Bob Barr

Like most outrageous -- and likely illegal -- actions taken by the Obama Administration (Operation Fast and Furious, NSA snooping, IRS political targeting, Benghazi cover-up, etc.), we know very little about the reasoning behind Obama's decision to play "Let's Make a Deal" with the Taliban. In fact, all we really know is that Obama intentionally kept Congress in the dark for fear of "jeopardizing" the hostage release negotiations, and that those talks resulted in the release of five, high-level terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a single Army enlisted man who apparently deserted his post and trekked off in search of the Taliban -- who ultimately found him.

Rushing to the defense of his Negotiator-in-Chief, Secretary of State John Kerry naively defended the swap, while casually admitting it is entirely possible the freed terrorists can rejoin the attack on U.S. targets overseas and here at home. "I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some point to go back and get involved (in fighting)," Kerry babbled, "but they also have an ability to get killed doing that." Kerry' gobbledygook essentially translates to: "We're crossing our fingers this doesn't turn into the Middle East version of Fast and Furious."

Reality is far different from the fanciful world envisioned by Kerry -- a world in which Bergdahl's release would be met with celebration and adoration for the Administration. The Taliban, unfortunately for Obama, operate in the real word. Their reaction to the Bergdahl Swap is far more realistic than Kerry's: "It's better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people," a Taliban source supposedly close to the negotiations told Time magazine. "It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird."

Even if such an obvious conclusion was lost on the clueless bureaucrats wandering the corridors of the West Wing and Foggy Bottom, Congressmen with much more experience in such matters could have sounded the alarms. Congress, however, was afforded no opportunity to weigh in, and now all we are left with is Kerry's absurd reassurance that if the released terrorist leaders re-engage their Jihad, they "have an ability to be killed."


Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.