The NY Daily News reports that Taliban boss Mullah Omar congratulated ‘the entire Afghan Muslim’ nation over the deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter . Omar now has his most effective and vicious commanders back. It shouldn’t take long for the five terrorists to either communicate from or travel from Qatar to Afghanistan.
The usually reticent Mullah said this in a rare statement: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation, all the mujahedeen and to the families and relatives of the prisoners for this big victory,” said Omar, who was the Taliban head of state between 1996 and 2001.
Mullah Omar is the vicious and cruel Taliban leader we ousted over a decade ago. Omar said last year that he would retake Kabul “in a week” once America pulls out. We just gave him five of his commanders back to help him make that happen.
The day the U.S. announced plans to engage in talks with the “good” Taliban, the Taliban – assumedly the “bad” Taliban – took credit for a bombing that killed four U.S. service members at Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
Of course the good and bad Taliban are all the same people.
There is no possibility that the Taliban and the present Afghan government can co-exist. Omar knows that, Obama knows that, and the Afghan government knows that. We were thoughtful enough to give the Taliban a withdrawal date so they can begin to make plans.
Republicans in Congress, says the Daily News, are criticizing the Obama administration for not notifying Congress of his intention to release the ‘hardest of the hard core.’
McCain expressed deep concerns on a Sunday talk show yesterday: “These are the hardest of the hard core,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “It is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to re-enter the fight.”
In February, Senate Democrats were opposed to the swap.
Sen. Carl Levin said that “such transfers would be premature and should only be considered after the Taliban has engaged in positive discussions on reconciliation,” which they have yet to do.
He said he “expressed some real concerns” about the transfer both privately and publicly.
It was illegal for Obama to do this without notifying Congress, but Hagel is using the exigent circumstances excuse, one which is possibly not true. He said they were worried about his health and thought that after Bergdahl’s five years of allegedly playing badminton and praying with his captors that he was about to be killed.
We didn’t bother to mention the swap to the Afghan government either, such good allies that we are.
Mr. Obama will negotiate with the Taliban for a deserter but he won’t negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling:
Read about the Taliban who have been released on this link.