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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Welcome home Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl

Those 5 terrorists have plenty of problems to deal with in returning to the Taliban, in exchange for American Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl. Returning American Special Forces Sergeant Bergdahl was worth the exchange. America simply can't leave Afghanistan, as planned, while one American soldier is still held prisoner by our enemies in the Taliban.

Regardless of how dangerous those 5 exchanged and highly prized prisoners are to the Taliban, they've been gone from their terrorist colleagues for so many years, it's doubtful they can regain their former authority, without a challenge to their leadership. Nevertheless, regardless of how long it takes those five terrorist prisoners to reacclimate themselves, they'll eventually wind up being dangerous. Yet, as Americans withdraw from Afghanistan, there will be few reasons for them to build deadly roadside bombs.  

The Daily Beast reports:

According to a 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated. The exchange shows that the Obama administration was willing to pay a steep price, indeed, for Bergdahl’s freedom. The administration says they will be transferred to Qatar, which played a key role in the negotiations.

In the initial statements released about the deal, the White House declined to name the detainees who would be leaving the Cuba based prison Obama has been trying to close since his first day in office.

A senior U.S. defense official confirmed Saturday that the prisoners to be released include Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari.

The official said that once he was on the helicopter, Bergdahl wrote on a paper plate (writing instead of talking because it was so loud) “SF?” The operators sitting with Bergdahl responded loudly, saying, yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time. Bergdahl broke down crying, the official relayed.

In exchange for Bergdahl’s release, five detainees at Guantanamo Bay were released to Qatar. The US received “appropriate assurances” that Qatar would secure the detainees there, a U.S. official said. The detainees are supposed to be under a travel ban for a year.

Americans can't make a political brouhaha about this prisoner exchange. Those inmates in Guantanamo would never be allowed due process in a US court and they were costing American taxpayers a huge sum to keep them alive in prison. 

We might as well put the 5 evildoers to some good use, because keeping them in a holding pattern or enforcing other punishment would further incite terrorists around the world.  It's even remotely possible that this prisoner exchange could tip a dialogue between Americans and those intent on doing us harm. Perhaps, Americans can somehow influence some terrorist groups against their maniacal hatred of all things American. In a philosophical conceptual world.....all that is possible, is possible.

Sergeant Bergdahl's surprisingly safe return demonstrates, to those who intend to do us harm, that America will keep our promise to bring all who defend our nation home.

Meanwhile, those 5 terrorists exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl will have plenty of leadership problems to deal with before they cause harm. But, at least, American taxpayers will no longer be paying for their room and board.

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