Isn’t the Commander-in-Chief supposed to protect the troops under his command?

From Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post, via Donald Douglas:

Here’s what happens when Taliban leaders are released
By Marc A. Thiessen, Published: June 2

If anyone doubts that the five senior Taliban leaders President Obama released this weekend will return to the fight and kill more Americans, they need only look at what happened when the George W. Bush administration released a Taliban leader named Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir (a.k.a. Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul) in 2007.

Unlike the terrorists Obama just set free, Zakir was assessed by our military as only “medium risk” of returning to the fight. At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Zakir pretended to be a low-ranking conscript and told officials he simply wanted to “go back home and join my family” and promised “I [have] never been America’s enemy and I never intend to be.”

Uhhh, he was only a “medium risk” of returning to shoot at American soldiers? What the heck were we doing releasing someone who was any risk at all of fighting against our soldiers and Marines?

But when he returned to Afghanistan, he quickly became one of America’s fiercest enemies, directly responsible for the deaths of U.S., coalition and Afghan forces. In 2009, Zakir was appointed as the Taliban’s “surge commander” in charge of countering Obama’s new strategy to deny the Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan. According to the Times of London, Zakir instituted a campaign of “increasingly sophisticated [roadside] explosives attacks” that killed British and U.S. forces as well as many Afghan civilians. He waged relentless war on the United States and presided over unspeakable atrocities before stepping down from military command in April. To this day, he remains a top member of the Taliban leadership council.

The five Taliban leaders Obama released will now take up where Zakir left off. According to our own military, they are all “high risk” to return to the fight. How dangerous are these men? Here is what the U.S. military says about them, according to their leaked assessments from Guantanamo Bay.

More at the link.  But it ought to be obvious: you don’t release dangerous men to come back and shoot at our soldiers and Marines, period.  Any of our soldiers killed, even if it is only one, by any of these five Taliban leaders, can be laid right at the feet of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, President Barack Hussein Obama, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.  The Bush Administration made a huge mistake by releasing “medium risk” Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, and the present President has made an even bigger one now.

Of course, the Administration line is that there are no problems here. From Mediaite:

During a White House press briefing on Monday, Press Sec. Jay Carney was asked if he could assure the American people that the Taliban prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would not pose a threat to Americans. While Carney insisted that the released prisoners did not pose a threat to Americans, he refused to insist that the Taliban fighters would not return to Afghanistan to join their former colleagues.

When asked how the U.S. could guarantee that these five former detainees would not return to “Taliban activities” in two or three years, Carney said that the Defense Dept. concluded that their threat “mitigation” efforts were sufficient to ensure Americans are not at risk because these prisoners have been released.

“These five detainees do not and will not pose a significant threat to the United States,” Carney said.

Uh huh, right. Well, perhaps if something top secret has been done, such as somehow implanting GPS chips in these five thugs which can guide drone or Tomahawk cruise missile strikes onto their heads whenever we decide to do so, then perhaps the outgoing Minister of Information Press Secretary is right, and we’ll (probably) never find out about that.

Your Editor will not criticize the attempts to free SGT Bergdahl, regardless of whether he might have been a deserter; we’ve all seen the stories that he left his post without authorization, which even The New York Times is reporting, and The Washington Times is reporting that commanders knew where SGT Bergdahl was being held, but decided not to risk special forces soldiers lives in order to recover someone they saw as a deserter, but I’ve seen others which claimed he might have grumbled a bit, but was still a loyal soldier. Quite frankly, it seems likely to me that we will never have complete certainty on that part of the story. The Soldier’s Creed includes the promise, “I will never leave a fallen comrade,” and the rescue attempts concerning SGT Bergdahl fall along those lines as far as I am concerned.

But the nobility of attempting to secure the release of SGT Bergdahl cannot include releasing five of the captured terrorists that even the Obama Administration once deemed too dangerous to ever release. Securing the release of a captured American soldier at that price is a price I regard as just too high: SGT Bergdahl’s release will wind up costing many, many more lives, some of which could be American lives.  Further, releasing top Taliban personnel will only help the Taliban, harming our entire effort in Afghanistan; this could be the tipping point at which every American soldier and Marine who died there died for naught.

We have reached the point at which we might as well not wait for President Obama’s planned cut-and-run date from Afghanistan, but just plain leave now.  The Commander-in-Chief is showing no inclination whatsoever to actually win in Afghanistan, and no strategy for doing whatever undefined thing he wants to do there.  We’ve got our last POW out, and might as well leave, now, before anyone else gets captured and before too many more Americans are killed there.  If we have no real goal there, why ought we to stay?


  1. I just don’t know what to add here. Everything this dumbass president touches turns to shit. From the economy to jobs to Solyndra to the IRS to the VA to this ill begotten swap of 5 terrorists for one traitor. The man wants not only to “fundamentally change America” but it appears he won’t be satisfied until he fundamentally destroys America.

    Most of the shit that comes out of his mouth since he was elected are lies. One thing that was not a lie is when he said he wanted “to end the war in Afghanistan”. I pointed out then and I’ll repeat it now. Ending a war is NOT winning a war. Does anyone out there but myself understand the difference? Guys like Obummer, Reid and their followers like Perry are so steeped in their radical leftist ideology that anyone right of Stalin they consider a conservative and hate with white hot seething hatred. They won’t listen to anyone or any thing that is not in lock step with their radicalism.

    Frankly, I fail to see where their radical leftist agenda is designed to do anything but destroy our republic. They have nothing positive to say about or add to America from abortion to gay marriage to legalized pot to the VA. Nothing! If we fail as a nation to get people like these out of office in 2014 and 2016 I see America gone by 2020. Oh, the geography will be here but the country, culture and people will look more like Venezuela, Peru or Greece than any America I’ve ever known.

  2. I still am in awe at how this whole BS deal is raising hardly any stink outside of Fox News and talk radio. It’s disgusting. FIVE top-level Taliban/al Qaeda types for ONE US Army deserter?? How in the living hell does that happen????

  3. How in the living hell does that happen????

    You know how this happens, Hube. America chose to put an inexperienced, worthless, narcissistic, dumbass in the white House to show the world we’d elect a black man no matter how stupid he is. Hube, we’re at the point in this country where dumbasses like Perry can out vote patriots like us.

    I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to travel among some very successful men. From the fields of Vietnam, to Princeton, through my personal associations and through business I’ve know these guys. They all have one thing in common: they NEVER pass the buck or point the finger. They all, to a man, own up to their mistakes and view them as a stepping stone to success. This president has done nothing but blame everybody else from Bush to the Arab Spring for all his failures. His minions do the same. Have you ever read or heard of Reid, Pelosi or even a guy like Perry NOT blame someone else for every little or large occurrence? They are all perpetually maligned and victims in their own minds. They are all so superior and so far above us we just don’t understand.

    But I understand. They’re all a bunch of dumbasses and the people vote for them.

  4. Hube wrote:

    I still am in awe at how this whole BS deal is raising hardly any stink outside of Fox News and talk radio.

    Actually, it is getting play outside of conservative outlets. The Philadelphia Inquirer had a front page story today on the very negative reaction of soldiers to this, calling SGT Bergdahl a deserter, and CNN this morning (between 0500 and 0530) was talking about the real risks of letting the five bad guys go.

  5. Careful there Mr Editor, the Mexicans are jealous the US put a man on the moon and they’re working on a project to one-up us. They intend to put a man on the sun….

    Now, don’t laugh, they’re going to do it at night.

  6. Isn’t the Commander-in-Chief supposed to protect the troops under his command?

    To quote a noted leftist: “At this point what difference does it make?”.
    40 (and I presume a shit load more yet to come) Veterans die while on VA waiting lists (read death panels) but, “At this point what difference does it make”?
    Five Taliban leaders released to return and kill Americans (leftists I hope, we could use them killing some leftists) but again “At this point what difference does it make?”

    What difference does Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, Solyndra, Cash 4 Clunkers, the collapse of Detroit and Chicago, the bankruptcy of Acton and others, the failing infrastructure which was supposed to be “Shovel ready”, a 6.5% (but really 13-15%) unemployment rate, the lies of “you can keep your doctor, your insurance and every family will save $2500 a year…..I could go on but we all know the crap and the lies (even Perry)….. what does any of this matter any more?

    If we don’t get them out I afraid people will….well let’s just say you can shit on half the population for only so long then something’s gotta give. Ask George III.

  7. BTW, did you guys see Mad Magazines new parody of Obama? Trading Private Bergdahl, a splended sarcastic stick in the eye to our radical leftist president and a take-off of Saving Private Ryan.

  8. Isn’t the Commander-in-Chief supposed to protect the troops under his command?

    Oh, and not to let The Dumbass-In-Chief off the hook for a stupid, illegal and quite possibly traitorous swap, the answer is a resounding “NO” to that question. No leader from the C-I-C down to a squad leader can “protect” his troops. Leaders jobs are to lead, direct and win. Not protect. Only God can protect us but we sure could use a damn good leader at this point. That’s all our troops ask for.

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