State Department: No Need to Worry About Taliban Commanders Returning to Battlefield

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.


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It’s odd how incompetent the press people in Obama Inc. are. As bad as Jay Carney is, Psaki and Harf are even bigger jokes. Their sessions are strictly amateur hour.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf downplayed the risk that the five Guantanamo Bay detainees exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl might pose should they return to the battlefield.

“Let’s say the worst case scenario, these five guys do return, in no way would that substantially change the Taliban’s order of battle on the ground, that’s just not even logical.” Harf was explaining Secretary Kerry’s recent statement that concerns over the five detainees are “baloney.”

Sure. It’s not logical that having top commanders return to the field in a profession where experience is valuable because many doesn’t survive long enough to pass it on.

Never mind that the US recently argued that these men were too dangerous to set free.

Never mind that quite a few freed Gitmoites have already ended up running operations around the world. It won’t “substantially change anything”.

That’s a vague enough metric that it could mean anything.

But if a few top people here and there don’t change anything, why bother with the entire drone program? Why spend millions to kill the occasional commander?

Why for that matter risk so many lives going after Osama bin Laden?

Either taking out terrorist leaders is a priority or it doesn’t matter. Harf is now belatedly arguing that the entire drone program is a waste of time.

  • Gee

    The US State Department has been run by Arabists for the past 100 years. Still making the same errors for as long

    • Texas Patriot

      Gee: The US State Department has been run by Arabists for the past 100 years. Still making the same errors for as long

      Arabs are a tribe. Islam is an ideology. Which do you hate? One or both or neither?

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        At times, both …

      • CowboyUp

        Arab is also a culture, and islam is a product of that culture. When islam is imposed on a country or culture, Arab culture is also imposed on that country or culture. Understanding the underlying native culture helps one to understand the different peculiarities of islam in regions outside the Arabian Peninsula.

        • Texas Patriot

          Yes, indeed. The Koran is written in Arabic, and it is said that if one doesn’t understand Arabic, one cannot understand the Koran.

      • Gee

        Anybody trying to kill me or my family. Got a problem with that? If so – I really don’t care

        • Texas Patriot

          Unfortunately, hating your enemies won’t help you defend your family. Jesus said that we should love and pray for our enemies, be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, and that the meek shall inherit the earth.

          • Gee

            Do I believe that is a truly stupid statement? Yes I do believe is one of the dumber things I have ever read.

            Tell that to the goyim. Preaching that to me doesn’t work.

            Those that are merciful to the evil end up being evil to the merciful.

          • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

            I don’t believe Jesus was advocating pacifism. In any case, the bible is not a guide to international relations, foreign policy, or national defense. We should leave Arabs and Muslims alone as long as they don’t threaten us – but when they do threaten us, they should be attacked with such ferocity they beg us for mercy. That’s how you obtain peace, something Jesus probably understood.

          • Drakken

            So with your vast military experience that is the best you could come up with? Hating your enemy gives you the motivation and drive to finish the job.

      • Drakken

        I don’t hate them, I despise and loathe them with a passion. Sub human savages, all of them.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Like I’m going the be reassured by anything said by the striped-pants brigade …

  • nomoretraitors

    Marie BARF

  • wileyvet

    Well John Kerry should know all about baloney. His participation in the Winter Soldier campaign to smear his fellow America soldiers was just that. Traitorous baloney. I’ve wondered why he hasn’t described the Taliban with the same epithets he used for Americans. Surely the Taliban are acting more like Genghis Khan don’t you think?

  • truebearing

    Harf is even more supercilious than Psaki, and I can’t stand her. Both substitute smirking and condescension for intelligence, in keeping with the Obama administration’s emphasis on arrogance, scorn, and lying. Saying blatantly stupid things seems to be Whitehouse policy. It has to be or how else can we explain Kerry, Clinton, Hagel, Carney, Sebelius, or the two morons directors of the EPA?