Skip to comments.White House: The Taliban Five Aren't As Bad As You Think
Posted on 06/10/2014 7:23:42 AM PDT by RobinMasters
Facing growing skepticism on Capitol Hill about its decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House told lawmakers at a classified briefing late Monday night that some of the freed militants were political figures, not hardened soldiers, according to lawmakers who attended the session.
In the past several days, the administration has rolled out a number of reasons to justify swapping Bergdahl, a potential deserter, for the five Taliban officials. White House officials said they had concerns about Berdgahl's health, felt an obligation to never leave a soldier on the battlefield, and feared the militants were preparing to kill the missing soldier. But House lawmakers exiting a late Monday briefing said the administration was now shifting to a new defense that emphasized the lack of threat posed by the individuals that were released as part of the deal.
They discussed "the dangerousness of the individuals," or lack thereof, said Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) in an interview, referring to Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mullah Mohammad Fazi, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammad Nabi Omari, otherwise known as the "Taliban Five." While Turner said he didn't trust the way the administration characterized their rap sheets, other Democratic lawmakers were convinced that claims about the Taliban Five being "hardcore" terrorists were exaggerated.
"They don't seem to have been combatants at all," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who attended Monday's briefing. "The guys we traded, you hear all kinds of things about they killed Americans.' Three of them were governors of provinces under the Taliban government...They were governors."
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pantheism, all is one, what a steaming pile
We’re going to keep trying new excuses, til we find one you like, or until you get tired of asking.
Obama is PURPOSEFULLY generating more and more unreal excuses. It is a middle finger at us all.
....and finally, what amounts to the real reason....
“White House: The Taliban Five Aren’t As Bad As You Think”
Right....Let them baby sit YOUR kids!
So we returned Himmler and Goebbels to Nazi Germany instead of Rommel and Doenitz. I feel so much better.
“.’ Three of them were governors of provinces under the Taliban government...They were governors.”
OK, Nadler, in THIS country governors don’t kill people. In that hellhole they do. Bearded savages can’t stop being bearded savages.
Compared to Obama they are probably choir boys.
I think this is covered by #13 on The List
All according to plan.
They were smashing blokes!
Bought their mothers flowers and all!
So. When they reach the end of the “One’s” second term and he’s spinning out all those pardons so fast it makes Bill Clinton dizzy, are we going to hear why Charles Manson was pardoned is because “he’s not as bad as we think?”
Like Goering, Hess, Goebbles etc.
Bin laden was just a political figure too.
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