|The Taliban swap|
|Bowe Bergdahl's Dad thanking Allah|
In order to justify the Taliban swap deal, the president stated the correct principle that 'we do not leave American soldiers behind on the battlefield' [period!]. He should have added the qualifier that we make every reasonable attempt to bring back our soldiers. Maybe I'm mistaken, but haven't there been POW's that we haven't been able to get back from wars, and they were in effect left behind?
While the president is correct that we do all we can to gain the release and bring back our POW's so they are not left behind, that happens at the end of the war with the cessation of fighting. As far as I know the Taliban have not laid down their arms. Maybe the president thinks because he has waived the white flag, it doesn't matter what the enemy does. In his eyes, because he has announced that the we will be leaving in two years, that means that the war is over.
While the president was correct in the general principle that 'we don't leave American soldiers behind', there is another great principle that America has, that president Obama did not mention to the people. That principle: 'America does not negotiate with terrorists'.
It is not by accident that the president did not mention this principle when he announced in glee this Taliban swap deal. He knows very well that principle collides directly with his announced principle of not leaving any soldiers behind.
When asked about "negotiating with terrorists", Sec of Defense Chuck Hagel said incredibly that we did not negotiate with terrorists.
Oh, really? Well let's looks at this deal. We know that the Taliban collaborated with Al Qaida by facilitating their being able to access training facilities in Afghanistan, which was the catalyst to launching the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States. We know that the Taliban 'terrorizes' little girls by not allowing them to go to school. We know the Taliban terrorize women in general, even beating or killing them if "they get out of line." We know that the Taliban terrorizes it's own people in Afghanistan to make sure they do not take America's side in the war against them. So, whether they are designated or not, there is no doubt that the Taliban are terrorists.
So, then the question becomes: Did we negotiate with these terrorists to get Private Bergdahl back?
Let's see, if the Taliban had asked for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9-11 and Osama Bin Laden's right hand man to be released for Bergdahl freedom, would we have accepted? If we had captured Osama Bin Laden instead of killing him, and the terrorists asked for his release, would we have agreed? If the terrorists would have asked for the 5 most dangerous Taliban commanders, some of whom have been charged with war crimes, to be released, would President Obama have agreed to that? -- Oh, wait a second, this president did agree to that.
So, the answer to the question "did president Obama negotiate with terrorists" is revealed in the old joke: A rich man goes up to a beautiful woman and says, "would you sleep with me for a million dollars?" The woman smiles and says "of course." Then the man asks her, "well would you sleep with me for ten dollars?" The woman angrily snaps back, "What kind of a woman do you think I am?" "We've already established that ma'am", replies the man, "now we are just negotiating the price."
Yes, Mr. President we have established that you did negotiate with terrorists, period! -- and to make matters worse, you didn't even care too much about the price.
'America does not negotiate with terrorists' is the principle president Obama did not mention. A principle that he violated, and that can no longer be stated with truthfulness. And that is a shame for our country.