Monday, 2 June 2014

Obama swaps five dangerous Talibani for a soldier who wouldn’t fight

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)

“These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid,” he wrote in an email to his parents on June 27, 2009.
Three days later, according to Rolling Stone, the 23-year-old soldier simply walked off his base in Patika province, carrying a knife, his diary and a small camera.
He was captured almost immediately… A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl ... helped with the cooking and became fluent in the Afghan languages of Pashto and Dari…
The Taliban’s demands were high: they would exchange one low-ranking US soldier for five senior Afghan fighters being held at Guantánamo Bay.
This week, Mr Obama agreed....
Republicans, meanwhile, have erupted in anger over the White House’s decision to release the Guantánamo detainees in secret and without informing Congress…
Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, also raised concerns over whether the tiny state of Qatar could prevent the former prisoners from again threatening the US.

These are the hardest of the hardcore, these are the highest of the high risk people,” Mr McCain said.

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