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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Oh yeah, just let those Gitmo guys go...go on to lead Taliban

President Obama, Unintended consequences, War

In case you missed this little tidbit, amidst the important news of Rush Limbaugh ;-) or Obama's earmark reform announcement that doesn't keep him from signing the current "Imperfect" spending bill--loaded with 1,000s of earmarks!...Here is some news that affects us all.

 

I was shocked over the weekend to hear President Obama say he was going to reach out to the moderate Taliban. I can't say I think much Obama's diplomatic talents so far: Snub our best ally; reach out to moderate terrorists.  Moderate? What makes a Taliban a moderate? Does he just use dynamite instead of C4?

 

One of Obama's first actions in office was signing the executive order to close Guantanamo prison, but he had not worked out yet what to do with the prisoners. One thing for sure is that releasing them is not a good idea. President Bush faced the same problem. He contended that prisoners at Guantanamo were treated well,

 

Bush said the U.S. military is making sure to follow accepted rules for treating prisoners, but it would be unwise to release prisoners for the sake of public relations.

 

Release has proved to be a BAD idea. In the news today, Officials: Afghanistan Taliban leader was at Gitmo: (My emphasis) 

 

The Taliban's new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration's efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.

 

Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.

 

The officials, who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to release the information, said Rasoul has joined a growing faction of former Guantanamo prisoners who have rejoined militant groups and taken action against U.S. interests. Pentagon officials have said that as many as 60 former detainees have resurfaced on foreign battlefields.

 

...According to the Pentagon, at least 18 former Guantanamo detainees have "returned to the fight" and 43 others are suspected of resuming terrorist activities. The Pentagon has declined to provide a complete list of the former prisoners they suspect are now on the battlefield.
 
Terrorists are not nice people. Taliban Leader Rasoul talked a moderate line at his hearing during his first Gitmo stay, "I want to go back home and join my family and work in my land and help my family." He sure sounded moderate, but is there such a thing?

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Brookfield7, Fairly Conservative, BetterBrookfield, Vicki McKenna, Jay Weber, The Right View Wisconsin, Randy Melchert, Mark Levin, The Heritage Foundation, CNS News

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