Exclusive: Shift by hard-line Taliban factions may have sealed prisoner exchange

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Good for him. Now let’s find those 5 released prisoners and kill them.

May 31, 2014 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

Freeing terrorists without timely congressional advice and consent is an impeachable offence.

Jun 01, 2014 2:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Ah…One for me… Ten for you…Yes, that should work fine.

Jun 01, 2014 6:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:

You have to be happy to have one of our guys back home. Still, you wonder if the administration timed this to get some good publicity in wake of the VA scandal

Jun 01, 2014 7:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

Bottom line: There wouldn’t be US POW’s in the first place if we weren’t in Afghanistan to begin with. The US government and military bring on their own problems and then cry “wolf.”

Jun 01, 2014 7:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Redford wrote:

And this follows on Obama’s declaration of withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. Now all the Taliban has to do is wait it out. What’s more they’ve just learned this president will deal and do prisoner swaps with terrorists and without informing Congress 30 days before. And this will lead to further captive taking and prisoner exchanges.

Jun 01, 2014 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

On the surface it sounds good but Obama just made every American on the planet a much higher kidnap risk.

Jun 01, 2014 10:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChuckRanger wrote:

Do the folks who write these articles really believe them,

Jun 01, 2014 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChuckRanger wrote:

Do the folks who write these articles, really believe them

Jun 01, 2014 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChuckRanger wrote:

Do the folks who write these articles, really believe them

Jun 01, 2014 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

Karzai is weak and corrupt. When we pull out, the Taliban will again extend their power. Their leaders are practicing politics to prepare for their rise to power. It got rusty after Bush’s invasion.
The world is better off with strong countries like Iran/Egypt than puny like Nigeria/Somalia.

Jun 01, 2014 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:

Good women of Afghanistan had better get involved in the political process and make sure neither future president further gives away their rights to try to appease the medieval, hateful, violent Taliban. Stand up for your freedom, women of Afghanistan, and tell the men who love you to stand up to the antiquated Taliban zealots who think they have a right to stone you to death and make you stay home or they will kill your husbands and/or sons. Stand up and shout “NO”.

Jun 01, 2014 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrnukem wrote:

As someone who has been married for over 25 years now I know what it is like to be held against your will in a hostile environment….

His release is a good thing, when wars end or come close to ending swapping POW’s is standard operating procedure, even though the taliban are not a nation it is still a POW swap in all but name, we do NOT leave our soldiers behind.

Jun 01, 2014 10:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

Can’t wait for the Taliban to kidnap more of our people now that they think it’s a good idea.

Jun 01, 2014 11:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jmwill wrote:

The alleged “Taliban” prisoners were held for years without
trial. It’s about time to do something about this — and,
freeing a US prisoner for it was a good choice.
As we leave Afghanistan, whether or not we hold Taliban
crimonals becomes more or less unimportant.

Jun 01, 2014 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

So now they know that holding US personnel will potentially get 5 times the number of their nuts released. Keep up the good work.

Jun 01, 2014 1:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrnukem wrote:

Anyone saying President Obama should not have done this you are wrong, this was a POW swap, we do NOT leave our soldiers behind when we pull out at the end of a war, we have done POW swaps in every single war we have been in since the end of the Revolutionary war at our founding until now. As far as consequences, what kind of message would it send to our military folks if any president didn’t bring home POWs at the end of a war? This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue, we do not leave our soldiers behind ever.

Jun 01, 2014 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

From CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/31/world/asia/afghanistan-bergdahl-release/

“The Taliban had long demanded the release of five detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But U.S. officials said that releasing them would be difficult because Congress would have to be notified in advance, and lawmakers have previously resisted releasing them.”

Who’s telling the truth?

Jun 01, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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