By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media
The ghosts of Benghazi are haunting the Obama administration as it attempts to gain the upper hand in the narrative concerning the swap of the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, for five of the worst of the worst Taliban terrorists who had been held at Guantanamo Bay. While the administration first thought they would benefit politically for “leaving no man behind,” when the reality of the deal became clear, the American public didn’t like it at all. Nor should they.
The director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, Army Col. Mark Mitchell, recently told The Washington Times that one of the Taliban released, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, is a “a petty tyrant who justified his psychopathic behavior using a veneer of religion” and may not be able to easily reclaim his stature if he tries to reintegrate with the Afghani Taliban. “I have no doubt that he remains a psychopath, and he’s probably a danger to fellow Afghans,” said Mitchell.
Like Benghazi, the controversy over the swap doesn’t seem to be going away. The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marked up a resolution condemning the President for, among other things, negotiating with terrorists and not providing Congress due notice for the transfer of the five terrorists to Qatar, who are to remain there under house arrest for a year.
Qatar is notorious for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood and its propaganda channels, Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera America. And, as the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi highlighted in its Interim Report, when the U.S. decided to facilitate arms to al Qa’eda-linked terrorists in Libya, it worked with none other than Qatar. How are we supposed to trust that these five will not expand their terror network while living in Qatar? Yet the U.S. continues to expand its partnership with this country; it recently signed an $11 billion deal with Qatar for “Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems,” according to Reuters.