Obama Frees Taliban from Gitmo, Neglects to Exchange Them for Captured US Soldier

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Guantánamo Bay

The big Taliban jailbreak in Pakistan wasn’t the only major one. And like the Pakistani one, it was also an inside job.

Without much publicity or official announcements, the Unites States released five Guantanamo Bay detainees as a nod of willingness to open peace talks in Afghanistan. After officials in Kabul expressed desire for negotiations, the Obama administration released five members of the Taliban who were detained at the US detention center.

A top US official said that the prisoners were released under the condition that they will not engage in any violent activity.

That should work out well. As Zip points out, the Taliban had earlier offered to exchange them for a captured American soldier.

The Afghan Taliban have offered to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their own currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay.

It came as the US was trying to save peace talks with the Taliban which have been held up following angry complaints by Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

Releasing terrorists is unacceptable, but worse still, Obama is releasing them in exchange for terrorist goodwill, rather than bringing a captured American home.

This gesture from the US government was a departure from the Obama administration’s policy of zero tolerance to negotiations with terrorists and releasing prisoners; thus, in preparation for talks with Afghan officials, the US state department redefined the Taliban as an organization that is no longer included in the US enemy list.

Well that solves that. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We just rename them so they’re no longer enemies or terrorists.

  • glpage

    Does anyone in Obama’s administration have any sort of clue? I bet the family of the US soldier are real happy (not) that Obama and his clown crew forgot all about their loved one.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Obama is a nihilist. A nihilist destroys values for the sake of destroying them. Period. No, he didn’t forget about the American being held prisoner. He knew about him. But Obama has the Trayvon Martin, thuggish attitude about the man’s dilemma: “Tough s–t.” This man knows he can offend just about every measure of morality. And he enjoys doing it.

    • moneekwa

      it’s not that he’s clueless. it’s that he’s willfully compliant. google things qaradawi has demanded. do you really think it’s mere coincidence that every time qaradawi says to jump obama asks “how high”? he’s done way too many things for it to be accidental.

      and as we well know, of course he doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, he funds them and gives them weapons. right now we are giving arms and other material aid to friggin al qaeda in syria. oh goody. that should end well.

    • sunflower

      There is only ONEsolution~ repentance and humble submission to God.
      O is just a puppet, and the puppetmasters have alot more than just a few willing agents around the planet. Much bigger than the man in the WH…read your bibles and pray, act as is given to you to do in this hour of the laodicean culture , revelation is front page news…Isaiah, and matthew 24-25. The world may forget God but He is still on the thron, He still is calling to His children to Come into the Kingdom~ Enlarge the Vision, make it plan, write it down , and seal it til the end (Daniels vision)
      blessings

  • jillosophy

    Every day I am more and more DISGUSTED by this evil usurper squatting in the WH. I can’t stomach any more of this traitorous behavior – found on every level of this evil admin & the shadow gvt pulling strings & shaping our future. I wish I was numb.
    I pray for the soldier who was conveniently “forgotten.” I pray for all our armed service members.
    I just don’t know how to live in this world any longer. I just can’t face this reality any longer.

    • Jsjk

      Please do not despair. The menace in the White House will be gone in a few short years. We must continue opposing the deranged one. Hopefully the damage he has wrought can be rectified…

      • Grey Wolf

        you better change that to few short months….there are things going on that obama and MSM do not know

        • Mike

          Such as?

          • Grey Wolf

            LOL if you were on the side we are on you wouldn’t have to ask….guess you will find out when the rest do …enjoy

  • Joseph Maloney

    President Obama first made the offer in September 2012. The Taliban only repeated it. Obama’s Gitmo ‘Fire Sale’ of freeing islamists terrorist.

  • Grey Wolf

    they are right because now WE the people are on the list because we are the enemy to the Taliban

  • MaryEdna51

    Dereliction of Duty, Malfeasance in Office, Aiding and Abetting the Enemy, how much more can I say? (PLENTY!) This POS Muslim Lover is selling not only our country down the river, our troops, especially the POW WHO WAS OFFERED FOR THE TRADE, but all our values and morals and the promise we make to all enlisted that we will bring them home….one way or another. Of Course, we never keep that promise. The government is the biggest liar and fool since Pinocchio and Napolean invaded Russia in the winter,

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Well that solves that. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We just rename them so they’re no longer enemies or terrorists.”

    Precisely. Remember that even Hasan is not a terrorist but someone suffering from some obscure stress problem.

  • Todd Breasseale

    Mr. Greenfield:

    To be absolutely clear, your and Ms. Azoulay’s reporting – from whose CNet article you heavily quote – could not be further from the truth on this matter.

    The U.S. has not transferred any detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay since late September of last year when Omar Khadr was transfered to a Canadian prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence, there.

    The next detainee transfer, as announced last week, will be two men to Algeria.

    Propagating bad reporting by failing to fact-check serves as a terrific disservice to your readership.

  • roknrod4u

    OBAMA= LOSER

  • Shawn

    The Taliban are no longer an enemy but the god fearing liberty loving right wing American extremist are considered a terrorist organization? Give me a fucking break. When are people going to wake the fuck up and realize the bankers and the government administration are slowly stripping Americans of our god given constitutional rights little by little while supplying weapons to Mexican drug cartels, blowing up their own building to instill fear in the American people. They are domestic terrorist. It is getting to the point where the ballet isn’t working.

  • MediaMentions

    I don’t usually refer to others’
    opinions, but the following is one of the most convincing and wholesome voices
    against Guantanamo bay. worth a read:
    http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=WOSRUCN79CJ8&preview=article&linkid=431a4f84-e64a-4bf6-80e1-a2701804ea78&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d.
    That said, I don’t think the inmates should be freed, but rather treated in a
    humane manner.

  • ziggy703

    Like to believe this, but need more info. ‘Top US official’ will not convince my liberal friends.