Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s release: A deal with the devil

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Captives Sgt. Bergdahl and Warren Weinstein

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2014 — For groups like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, yesterday’s release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is manna from heaven.

The message Washington sent to international militant organizations yesterday is that despite repeated statements that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists, in reality, there are deals to be made.

While every American celebrates the return of one of our own, there are dark questions regarding the decision by the White House to swap Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists.

House Armed Services Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Ranking Member James Inhofe, R-Okla., issued a joint statement yesterday questioning the decision.


“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.”

“In executing this transfer, the President also clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated. Our joy at Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.”


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The Obama Administration defended the move, saying, “Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible. The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

President Obama further stated that Qatar assured him that it will “put in place measures to protect our national security.”

The Administration also stated that the release was consistent with the Administration’s plan to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the Taliban prisoners were held.

The five Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Bergdahl are all war-hardened members of the Taliban.

Mohammad Fazl was the Minister of Defense under the Taliban government and a top military commander. Wikileaks published Department of Defense reporting showing that Fazl was a close associate of Taliban Commander Mullah Omar. He is wanted by the UN for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiites. A U.S. assessment of Fazl describes him as a high security risk, “as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies” if released.

Mullah Norullah Noori is a Taliban military leader. He is also wanted by the UN for possible war crimes. Like Fazl, Noori is rated a high threat to U.S. security interests. He has ties to several militant Islamist groups, including al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin.

Mohammed Nabi is a senior Taliban official with ties to al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network, and Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. Wikileaks documents show that at one time he was a CIA informant. He was involved in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces. Nabi also assisted in establishing smuggling routes for the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Khairullah Khairkhwa was a close associate of Osama bin Laden and a senior Taliban leader. He actively sought support from Iran for attacks against U.S. coalition forces. He is deemed a high security threat if released.


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Abdul Haq Wasiq was the Taliban’s deputy minister of intelligence. Wikileaks documents from the Department of Defense label him as “central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups” to fight against U.S. and coalition forces.

The immediate threat to American’s throughout the world is that releasing hardened Taliban militants for Sgt. Berghdal could encourage more kidnappings.

Islamists have long lobbied for the United States to release Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, “the blind Sheik,” and they may now see an opportunity to win his freedom.

Although the United States has consistently refused to consider Omar’s release, militants are likely to translate the deal for Bergdahl as an indication that Washington could deal, if militants can identify the right victims.

Democracies do negotiate with terrorists, despite repeated statements they do not. The UK, Spain and even Israel have quietly negotiated to win the release of hostages.

However, negotiating with terrorists does set a dangerous precedent.

There are also chilling implications for those American’s currently held by terrorists.

If the U.S. refuses to negotiate the release of other American’s held by militants, those groups could get frustrated and take extreme actions to demonstrate their resolve.

American Warren Weinstein was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaeda on August 13, 2011. Weinstein, of Rockville, Maryland, is 72 years old and was the director of J.E. Austin Associates when he was kidnapped.

Last December, Al Qaeda provided a proof of life video of Weinstein, showing he was still alive.

In exchange for Weinstein’s release, al-Qaeda wants an end to U.S. airstrikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. The terrorists also want the release of several al-Qaeda and Taliban members in custody.

The U.S. has so far refused to negotiate with terrorists.

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  • Larry Linn

    The United States
    negotiated with Menachem Begin on many issues. The same Menachem Begin who
    planned the bombing of the King David Hotel and the massacre at Deir Yassin,
    both terrorist attacks which killer numerous innocent women and children

    • DublinIreland

      Stay on point. Liberals, if nothing else, are masters of deflection.

      • Larry Linn

        So negotiating with terrorists is not a facet of the issue at hand with you? Quotes from the article above:

        “Democracies do negotiate with terrorists, despite repeated statements they do not. The UK, Spain and even Israel have quietly negotiated to win the release of hostages.”

        “However, negotiating with terrorists does set a dangerous precedent.”

      • Bill

        Yeah. That’s why Reagan was called the teflon president. Because liberals are so slick.

  • Icansee4miles

    The five will catch a drone missile far easier than if they had stayed at Guantanamo. Republicans don’t care about the Military; and too many Military personnel have bought into the TBGR lies!

    • So your idea is extra-judicial execution for the political convenience of closing down Guantanamo?

      • Personally, I have nothing against drone strikes and Special Forces ops killing bad guys. My problem is when it’s done for POLITICAL expedience, and not military reasons.

        • Icansee4miles

          Like I said, you can’t satisfy a TGBR!

  • DublinIreland

    Hey, no problem! Qatar “assured the president”…. He is truly an A$$.

  • Crystal

    Part of obama’s plan to close gitmo. He has failed on sooo many of his promises, and his approval rating is in the tank. Wouldn’t surprise me if he came out and tried to close it because the worst of the worst are now gone. Then he could finally claim a promise came true.

  • jkubin

    I am curious as to why they did not make the release of the Al Qaeda terrorists one for one. Bergdahl = one terrorist, Weinstein = one terrorist. Why is it release five to one? I am also concerend because writer Bob Taylor points out Tawriya – to justify lying for Islam’s purpsoe – is ok. So do we believe Qatar? http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/tawriya-is-a-key-to-understanding-barack-obama-14880/

    • Sandra Leigh Olson Rogers

      That’s the new “Common Core” math!! Don’t believe Qatar or anything they say

  • cassie1655

    Did anyone else notice during the press meeting by NObama, that Bergdahls father has since grown a muSLIME beard and even spoke their language??? There are reports that Bowe sent his dad emails right before his ‘kidnapping’ where he stated he was disillusioned with the war and “ashamed to even be an American.” This came from an article on The Blaze. There is a whole heck of a lot of truth that hasn’t come out. Something pretty fishy about Bowes father, that’s for sure! Is another Ft Hood ‘workplace incident’ coming around the corner???

    • Sandra Leigh Olson Rogers

      I noticed, & I say Bowe deserted & went to live with his true “brothers”, & he, his dad, & the imposter POTUS are all enemies of America & her citizens!!

      • Bill

        You’re a Birther, right? How can a duly elected official be an imposter? Are you saying as a senator our POTUS had so much power that he was able to subvert our government to his will? How many terrorist attacks have we had on U.S. soil in the last 6 years. How many during the 8 years before that. Why isn’t the one that allowed terrorists on our soil the enemy?

    • Bill

      And we all know The Blaze is a paragon of unbiased fact based reporting, right?

      • cassie1655

        Yes, and it’s why it’s the top rated news source in America. Go back to your MSNBC…you know, where they are rated on the bottom of the pond scum.

        • Bill

          You’re so cute when you’re ignorant. According to my research, which entailed doing a Google search for the top news sources, The Blaze didn’t even crack the top 30. Try reading the newspapers. Maybe you’ll learn something.

  • Phillip Steele

    So.. What is the new Islamist’s new name. We must be in the Islamist trading company. NEW ISLAMIST FOR OLD,NEW ISLAMISTS FOR OLD. COME AND GET EM! wtf. We will sooo be paying for O’s treachery.

  • B.O. did not do negotiate to get the POW back. He negotiated to release five taliban for one American. And he did it without notifying Congress – yet another notch in his gun to bring America to its knees. If Americans are killed because those taliban were released, then B.O. is just as guilty as they are.

  • Dick

    What Obama did proves he is a Muslin and dont care about our country

  • Wendy Wagner

    Has anyone else thought to ask why this guy got to live when Al Qaeda is known for NOT keeping hostages for long periods. There is something wrong with this picture beyond the fact that Obama bowed down to the terrorist.

  • Manny Bartow

    Since those who preach from collectivism’s altar constantly conjure up an ever-shifting mirage of utopian illusions, their followers tend to have a difficult time understanding spontaneous events and natural order.