Obama's bad deal with the Taliban gets worse this weekend
NY Post Editorial:
Come Monday, the five senior Taliban officials sprung from Guantanamo in the trade for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, could all be walking free.Bergdahl was just a poor excuse Obama used to empty out Gitmo of some of its worst detainees. He has this irrational belief that turning loose the bad guys is going to make them less hostile. He could not be more wrong and his ruse of using a deserter for releasing them just makes him look more pathetic and dangerous as a leader.
Free to rejoin their terrorist comrades in jihad against America — as at least three of them reportedly have already tried to do.
It’s a reminder of just how bad a deal President Obama struck to free Bergdahl, the man the White House then hailed as a hero but who now faces criminal charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy — charges that could keep him behind bars for life.
Indeed, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal revealed last week for the first time that he’d been informed almost immediately after Bergdahl’s 2009 capture that the soldier “walked off [his base] intentionally.”
Yet years later, in the runup to Obama’s trade, National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed Berghdal had been “captured on the battlefield” after serving “with honor and distinction.” The State Department dismissed claims he’d deserted as “rumors.”
Under the terms of the deal, the five were shipped to Qatar, where they were banned from travel and subjected to monitoring. That arrangement expires today.
Privately, Obama officials say they’ve been trying to extend the original arrangement or possibly return them to Afghanistan, whose government would decide what — if anything — to do with them. Week’s end, though, brought no new deal.