Barack Obama did the one terrible thing that has Americans talking treason
Barack Obama’s eight years in office were filled with scandals and controversies.
Every action he took ran counter to American interests.
But now it’s come to light he did the one terrible thing that has Americans talking treason.
One of Obama’s most controversial decisions was trading five Taliban commanders being held in Guantanamo Bay for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American being held captive by the Taliban.
Obama’s decision ignited protests because of the accusation that Bergdahl was only captured because he went AWOL and abandoned his post.
Some of the soldiers who went to search for Bergdahl after he vanished from his post share this belief.
But in a stunning development, the five Taliban commanders Obama released are now trying to negotiate a peace deal with American diplomats which will finally end the Afghanistan war.
The New York Times reports:
When the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and toppled the Taliban government, even those who surrendered were treated as terrorists: handcuffed, hooded and shipped to the American detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Now, in a stark demonstration of the twists and contradictions of the long American involvement in Afghanistan, five of those men are sitting across a negotiating table from their former captors, part of the Taliban team discussing the terms of an American troop withdrawal.
“During our time in Guantánamo, the feeling was with us that we had been brought there unjustly and that we would be freed,” said one of the former detainees, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa. “But it never occurred to me that one day there would be negotiations with them, and I would be sitting there with them on one side and us on the other.”
The five senior Taliban officials were held at Guantánamo for 13 years before catching a lucky break in 2014. They were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American service member to be held by the insurgents as a prisoner of war.
Many Americans never believed Obama had the nation’s best interests at heart.
Trading Bergdahl for five top-level Taliban commanders who are now trying to negotiate a deal that maintains their grip on power was the final straw for many Americans.