The White House handed over control of the jihadi-clogged prison to the Afghan government last spring. Some 3,000 notorious Taliban and al Qaeda killers call the jail home. Surprise, surprise: After the Obama administration supposedly secured "private assurances" that no dangerous criminal operatives would be released, U.S. officials are now balking that the agreement has been broken. Everyone, put on your shocked faces.
An anonymous U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal this week: "We are concerned that 88 people who have blood on their hands -- Afghan and coalition blood -- would be turned loose, but more important, that an agreement that we have with the Afghan government is being violated." The New York Times reports that Muslim terrorists who trained teen suicide bombers and planted IEDs at schools are among the lucky thugs slated for release. "These are guys that are tied directly to killing and trying to kill our forces and Afghan forces," an American military official told the New York Times. "This is an issue of deep concern. It is serious." Cue the "UNDERSTATEMENT" klieg lights.
Members of Afghanistan's own parliament are decrying the lax review process and dangerous unilateral decisions of a "Bagram Inmates' Assessment Committee" established by presidential decree. Afghan senator Dawood Hasas told the Afghanistan Times: "Among the released prisoners from Bagram jail, many were murder convicts, and release of notorious prisoners would not be in the national interests."
Who knows how many others will be freed to kill American soldiers again? President Hamid Karzai is busy pandering to Taliban forces in advance of the country's spring election season. He is also stalling approval of a bilateral security deal with the U.S. and U.K. It's a recipe for bloody recidivism. The new batch of freed jihadists will join a burgeoning population of other freed Taliban commanders who promptly returned to the battlefield. Last fall, Karzai freed senior Taliban leader Maulawi Ghulam Mohammad -- who now commands some 400 insurgents and immediately launched several deadly attacks on security forces' check-posts in the Badghis province.