Flip-flop: Obama once argued against release of Taliban commander he just released

In the Bible, James 1:8 (NIV) it states, “Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

Well, it seems this verse is quite fitting for President Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro and his recent release of a top Taliban official. According to the Weekly Standard, while some top Obama administration officials are downplaying threats posed by the five senior Taliban officials released from Guantanamo in the prisoner exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, not long ago the administration went to court to prevent one of those men from going free.

In a decision on May 31, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled in favor of the government–and “Respondent Barack Obama”–in its effort to keep Khairulla Khairkhwa in detention. That decision, once classified “Secret,” has since been declassified and released.

Oops, I guess Obama had a “Kerry” moment of voting for it right before he voted against it — unstable indeed.

Just three years ago, the same administration argued in court against Khairkhwa’s writ of habeas corpus because of his senior position with the Taliban, his close relationship with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and his support for Taliban forces fighting against the United States.

So what gives now? Why is Mr. Khairkhwa so peaceful three years later? Was it watching “The View” and the “Oprah Winfrey Network” that changed his bloodthirsty heart — yes, these guys get countless free cable TV channels in GITMO.

The decision affirmed the arguments put forth by the Obama administration, noting that Khairkhwa “was, without question, a senior member of the Taliban both before and after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001.” It continued: Khairkhwa was “a member of the Taliban’s highest governing body, the Supreme Shura” and “was a close associate of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, who appointed him Governor of the province of Herat in 1999.”

“The petitioner admitted that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he served as a member of a Taliban envoy that met clandestinely with senior Iranian officials to discuss Iran’s offer to provide the Taliban with weapons and other military support in anticipation of imminent hostilities with US coalition forces,” read the opinion.

So when the president states that he makes no apology for his decision — which decision? This one from 2011 or his most recent one? Perhaps this is just another example of the community organizer who finds it most expeditious to vote “present” in all matters. You see, this way, we can never hold Obama accountable for any decision. Perhaps that is the objective of the double-minded man, the artful politician, the shrewd manipulator — he can never be held to a decision and can always give that slippery excuse that assuages responsibility.

However, to those who are not kool-aid-sipping sycophants, all it does is evidence a sense of moral cowardice and instability. We know not the mind of Obama, but the hypocrisy and contradictions abound.

Sadly, for the 9,800 American troops who will remain in Afghanistan to welcome home these terrorists next year, the unstable mind of Obama may indeed result in a more unstable combat environment.

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cletc47
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yet another ‘Smoking-Gun’ situation that Barry needs to be held accountable for. C’mon media this is just the sort of thing you need to be letting America know about!

NO NAME
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how is it ‘Smoking-Gun’? do you even have a clue what was going on? Don’t you know that this has been one of the headliners of pretty much all of the news stations including cnn. Come on man lol…

deltarain
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Perhaps he is really just a puppet with no mind, but to obey his handlers?

kansascase
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For God’s sake, Bring our soldiers home NOW! We may need them here. There is no reason for them to remain – apparently there is limited nation building and their lives now are not as valuable as they were a week ago. Every soldier needs to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We don’t have a foreign policy that can possibly protect them. They will have targets on their backs. All active military units in Iraq and Afghanistan will return to the States.

Jerry Harness
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I agree, even if we need to trade some POWs. Bring them all home! As far as those help prisoner in Gitmo, either charge them with a crime and give them a day in court, or send them home too. The last thing we need is to continue maintaining this concentration camp after the war ends.

Exodus2011
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But now Obama thinks that the world would be a better place if this **gentlemanly** Taliban Commander was released …..

Nauseating: Obama State Dept Refers To #TalibanFive As “Gentlemen”… http://shar.es/PGoEk oh yes, very *gentlemanly*

~> pic.twitter.com/wolQ2oQCGz

this TREASONOUS Obama Regime must be CRUSHED, America …. and they WILL BE CRUSHED

as we keep working the #1A arena… going around, over and under the Obama Old media cheerleaders (not being distracted by the flurry of efforts from the evil gal pal val wrt shooting sprees …)

#BeClingers ————————–> #AmericaRISING

Wes Eisenschenk
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Philanthropussy
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how is this important? It’s from a detainee form GITMO. It’s a legal opinion. That doesn’t count for anything.

legal opinion

In law, a legal opinion is usually a written explanation by a judge or group of judges that accompanies an order or ruling in a case, laying out the rationale and legal principles for the ruling.

Andy Martin
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[[ how is this important? It’s from a detainee form GITMO. It’s a legal opinion. That doesn’t count for anything.]]

Which means what about your opinion?

Philanthropussy
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A legal opinion means nothing . It’s filed with the court as introduction. It may it may not taken seriously. If I may , before you use anything to validate your argument, make it’s serious.

snespsue
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Barack Hussein Obama is aiding and abetting the enemy, period!!!! And that is grounds for impeachment!!! No matter which way the Left or the wimps on the Right in DC want to spin it, BHO is guilty of crimes against the United States of America, once again!

NO NAME
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actually, if you would research and investigate and not put up dumb comments, he was in his legal rights as President to do that. Presidents before him have done it too (Ronald Reagan). So before you go running your mouth about something you know nothing about, go and do your research on it first.

Andy Martin
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Get bent dumb ass. Your POS POTUS did not notify Congress. Now wipe the Obama off your lips.

NO NAME
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I don’t know how many times I’m gonna have to say this but if the Secretary of defense determines that actions have or will be taken that substantially mitigate the risk that the individual will engage in activity that threatens the United States or U.S. person or interests or if the transfer is in the national security of the United States then the President can take action without notifying congress….you’re an idiot

Andy Martin
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Really Carney? So when Bowe initially walked and denounced his nation, there was no risk that the individual will engage in activity that threatens the United States or U.S. person or interests. But that ‘risk’ increased five years later with the war winding down? Who the hell you bullshittin’; Jay?

NO NAME
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He wasn’t rescued on the idea the he was a deserter because that has to be given due processing (court, jury, etc) however he was rescued on the idea that he was a POW sooo……who are you bullshittin?

Andy Martin
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You lefties keep saying POW when he in fact walked off.

NO NAME
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i’m not a lefty…. and you’re right, he did walk off. However, that wasn’t confirmed before the trade. although it’s true…Bergdahl still has to be tried before a jury

Andy Martin
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[[ However, that wasn’t confirmed before the trade. although it’s true…Bergdahl still has to be tried before a jury ]]

Just because we didn’t hear about him walking off does not mean that it was not known to the military.

And who the hell said he doesn’t get a trail?

NO NAME
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you’re not listening man. I said “although it’s true”. It’s like a homicide case, you have who you believe is the murderer. However, you can’t confirm he is the murderer until he is tried before a jury where all the facts will come out. We’re not a country that just goes on hearsay. Although everyone knows he did it, they cannot classify that yet. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens

Andy Martin
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I can say whatever the hell I want ‘man’. So can you. The guy walked. Welcome to the world of public opinion.

NO NAME
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hahaha lmbo…..can’t argue with that

Andy Martin
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Wrong no mind. He was a hostage who deserted. Not a POW.

NO NAME
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no actually they classified him as missing/captured that doesn’t sound like deserter to me….it doesn’t matter if he really did go awol because that has to have due processing (trial, court, etc) but when they rescued him he was not classified as a deserter…it was after the fact when his platoon spoke out about it…..come on bud

Andy Martin
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They can classify that deserter any way they like. He walked.

NO NAME
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It doesn’t matter. Mr. Martin I’m starting to believe that you don’t care about an individuals life because my sole purpose for this whole back and forth thing we’ve been doing is to try to get you to understand that he is still an American, he is innocent until proven guilty, and he still has served his country. Therefore, he deserves to be back in the states where he can be tried for the crime he has committed. smh

snespsue
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Hey NO NAME. You are the one that mentioned the word legal not me. It never ceases to amaze me how you left wingers always have to say “well so and so did it” by your stating Reagan did what Barry did. Grow some and take responsibility! What I said NO NAME was that by Barry releasing the Taliban dream team 5 that Barry was aiding and abetting the enemy and that IMHO is grounds for Impeachment! And I stand by MY opinion. And oh BTW bergdahl was NOT I repeat NOT a POW. Perhaps you are the one that… Read more »
NO NAME
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First off you’re right…it’s YOUR OPINION which is sounding pretty dumb right now. 2nd He wasn’t rescued as a deserter; he was rescued on the belief that he was a POW so I have my facts straight. And what responsibility do i have to take. I’m the not the President lol…soooooo that comment was worthless hahaha

snespsue
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Hey Airman or is it Airhead! Your so called facts are false. If you are interested in the real story here it is:
After disappearing into Eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 bergdahl was listed by the Pentagon in July 2009 as “duty status whereabouts unknown”. Two days later his status was changed to “missing/captured” and it did not change again prior to his release! Look it up for yourself! And please don’t waste anymore of my time. I broke my own rule in never getting into a back and forth with a low information person.

NO NAME
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You broke your own rule because you yourself have no information whatsoever did you just read what you replied….you’re an idiot….because no where in your Dumb time wasting comment did you ever say he was a deserter or he went AWOL “missing/captured’ what does that mean or is your brain to small to comprehend what you are saying

NO NAME
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In other words, you completely agreed with me in saying that they did not classify him as a deserter…..DUMBASS

Catherine Otaguro
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Impeach –impeach impeach this hateful potus. He has put our Soldiers in a horrible situation and our nation with the release of the 5 Terrorists from Gitmo.

NO NAME
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You have no possible idea what is going on smh…..1st of all it was a trade, if that was your son, i’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have made that inhumane comment. However, letting five of them go was a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, it was a freaking trade for a POW. Bergdahl (although he has disgraced himself in this present moment lol) has done more for this country than you will ever do. This is coming from an Airman.

fpbiv375
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WTF has he done to this country but weaken it? This coming from an Infantryman!

NO NAME
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I would appreciate you not calling me an infantry man. I’m not saying it’s okay to go AWOL. So, don’t be disgusted with me. I’m only saying that we don’t know the whole story and he has served his country even though he disgraced himself by going AWOL and I do agree that Obama has had his fair share of screw ups, but what she’s talking about is impeaching him which I think is a bit extreme. In my opinion, Obama made the humane decision. He just went about it the wrong way. So don’t think I’m on his side.… Read more »
Andy Martin
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[[ Bergdahl (although he has disgraced himself in this present moment lol) has done more for this country than you will ever do.]]

Typical libtard who sucks up to traitors.

NO NAME
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Wow! that was such an intriguing comment…how about instead of calling people libtards you actually do some research on this topic and stop posting stupid comments….trust me….you’re wasting everyone’s time

Andy Martin
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[[you actually do some research on this topic and stop posting stupid comments….trust me….you’re wasting everyone’s time]]

Take your own advice leftard. Now go back the The Kos for further instructions.

NO NAME
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how do you even know i’m left or right….you don’t even know me….so don’t judge….2nd the only reason I replied to you was because your reply to me was so DUMB lol your’re an idiot haha

Andy Martin
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Go play on the street kid.

NO NAME
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First off nice reply (sarcasm). 2nd I’m no where near being a kid. But since we have gone so far off topic, I have no need to reply to anything else you have to say

Alan Anderson
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Let’s put Sheriff Joe in charge of Gitmo. That cable TV will stop day 1.

namvet
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Great idea.

Alice MRudd
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I totally disagree with the decision to make this trade. However, O isn’t suddenly saying this guy is a saint and deserves to go home. Possibly the administration believes all the reasons to release him they argued about previously are still valid, HOWEVER they decided to include him in this trade.

We have to be careful when arguing our points. This article would be valid IF the administration suddenly decided to let him go. Using him in what they see as a POW swap isn’t the same.

disqus_BglexnIiXv
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so why the 4 extra?

Smoltzfan
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I think obama is doing exactly what the muslim brotherhood tells him to do.

Philanthropussy
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Hey servicemembers , just in case you ever get captured by the enemy , It’s your responsible to be proven worthy of return!!!? Everything you and your family has ever said or written will be scrutinized. And they will get dead threats!!!! Every conservation with your fellow army buds will be analyzed. And don’t be surprised if they go on TV and talk all about you. The politicians abd media will make judgments without evidence and will give medical opinions without a degree . That silly old , leave no man behind , is leave some men behind. Why hasn’t… Read more »
namvet
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Exactly

Philanthropussy
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Who’s to judge ? You? You know back in the 60-70’s thousand of men deserved or dodged the draft by moving to Canada. They were pardon.

namvet
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I draft dodgers being pardoned so easily. Why reward breaking the law? Let’s bring our Marine home from Mexico, then you and all of us can overlook his mistake, and get him some help.

Philanthropussy
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Frankly, I don’t know why the Marine is sill in Mexico. I was stationed in San Diego and there were always marines/ sailors sent to Mexican jails for fighting or being drunk. They usually get out with bribes. I’m surprised someone hasn’t contacted his family for $$$$ to fry him out.
Also Mexico loves to screw with Americans.

namvet
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I didn’t think about bribes. If his parents offer some money, I’m sure he’ll be out of there real soon. You have a great idea.

Philanthropussy
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There more to the bergdahl story . Not sure.

namvet
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I was typing I didn’t like draft dodgers be pardoned so easily, my keyboard didn’t show it.

Andy Martin
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Hey traitors and deserters. If you want to go running into the arms of the enemy while spewing hatred for your nation, screw you.

[[ Why hasn’t anyone checked out the solider in Mexico? ]]

Ask Obama. Maybe because that real soldier didn’t swap spit with Islam and denounced America.

Calvinius
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You mean the soldier who illegally brought his guns into Mexico? He’s a criminal.

And claiming that Bergdahl is a traitor or a deserter makes you a nutcase.

namvet
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You’re passing guilt on this marine. The guy got turned around, he told the authorities he ad guns, he has some TBI from combat injuries plus PTSD. He didn’t leave his post. Who is the nutcase?

Calvinius
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In other words, the Marine confessed to his crime. Whether it was an accident is irrelevant under Mexican law.

Andy Martin
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You mean the soldier who had guns in his trunk and made a wrong turn and is being beaten by cops now?

Your traitor buddy needs to be strung up.

Calvinius
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What evidence do you have of him being “beaten by cops”? And bringing those guns into Mexico was a crime. It doesn’t matter if he “made a wrong turn” (which sounds like a BS excuse on his part anyway).

Andy Martin
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But you know Bowe didn’t desert his post, was tortured,denounced his nation,and never converted to Islam.All in spite of evidence to the contrary.

Calvinius
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You don’t have any “evidence to the contrary.”

Andy Martin
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Your denial does not mean the evidence is not there. There are those who refuse to see Obamite. You’re a case-in-point.

fpbiv375
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WOW!!! I hope you are getting paid to troll and not actually this far from reality!

Philanthropussy
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Solider in Mexico can wait five years like Berghadl

Andy Martin
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Thank you Obama

Philanthropussy
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Plus what Mexican prisoner in the US wants to leave 3 squares, dental health care, A/C, cable TV. For he slims of Mexico? you release them, they will be back in the US in. 3 mos anyway

Andy Martin
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What are you bleating about?

Philanthropussy
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You are an anger one . Is it time for your nap?

Andy Martin
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What anger? You put up some rambling rant that makes no sense. Who brought up a Mexican prisoner in our jails? You need the nap.

Philanthropussy
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I stated Mexican prisoners and you referred it.

Andy Martin
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I was talking about our soldier in Mexico. I don;t know what you’re talking about.

Philanthropussy
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A case if some- timers. Selective memory .

fight4liberty
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What changed? he was blocked from bringing these terrorists into the country (without the consent of Congress). And some of his donors were holding back $$$ since he had reneged on the campaign promise to close GITMO. By releasing these five, he can start working to bring the lesser terrorists to liberal courts in the US.

Calvinius
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“Liberal courts”?

Jerry Harness
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What changed was three more years in jail and still no charges, no lawyer, no court date, and no real justice being served. The only possible excuse is he was a POW and no one wants to call him that. Personally, I think we need to get rid of this legal loop hole in our justice system, where foreigners can be held indefinably without charges for years on end. Is it any surprise that these people will want to fight us after being released, especially when this was their only experience with the American justice system.

Rafael X
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I agree time to take out the garbage, we gave enough blood in those hellholes let them be responsible for their security. I would have emptied GITMO to get Bergdahl back even if it’s to court-martial him.

J.t. Coleman
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Is it possible, (probable), ? that by keeping this Muslim terrorist in Gitmo that Obama was protecting him until he could be released as he was this past week?

Southern Xposure
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true, he doesn’t know himself, or what he stands for; therefore flip-flops – which will drive him over the edge. to bad he is experimenting with our future, and on our dime.

Philanthropussy
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Andy Martin
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“Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man. I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details,” said Sen. McCain. “…Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” – See more at: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/foreign-policy/war-terror/republicans-supported-release-bowe-bergdahl-until-obama-did-it#sthash.hlyz0cGB.dpuf

Philanthropussy
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Too late, they already hung him.

Andy Martin
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Your dodge is noted.

Opinionated American
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Interesting indeed. War history we never traded top “Brass” or in this case top leaders of a violent group known as the Taliban Irregardless until the war is over. We located our prisoners and extracted them. I would have brought Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back to face a JAG investigation. Obama is nothing more than a game show host that is bad for this country.

NO NAME
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that’s not true… George Bush administration released Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir in 2007. and don’t forget about the massive trading that the great Ronald Reagan did.

MJRAWL
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Go back and do some research on that one. Congress knew who was being released, the military said he was a medium level threat. He promised he would go back and be peaceful. He was a liar of course.

NO NAME
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well we’re really not gonna hear the whole story right now so we’ll have to wait and see what happens

NO NAME
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i’m talking about this situation not those that i mentioned, but as i said, Bergdahl is going to have to have due processing. Nevertheless, my whole comment earlier was to say that trades have happened way before Obama got in office no matter the circumstances. So it’s not a shocker that he did this. It’s just politics man.

Opinionated American
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Difference between them and Obama. The other POTUS used legal channels. Like congress and military to proceed. 3 years ago Courts decided that these taliban were and are still dangerous to the U.S Perhaps that’s why Bush never released these. This whole trade was fishy and illegal. Still the majority of POW’s exchanges are after a war. Or do you think Geneva Convention is a Hogans hero’s term.

NO NAME
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true, it was sketchy…I’m not on Obama’s side or anything. I’m just looking at it from both perspectives. Think about it. When Lincoln was in office, he broke many constitutional laws that eventually led to him being assassignated. However, years after his passing, people finally realized how much good he had done for the country. Now please don’t get it twisted. I don’t think Obama will have that same affect, but you never know.

Opinionated American
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Obama will make the change alright. No doubt about it. I just hoping the ones we elect this mid term will maintain the Constitution and place new rules and laws that the presidents can do after Obama. Take away executive privileges that can override the other two body’s of Gov. This includes prisoner exchanges that may be criminal.

Philanthropussy
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Steve Harvey or DL Hugley ?

Calvinius
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President Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro

So you’ve gone full Birther, have you Mr. West?

And what Obama opposed was simply releasing this Taliban commander for the sake of releasing him. Releasing him in exchange for an American POW is completely different.

MJRAWL
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Dumbass on parade!

Calvinius
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Yep, that’s what conservatism is all about.

Andy Martin
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Tell us what liberalism is about.

Matt Alhazred Mercer
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Libtard for days

tpmania
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Barry Soetero is also his name, you moron…and has nothing to do with his alleged place of birth.

Calvinius
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No, nutcase, Barry Soetoro is not his name.