December 19, 2014

Obama Tried Negotiating With ISIL

We don’t negotiate with terrorists. Unless you’re Barack Obama, that is. In a desperate attempt to divert news headlines away from scandals and to capitalize on his desire to shutter Guantanamo Bay, Obama announced in late May that a deal was struck for the release of America-hating Army deserter “Sergeant” Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Gitmo detainees. According to new reports, Obama liked this tactic enough to try it with the ruthless ISIL group. Recall that Army Ranger Peter Kassig was savagely beheaded by ISIL last month. But Kassig’s death proceeded “high-stakes negotiation involving two of the world’s most prominent jihadi clerics as well as former Guantanamo detainees,” the Guardian reports, adding these negotiations “began in mid-October and ran for several weeks, with the knowledge of the FBI.” Notice a pattern? This week, Obama traded three Cuban spies who were instrumental in the murders of four Americans. As Mona Charen astutely observed, this “makes it look to the world that holding a gun to America’s head … works wonders.” Yet in the president’s mind, it’s justified, “Because in his heart Obama believes that his nation has always been on the wrong side, and he will use his power in the remaining two years to punish us.” More…

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