Obama to Release Five Gitmo Taliban Detainees in Peace Deal With Terror Group

Another brilliant move by the community organizer in chief…
The Obama Administration will release five Gitmo Taliban detainees in a ‘peace’ deal with the Islamist terror group.

This comes two days after the Taliban murdered six British troups.

Afghan men shout anti-U.S slogans during a protest in Kabul February 23, 2012. The Taliban urged Afghans on Thursday to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Koran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Reuters reported:

Five Taliban detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent peace process, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Saturday.

The transfer idea is part of U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to avoid prolonged instability in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country at the end of 2014.

“We are hopeful this will be a positive step towards peace efforts,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters, adding the Taliban detainees would be re-united with their families in Qatar if the transfer takes place.

It would be one of a series of good-faith measures that could set in motion the first substantial political negotiations on the conflict in Afghanistan since the Taliban government was toppled in 2001 in a U.S.-led invasion.

A year after it was unveiled, the Obama administration’s peace initiative may soon offer the United States a historic opportunity to broker an end to a war that began as the response to the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

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  • Patty

    What does anyone expect from Obama, nothing more or nothing less.
    n response to inquiries by Reuters, a senior administration official said that the release of Fazl and four other Taliban members had been requested by the Afghan government and Taliban representatives as far back as 2005.

    The debate surrounding the White House’s consideration of high-profile prisoners such as Fazl illustrates the delicate course it must tread both at home and abroad as it seeks to move the nascent peace process ahead.

    One U.S. intelligence official said there had been intense bipartisan opposition in Congress to the proposed transfer.

    “I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago, and there’s been very, very strong letters fired off to the administration,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

    The senior administration official confirmed that the White House has received letters from lawmakers on the issue. “We will not characterize classified Congressional correspondence, but what is clear is the President’s order to us to continue to discuss these important matters with Congress,” the official said.

    Even supporters of a controversial deal with the Taliban – a fundamentalist group that refers to Americans as infidels and which is still killing U.S., NATO and Afghan soldiers on the battlefield – say the odds of striking an accord are slim.

    Critics of Obama’s peace initiative remain deeply skeptical of the Taliban’s willingness to negotiate, given that the West’s intent to pull out most troops after 2014 could give insurgents a chance to reclaim lost territory or push the weak Kabul government toward collapse.

    The politically charged nature of the initiative was on display this month when the Karzai government angrily recalled its ambassador from Doha and complained Kabul was being cut out of U.S.-led efforts to establish a Taliban office in Qatar.

    U.S. officials appear to have smoothed things over with Karzai since then. Karzai’s High Peace Council is signaling it would accept a liaison office for the Taliban office in Qatar – but also warning foreign powers that they cannot keep the Afghan government on the margins.

    The detainee transfer may be even more politically explosive for the White House. In discussing the proposal, U.S. officials have stressed the move would be a ‘national decision’ made in consultation with the U.S. Congress.

    Obama is expected to soon sign into law a defense authorization bill whose provisions would broaden the military’s power over terrorist detainees and require the Pentagon to certify in most cases that certain security conditions will be met before Guantanamo prisoners can be sent home.

    The mere idea of such a transfer is already raising hackles on Capitol Hill, where one key senator last week cautioned the administration against negotiating with “terrorists.”

    Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said such detainees would “likely continue to pose a threat to the United States” even once they were transferred.

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  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Yes, these men should be released… from about 10,000 feet above their respective villages.

    Then, we can tell Karzai that these guys were given a lift home and got dropped off.

  • RealMc

    A page has turned.

    The US is in a weaker position now.

    We negotiate with terrorists.

    As a Nation, we will rue the day.

    God Help Us.

  • Ma

    I’m sure our current govt will be able to tell us after a terrorist attack on our shores who the responsible individuals were particularly those released in this friendly exchange for no US benefit whatsoever. Plus we keep be told we have nothing to fear from a nuclear Iran. Didn’t they say that about Hitler before WWII?

  • Mitch Rapp

    They are “detainees” and not F’n terrorists – amazing

  • CV1

    RealMc #4 — Sadly, I agree with you. Someday, we will spend a lot of time and money to undo what Obama has done. He is strengthening our enemy while weakening us. Obama and his ilk are dangerous to our future. They only think about the here and now with no regard to the impact that their decisions will have on us later.

  • 1RedBeard

    Good faith? GOOD FAITH? Obama cannot be that stupid, to think that Taliban scum can be dealt with in good faith. This has to be yet another facet of Obama’s desire to reduce America to rubble.

    The Taliban are low-intelligence sub-human creatures, murderous genetic misfits locked into the brutal 7th Century mindset, incapable of negotiation and reason, and possessing absolutely no honor. The one thing, the only thing, they understand is brute force.

    We need to deal with them from a position of overwhelming strength. There is no other way. Unless, like Obama, we want to help empower the thugs of the world, at our expense and peril.

  • CV1

    Mitch Rapp #6 — Don’t you wonder why the Taliban selected those particular five “detainees” be transferred to Qatar?

  • SeniorD


    Your outSTANDING comment should be posted on it’s own.

    As for the gutless, inept, Socialist regime currently turning this country into a mere shadow of itself, they are content having Big Sis Brother protecting us. The Trust Fund Socialists pulling Obama’s strings know another attack will occur likely sometime this year. They are well protected, guarded by the best money can buy and will weather the coming storm from their dachas.

    Releasing known Taliban fanatics sends the wrong message to the wrong people. Our allies have to do a serious ‘gut check’ in order to trust Socialist Amerika.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Five Taliban detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent peace process, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Saturday.

    Really?? People in Afghanistan are dumb enough to actually believe this?

  • twolaneflash

    Turn them all loose so we can shoot them.

  • democraps suck

    Hussein can’t have his mooslime brothers locked up any longer…he want to release them so they can go kill more americans

  • Rick554

    Of course, not 1 word about a young American SGT held by the taliban. Pathetic

  • StrangernFiction

    They only think about the here and now with no regard to the impact that their decisions will have on us later.

    I’m not so sure about that.

  • apodoca

    This is no surprise. Look for Obama to empty Gitmo on his way out in 2013.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Going to have to laugh at the inept ones when these five start giving out interviews and telling lies about their treatment. more fake outrage, more violence. WTFG wise wons

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    Lets give Obummer to the taliban……………..

  • freedom_AZ

    What ever happened to the United States position of “we do not negotiate with terrorists”

  • Joscefi

    “Five Taliban detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar…”

    They’ve ‘agreed’ have they?

    I wonder what inducements convinced them to this agreement, I’m sure the community organizer drove as hard a bargain as he could on America’s, and the West’s, behalf….

    And with Jimmy Carter vouching for the Moslem Brotherhood, what could go wrong?

  • Talha

    I am so sorry for all of your foolishness. Isn’t it obvious to all of you that it is not a matter of choice for Obama administration? They want to remain alive as an Empire, not be buried dead in the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES. Sadly history always repeats itself.

    The taliban are not your enemy because of terrorism. No! You have been given the wrong impression. They are terrorists for the wrong doers. The only problem is that the majority of your industrial and commercial tycoons and their government agents are, as you very well know, the wrong doers. So they all get terrorized by Taliban. And you all have accepted the false view that they have imposed on you.

    True, that some of their laws are cruel. But that is because they had to take control of and govern a country which had seen not years, rather decades of wars. In which bullets are fired near the ears of every child born. Afghan children play with real guns as if they are toys. And this is true even now. And you should have been smart enough to know that the smartest way to control a group of fierce fighters with nearly permanent high tempers is to impose strict rules on them. That is what taliban did.

    And they imposed the rules so strictly and expertly that not many remained in their rule to challenge them. This made your leaders’ hair at their back prick with fear. Taliban were not only gaining ground, they were also gaining respect, as an excellent governing political power. They were working hard to give the world a new system of governance in which justice was given at doorsteps, and the corridors of powers were the public gatherings rather than the centralized national assembly and Senate.

    They are not capitalists to strive for their own material gains while depriving the public from these gains. Neither are they communist as to centralize all the powers on resources to one body “The Government”. They tried to show the world a more neutral and moderate path to adopt financially and politically.

    Forget for a moment of their cruelty and ruthlessness, as this is in Afghan blood and soil. And one shouldn’t have expected anything less than that considering that for centuries, the area has seen more wars and bloodshed than any other country around the whole world.

    And for heavens sake, think. Think with a clear mind, without any prejudice. Please think and answer my one question.

    Q: What is it that the taliban got and gave to the Afghan people which the Americans/NATO along with their homegrown Afghan counterparts couldn’t give to them?

    Taliban never ceased full control of Afghanistan. The country was fractured on ethnic lines all the time in the past as it is now. There were all the warlords of the Northern Alliance back their in Afghanistan. But somehow whichever place the taliban conquered they developed very firm roots within the area. The roots that 11 years of war couldn’t cut off? What secret element was there in their stone-aged governing technique that is missing in the modern governance of democracy which has failed to root itself even after 11 years of conquering?

    Think. God bless you all.

  • Stuart

    My gosh Talah what alternate universe did you materialize from?
    What you are doing is covering a poop pile with a sweet white frosting of words and then telling me its a birthday cake. Sorry, epic fail.

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  • Joanne

    Obama hates the British with a passion. He is releasing these terrorists as a reward for their deaths – maybe a timely coincidence, but I’m sure it pleases Obama-the-terrorist-in-the-Whitehouse to no end.

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  • debrobeaudean

    and they gave Abu Grahb prison to the Afghanis so they can now release all the rest of the Taliban prisoners who will very soon once again imprison all the women in Afghanistan

  • dwd

    So we DO negotiate with terrorists?

    Someone needs to explain the word “recidivism” to Obama.

  • jorgen

    Even Chamberlain must be rotating in his grave!

  • Talha

    Dear Stuart.

    Kindly prove that the capitalist governance system is a birthday cake and not a pile of poop. Have you ever watched the news? Or are you just visiting. Have the capitalist way of government give any relief to the common public? You have to wait for years and years to get the jurisdiction on different judicial cases. At least they solve the cases and give out the jurisdiction at most within three months. You may say that their judicial system is flawed. But then, is your judicial system flawless?

    They implement what they decide as soon as it is decided. And the implementation has to be carried out by everyone ignoring the power he possesses. Even the Head of the State can be questioned by anyone among the crowd and is obliged to answer. What about the system in which you are accustomed to live? It would have taken months, maybe years to implement the tiniest of laws. Accept, of course for those legislation which involve upgrading the rights of the tycoons and governing masters.

    Anyway, you didn’t answer any of my questions. What you did is to try to befoul my comment by throwing dirt on it. Let us be specific. Point out the reasons they should be hated and I will try to give only the rational explanation for every point you or anyone on the forum raise.

    Let us just play fair. Let us explore in truth. If you do have a valid point that I cannot give a rational explanation of, I will surely accept it gracefully. If I have a rational point then you should be fair with your own conscience.

    Please let us just cross-examine both systems. In the battlefield the taliban have defeated ISAF by mere survival skills. I asked you to think without prejudice. Obviously you didn’t do that.

    Now I will once again ask my question. Try to answer it. And if you have a question then let me face and answer it. At least be truthful to yourself by finding out what the truth is and where and to what extent the conspiracies hold the ground.

    Q: What is it that the taliban got and gave to the Afghan people which the Americans/NATO along with their homegrown Afghan counterparts couldn’t give to them?

    Taliban never ceased full control of Afghanistan. They never had the time to build a well settled system. They didn’t have the liberty of resource consumption ISAF and their Afghan Capitalist Democracy enjoy. The country was fractured on ethnic lines all the time in the past as it is now. There were more warlords of the Northern Alliance back then in Afghanistan compared to the Taliban warlords present and are free in the world today, or even at that time when they were gaining ground. But somehow whichever place the taliban conquered they developed very firm roots within the area. The roots that 11 years of war couldn’t cut off. The roots the Western backed Capitalist Democracy has failed to relpace.

    What secret element was there in their stone-aged governing technique that is missing in the modern governance of democracy which has failed to root itself among the population even after 11 years of victory?

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  • valerie

    Like Jimmy Carter, he trusts people like the ones who signed this blasphemous contract:


    Is there no reporter fit to ask the US President whether he is familiar with the terms of the Hamas Covenant?

  • valerie

    #30 March 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Talha commented:

    Where to start?

    Capitalism is not a system of governance. Our system of governance is a representative Republic with three branches, wherein the legislative branch is democratically elected.

    You’re going to have to understand those two sentences before you ever get around to understanding anything about what’s so vividly wrong with the rest of your questions. I’m sorry you live in such an intellectually impoverished fashion as to have no idea about the differences in how people live in the United States and in hellholes like the lawless, impoverished Muslim failed countries like Afghanistan.

  • BurmaShave

    I imagine Obama made the five terrorists to be released swear “scouts honor” not to do anything bad before the election.

    We’ll see how that works out.

    I bet they can’t wait to get back to “work.”

  • lonestar

    freedom_AZ commented:
    What ever happened to the United States position of “we do not negotiate with terrorists”

    When they tell us what to do and we do it, it’s not negotiating.

  • Talha

    True that your legislative branch of government which makes the laws is democratically elected. Can I ask if you think that the criterion to elect the most important branch, i.e the mind of the government that makes all the policies “The Legislative Branch” be made up of the people who represent the majority of common people most of whom don’t even know what is at stake if wrong people are elected? Or is it better that the learned ones with a better knowledge of current conditions and who have the acceptance and repute in the community appoint the appropriate learned people to legislate? Why not give the voted ones the duty to appoint the learned ones for legislation instead of legislating themselves? Precisely what this branch does is to collect information from the learned ones and then legislate about matters they do have information of but do not have any grasp of the ground realities because of non-involvement. They seldom experience what they legislate for unless, of course if it gives them privilege. This is what the Islamic Emirate does. They don’t count the heads. Instead they measure the experience, knowledge, grasp and the ability to think clearly. Look at what you have got with the electoral system. This electoral system has only produced the results of the likes of OBAMA, Nicholas Sirkozi, Hamid Karzai, Asif A. Zardari. Of what benefit precisely is this electoral system to the populace if the results are obviously disgusting?

  • Rev. Wright ain’t right upstairs

    So, since when do detainees or criminals of war get the right to give their “approval” on anything?

  • Talha

    At least majority of the populace represented confirms that they are a disgusting choice they have made. On the other hand in Islamic Emirate the learned ones choose the legislators. The West toppled the system 11 years ago. But the populace is still loyal to the former masters whom they had not chosen. This is because they were from amongst them. They didn’t require to spend millions and in some case billions for their electoral campaigns. They didn’t invest, so they had no intention for the return profit. They worked taking their duties as an obligation, not as a business.

  • YourMaster

    0bama is more foolish than I thought….
    …..him negotiating with a terrorist group.
    should we forfeit our land to them also?
    and introduce sharia law into the constitution?
    just to appease all the muslims.

    I know… how about government force every household to have read or carry the Qu’ran…
    I mean if they are allowed to mandate food protocol… and they are allowed to mandate birth contraceptives.

    then why not just mandate everyone’s lives and then fine them $50,000 if they are in breach of any protocol? …kind of scary what the democrats have turned into over the last 60 or so years.

    with surging gas prices now I don’t think liberals are going to have control of the Senate come 2012… voter sympathy for a president approving a keystone pipeline 2 weeks before his election (with the purpose of having it shut down two weeks later should he win it)

    will not inspire voters to vote him in… it will piss off more voters, because of the fact he lobbied dems to prevent it and then held it off for about 8 months – he probably does want to use it to gain some measure of votes but should the hold it off… the more damage it will do to their chances.

    they will draw it out too long for voters and they will be seriously fed up with dems politics/policies by then to care or keep them in office.

    ….the gas prices and the economy/jobs are the perfect thing conservatives need to skewer the democrats and cause another 2010. ….jimmy carter faced the same predicament… and he ended up a one termer because of the combination of: high gas prices, high unemployment and a bad economy. That and reagan stressed less government in people’s lives…. rather than more and connected with the voters in that retrospect.

    ….so the choice wasn’t very hard to make at that time.

  • SeniorD


    We can argue the pros and cons of each other’s form of government until we are all blue in the face. Your comments, however, only make passing mention of the form of American Representaive Republic before returning to your premise that an Islamic form of government is superior in all ways. With all due respect, I disagree.

    In your claim “… the learned ones choose the legislators.” one must ask a simple question: are women included in the circle of ‘learned ones’? I suspect not. A follow-on question is: how does one become learned? From where I sit, the Islamic world is sharply divided into a small group of ‘learned’ men living the good life of philosopher-kings and then every one else forced to live in abject poverty. The amount of corruption found in Islamic countries soars to frankly unbelivable heights; this is not to say America is free of the cancer of personal, professional and political corruption. Indeed, criminal behavior, giving and accepting baksheesh, and immoral actions are rampant throughout the Western World.

    We of the West have one thing that truly separates us from Islam – the personal acceptance by the LORD as His children. Yes, we fear His power and what will be said when we face His Son at the final judgement. However, at least we have a promise and a hope. In’shallah is akin to rolling the dice compared to what we have.

    In closing, you may mock our way of life and struggle to put ‘unbelivers’ to the sword so that you may stand above us. But I ask you, is it the Leaders who go out to become martyrs or is it the ‘fighter’? Here, even our women fight and win; the Islamist only hides behind the skirts of women and childen to fight. Who is more noble?

  • RB

    I’m not interested in acting in “good faith” with anyone remotely connected to the slaughter of 3,000 innocents on 9/11. If that makes me an imperialist, racist, warmongering torturer, well so be it.

  • Dawgonitt

    Can Anyone with Authority say TREASON? This is TREASON at the Highest Level.Is anyone in Washington not in on this?

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  • saadjaan

    This is really shocking to see people supporting Taleban terrorists by saying that they were terrorist only for the wrong doers, those who do not belong to taleban’s Pashtoon ethnicity and do not follow taleban’s interpreted Islam are wrong doers? Thousands of innocent ethnic Hazara civilians were massacred during Taleban’s brutal regime just for not following taleban’s interpreted Islam and just for being a Hazara. Thousands were forced to migrate to the neighboring countries and their lands and properties were distributed to Pashtoon Kuchi nomads and Taleban commanders. The terrorists who are being released from Guantanamo bay are responsible for slaughtering thousands of Hazara men women and children in Afghanistan.

  • Mad as h_ll in DC

    Unbelievable! The Washington Post had an article today on Mitt Romney’s dog while Obama is releasing Islamists!!! HELLO! Do people realize the Holy Jihad they are proposing is to wipe us all off the face of the earth! The Post shoudl be covering this story on the front page not Mitt Romney’s dog!

    This is not just a Republican or male issue, I am a white Jewsih woman living in DC and we all need to tell at least one person and Democrat we know to wacth FOX, Hannity Show at 9:00 pm on the “Vetting of President Obama”. He is the single most dangerous person in the Country right now and if he is re-elected we are all in big trouble! Living in DC I’m always wonedring (literally) when the bomb will drop!