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.