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It’s official: Gitmo terrorists Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari — who were all deemed in 2008 to be at “high risk” for returning to the battlefield if released — are now free, and the U.S. obtained Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the release. There are many lessons here, but perhaps the most glaring is: President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are scary-stupid on national defense.

Let us address President Obama and his administration first. The White House listened to wary military officials who said the Taliban Five were incredibly dangerous men who were likely stay in the terrorist game for the rest of their lives, and it responded: Release the terrorists and “suck it up and salute.”

Time magazine reported Tuesday:

Officials in the Pentagon and intelligence communities had successfully fought off release of the five men in the past, officials tell TIME. “This was out of the norm,” says one official familiar with the debate over the dangers of releasing the five Taliban officials. “There was never the conversation.” Obama’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should “suck it up and salute,” says the official familiar with the debate.

How do you close Gitmo if you can’t close Gitmo? Empty it! How do you stop the bleeding from a VA scandal when the “blame Bush” strategy isn’t an option? Trade a bunch of terrorists for an American POW who seemingly deserted his post in the middle of the night.

Which brings us to Sen. Harry Reid, who is “glad” that the Obama administration just gave five terrorists a “Get out of Gitmo Free” card.

“I’m glad to get rid of these five people,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the release of the Taliban Five. June 3, 2014.

Someone needs to inform Sen. Reid that the terrorists in question are not dead or reformed — they’re free. That means that while he pats himself on the back for having five new empty beds at Gitmo there are five guys who would love to kill Americans who are occupying beds as free men in the Middle East.

What planet are we living on where Chris Matthews realizes that if the Taliban was so obsessed with securing release of these five individuals then perhaps they might not be the type of men the U.S. wants roaming freely about the Middle East.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday:

Chris Matthews: Do you think the war against the United States from the Taliban point of view is going to be over when we check out of there? Do you honestly believe they’re going to stop attacking us and our interests?

Col. Morris Davis: I don’t think we measure our behavior by what the Taliban thinks. Legally the war is coming to an end, and that’s what we’ve cited to the courts for a decade now.

Chris Matthews: You’re making these legal points which I question, because I don’t think they cease to be hostiles. But my question is this, if those guys get back in there and start killing American GIs who are stationed at our embassy or anywhere else, whose head is that on? Yours or the president’s? But it’s somebody’s, because the person who lets them go is responsible for them now! Right now.

Perhaps most bizarre of all is that President Obama claims to have rightfully acted when he did not notify members of Congress — not even those on intelligence committees — of his prisoner release by invoking the very same authority that Democrats called President George W. Bush a “war criminal” for using. The difference between George W. Bush and President Obama is that Bush was putting members of the Taliban behind bars — not letting them loose.

The Washington Post reported Monday:

Current law, signed by Obama in December, stipulates that the defense secretary must notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before transferring anyone from Guantanamo Bay and provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to again threaten the United States or its interests.

Obama did not send such a notice to Capitol Hill until Monday — two days after the detainees were sent to Qatar, where they will live for at least the next year, in circumstances that neither the administration nor the emirate has explained publicly.

The Obama administration’s excuse for not notifying Congress: it was an “oversight.”

The National Journal reported Wednesday:

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein took at shot at the Obama administration on Tuesday for failing to give lawmakers 30 days’ notice about a deal to release five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only POW from America’s war in Afghanistan.

“It’s very disappointing that there was not a level of trust sufficient to justify alerting us,” Feinstein told reporters in the Capitol.

A defense bill that President Obama signed into law in December 2013 requires that Congress be notified 30 days ahead of releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Feinstein said that National Deputy Security Adviser Tony Blinken called her Monday night “apologizing” for failing to notify lawmakers sooner.

“He apologized for it and said it was an oversight,” Feinstein said. When asked whether he used the word “oversight,” Feinstein clarified: “In so many words, I can’t say. That was my impression.”

So either Mr. Obama is a liar or completely inept, according to Sen. Feinstein. How do you release five “high risk” terrorists from Gitmo without notifying the appropriate members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees? You don’t — unless you were in the middle of a Veterans Affairs scandal and you wanted to change the headlines.

The only problem for the White House is that the new headlines are not what it expected to see.

Hotair reported Tuesday:

Chuck Todd: What does this mean for the future of Gitmo? What does this mean for the future of the rest of those detainees that are sitting there? … Does this mean this is this part of winding down the war and is this how Gitmo is essentially going to get shut down? … What’s caught the White House off guard here — they were expecting criticisms of Gitmo, criticisms of the detainees that were choose —  they did not expect this criticism of the attempt to go get Bergdahl and the way that it was done. And that appears to be what caught them off guard and that’s why I think they look like they’re on their back feet on this one.

Again: How do you close a detention center you don’t want open? Answer according to the Obama administration: Let the inmates free.

Instead of focusing on Sgt. Bergdahl — before the Army has even had a chance to try him in a military court — Americans would be wise to turn their attention to Mr. Obama and the dangerous stupidity he displays as America’s Commander-in-Chief.

Note to Harry Reid: You’re “glad” to get rid of these Gitmo terrorists? When their handwork boomerangs back on American civilians, servicemen and allies, then the blood of innocents will be on your hands.

 

 

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. What a bungled mess for the whitehouse. Even Dianne Feinstein is mad at Obama now. My first thought is how many good people did we lose, or put in harm’s way, capturing these guys in the first place; and now we let them go….

    Almost without exception, even my liberal friends don’t like Harry Reid. If he supports it, maybe it’s a good litmus test for Obama not to do it. Glad, as far as Harry is concerned, it’s over for us detaining these guys, but “This isn’t over” making a rancher’s life miserable…..to save desert toads’ habitat….to build a Chinese backed energy farm….that his son is legal councel to.

    How come when Bush mispronounced a word he was the biggest idiot ever; but no one in MSM says anything about the missteps of this president? Making the trade was probably a dubious decision; but touting it in a rose garden press conference was just stupid. I don’t see how the administration thought this would be hailed as a great event.

    I’ll actually miss Jay Carney, he always amazed me saying goofy things to defend his boss; and he always kept a straight face. Not that I like the message, but that is his job, and he’s done it well. Somedays I think he is the only competent one in the administration!

    1. Glad, as far as Harry is concerned, it’s over for us detaining these guys, but “This isn’t over” making a rancher’s life miserable…..to save desert toads’ habitat….to build a Chinese backed energy farm….that his son is legal councel to.

      You have to hand it to Harry “this war is lost” Reid — when it comes to the Iraq War — but the war is never over when it comes to destroying political opponents — he keeps getting elected. Great point on Harry “this isn’t over” Reid — when it comes to desert tortoises — but it’s “I’m glad” this is over when it comes to releasing people who want to kill Americans.

  2. “So either Mr. Obama is a liar or completely inept”
    I do not think the two are mutually exclusive.
    Or is it that our President just does not care and thinks he is above the law since we have let him get away with it multiple times in the past. I fear this administration has been setting a very dangerous precedent.

    1. Or is it that our President just does not care and thinks he is above the law since we have let him get away with it multiple times in the past. I fear this administration has been setting a very dangerous precedent.

      Yep. This guy burned through any moral authority he had long ago. You can’t make George W. Bush out to be the devil and then do exactly the same things — on steroids — and have anyone respect you.

  3. I really think this going to come back and bite them in the ass. Well, I hope it does, but they are so many lemmings in the MSM that cover for Obama and his cronies. It’s another example of this administration’s incompetence and ignoring the law. This whole prisoner swap reeks. Bowe Berghdal is not only a deserter, but he claimed he was ashamed to be an American and wanted to ditch his American citizenship. His dad praised Allah at the Rose Garden the other day and has Tweeted about how he’s “working to free all Gitmo prisoners.” Even worse, the five Taliban terrorists we released are considered among the worst outlaws in the War on Terror.

    “Yep. This guy burned through any moral authority he had long ago. You can’t make George W. Bush out to be the devil and then do exactly the same things — on steroids — and have anyone respect you.”

    Ain’t that the truth! Obama has done all the things that the left claimed George W. Bush did: imprison political opponents, increase the surveillance state and maintain kill lists. I remember back in 2004 when my uncle expressed “concern” that “the Texan war criminal would round us liberals up and throw us in the slammer.” However, when Obama became President he and my other liberal relatives went completely silent on things like PRISM, Terror Tuesday and the arrest of Nakoula.

    1. However, when Obama became President he and my other liberal relatives went completely silent on things like PRISM, Terror Tuesday and the arrest of Nakoula.

      Kudos on remembering the infamous director’s name. 😉 If you keep that one in your back pocket it’s a good card to have.

    2. Indeed, it is a good card to have! Last I checked, he was still in federal custody, and the talking points about his video being the “cause” of Benghazi have been thoroughly debunked, unless you’re an Obama true believer.

  4. 5 to 1 odds that our President makes a big move and releases terrorists to say he keeping his promise about guantanamo bay.
    Pun intended.

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