The American public isn't buying it now, but who knows, they may swallow the tripe coming from your echo chamber. In any event, we're talking democrats here and a lame duck POTUS, it's very likely another scandal will be along soon to make folks forget about this. Look for a wag the dog around election time.
And in Kabul Monday, the Afghan Foreign Ministry called the swap "against the norms of international law" if it came against the five imprisoned Taliban detainees' will. The ministry said: "No state can transfer another country's citizen to a third country and put restriction on their freedom."
The five detainees left Guantanamo aboard a U.S. military aircraft flying to Qatar, which served as go-between in the negotiations. They are to be banned from leaving Qatar for at least a year. Among the five: a Taliban deputy intelligence minister, a former Taliban interior minister with ties to the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and a figure linked by human rights monitors to mass killings of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.....snip~
U.S. concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away
Heya CB its his Peace talks with the Taliban.....look I put this up back in Feb around here.
U.S. seeks prisoner swap with Taliban to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.....
In an effort to free American captive Bowe Bergdahl before the bulk of U.S. forces leave Afghanistan this year, the Obama administration has decided to try to resume talks with the Taliban and sweeten an offer to trade Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the Army sergeant, current and former officials said.
To refresh the American offer, which has been on the table for more than two years, senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the simultaneous release of all five men. Taliban representatives had objected to the previous plan to release the prisoners by ones or twos as a test of Taliban and Qatari intermediaries’ ability to make sure the men did not return to militancy.
Two people familiar with the decision stressed that it was the Taliban that broke off negotiations nearly two years ago and that the U.S. door to talks has been open since. The renewed offer has not been formally made, and no State Department or other officials have immediate plans to travel to Doha, Qatar, where any contact facilitated by the Qatari government would take place.
The mid-January decision by officials at the level of deputy secretary would confine any new talks to the prisoner issue. Negotiations would not attempt wider engagement with the Taliban on a host of issues related to the future of Afghanistan. U.S. officials had once hoped to use the prisoner exchange as a means to build confidence for those larger discussions, which would also have involved the Afghan government. Now, the United States is primarily focused on getting Bergdahl home.
Bergdahl, an Army infantryman assigned to a unit from Alaska, was taken captive after walking off his base in the eastern province of Paktika, a decision that confounded his comrades and commanders in Afghanistan. The U.S. military launched a massive manhunt, fearing it would be nearly impossible to find him if his captors smuggled him into Pakistan. The Taliban soon took credit for capturing him and offered to release him in exchange for $1 million and 21 Afghan prisoners.
The Taliban broke off talks before they ever really began in 2012, and an effort to resurrect negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government last year ended in an embarrassing shambles. A political office promised to the Taliban was readied in Doha but closed two days after it opened in June amid a row over the raising of a flag the Taliban used when it ruled Afghanistan prior to the 2001 U.S. invasion.
Taliban representatives remain in Doha, and the office is a de facto political headquarters.....snip~
U.S. seeks prisoner swap with Taliban to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - The Washington Post
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Now the Taliban Leader BO and his Team had working with them.....has come up missing in Qatar. His family his extremely worried since. The rest of the Taliban considered him a traitor.
Oh and BTW today Qatar stated these 5 were not Prisoners of Qatar.....They are Guests!
Last edited by MMC; 06-04-14 at 08:24 PM.
Republicans will make noise. Republicans won't grow the balls to do anything about it. Obama will end his presidency in 2016, and Republicans will find something else to complain when the next POTUS is a Democrat. End of story.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
There are a lot of strange things going on here, and this all seems to have happened in the past six years since Obama has been POTUS. Could this tie in with the "Arab Spring" movement in the ME? Was Bergdahl thinking he could help somehow? There is more to this than we are being told - and I guess we'll have to wait to find out. In the meantime, he'll be with his family in the US, so that much is good. He can't be blamed for the terms of the swap.
Breaking news over the Radio WBBM FM CBS radio 870AM.....Dick Durbin says they had to do this to save Bergdahl due to his health.
Can someone call Dick and let him know fast forward to June 4th 2014.