Taliban Commander: “Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl”
Time magazine reports an unnamed Taliban commander warns of more kidnappings of people like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a result of the prisoner swap deal.
Time Magazine reports he said “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
This is quite the opposite of how the White House framed its argument for releasing five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, who many are calling a deserter and not a POW.
The Taliban commander’s latest comments will only amplify the rhetoric from Republicans and some Democrats who are very uncomfortable with the deal.
The alleged Taliban commander comments come as President Obama said he would make “absolutely no apologies” for the deal. Meanwhile, George Mason University law professor Francis Buckley
is stoking the right wing fire. He said George Washington was considered the “indispensable man,” while Barack Obama has “assumed king-like powers as president.”
What’s shocking is that staunch Obama critic Charles Krauthammer backs Obama’s deal to bring Bowe Bergdahl home. Um, that’s a stark departure from the right wing feeding frenzy currently underway. Krauthammer told Fox News on Wednesday, “Had the choice been mine I would have made the same choice.”
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.