Five members of the Afghan Taliban have rejoined the groups ‘political office’ in Qatar. The men, who were freed from Guantanamo Bay by Obama in exchange for captured American army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, are now back in power.
Bergdahl, who has been labeled a traitor by a number of people including the president, ‘wondered off the Army base’ and was held by the terrorist group for five years. After his release, he was given a slap on the wrist ($1,000 fine and dishonorable discharge) despite the fact that men were wounded, one for life, because they looked for him.
The five terrorists, who were gleefully freed by Obama despite some reports that the Taliban was willing to accept cash for Bergdahl, will now be in charge of negotiating a ‘peace’ for the country.
The Taliban wants peace so much that there was an assassination of a powerful chief only a few days ago.
The five men were close to the insurgent group’s founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. And, they will bring their radical Muslim views to the table, many agree.
“Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership,” said Haroun Mir, political analyst in the Afghan capital. “What we are more worried about is if tomorrow the Taliban say ‘we are ready to negotiate,’ who will represent Kabul? That is the big challenge because the government is so divided, not just ideologically but on ethnic lines.”
A Taliban official familiar with the discussions to negotiate a peace in the region said talks ended with an agreement to meet again. “Key among the Taliban’s requests was recognition of their Qatar office, said the official, who spoke on condition he not be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.”
Fox News reported, “Hakim Mujahed, a former Taliban member who is now also a member of the Afghan government peace council, said the presence of the five former Guantanamo prisoners in the Taliban’s Qatar office is indicative of the Taliban’s resolve to find a peace deal.
That seems a bit optimistic.
“He said the stature of the five within the insurgent movement will make a peace deal palatable to the rank and file, many of whom have resisted talks believing a military victory was within their grasp.”
“These people are respected among all the Taliban,” said Mujahed. “Their word carries weight with the Taliban leadership and the mujahedeen.”
But, these men are not upstanding people.
Human Rights Watch accused Mohammed Fazl, the former Taliban army chief arrested in 2002, of overseeing the deaths of thousands of minority Shiites just 18 years ago.
“The massacre outraged the world and followed the killing the year before of an estimated 2,000 young ethnic Pashtuns in northern Afghanistan by Taliban rivals.”
Khairullah Khairkhwa, who Obama freed, was close to both Taliban founder Mullah Omar and al- Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and was friends with Hamid Karzai.
“The others include Abdul Haq Wasiq, deputy intelligence minister, Mullah Norullah Nori, once described as the most significant Taliban leader held at Guantanamo Bay because of his particularly close relationship with Mullah Omar, who fought U.S.-led coalition forces in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif and Mohammad Nabi, a Taliban communications officer.”
Of course, when Obama ‘negotiated’ their released, Susan Rice maintained that Bergdahl represented the Army with “honor and distinction.” Her words are remembered as undermining the ‘heroism of thousands who have defended the principles in this land of the free.’
“By honoring Bergdahl in 2015, despite a full 2009 Army report indicating his desertion from duty, President Obama intentionally misled the American public and has contributed to the cynical belief you cannot trust comments emanating from the White House.”