CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 4, 2014 — President Obama has entered the “presidential silly season,” where any pretense of governing gives way to “checklist politics.” Obama goes down his list of priorities and gives away whatever he thinks will “sell” to the American public.
It’s a sign of desperation when a president begins making politically appealing maneuvers in a drastic attempt to salvage the inevitable Democratic defeats that loom in November.
Such was the case when Obama “negotiated” the release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier held captive in Afghanistan. The president’s rationale was that “we do not leave our American soldiers behind.”
That sounds disingenuous after Americans were left to be slaughtered in the streets of Benghazi, Libya. Perhaps as mere diplomats they weren’t worth the risk of saving or the attention of the Commander-in-Chief. Anyway, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”
But there are larger problems with the Bergdahl story than those being most discussed in the news media. While the debate about releasing former Taliban leaders back into the world of global terrorism is important, there are far more disturbing factors to consider.
Osama bin Laden has been dead for a couple of years. Do you feel safer because of his demise? By the time bin Laden was killed, he was no longer a factor in the grand scheme of global terror.
Even if Gitmo’s “Taliban Dream Team” does get back into the fray, their presence will add little to the magnitude of terrorist extremism throughout the world. It is impossible for the Islamic world to become more radicalized than it already is. The level of their hatred for all things non-Islamic cannot intensify more than it already is.
The problem is not the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram or any other terrorist organization. The problem is Islam. Islam is the root cause of worldwide terrorism today, which means that terrorism will thrive as long as Islam exists in its present form.
Whether or not the “Gitmo Five” swing back into action is moot. Global terrorism will continue with or without them.
What is more troubling is the timing of the events. Was it really necessary to announce the prisoner release within a week of the 70th anniversary of D-Day? In its own subtle way that represents yet another backhanded slap at the military by President Obama.
Thousands who sacrificed and died are, in a sense, given second class status for a single individual who may, in fact, be a deserter.
It was done because everything Obama does is politically calculated. It was his belief that such a tactic combined with his Rose Garden “in-your-face” announcement would bring cheers of support from his political base.
D-Day be damned. In today’s White House it is always about one thing and one thing only: Barack Hussein Obama.
Even more troublesome than releasing five Taliban extremists is the fact that the father of the American soldier we negotiated for spoke to his son in Pashtu with a direct quote from the Koran, “In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.” It is a phrase that opens every chapter of the Muslim holy book except one.
The Koran is also a book from which Obama regularly cites passages as well.
Bergdahl’s father said it was because he feared his son, Bowe, was losing his capacity to speak English. Hogwash!
Imagine a White House press conference following World War II with President Truman introducing the parents of an American soldier who then quoted in German from Mein Kampf. That is precisely what Bowe Bergdahl’s father did in the presence of a self-satisfied American president.
Any way you look at it, that was a slap in the face to the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy seven decades ago.
It is also bothersome that Obama actually negotiated with terrorists to accomplish the swap. We make a deal with terrorists for a potential deserter in order to release five terrorists on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the greatest military invasion in history in order to make political hay during an election year.
Obama promised us we are monitoring the activities of the “Taliban Five.” He also promised to get the people responsible for Benghazi. And the IRS. And the NSA. And the Boko Haram kidnappings. And that “we could keep our healthcare plan” if we liked it.
Adding to the controversy was the president’s now SOP strategy of circumventing congress by making a unilateral decision. When you believe you are the king, you can do that.
It is all part of Barack Obama’s grand tireless sideshow played out on a global scale with the American people as his freaks. Keep the merry-go-round spinning and always keep making us grab for that brass ring.
Whether the Taliban Five becomes active again is a meaningless debate. There are plenty more vigorous terrorists who are ready and willing to take charge.
In the final analysis, Islam is the ultimate culprit and the United States has a complicit head of state who has little regard for the country, the people and the military he supposedly serves.
The exorcism of 2016 cannot happen soon enough.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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