Back in 2014, President Obama spurred outrage when he released 5 Taliban terrorists in exchange for the return of captured Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
In 2018? The terrorists have, unsurprisingly, gone right back onto the battlefield.
The Military Times reports the five terrorists Obama sprung from Guantanamo Bay have joined the insurgent group in Qatar as high-ranking political officers. The Military Times reports:
Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.
They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.
Others fear the five, all of whom were close to the insurgent group’s founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, bring with them the same ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that characterized the group’s five-year rule that ended in 2001 with the U.S.-led invasion.
It begs the question: was it worth releasing 5 deadly terrorists back onto the battlefield, in exchange for an Army deserter?
Bergdahl has since been sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, a demotion, and a $10,000 fine. He did not receive prison time.