When the Pakistani Taliban brutally murdered 148 school children and their teachers last week, it was in part to avenge the extradition of Latif Mehsud, a Taliban chief released by Barack Obama from a U.S. overseas prison at Bagram Air Force base, barely one year after NATO forces risked their lives to capture him.
Barack Obama continues to release dangerous terrorists held in foreign lands rather than bring them to GITMO and he does it without releasing their names so they can’t be tracked when they go back to fighting.
Three were released from Bagram air force base this past December 7th, including Latif Mehsud, a Taliban chief. He was transferred to Pakistani officials with his two guards and a broker in Islamabad. He was imprisoned there and is presumably still in prison. His name was not given to the press at the time and a U.S. government official merely referred to him as a “Third Country National”.
“In making a decision to transfer a detainee, we take into account the totality of relevant factors relating to the individual and the government that may receive him, including but not limited to any diplomatic assurances that have been provided,” the US military said in a statement.
Did you ever hear a more vapid statement?
Latif Mehsud, second in command of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was captured by NATO October 2013 with his guards. American lives and the lives of our allies were lost searching for and capturing Mehsud and other terrorists.
John Kerry hailed the capture at the time, but only a little more than a year later Mehsud was released for detainment in a paper prison in Pakistan, with the U.S. knowing he is a dangerous, unrepentant terrorist.
Mr. Obama thinks he can make friends and mend fences by showing this type of goodwill.
The TTP was supposedly in talks with the Pakistani government but have been at war with them since 2007. They are a hardline Islamist movement and have killed tens of thousands, perhaps more.
It is not known if Latif Mehsud is still in the prison. He could have had communication with the Taliban even if he is in prison.
In any event, the Taliban responded to the transfer in part with the horrendous massacre of 148 school children in a prestigious Pakistan government school eight days after his release.
On Tuesday morning, gunmen entered the school and started shooting children while a suicide bomber detonated his vest immediately after walking into a classroom. By the end, six attackers were killed by security forces and 142 people had died, mostly students in the Army-run school in Peshawar, situated near the frequently violent border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Tehreek-e-Taliban, Mehsud’s organization, took credit.
They burned one teacher alive in front of the children and then beheaded the children in the class.
Obama continually releases high-risk terrorists, often with lies like this or by saying they’ve reformed which everyone should know isn’t true.
He has announced the pullout of U.S. troops and the end of fighting in Afghanistan which will leave us distant from the Pakistani government which desperately needs the U.S. and NATO to be close and involved.
Releasing people like Mehsud and pulling out of the region only makes the Pakistani Taliban more powerful, so powerful that they could and most likely will become another ISIS. There are signs that they are teaming up with the Afghan Taliban.
Pakistan is a nuclear state.
Haaretz reported that “The target, a school where the children of army officers study, was carefully selected and intended to convey a dual message. One, against continued cooperation between the Pakistani army and the United States, and the second, against the Pakistani army, which in the past year has increased its efforts to combat the Taliban. The massacre is also intended to avenge the killing of nine Taliban activists last week by an American UAV bombing, as well as the extradition of Latif Mehsud, considered the organization’s No. 2, to Pakistan.”
The Senate torture report coincided with the release and it referred to “black sites” and “rectal feeding” as alleged punishments meted out outside Bagram Air Force base. This was likely meant – in part – to justify or provide cover for the release of these terrorists instead of sending them to GITMO.
The Daily Mail recounted the “tortures” suffered at Bagram by detainees as soon as the report was released – detained terrorists can really be trusted (irony here).
Upon Mehsud’s release, asking not to be named, a U.S. official confirmed to AFP that after a careful review by the Pentagon and the State Department, the last “third-country nationals” in US custody in Afghanistan had been transferred, and the US military no longer operates any detention facilities there.
Are terrorists “third country nationals” now?
That’s very deceitful. There is no other way to put it.
“We’re actually just going through and returning all the third-country nationals detained in Afghanistan to resolve that issue,” the spokeswoman said.
It was just routine until FrontPage Magazine found out who one of the “third country nationals” actually was.
Why is Barack Obama putting the entire world in danger? He plans to continue doing whatever he wants and lying about it or covering it up without a hint of embarrassment.
Is it simply to close GITMO? He will probably do that easily now that he’s setting up relations with the terrorist nation of Cuba.
Is it more than that?
He arranged for the release of deserter Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists recently and lauded the event with the deserter’s far-left, Taliban-connected father who was strongly opposed to GITMO as well.
Obama treated these people with TLC and constant updating with access to secure communications which was not the case in other hostage situations such as James Foley whose parents were threatened by the Obama administration if they tried to ransom him as was the case with Steven Sotloff’s family.
In “Dreams from My Father” [pg. 220], Obama wrote, “Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men – Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. And if later I saw that the black men I knew – Frank or Ray or Will or Rafiq – fell short of such lofty standards; if I had learned to respect these men for the struggles they went through, recognizing them as my own – my father’s voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. You do not work hard enough, Barry. You must help in your people’s struggle. Wake up, black man!”
Barack never heard his polygamist, drunk father’s voice since that disreputable man abandoned him. What he heard was an imaginary and glorified image and the people whose attributes he sought in himself included communists and revolutionaries. He nurses a real bitterness towards whites and lives today as if it were Selma 1963 though he has little in common with American blacks.
Barack Obama is not an All American guy. He was raised by communists on the beautiful island of Hawaii and sent to a prestigious school. He spent several years in Indonesia and he relates more to his African father than he relates to his American family.
American Communists are usually vehemently opposed to any wars, even when it’s for self-defense which is ironic. Perhaps that is what Obama admires in these foreign men, some of whom exerted a “benevolent” dictatorial authority over their people.
He does not follow in the footsteps of a George Washington or a James Madison. He follows in the footsteps of Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela.
In “Dreams from My Father”, he recalled his time at the far-left Occidental College: “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students.The foreign students.The Chicanos.The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated.”
He hasn’t changed all that much. He has more in common with the Occupiers (with whom he said he sympathizes) and the criminal Al Sharpton than he does with you and me. Don’t let the expensive suits fool you.