Notorious right-wing NYC tabloid blasts Obama’s “surrender without honor” in editorial

posted at 12:01 pm on June 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

No, not that notorious right-wing NYC daily, although the New York Post certainly can’t be fans of this decision by Barack Obama, either. That headline on the lead editorial comes from the New York Daily News, which is a skosh to the right of the New York Times, not exactly a demarcation for the boundary of conservative thought in the Big Apple or anywhere else. They endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, but then switched and endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, and today’s editorial might be an argument for why they were correct in doing so. The NYDN isn’t exactly underplaying their outrage, either. Instapundit featured their cover page from today’s paper:

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The lead delivers on the headline:

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

The five sworn enemies of the United States are now in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they are free to come and go as they like, beyond the watch of American agents. In just one year, they will be free to return to Afghanistan to fight there and stage terror attacks far beyond that country’s borders.

These facts were known to Obama when he made the deal, and yet he went ahead in irresponsible disregard for lives he has endangered. As the facts have emerged — and more surely will — it has become ever clearer that he lost his presidential compass in the Taliban swap.

And so does the conclusion:

In other words, he wants out so badly that he accepted the Taliban’s terms, regardless of the threat to American security.

He is surrendering without honor.

This is the answer to those who argue that a refusal to trade these five high-ranking Taliban figures meant abandoning all efforts to regain Bowe Bergdahl from captivity. Team Hillary’s reaction today shows clearly that Hillary Clinton didn’t consider it an all-or-nothing enterprise. If this hadn’t worked, what else should we have traded? What would be the limits of the all-or-nothing brigade’s terms? Kabul? A billion dollars?

The NYDN’s outrage is entirely justified when considering just who these five men are. CBS profiled them over the weekend, and pay particular attention to the first figure and his ties:

Khairullah Khairkhwa is the most senior ex-Guantanamo prisoner who comes from “the fraternity of original Taleban who launched the movement in 1994,” according the Afghanistan Analysts Network. He surrendered to President Hamid Karzai’s brother just before he was captured in January 2002. His most prominent position was as governor of Herat Province from 1999 to 2001. He served in various Taliban positions including interior minister and had direct ties to Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden.

Mullah Norullah Noori served as governor of Balkh Province in the Taliban regime and played some role in coordinating the fight against the Northern Alliance. He was a senior Taliban commander in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when the Taliban fought U.S. forces in late 2001.

Mohammad Fazl commanded the main force fighting the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001 and served as chief of army staff under the Taliban regime. Human Rights Watch says he could be prosecuted for war crimes for presiding over the mass killing of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001 as the Taliban sought to consolidate their control over the country. Fazl joined the Taliban early, never held a civilian post, and rose through the ranks because of his fighting ability, ending up up as one of their most important and feared military commanders, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Abdul Haq Wasiq was the deputy chief of the Taliban regime’s intelligence service and the cousin of the head of the service, Qari Ahmadullah, who was among the Taliban’s founding members, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Mohammed Nabi was a Taliban official in Khost Province. He served as chief of security for the Taliban in Qalat, Afghanistan, and later worked as a radio operator for the Taliban’s communications office in Kabul.

Besides being a link between the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, Khairkhwa was also a major opium trafficker before the war. Both Fazl and Wasiq have been accused of conducting mass killings and torture before the US invasion. Nabi helped al-Qaeda smuggle missile parts into Pakistan, and was the leader of the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, according to the JTF-GTMO report quoted by Fox News. Noori was a close associate of Mullah Omar and is wanted (along with Fazl) by the UN for crimes against humanity.

These are the men that Obama is “confident” the US can prevent from becoming a threat to the US, and coughed them up in a bad trade that Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and members of both parties and chambers of Congress refused to endorse when the terms were tougher than Obama’s team arranged. That’s quite a high price to pay for cover to close Gitmo. Let’s hope that the political price is all Americans end up paying.

Speaking of covers, here’s another that demonstrates that blowback over this deal isn’t limited to conservative spaces. Mad Magazine published this yesterday:

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Mad’s target demo is younger readers — and if this resonates among them, well …


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New 0bama T-shirt for sale in the White House gift shop:

“I released 5 deadly Al Qaeda leaders and all I got was was this lousy deserter.”

UltimateBob on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Bmore to the Photoshop request phone, please… Bmore to the…

;)

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

“War on Vets”

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

It’s really just the Battle on Vets. One of many battles the democrats have started in their War on America.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The NY Daily News is the paper for working class Democrats, that is potential Reagan Democrats if given the proper circumstances.

Laurence on June 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

It’s really just the Battle on Vets. One of many battles the democrats have started in their War on America.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Yeah that would be a hard war to win, IMHO.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

In the Mad Magazine spoof, which one is Obama?

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The one who’s dissin’ the Pedophile Prophet by not wearing his crumb-catcher beard.

#BuckFarack

#MuckFohammed

Nutstuyu on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The Obamanation Administration basically committed treason for political reasons. They will get away with it for one simple reason, the Progressive Liberal Left only have one moral or ethical standard, the End Justifies the Means, in this case, retaining Democrat control of every aspect of the United States Government.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Does L.H. Oswald have any next of kin? #askingforafriend

/that was sarcasm Secret Service

Nutstuyu on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I’m starting to wonder if he’s intentionally poisoning the well as a finally jab at Hillary on his way out…

Sockpuppet Politic on June 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I’m weary of 0bumbles getting pass after pass from the entire spectrum of the media. For some unfriggin known reason, everyone makes the assumption he’s trying to advance the causes of the United States. He’s doing the exact opposite and he’s doing it blatantly, flagrantly, knowing he won’t be held to account.

I hope that sooner rather than later, those in Congress will hold him to account.

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I’m starting to wonder if he’s intentionally poisoning the well as a finally jab at Hillary on his way out…

Sockpuppet Politic on June 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Is he trying to provoke civil unrest?

He did try Fast and Furious in a failed effort to undermine the 2nd amendment.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I hope that sooner rather than later, those in Congress will hold him to account.

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Those spineless, corrupt, stupid, cowards?

Never going to happen.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Never going to happen.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

While I am an optimist at heart, this hope is not optimism…it’s desperation. I can’t stand it any more!

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

It makes me sick to my stomach and the guys I know are also very upset.

Zero has no clue about just how pissed off people are.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I think the real problem here is that his promise to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution to the best of his ability. His best ability might rise to the level of a “T”Ball team on a good day.

JohnFLob on June 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Gosh, Obama! Let’s go back to neglecting vets to death!

John the Libertarian on June 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Can it possible get any worse???…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I asked myself this every single day. The answer is always YES.

francesca on June 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

He looks absolutely hideous in that swearing-in pic. So old. So gaunt. Richly deserved.

May he fall down and hit his head.

avagreen on June 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Does L.H. Oswald have any next of kin? #askingforafriend

/that was sarcasm Secret Service

Nutstuyu on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Reminds me of a guy back in the mid-sixties. LBJ was showing his true colors. I can’t recall where the man lived, but he got in trouble with the SS for displaying a hand-lettered sign reading:

“Lee Harvey Oswald, where are you now that we need you?”

oldleprechaun on June 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

And it will look similar to this.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

My blood boils anytime I see a representation of this photo, or the photo itself. Absolutely boils. I usually have to go sit down someplace and get my mind on something else. That said…….

avagreen on June 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I’m beginning to not like this Obama fellow.

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Lolz! All type should work fine. ; )

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

So the tides aren’t receding? Well this is awkward. And here I’ve invested so much in unicorn poo as the next big renewable energy source. Outside of the Planned Parenthood factories that will be pop’n up like, well like coal plants.

onomo on June 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure that’s the reaction your parents had in the delivery room the day you were spawned.

Well, at least after the doctor picked you up off the floor pulled you out after dropping you on your head in a bedpan.

ZeusGoose on June 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Minor correction.

S. D. on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

In the Mad Magazine spoof, which one is Obama?

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Thank you for having the balls to say it.

The SOB needed to be outed.

thejackal on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 AM

It makes me sick to my stomach and the guys I know are also very upset.

Zero has no clue about just how pissed off people are.

dogsoldier on June 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

You’re right, he has no clue about this. But it’s because he doesn’t care. And he doesn’t have to either.

If brought up to speed on how pissed off people are, I believe he’ll be delighted.

runawayyyy on June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Can it possible get any worse???…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I asked myself this every single day. The answer is always YES.

francesca on June 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Obama does certainly seem to have a gift for lowering the bar, week by week during his Presidency. I estimate it to be several feet below ground by now.

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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