So much for the longstanding U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists. Hell, this wasn’t even a negotiation; it was an enticement. B. Hussein has reportedly released three top Taliban leaders from Gitmo in exchange for – get ready for it – the Taliban’s agreement to open a “political office” in Qatar and begin “peace negotiations.” No word when the office will open or when the negotiations will begin.
Wow. Does Captain Teleprompter drive a hard bargain, or what? I’ll bet the Mossad is even jealous. Terrorists of the world: Beware!
According to multiple media reports, the released prisoners are Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former interior minister, Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan and Mullah Mohammed Fazl, a Taliban Army Chief-of-Staff. The three senior Taliban leaders are reportedly on their way to Qatar despite strong opposition from Afghanistan, who says the prisoners must be sent directly to Kabul, and that their transfer to Qatar is a breach of Afghanistan’s sovereignty, laws and the Afghan constitution.
Memo to Afghanistan: Lord Obama never lets sovereignty, laws or pesky constitutions get in his way. Oh, and Karzia? You’ve seen Obama throw Bibi Netanyahu under the bus, right? He doesn’t give a damn what you think either, dude. (Although – being that you’re Muslim, I can understand why you think you’d receive special dispensation from B. Hussein.)
Not only do all three of these terrorists have close ties to al-Qaeda and other extremist groups, they have also been assessed by the U.S. military as posing a “high risk” of returning to “fight another day” if released:
Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, Herat governor and acting interior minister. Khairkhwa was directly associated with Osama Bin Laden and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar.” Following 9/11, he represented the Taliban in meetings with Iranian officials who were seeking to support hostilities against U.S. and Coalition forces. He is reported to have been one of the premier opium drug-lords in Western Afghanistan, and was likely associated with a militant training camp in Herat, which was operated by (now dead) al-Qaida (in Iraq) commander, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Mullah Norullah Noori, governor-general of Afghanistan’s northern zone. Noori is considered one of the most significant former Taliban officials to be detained at Gitmo. He led troops against U.S. and Coalition forces and was directly subordinate to Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar. Noori is reportedly wanted by the UN for possible war crimes, and is assessed by the U.S. military as a hardliner in his support of Taliban philosophy. His brother is currently a Taliban commander conducting operations against U.S. and Coalition forces.
Mullah Mohammed Fazl, deputy defense minister. Fazl is also wanted by the UN for possible war crimes while serving as a Taliban Army Chief-of-Staff, and was implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in northern Afghanistan during the Taliban’s reign. He has significant ties to al-Qaida and is reported to have been involved in Taliban drug trafficking. and is a senior member of the Taliban hierarchy. Military officials assess that Fazl, a senior member of the Taliban hierarchy, wielded considerable influence throughout the northern region of Afghanistan and his influence continued even after his capture. If released, Fazl would likely rejoin the Taliban and re-establish ties with anti-Coalition militias.
So, how long before these Islamofascists are back killing U.S. troops and innocent civilians? When will they quietly slip out the back door? Does it not stand to reason that their release from Gitmo is merely the first step in the process?
Of course it does.
With presidents like Obama, who needs enemies?