Obama Administration Making Concessions to the Taliban

August 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously said that the U.S. should negotiate with Iran without any preconditions. Obama’s notion of diplomacy with the mullahs was widely ridiculed at the time, including by his then rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. More than three years into the Obama administration, multiple attempts at negotiations with the Iranians over their nuclear program have not led to any progress.

Attempts at negotiations with the Taliban have not gone any better. But Obama administration officials are so desperate to move the talks forward (as part of a planned drawdown in Afghanistan) that they are not only willing to negotiate without any preconditions, they are also willing to make concessions in advance of the hoped-for talks.

As Reuters reports, the Obama administration is willing to transfer the five most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody to Qatar before the Taliban does anything. The Taliban Five are held at Guantanamo and would be exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who “is believed to be being held by Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan.”

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  1. Dick Ellis says:


  2. joe says:

    They’re his kin.

  3. An american says:

    what do you expect from a muslim president (1 term I hope)

  4. mesaman says:

    NoMoBammie needs a place to retreat to after the 2012 election. Rahm and the Chicago thurgs have no openings in the ghettos for him, we don’t have any use for him, the democrats will show their courage and dump him like a sack of cow manure, which he resembles very much, and the only retreat for him is to return to Mecca and show his true muslim ideals. Obama bin achmed Ahkbar, the suliman of Dorkministan. Adios muvva.

  5. 13th Floor Looking Out says:

    That’s kinda like saying he supports the second Amendment

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