Terrible Terrorist Negotiations

If CRdaily appears to mimic Politico44.com for the next couple of days, forgive us, but current events demand that we focus on the Obama administration.  While listening to the radio I learned of the seemingly little-reported fact that Obama has negotiated with an Iranian-backed terrorist organization for the release of captured British civilians.  How well I remember Obama’s election-season response to Bush’s admonition to those who believe in negotiating with terrorists.  Bush gave his criticism of the policy at a speech in Israel last year.  Obama immediately took it as a personal attack (the kind he is most responsive to i.e. Jeremiah Wright and the Iran crisis of recent note), got mad, and explained that he has never supported such “engagement with terrorists.” 

Could have fooled me, Obama.  It is now known that Iran hired terrorists associated with the Iranian-backed terrorist group, Hezbollah, in order to create a network of terrorists throughout Iraq.  Leaders of this network (the network is known as Asaib al-Haq, or the League of the Righteous) were captured including the head terrorist and his brother.  In May, 2007, Asaib al-Haq terrorists kidnapped a British contractor and his four body-guards.  Iraqi officials were told that, in exchange for their leaders, they would release the five British civilians.  Bush said, no. 

Obama has said, yes.  Obama released the head terrorist’s brother as a show of good-will.  In exchange Asaib al-Haq delivered him two of the hostages, dead.  The terrorist group (backed by Iran) threatened to kill the rest of the hostages unless the rest of their leaders were released.  Obama has also negotiated the release of another of the terrorists. 

Obama is saying loud and clear that it is profitable for terrorists to kidnap innocents for bargaining chips.  It doesn’t even matter if they are live bargaining chips.  What an absolute idiotic thing to do; it puts everyone, including U.S. troops, in further danger.  This is especially relevant as there is news of an American soldier having been captured in Afghanistan just today.  There is no excuse for such a foolish policy.

7 thoughts on “Terrible Terrorist Negotiations

  1. Negotiating with terrorists is like paying protection money to the mob. They’ll always come back for more.

  2. The US has always negotiated with terrorists when it has seemed politically or economically expedient to do so. I don’t know why you would expect Obama to behave any differently.

  3. I don’t know, it’s just nonsense to pretend that “we never negotiate with terrorists” or that Bush’s statements on the subject were anything other than meaningless bluster.

  4. What was Bush correct about? His statements on the matter are pure political rhetoric and macho posturing if not outright lies. His own administration negotiated with terrorists.

  5. His statements were a reflection of the fact that he did not negotiate with these specific terrorists because his administration knew better. That is a fact; I don’t understand what we are arguing about.

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