#Bergdahl aftermath: A chilling look at what happens when we release terrorists

Posted by: ST on June 3, 2014 at 9:32 am
Bowe Bergdahl

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Former President George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen pens a must-read in the Washington Post in response to the “prisoner exchange” of five high-level Taliban terrorists in Gitmo for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, suspected of being a deserter sympathetic to the enemy (hat tip):

If anyone doubts that the five senior Taliban leaders President Obama released this weekend will return to the fight and kill more Americans, they need only look at what happened when the George W. Bush administration released a Taliban leader named Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir (a.k.a. Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul) in 2007.

Unlike the terrorists Obama just set free, Zakir was assessed by our military as only “medium risk” of returning to the fight. At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Zakir pretended to be a low-ranking conscript and told officials he simply wanted to “go back home and join my family” and promised “I [have] never been America’s enemy and I never intend to be.”

But when he returned to Afghanistan, he quickly became one of America’s fiercest enemies, directly responsible for the deaths of U.S., coalition and Afghan forces. In 2009, Zakir was appointed as the Taliban’s “surge commander” in charge of countering Obama’s new strategy to deny the Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan. According to the Times of London, Zakir instituted a campaign of “increasingly sophisticated [roadside] explosives attacks” that killed British and U.S. forces as well as many Afghan civilians. He waged relentless war on the United States and presided over unspeakable atrocities before stepping down from military command in April. To this day, he remains a top member of the Taliban leadership council.

The five Taliban leaders Obama released will now take up where Zakir left off. According to our own military, they are all “high risk” to return to the fight. How dangerous are these men? Here is what the U.S. military says about them, according to their leaked assessments from Guantanamo Bay.

Mullah Norullah Noori is “one of the most significant former Taliban officials detained at JTF-GTMO.” He “led troops against US and Coalition forces” and “was directly subordinate to Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar,” is “associated with members of al-Qaida” and is “wanted by the UN for possible war crimes.” Noori’s “brother is currently a Taliban commander conducting operations against US and Coalition forces,” and Noori “would likely join his brother if released.”

There’s a reason we don’t negotiate with terrorists in hostage/POW situations, and Thiessen does a thorough job of explaining exactly why. Make sure to read the whole thing.

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  1. Sefton says:

    Just thinking out loud here, but we all know how calculating (let alone dangerous) this administration is. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks they’d stoop to anything to maintain power.

    I can actually see this as being part of a push by Obama and thugs to actually force the Republicans into trying impeachment. Why? The midterm elections. They know they’re going to get thumped, and probably pretty bad. So what do they have to lose by, again, throwing a chaotic squirrel into the works to not only distract from all the scandals, but force the Republican’s hand on going with impeachment charges to make Obama his favorite persona – the Victim.
    Rally the base (with MSM support of course) and LIV’s with the ultimate racism card, impreachment, and change the outcome of the midterms.

    If the Republicans don’t move on this, he’s going to keep breaking laws and throwing more and more into the cauldron until they do.
    Question is, at what point do the Obamabots actually admit that he’s gone too far and decide not to support him?

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This stupid manner of handling such situations is predictable, dangerous, and contagious. After WWII the British faced a similar situation in Palestine. After the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in July of ’46 British troops made moves against the Haganah and the Jewish Agency. The politicians in London decided if they released the detainees and stopped making sweeps to stem the violence all would improve. Things deteriorated to the point that the British mandate ended and the partitioning of that area was turned over to the UN.

    Who knows what our adversaries will do now to take advantage of Obhammud’s fecklessness and cowardice? Already Cuba wants to trade one American contractor arrested as a “spy” for three of their espionage assets in US custody.

    The ’14 mid-terms just got a lot more perilous for the commiecrats.