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  • The Hegemonic Presidency of Obama

    06/12/2014 7:15:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 11, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    In a week of news coverage dominated by the Bergdahl affair, President Obama submitted, “I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” before forwarding his administration’s latest rationale as to why he agreed to swap an American serviceman for five Taliban terrorists: “I write too many letters to folks who, unfortunately, don’t see their children again after fighting a war.” obama alone Earlier in the same press conference, he posited that it is a “basic principle” that the United States does not leave any soldier behind on the battlefield. A day prior, the Obama Administration defended the...
  • America's Last Prisoner of War (2012-Author Michael Hastings Killed in Mysterious Car Crash)

    06/09/2014 11:15:45 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 23 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 7, 2012 | Michael Hastings, RIP
    The mother and father sit at the kitchen table in their Idaho farmhouse, watching their son on YouTube plead for his life. The Taliban captured 26-year-old Bowe Bergdahl almost three years ago, on June 30th, 2009, and since that day, his parents, Jani and Bob, have had no contact with him. Like the rest of the world, their lone glimpses of Bowe – the only American prisoner of war left in either Iraq or Afghanistan – have come through a series of propaganda videos, filmed while he's been in captivity. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607#ixzz34APXclT2 Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Captive US soldier safe, says Haqqani commander

    09/08/2012 10:09:30 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 08 2012 | KATHY GANNON
    A U.S. soldier held by Afghan militants will not be harmed despite the Obama administration's decision to declare his alleged captors a terrorist group, a senior member of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network told The Associated Press on Saturday. However, the United States and NATO can expect stepped up attacks, he said. The commander, who spoke by telephone from an undisclosed location, denied that the Haqqanis held the only American prisoner of war of the Afghan conflict, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as the U.S. believes. He did however say that Bergdahl was a captive of another branch of the Taliban, and...
  • The city-state that could? (Qatar)

    06/07/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 7 June 2014 | Hisham Melhem // not "melhem"
    The mediating role Qatar has played in freeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, in exchange for releasing five senior Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has raised once again skepticism in the U.S. Congress and media about Qatar’s commitment to monitor these hardened militants who should remain in their custody for a year, and suspicions about its complex relations with a myriad of radical Islamist groups operating in an area stretching from South Asia to North Africa. The exchange occurred in the wake of unprecedented public tensions between Qatar and its three immediate neighbors...
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • Guantanamo prisoners set to leave amid trade furor

    06/08/2014 4:14:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Until the past week, they had good reason to believe their ticket out might be imminent, if not home then at least to another country. President Barack Obama and others in the administration say they are committed to closing the Guantanamo detention center and military officials say they can resume transfers at...
  • Iranian-backed Shia terror group kidnaps US civilian in Baghdad

    02/07/2010 2:19:01 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 539+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | February 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Bill Roggio
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "An Iranian-backed Shia terror group that claims it seeks reconciliation with the Iraqi government has kidnapped a US civilian in Baghdad. The US recently released the top leader of the group under the guise of a reconciliation program, but the release actually was related to a hostage exchange. The Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, kidnapped Issa T. Salomi, a US civilian contractor, in Baghdad in late January. Salomi went missing in Baghdad sometime after Jan. 23, the US Department of Defense noted in a press release on Friday. The League of the...
  • Peter Moore freed after US hands over Iraqi insurgent

    12/30/2009 9:24:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Alice Fordham in Baghdad
    The British hostage Peter Moore was dramatically set free yesterday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. Mr Moore, an IT consultant, was freed by League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) — an extremist Shia group allied to Iran — after 31 months and spent his first night of freedom at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He is expected to fly home today.
  • Hostage reveals horrific torture details

    03/11/2010 8:41:44 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,119+ views
    AFP ^ | March 12, 2010
    A UK man held hostage in Iraq for more than two-and-a-half years has revealed harrowing details of the torture meted out to him by his captors. In media interviews two months after his release, Peter Moore told how he was subject to mock executions and hung from a door by his arms as a punishment. The computer expert was released unharmed in December after 31 months in captivity during which all four of his bodyguards - abducted with him - are thought to have been killed. Moore, 36, told The Times newspaper how guards put a gun to his head...
  • A connection between Obama's Afghan visit, CIA station chief outing, & the freeing of the 5 Jihadis?

    06/04/2014 2:52:39 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 107 replies
    Vanity (and a question for more resourceful types) | RinaseaofDs
    Not all of this can be an oversight: 1. Obama goes to Afghanistan on a surprise visit. 2. CIA Station Chief is outed (oops). 3. A deal is made for a known deserter they didn't know was a deserter with possible Talibani leanings (oops). 4. WH forgets to tell Congress (oops. 5. WH frees five top terrorists, allegedly transfers $5M into the enemy's bank account, and brings Bergdahl home. I know Michelle Malkin cruises FR. You can't fire the CIA Chief of Station for disagreeing with the trade, but if you out him its the same thing, right? Is there...
  • Released AWOL Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Idaho Homecoming Event Lines-Up List of Corporate Sponsors ...

    06/03/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    BringBoweBack2014.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bowe Is Back 2014
    The following is a listing of corporate sponsors supporting the homecoming of the self-professed America hating Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded for five top Taliban terrorists by President Barack Hussein Obama ... From BringBoweBack2014.com website: Sponsors Thank you to all our sponsors. The City of Hailey The Hailey Police Department The Hailey Chamber of Commerce Luke’s pharmacy Wood River Motors Silver Creek Ford Sun Valley Aminal Center Wayne Willich and Friends Brennans Carpet Hailey Auto Exchange Candace Ireland Insurance The Snow Bunny Tim Jeneson Insurance Valley Paint & Floor Mountain Lifestyles Property Services, Inc. Wood River Insurance Copy And...
  • Read General Dempsey’s Stunning Statement on the Bergdahl-Taliban Swap

    06/03/2014 12:19:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Late Monday night, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, posted a note on Facebook regarding the swap of five senior Taliban commanders for SGT Bowe Bergdahl. Dempsey addresses the accusations that Bergdahl may have deserted his post in Afghanistan, but allows that any investigation will depend on what Bergdahl says. If thatÂ’s the case, there will be no true investigation. Dempsey also fails to acknowledge the six Americans who were killed during searches for Bergdahl. In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about...
  • Obama: The US never leaves a man behind

    06/03/2014 7:53:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama may be in Warsaw as part of a European tour, but in a real sense he’s stuck in Washington. At a joint press conference after a state meeting in Poland, Obama got questioned about the deal that exchanged Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban detainees, including two wanted by the UN for crimes against humanity. Obama mainly avoided discussing the detainees, although he insisted that he was “confident” that the US could prevent them from being a threat to American security in the future.Instead, Obama defended the action by focusing on Bergdahl, perhaps learning a lesson from...
  • Taliban Leader: The Prisoner Exchange Is A 'Great Victory' [Mullah Omar is Still Alive!]

    06/02/2014 9:03:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/02/2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN, THE LONG WAR JOURNAL
    Mullah Omar, the reclusive head of the Taliban, has purportedly released a statement hailing the transfer of top five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo to Qatar. Omar says their freedom is a "great victory."The five Taliban leaders were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since 2009.A copy of the statement attributed to Omar has been posted on the Taliban's Urdu-language web site.Omar thanks the government of Qatar, as well as its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, for his help in brokering the deal and for hosting the Taliban leaders. In earlier statements, both President Barack Obama and...
  • Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers protest swap, call him a deserter

    06/02/2014 7:16:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The prisoner exchange which brought back the only known American alive in Taliban custody did not get a ringing endorsement from the men who served with him in Afghanistan. While President Obama celebrated Bowe Bergdahl’s release with Bergdahl’s father in the Rose Garden, other soldiers lifted their voices in outrage over the high cost of the swap and called Bergdahl a deserter. Those protests have grown loud enough to grab the attention of CNN’s Jake Tapper: The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by...
  • Read soldier Jeff Howard's comment about Sgt. Bergdahl [corrected per email from Dan Witmer]

    06/01/2014 10:57:54 AM PDT · by IChing · 37 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5/31/14 | Jeff Howard
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  • Is Five for One a Price Too High? (The Prisoner Swap with the Taliban)

    06/22/2013 6:10:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/22/2013 | Phillip Cowan
    The Haqqani network, a particularly intransigent faction of the Taliban occupying the Paktika Province in eastern Afghanistan, seems to have no interest in the recent overtures for peace talks emanating from the brand new Taliban office in Doha, Qatar. This radical jihadist faction is holding the only American POW, one young Idaho native, U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who claimed to have been captured when he lagged behind on a patrol. But some U.S. defense officers suggested that he had been drinking and left the base at night with some Afghan soldiers. The problem is that the olive branch extended...
  • Egypt’s President Morsi: ‘I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom’ For the Blind Sheikh

    09/28/2012 8:46:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Just weeks after TheBlaze’s exclusive report that claimed the U.S. State Department was “actively considering” transferring Omar Abdel-Rahman, or the “Blind Sheikh” to Egypt, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi publicly called on the U.S. to allow the convicted terrorist to serve out the rest of his sentence at home in Egypt, state media reported on Thursday, according to AFP. “I will do everything in my power to secure freedom for… detainees, including Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman,” Morsi said. “What I want is to intervene for humanitarian reasons, not to interfere in a court ruling,” Morsi reportedly told members of the Egyptian...
  • BOMBSHELL: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19

    02/29/2012 7:25:03 AM PST · by combat_boots · 22 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/29/2012 | Pam Geller, Robt Spencer, et all
    (title continued) Americans held in Egypt Shocking. This would be the nadir of Obama's craven foreign policy of surrender, releasing the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Treason. Al-Arabiya: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19 Americans held in Egypt thanks to Robert Spencer
  • Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington (Lobbies for release of 'blind sheik')

    06/22/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | Eli Lake
    Terrorists aren’t supposed to get visas. But Hani Nour Eldin was apparently invited to D.C. this week to meet with top officials. Did no one Google him? It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries. Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member...
  • "I must be dreaming" says freed Palestinian mother

    10/18/2011 5:35:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Reuters, RAMALLAH, West Bank ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Ali Sawafta
    (Reuters) - For nine years, Qahera Assadi dreamed she would one day be free to embrace her four children again. From the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Assadi was handed three life terms for offences including homicide and possession of a bomb and could well have lived out her days in an Israeli jail. But a prisoner swap on Tuesday, when hundreds of Palestinians were exchanged for one Israeli soldier, returned the 34-year-old to her family, and the shock proved too great. Assadi fainted when greeted by her loved ones after her release in the West Bank....
  • Don't Release Lady Terrorist Ahlam Tamami, Proud of Killing 16, including infants

    10/16/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 10/16/11 | Joe Rowdy
    The government of Israel has agreed to a transaction with the Hamas terrorist regime for the release of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, held hostage for more than five years. In exchange, Israel is asked to release more than one thousand prisoners, all of them terrorists, many of them convicted murderers who have been sentenced to multi terms of life imprisonment. The list is long, but one terrorist in particular - a woman of 31 - stands out. Her name is Ahlam Tamimi and she is serving 16 life terms for a massacre which she engineered and helped to carry...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • Tea Party Express PAC Outlines 2010 Targets

    04/16/2010 1:04:55 AM PDT · by Cindy · 42 replies · 979+ views
    Blogs.ABC NEWS.com - The Note ^ | April 15, 2010 2:09 PM | ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report
    SNIPPET: "The leadership of the Tea Party Express PAC came to the National Press Club on Thursday to herald its early successes and to unveil its expanded list of 2010 electoral targets." SNIPPET: "In an effort to show that the Tea Party Express PAC is not a “tool” of the Republican Party, but instead is an independent political force, Russo announced that the PAC is getting behind one conservative Democrat who has opposed President Obama’s agenda: Rep. Walt Minnick (ID-01). The decision to get behind Minnick is attention-grabbing because Republicans have fielded a strong candidate in that race: Iraq war...
  • Free Gilad Shalit, Now!! Swap PM Olmert for him

    07/06/2007 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 7 replies · 283+ views
    Israpundit ^ | July 6, 2007 | Jerry Gordon and Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Free Gilad Shalit, Now!! Swap PM Olmert for him by Jerry Gordon and Lori Lowenthal Marcus Everyone celebrated this week when kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston, was sprung by Hamas forces in Gaza . The story told by the approving world media was that Hamas tightened the noose around the captors, laying siege to the hideout until Johnston was relinquished. An act of persistence and bravado by Hamas in a selfless gesture to rescue an ally. In the wake of these dizzying turn of events, Johnston received a human rights award from none other than Amnesty International. We wistfully...
  • Israeli hints at prisoner swap for soldier

    07/07/2006 10:21:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 469+ views
    KFMB Channel 8 ^ | 7/7/06 | Amy Teibel - ap
    JERUSALEM -- A top Israeli government official said Friday that Israel might release Palestinian prisoners as part of an Egyptian proposal to win freedom for an Israeli soldier held by militants in Gaza. It marked the first time Israel has expressed willingness to cut a deal for the release of the soldier, who was seized June 25 by Hamas-affiliated militants. Avi Dichter, Israel's minister of public security, said that once the Israeli soldier is released and militants stop rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel could release Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture. "The release of the soldier, Gilad Shalit, will be...
  • PM rejects Tues. 6 A.M. prisoner swap ultimatum, Ramon: If Shalit hurt, Gaza raids will be far worse

    07/03/2006 9:59:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,159+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 7/3/06 | Aluf Benn, Avi Issacharoff and Amir Oren
    Justice Minister Haim Ramon on Monday warned of a harsh military response in the Gaza Strip if an abducted Israeli is harmed by his Palestinian captors. Justice Minister Haim Ramon made the threat after the militants holding Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit implied the soldier would be killed if Israel does not begin releasing Palestinian soldiers by Tuesday morning. "If God forbid, they should hurt the soldier, our operations will be far far worse," Ramon told Channel 2 TV. The bureau of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that Israel rejected an ultimatum issued earlier in the day by...
  • (Hizbullah head) Nasrallah threatens more abductions (of Israelis)

    10/29/2003 2:46:13 PM PST · by anotherview · 2 replies · 196+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 29 October 2003 | MATTHEW GUTMAN
    Oct. 29, 2003 Nasrallah threatens more abductions By MATTHEW GUTMAN Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah Photo: AP Hizbullah's secretary general Hassan Nasrallah said late Tuesday that he would no longer tolerate Israel's "procrastination," on the impending prisoner swap, threatening that the group would repatriate its men with or without the exchange. Hizbullah analysts in Israel saw the comment as an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on Israel while at the same time brandishing the threat of additional abductions. In return for the release of hundreds of Lebanese, Palestinian and other Arab prisoners Israel hopes to bring home Lt. Col....
  • Hizbullah will bargain on Israeli prisoner swap

    07/30/2002 6:46:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 170+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | July 30 2002
    Hizbullah is ready to negotiate on a recent Israeli offer for a prisoner swap, raised in the media, on condition that the Jewish state use already established German mediators, the group’s leader said Monday. “If Israel is serious in its offer, let it propose it through the accredited mediator and we are ready to discuss the issue,” the group’s secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said during a rally to mark the 13th anniversary of the kidnapping of senior Hizbullah official Sheikh Abdel-Karim Obeid. Obeid was abducted from his home in the Nabatieh village of Jibshit in 1989. Israeli Army radio reported...