The Taliban who may leave Gitmo
U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
February 3rd, 2012
01:00 AM ET

The Taliban who may leave Gitmo

By Adam Levine and Tim Lister, with reporting from Ted Barrett and Pam Benson

As part of its efforts to explore peace talks with the Taliban, the Obama administration is considering the controversial release of several senior Taliban figures from the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. The names of those being considered for release have not been disclosed, and the conditions are still being discussed. But diplomatic sources say they would probably be relocated to Qatar in the Persian Gulf, where the Taliban is negotiating the establishment of a liaison office to facilitate dialogue with the U.S.

The administration has said any discussion about releasing the detainees is very preliminary and hinges on the Taliban renouncing terrorism and agreeing to peace talks.

But the proposal, confirmed in congressional testimony this week, has come under attack in Congress. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, said Thursday that the U.S. was "crossing a dangerous line" by discussing the possibility of releasing the prisoners.

And in a letter to President Obama, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, a former Marine officer who served in Afghanistan, warned that the release would "send the wrong message to the Taliban."

"Releasing prisoners strictly for the purpose of accelerating negotiations undermines the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and deliberately ignores the threat of a Taliban resurgence," Hunter wrote.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who attended a closed briefing on Tuesday about the potential release, called it "really, really bizarre."

"This whole thing is highly questionable because the Taliban know we're leaving. ... Put yourself in their shoes."

"There are many people who are experts in the region who say they are rope-a-doping us."

McCain said Tuesday that he did not believe Qatar would ensure that the Taliban detainees were secured.

"These people really were in positions of authority. One of them was responsible for the deaths of several American soldiers," McCain said.

Officials say none of those being considered for release has been involved in killing Americans. And any proposed transfer would be part of consultations with Congress, according to James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee this week that such transfers, though controversial, are not new when trying to end combat.

"In almost every case where we've had hostilities, that at some point in time, there are negotiations. I don't think anyone in the administration harbors any illusions about the potential here," Clapper said.

"Of course, part and parcel of such a decision, if it were finally made, would be the actual determination of where these detainees might go and the conditions in which they would be controlled or surveilled."

Clapper and Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate committee that the five being considered for release were among those assessed in 2009 to be too dangerous to release and too difficult to be tried. But Clapper said that assessment, recently redone, was based on returning them to their "point of origin," meaning Afghanistan.

CIA analysts considered different scenarios, said CIA Director David Petraeus.

"Our analysts did provide assessments of the five and the risks presented by various scenarios by which they could be sent somewhere - not back to Afghanistan or Pakistan - and then based on the various mitigating measures that could be implemented to ensure that they cannot return to militant activity," Petraeus said Tuesday.

Clapper said the circumstances also need to be taken into consideration when assessing the risk.

"This is a different condition, though, in terms of the potential for negotiating some form of confidence-building measure with the Taliban," Clapper said.

A CNN analysis of detainee records at Guantanamo Bay published by WikiLeaks suggests the following detainees among those being considered for release. CNN has been told by a knowledgeable source that the list is accurate. The source spoke on the condition no name was used because the list has not been publicized.

Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa: Former Afghan minister of interior during Taliban rule, governor of Herat and a military commander. Alleged to have been "directly associated" with Osama bin Laden. According to a detainee assessment, Khairkhwa was probably associated with al Qaeda's now-deceased leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. He is also described as one of the "major opium drug lords in western Afghanistan" and a "friend of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai." He was arrested February 2002 in Pakistan and was transferred to Guantanamo in May 2002. During questioning, Khairkhwa denied all knowledge of extremist activities.

Mullah Mohammad Fazl: Deputy minister of defense under the Taliban, senior military commander who was chief of staff of the Afghan army and commander of the Taliban's 10th Division. Wanted by the U.N. in connection with the massacre of thousands of Afghan Shiites during the Taliban rule. "When asked about the murders, detainee did not express any regret," according to the detainee assessment. Alleged to have been associated with several militant Islamist groups, including al Qaeda. Surrendered in November 2001 to Northern Alliance (opponents of the Taliban). Transferred to U.S. custody in December 2001 and one of the first arrivals at Guantanamo. Assessed as having high intelligence value.

Mullah Norullah Nori: Senior Taliban commander during hostilities with U.S. and allies in Mazar-e Sharif in late 2001. Taliban governor of two provinces and also implicated, according to detainee assessment, in the murder of Afghan Shiites. Nori claimed during interrogation that "he never received any weapons or military training." Surrendered in November 2001 to Northern Alliance and transferred to U.S. custody a month later. According to 2008 detainee assessment, Nori "continues to deny his role, importance and level of access to Taliban officials." Same assessment characterized him as high risk and of high intelligence value.

Abdul Haq Wasiq: Now 40 years old; formerly deputy director of Taliban intelligence. An administrative review in 2007 cited a source as saying that Wasiq was also " an al Qaeda intelligence member" and had links with members of another militant Islamist group, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. Wasiq claimed, according to the review, that he was arrested while trying to help the United States locate senior Taliban figures. He denied any links to militant groups.

Mohammad Nabi Omari: According to the first administrative review of Omari in 2004, he was a member of the Taliban and associated with both al Qaeda and another militant group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. He was the Taliban's chief of communications and helped al Qaeda members to escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Omari acknowledged during hearings that he had worked for the Taliban but denied connections with militant groups. He also said that he had worked with a U.S. operative named Mark to try to track down Mullah Omar. Omari is now 43 or 44 years of age. He has been held at Guantanamo for more than nine years.

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    February 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • samot

      yep ! They will be on the battlefield agaistst us within hours of returning to their homeland.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  10. b4bigbang

    Prepare for the "official" re-labeling of the Taliban:

    Past: They're the sworn enemies of democracy/human rights, we're at war with them, these fanatics must be done away with and MUST NOT be allowed to take power in Afghanistan.

    Present: We're negotiating with the Taliban leadership and will soon release their senior leadership from Gitmo.

    Future: ??? Another flip-flop?

    February 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • samot

      They will be re-named "BO's Boys"

      February 6, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  11. panzerduck

    Gitmo is the place America uses when it wants to treat people in a way that circumvents the U.S. constitution. The Taliban were happily running their country just fine until the U.S. stepped in. And what did we accomplish? Nothing ! When we leave life goes back to the way it was. The Taliban will be back in power because its Afganistan, and thats how it is in Afganistan. You know these people got attacked, and they fought back. If we treat them as they would treat us WE have become all that WE are fighting against, dictators, live as we would have you live, not as you please. we are'nt like them, lets not become like them. Oh and tecnically Al-quida are the terrorists, the taliban have only fought us since we attacked them...... right ?

    February 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Clue Bird

      Hey panzerduck....the Constitution doen't apply. The Constitution is a contract between the citizens of America and their government. Foriegners are only accorded the right that are spelled out in treaties. Your ignorance is scary and dangerous.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
    • samot

      yotal bubbish. Get a life !

      February 6, 2012 at 7:48 am | Reply
  12. Edo Van Ede

    Release all terrorists at the end of a pigskin noose.

    No chance of them returning to the battlefield then.

    February 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  13. Jt_flyer

    And we didn't even charge them for education in terrorism they received while there. They'll return to the war as heros.

    February 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  14. Gopherit

    Releasing captured Taliban leaders (if they actually are Taliban leaders) from the Guantanamo gulag may help tto engage the Taliban in Afghanistan in peace negotiations, but there is the danger that those who have been released could seek revenge for their having been captured and incarcerated at Gitmo.

    If there is an agreed Afghanistan peace involving the Taliban a result may be another example of the U.S. and NATO pouring more billions of dollars into the country for "reconstruction" via a government which includes the Taliban. With the endemic corruption which exists, the end destination of that money would be anyone's guess.

    February 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  15. total non sense

    you don;t tlak with the taliban, you see a taliban, you shoot (to kill) a taliban

    February 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • samot

      Evactly !

      February 6, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
  16. Calvin Hobbs

    Release them! Into houses of the politicians pushing for their release. Let's give them each a nice big sword and knife before doing so.

    February 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • samot

      Good Idea. Especially Eric Holder's mansion.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
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  17. James

    Good news is that when they do this we will have our eyes on them the whole time so if they decide to f**k us over we can send a little care package of our own on their front door.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  18. Walk Like a Man

    Releasing these men has its pros and cons, many have denied thier participation in the events that have occured in the midde east, are they telling the truth or are they lying to save thier own hide? Personally I believe that these men should have been tried for their wartime crimes, if found guilty then be charged to the fullest extenet because many of them were involved in mass killings! These men should not be able to be relased back to their home country because they are just going to pick up where the left off! This is a stupid call on behave of the Pres. Obama's Administration and should re consider this extremely important decision! oh yea! AMERICA FUCK YEA!

    February 5, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • samot

      I much prefer the solution of puting them all into a big cargo plane, and ejecting them over the middle of the Atlantic.

      February 6, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
  19. Lee S

    This is like releasing Ghoering, himmler, Goebbels, and Speer. WHO the F is running the circus? The clowns?

    February 5, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      How dare you slander the fine names of these gallant Nazi's by comparing them to this rabble? What the fuck is wrong with you?

      February 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • Ualv

        Of course, Nazis prefer Nazis

        February 6, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  20. toppgunnery

    The fact that Obama is not executing these five rather than just letting them go back to their ways of attacting Americans as they did on 9-11-01 is a sign of his disloyalty as pres. of the US. Obama should be tried fo treason himself!

    February 5, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
    • KatyaKatya

      Do I understand correctly that you want to execute people before they are judged and found guilty? I wonder just how American you are.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
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        Oh, he's American, all right.

        Dumb as a fucking post.

        February 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • panzerduck

      And you know, we did attack them first right ?

      February 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
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      Your idea is an excellent one; however, his liberal media bedfellows will never allow him to be put at risk.

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      February 6, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
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    February 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  24. AlaskanKnight

    We left Iraq and violence escalated, their VP is predicting sectarian violence as a mistrust of government is bound to kill democracy. In Afgahnastan the Taliban is reloading to retake power the minute we leave so it makes sense to return their senior leadership so that the increase in violence can take place in an orderly fashion. Our self anointed King is doing all he can to minimalize the sacrifice so many men have made there, turning the deaths and injuries into insignifigant footnotes so he can redirect all those funds to pay support to the flood of illegals entering our country. It amazes me that anyone would choose to give this man a second term but my prediction is...he will get it and then watch out. He knows he will have only four years so his pace will pick up and he'll bypass congress to restructure the country in his vision while accomplishing his stated goal of "income redistribution" , which simply is another way of saying take from the rich to give to the poor. Let's just start calling him Robin Hood. His arrogance in action is bringing our once great nation to it's knees.

    February 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • samot

      And you can honestly say this is because our king is not Muslim thru-and-thru ???? He laughs with glee over the crap he has dumped on our lives.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  25. Flyboy7588

    Sure, give them back but put a bullet in their head first. Looks like Neville Obama will strike again. Obama really does have his brains up his @ss.

    February 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      He's our next president.

      Suck on that, fuck-face!

      February 5, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
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        February 5, 2012 at 2:11 am |
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        February 9, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • samot

      what brains ?????????????

      February 6, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  26. V Turner

    We should never have brought any of them to Gitmo. Should have tried convicted and executed the guilty and let the innocent (if any go).in the warzone. Two stupid wars, one unecessary prison thanks George Bush. Should have toppled both regimes and left both countries years ago. We should let them all go. Dump them back in Afghanistan, tag them electronically and kill any that return to combat or terrorism.

    February 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • KatyaKatya

      Wow, there are normal people out there. Topple the evil regime and leave, my thoughts exactly.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • samot

      LOL you think Bushy created Gitmo ? It has been there many years; probably before Bushy was even born.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
  27. Ray

    i thought we don't negotiate with terrorist and sending to Qatar so that the taliban can just break them out of prison don't make sense.once we leave Afghanistan the same thing that is happening in Iraq will happen there. Our government never learns.

    February 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  28. HunterPSU

    Release the 5 and get the marine that is being held. That seems like a good way to show good faith on both sides.

    February 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  29. Silence

    As far as I can tell the United States hasn't shown any good will at all toward the Taliban ever, so how would anyone know what would happen if we did?

    February 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Have they ever shown goodwill to us? No. They are our enemy, and it is a position they chose – to Hell with them.

      February 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Dick Trickle

      Biden said the Taliban are not our enemy. Kinda says how far up their @s$es this administration has their heads, doesn't it?

      February 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
      • samot

        Both BO and Biden are disasters. Cannot wait for November !

        February 6, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  30. mikrik13

    Making a big mistake with this. Just get out of Afghanistan. Stop playing games.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  31. keb carerra

    This is a very weak move to negotiate with the Taliban. It gives them credibility and a stage for sympathy and more time to regroup. I would think the plan would be crush the Taliban this spring before we leave. Talking is a waste and only plays into their hand.

    February 4, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Tom

      You pay for it then

      February 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  32. leo

    No chance this will come back to bite us(US) in the ass. If/when these released prisoners kill any americans hold the individuals responsible for their release responsible. Another shinning example of just how stupid/criminally neglent our government is.

    February 4, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • samot

      nahhhh, this administration doesn't worry about accountability; just as in Fast and Furious, they would simply plead the 5th ammendment and pop the bird to us.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  33. green woodstocker

    okay – you know I am slow, are we now to have the good Taliban and the bad Taliban? Listen to npr yesterday and OH Afghanistan is sore afraid that now that the US is pulling out that the Taliban will take we let 5 out? I'm reminded that saif let all the Al Q go the dec before the uprising in Libya...what kind show are you people running here? ladies we HAVE to take over – I don't see a choice.

    February 4, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  34. DocDarson

    I just find it interesting that we are considering letting these prisoners – Regardless of possible affiliation with the Taliban aside – go, because we wish to negotiate with those they report to. I may be crazy, but I seem to recall that we were promised that we would cut no deals, negotiate no terms, and grant no boons to those who attacked us in anger during the 2001 attacks.

    Still, one must consider the fact that those who rally against us – if they still do – must be laughing quite heartily at the idea of the "big bad US of A," turning over prisoners of war in order to catch a break from the war that we're fighting on the abstract idea of terrorism.

    The Russians fought the same exact battle we're fighting now, and lost after so many years of combat. It shall be interesting who brings up this point as we withdraw our own troops from the sector, in lieu of promising never to back down, or surrender, in the face of terrorism.

    February 4, 2012 at 3:49 am | Reply
    • Tony

      Ok, How about we continue to fight them for couple more decades until we owe the Chinese The State of New York and California with all of its land? There is no reason to be stubborn and continue to fight this endless war. What has been achieved in Afghanistan? Security? Peace? Friendly faces? Nothing.We are keep on being ridiculed and keep on losing credibility because those wars.

      February 4, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • Tom

      You pay for it then.
      And OSAMA aint laughing anymore.

      February 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  35. Jeffo

    So I guess now we're all going to hold hands and sing happy songs? Since when did we start negotiating with terrorists?

    February 4, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      Why, since you started sucking your step-dads dick. That's when.

      February 4, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
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        February 4, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • youcantbethatdumb

      the taliban is a government not terrorist. get over it. I know these may have caused american death, but these were men fighing in thier own nation. I know they harbored terrorist, but we came in messed up their country for 10 years. Win or lose I think we got our pay back plus some interest. These are at worest political prisoners. They should be used as such. Trading them for a promise that won't harbor terrorist again is good. It leaves us an opening to come back again if they do. how many have to die before we give up the illusion that our millitary is unstoppable.

      February 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • samot

        OMG ! You have no clue ! Government ???? LOL They are a band of murdering, raping thugs.

        February 6, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  36. MontanaTrace

    Once rehabilitated, they have a right to resume their place in society.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Jeffo

      It wouldn't surprise me a bit to see these criminals get green cards, student loans, welfare checks, and a warm welcome right here in the good old US of A. Of COURSE they won't do it again, how dare we even think that? Well of COURSE we need to trust them and give them the benefit of the doubt. And BY GAWD we had better not be mean to these poor terrorists who killed untold numbers of Americans and ran their country with an iron fist. Absolutely, here 'ya go son, welcome to the good old US of A Mr. John Smith, now don't go lighting firecrackers!

      February 4, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
      • Lord Haw Haw

        Your ignorance is stunning.

        February 4, 2012 at 2:31 am |
      • samot

        You are so right. I bet Holder already has "green cards" for these thugs.

        February 6, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • KAB

      What about payment for damage they done and the people they killed? So how do you they are rehabilitated? Don't you have any memory about the number of times the Taliban have had peace with Pakistan only to restart the violence a few months later. I think Jeffo is correct. They're going to get millions of dollars of aid, the release of the most violent men in the world, and the blessing from our President – only to start new attacks a year or two from now. How stupid can our politicians be?

      February 4, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • green woodstocker

      No they want them to be spies on the inside. its too silly and convoluted – i don't want to pay for this sort of thing when I can not afford to fill the gas tank in my focas. 8 grand to you bozos this year and for what? so you can go play spy and bank each others members.??? 'oh come look at the new spy toys we got." – I hope the earth squishes you good!

      February 4, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  37. bspurloc

    we invaded afghanistan because the Taliban REFUSED to hand over OSAMA. the taliban were NOT a threat to us. We did not go there to NATION BUILD, we did not go there to try and FIX IT. the russians couldnt do it and now we have the taliban whom we TRAINED to fight the russians...... we reap what we sew.... NATION BUILD USA not some rat hole.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  38. BigRed

    Tag em, monitor em, and the first time they pick up a gun, bag em.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      You're a colossal tool. A load mommy should've swallowed.

      February 4, 2012 at 2:37 am | Reply
  39. REBEL41


    February 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • BigRed

      Because we need more targets in Afghanistan.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  40. mipolitic

    and leaving afghanistan is one thing , releasing the very ones with usa service personal blood on their hands is inexcusable. face the usa families and tell them that mr pres obama

    February 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      we did not enter Aghanistan to do this we went there to get OSAMA... Osama is DEAD mission is accomplished.... enough witht he extra bs. we are done. time to leave and let them go back to whatever they were doing which was NOT threatening us....

      February 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • dem2012

        Depriving their women of education and worse, allowing terrorist camps to spring up. Their human rights record isn't something to look forward to.

        February 4, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  41. Sylar75

    Well as long as there are Marines to pee on them as they leave its all good cause that seems to be the most horrific thing that can be done to these dirtballs.

    February 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  42. BRBSanDiego

    Release them all, but have a couple hundred marines ready to shoot them when they walk out the gate. Maybe some of our wounded warriors would like to fly down to Cuba for a little target practice.

    February 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  43. Phillybear

    I always hate it when my Caribean vacation comes to an end. Hopefully some of them got lucky.

    February 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  44. me138

    I thought Obama shut gitmo down a long time ago...lmao

    February 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      cuz shutting this place down was TOP PRIORITY for fixin the hole bush dug.... the thing is IF he did shut it down u would be posting crap like..... obama cares more about these dirtbags than our economy. wah wah...

      February 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  45. Sagebrush Shorty

    I'm sure they will live a peaceful and terrorism free life after we release them. The recidivism rate for earlier GITMO releases is about 70% or so as far as I can find out. (Better than most areas of California.) Obama will be a hero to Islamic terrorists after this.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • toppgunnery

      Oboma is one of them, himself. It would be good if he would resign prior to making rounds in many southern states prior to the election if u get my drift!

      February 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
      • ctguy591

        He'll get another term , so GET USED TO IT !

        February 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Tom

        Scary, Top Gun. Glad that you love your country.

        February 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • Cutty

        No, we don't get your drift. If you are making a threat against the president's life, grow some and say it.

        February 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • 28mAmerican

      This is probably one of the biggest mistakes we have ever made if we do it. One mind can be the deciding factor in a war, to find the right words, to be able to read people and know how to rally and inspire them wins wars. Knowing what to say when even if it is the opposite of what you believe in, at the right time changes minds. One idea at the right time, is like a virus and cannot be stopped. Most religious authorities have this extra sense as have some of the greatest warriors history has to offer us. I believe the right thing to do is to not have taken them alive if they were so bad. Torture for info and release , well it doesnt take a prophet to too tell you where that leads. We have no option now that is right for us , and not evil.

      February 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      we did not invade afghanistan because the TALIBAN were threatening us... turn off fox and stop re-writing history. they were given an ultimatum hand over Osama or we will come get him..... THUS WE INVADED. all this other stuff is ignorant nonsense.....FYI the USA does not border these places, iran is NOT a threat they have no means to invade the USA stop being ignorant buy a globe or something

      February 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Aline

      @ HesperadoI read your article. Thank you for psnitog it.I was not a butterfly on Hitler's shoulder, so I cannot personally attest to what he did or did not do. However, I am aware of his interest in the Middle East. Given Hitler's foreign policy need to contend with Communist Russia to the north of the Middle East, and British influence in the Middle East, and the growth of Israel supported by Balfour under Churchill (see the ), making friends in the Islamic lands is certainly a strategic option.However, it is quite common for political and military leaders to study the works of other, in order to glean potentially useful applications for achieving their own strategic goals.(And also to win brownie points with each other.)For example, what serious strategist has not studied by ?And, for that matter, what serious strategist has not studied Hitler'sMein Kampft and Clausewitz's , or Lenin, Stalin and Mao?Himmler, his and other influential Germanic thinkers were very interested in the Hindu .Intelligent leaders study the time-proven strategists of the past. They would be unwise not to. They borrow what is likely to work and take note of what didn't work.

      October 13, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  46. Bazoing

    This was a horrible situation resulting from terrible management by the last several presidents. We cannot imprison all our enemies forever. Now these are not going to love us. Lets just send them all back to Afghanistan. Thats punishment enough. Think of the savings and the reduced ethical dilemma.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • toppgunnery

      I have a better and much less expensive treatment...just BEHEAD all of them. That is what they would do to us. U must go to church regularly and believe all that good samaratan crap!

      February 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • toppgunnery

      It's about time u and all those do gooders GREW UP...don't u think?

      February 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • BigRed

      Since we have opened Gitmo there have been only two presidents. So the term is a couple of presidents, and not several presidents.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  47. toppgunnery

    why with Israel on the brink of war with Iran would the ignorant SOB Oboma want to release taliban prisoners from Gitmo? He is the most absurd sob that we have ever had as a president!

    February 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      saying Obama is ignorant means u have to be of a negative IQ....
      FYI dolt.... Israel would have bombed Irans nuke sights years ago... do u know why they did not? course not cuz u aint too bright..... clue... Bush the smarter chose to NOT kill Osama in Tora Bora as that would have ENDED the mission in afghanistan, so he let him LIVE and increased the INVADE IRAQ rhetoric. once we entered IRAQ we now owned the air space over IRAQ and there Israel could NOT FLY TO IRAN without our approval which would have made us responsible. CAPISCE? course not u aint too bright.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  48. rickirs

    You need to think outside of the pine box to get peace in Afganistan. Remember Taliban are also Afgans, they are not foerign invaders and any political peace needs their buy in. This release is bold....and Taliban will be impressed to by inherent power of the US to release these warriors..its actually humilating to the warriors themselves for US to show mercy!.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • toppgunnery

      why don't u just buy urself a pine box to bury urself it...u r not worth more than a cardboard box!

      February 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
      • BRBSanDiego

        I'll pay for the box for this moron. Is his name dickears?

        February 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  49. Jim

    Probably ought to just turn them all loose. It's certain that the Taliban will walk in and take over the instant the US and its allies leave Afghanistan. We can only pity all those who worked with the US and its allies. Their lifespans will be measured in minutes.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  50. Big Bob

    Well, just as long as they'll be our friends after this.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • dem2012

      Taliban will gain power and treat women less than human like they did before. Are those the type of friends you would like?

      February 4, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  51. CSMinDC

    I don't mind them leaving in a pine box.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  52. Jill

    Do the math people :
    Alaexander : 0 Taliban 1
    Russia : 0 Taliban 1
    USA : 0 Taliban 1
    How do you defeat an enemy that is not afraid to die. You CANT.

    February 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Sashland

      satisfy their desire

      February 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  53. Smokey

    Also, I gotta say it: when we captured the Nazi war ministers and defence ministers, their bureaucrats and commanders and generals, we gave them a trial and public hearings and the all that. When we took German POWs we treated them as well as could be expected. There's been no more evil regime in the history of the world, but we treated their defeated with respect according to the law and according to human decency and our own moral standards. How can we say that a Deputy Defence Minister, or a Provincial Governor, or a Deputy Director of Intelligence, or an Interior Minister are "enemy combatants"? That they're not POWs subject to the Geneva convention, that they aren't deserving of habeas corpus? There's an argument to be made for countryless wandering terrorists like al Qaeda's people, that they are "enemy combatants." There's no such argument to be made with men like this, who were previously part of a national government, you can't hold guys like that in legal limbo forever. It goes against what America stands for, justice and freedom and all that.

    February 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw Haw

      Careful, common sense is a liability around here.

      February 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
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