The "scandals" that come from Washington are so frequent they tend to desensitize us. I pray that does not happen with last week's release of the "Taliban Dream Team" from Guantanamo Bay.
In a moment of unusual candor, Obama conceded that they could "absolutely" go back to the battlefield and threaten the lives of Americans. But Obama assured us that their release "was conditioned on the Qataris keeping eyes on them… We will be keeping eyes on them."
The White House can't keep eyes on the IRS or the VA, but we're supposed to trust it can keep eyes on these thugs?
One of the Taliban 5 has already vowed to return to Afghanistan to wage jihad against us. On CNN yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed concerns that these terrorists might rejoin the fight. "I honestly think that's just a lot of baloney," Kerry said. Feel safer now?
There is a growing chorus of apologists at left-wing think tanks and in the media arguing that the released detainees pose no serious risk because they are aging and out-of-shape.
That completely misses the point. The Taliban 5 were not fighters -- they were leaders and government ministers. If the Taliban had a Pentagon, these would be their four-star generals!
This deal has demoralized our rank-and-file soldiers. Worse, it has encouraged our enemies. The Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Omar called the deal "a great victory." It feeds the impression that America is in full retreat in the battle against radical Islam.
But news of this deal has also sent shock waves of fear and anger throughout many Afghan villages. Two of the Taliban 5 -- Mohammed Fazl and Norullah Noori -- are wanted by the U.N. for war crimes involving the massacres of thousands of Afghan civilians.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Fazl led a "scorched-earth offensive" in 1999 that "systematically demolished entire villages, blowing up houses, burning fields and seeding the land with mines." According to some estimates, 300,000 people were forced to flee for their lives. Noori is accused of massacring 8,000 Afghan Shiites in the Balkh province in 1998.
The Obama Administration just let these war criminals escape justice in exchange for a likely deserter.