”

Duh,ya think..


5 posted on 06/08/2014 7:20:37 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Izzy Dunne

Best line of the day!


6 posted on 06/08/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Izzy Dunne

"... it would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind, no matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things."

7 posted on 06/08/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
You would certainly know John.
8 posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:16 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: maggief

Wonderful, Kerry, “they can be killed.” And so can’t our boys having to fight them - again - and do that killing. THEIR BLOOD WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS. TRAITOR!!! THE WHOLE LOT OF YOU.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:41 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: maggief
Kerry: Detainees could return to fight

John F'n Kerry, Rocket Scientist


10 posted on 06/08/2014 7:27:07 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Black skin has morphed into Teflon.)
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To: maggief

Yeah. Those terrorists might go all Genghis Khan on us.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 7:37:41 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: maggief
feh...
12 posted on 06/08/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: maggief

If one thinks like Obama and Kerry, then why not release all of the al Qaeda and Taliban held by the US?


13 posted on 06/08/2014 8:02:20 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: elhombrelibre

That’s the plan ...


14 posted on 06/08/2014 8:17:08 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
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15 posted on 06/08/2014 8:17:24 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: maggief

I’m thinking the same thing.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 8:33:13 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: maggief
No one here likes Kerry; I get that. I see him as a complex person who might not be on board with freeing the Gitmo Five. Kerry seems to have done everything Obama wanted as Secretary of State, and could end up taking all of the blame for Obama, Susan Rice and hillary.

I prefer to give Kerry the benefit of the doubt for his intentions and put the blame where it belongs....on those three.

17 posted on 06/08/2014 8:43:06 AM PDT by grania
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To: maggief

The Democrats hitched their wagon to Obama and he has pulled them off a cliff.
EVERY terrorist attack from now on belongs to the Democrat Party.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 8:46:43 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: maggief
taliban
19 posted on 06/08/2014 8:57:38 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: maggief

What?

No. ...


20 posted on 06/08/2014 8:58:43 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: maggief

( but they also have an ability to get killed if they do that,” he said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “State of the Union.” )

Yeah well they had the opportunity to be killed while we had them you dumb ass....


21 posted on 06/08/2014 8:58:44 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a ey had the opportunity to be killed while we had Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: maggief

“Sounds like you’re not sure he served with honor and distinction,”
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Yeah, let’s ask John “The Jaw” Kerry about what it means to serve with honor and distinction, a man (loose term) who demanded a Purple Heart for a minor scratch from a grain of rice, resulting from his own action.

Oh sorry, I didn’t mention he served a few weeks in Vietnam, most aren’t aware of that. /s


22 posted on 06/08/2014 8:59:33 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: maggief

During the Civil War, Grant refused a prisoner exchange for the very reason that Lee would allow the returning prisoners to fight again.


23 posted on 06/08/2014 9:48:29 AM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: maggief
"And I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of Americans to protect Americans," Kerry added.

Like in Boston, John? Or Foot Hood?

24 posted on 06/08/2014 9:50:06 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: maggief
"What I know today is what the president of the United States knows, that it would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind, no matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut off his head..."

So, John Effin', why did you and Juan McPain decide to walk away from and close the book on the POW/MIAs unaccounted for in Viet Nam?

25 posted on 06/08/2014 9:54:46 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: grania
I prefer to give Kerry the benefit of the doubt for his intentions and put the blame where it belongs....

Kerry deserves no benefit of any doubt. He is a man who has acted the traitor's part in his post-Viet Nam period -- from Paris and the peace negotiations to Detroit and the Winter soldiers.

I would further argue that Kerry is anything but "complex"; he is a simple buffoon and a congenital liar.

He has done what he was told to do because he hasn't the imagination to do anything else.

26 posted on 06/08/2014 10:10:12 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: maggief

Ya know, Kerry got a purple heart in Viet Nam for standing in front of an enemy intent on killing Americans... or maybe it was for a paper cut.


27 posted on 06/08/2014 10:35:00 AM PDT by bgill
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To: darkwing104

When it comes to facts, the man’s brain is impervious.


28 posted on 06/08/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: SECURE AMERICA
they also have an ability to get killed if they do that," [JFnK] said

Yeah, that potential of being killed sure stops other Taliban by the legion from entering the fray, doesn't it JFnK!?

HF

29 posted on 06/08/2014 10:53:01 AM PDT by holden
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To: maggief

So Kerry could care less about all those Shiites these 5 Taliban have killed in the past and will continue to kill. There will be no American troops left behind to protect the innocent Afghans once we leave. And we learned during 911, that waiting for an actual attack, is worthless. The US government could not even protect the Pentagon.


30 posted on 06/08/2014 11:20:56 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: holden

Yup. These guys get 69 virgins if they die for Allah. Death is no controlling legal authority for them.


31 posted on 06/08/2014 11:24:22 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: NonValueAdded

They should’ve implanted a chip inside their bodies that only a drone could recognize, before turning them loose.


32 posted on 06/08/2014 11:45:52 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Chode

Now, let’s have some faith in the administration...I am sure that these terrorists were given a stern talking to and informed that if caught on the battlefield again they would be taken to Git...uh, never mind


33 posted on 06/08/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn
LOL!!! i see what you did there...
34 posted on 06/08/2014 12:02:21 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Who will step up and protect Americans? John “Rambo” Kerry
LOL LOL LOL LOL


35 posted on 06/08/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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