Kerry: Hey, don’t worry about those Taliban leaders we released

posted at 8:01 am on June 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Just how much confidence should we take from John Kerry’s bravado yesterday on CNN? He insists that “no one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America,” using the example of al-Qaeda to prove his point — and then hastily amends that to “core al-Qaeda,” which basically means Osama bin Laden. Left unspoken is the rise of AQ affiliates in countries like Yemen (which just held a public convention), Syria, and the failed state in Libya created by Barack Obama’s war on Moammar Qaddafi. Not coincidentally, that’s exactly what concerns Americans about allowing the top leaders of the Taliban out of Gitmo … while tens of thousands of American troops are still in Afghanistan:

“I’m not telling you that they don’t have some ability at some point” to return to fighting, Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday. “But they also have an ability to get killed doing that. And I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans.”

Speaking to CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott in the seaside French village of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, a few miles from Normandy, Kerry praised President Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba – each of whom has experience on the battlefield – for Bergdahl, the last known prisoner of war in Afghanistan. …

“No one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America,” Kerry said when pressed about what the United States is doing to monitor the five Taliban fighters.

Kerry also declined to comment on Bowe Bergdahl’s service, having learned a lesson from Susan Rice’s faceplant on the subject over the past week, even with Elise Labbott attempting to goad him into a response with a reference to “swift boating.” He’s more correct on this point, telling Labott that there will be plenty of time to look into the issues of Bergdahl’s service record after he is treated for the complications of spending five years in captivity.  If the Obama administration taken that approach from the first and at least gave Congress some notification prior to the release of the Taliban figures, they might have avoided a significant part of the blowback they suffered over the last week.

Bergdahl’s record isn’t the really objectionable part of this swap anyway. The real blowback will take place when these commanders reconstitute their forces and networks, especially if that begins to happen now and not after the US leaves Afghanistan. Kerry can bluster about people watching these five former detainees to ensure they don’t return to the battle, but this administration doesn’t exactly have a great track record of making good on red lines, especially under Kerry’s watch at State.


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cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 8:03 AM

I really like the way this administration is protecting Americans at the South border. Really instills confidence.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

They can’t even protect our own borders. Never had and never will have much confidence in what traitor john tells us.

crosshugger on June 9, 2014 at 8:05 AM

No one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America

Amb. Stevens, Doherty, Smith, and Woods unavailable for comment.

Patriot Vet on June 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Al qaeda is on the run!

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Al qaeda is on the run!

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Headed here to America just like everyone else I should think.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“He’s more correct on this point, telling Labott that there will be plenty of time to look into the issues of Bergdahl’s service record after he is treated for the complications of spending five years in captivity”

AKA, we’re pretty sure people will forget in a month so we’re not actually going to do anything.

Zaggs on June 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Disgrace.

Kerry was never an honorable man and he continues to strut his lack of character on a larger parade ground than ever before.

vityas on June 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM

The most Flawless administration ever! Certainly in my lifetime at the very least. Too bad we have no one to keep them in check over any of their actions.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

“But they also have an ability to get killed doing that.

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, Lurch, jihadists really, really, really don’t want to be ‘martyred’ and get them some 72 virgins or something.

How stupid is this moron?

Resist We Much on June 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Indeed bmore

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

No one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America

Amb. Stevens, Doherty, Smith, and Woods unavailable for comment.

Patriot Vet on June 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

As are the dozens shot by a jihadi at Fort Hood, and the dozens maimed and killed by Islamic terrorist IEDs in Boston . . . .

AZCoyote on June 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The democrats enthusiastically supported this moron for president.

Naturally Curly on June 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Our faux warrior who endeared himself to his comrades-in-arms during the Vietnam war. No wonder he sympathizes with the enemy so freely. Thank heaven for some of our true heroes – the Swiftboaters both past and present.

iamsaved on June 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

don’t worry

These are the most frightening two words ever spoken by a liberal leader…right after, “trust us.”

Don L on June 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

“But they also have an ability to get killed doing that.

Which didn’t deter them at all last time around, did it Johnny?

But next time it’ll be different, because . . . . er, why are you raaaaaacists criticizing Obama?

AZCoyote on June 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I wouldn’t trust this administration to safely get kids across the street as crossing guards.

gophergirl on June 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Just how much confidence should we take from John Kerry’s bravado yesterday on CNN? He insists that “no one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America,”

We are being invaded by illegal kids at our southern borders…

workingclass artist on June 9, 2014 at 8:24 AM

“I’m not telling you that they don’t have some ability at some point” to return to fighting, Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday. “But they also have an ability to get killed doing that. And I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans.”

What I see no evidence of is this administration having any interest in protecting the United States, which is another matter entirely.

In fact, their main interest seems to be “protecting” the rest of the world from us, on the grounds that they see us as the source of all evil in the Universe.

And if anyone on our side, like a Ranger or SEAL, were to actually kill one of these worthies in a combat zone, I’m sure that Ranger or SEAL would immediately be brought up on charges by the new crop of command grades who were installed by The One, and whose main loyalty is to him and progressive dogmas.

They are not interested in “national security”, simply in remaking the world into a progressive Utopia. Using force against people who are actively trying to destroy us is not part of their worldview. Rather, those types are to be admired for their “mystical enlightenment”.

Kerry, The One, et al won’t be happy until the entire world looks like Everytown did at the midpoint of Things to Come.

And every damn one of them wants to be The Boss.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 9, 2014 at 8:24 AM

This isn’t war…

This is a game…

And the T5 were in the penalty box..

Electrongod on June 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Kerry also declined to comment on Bowe Bergdahl’s service

“Piker”.

Buddahpundit on June 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

gophergirl on June 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Oh I don’t know gg, they seem to be doing a bang up job at getting children across the Southern border.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Buddahpundit, I think you may have left out miscreant as well.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Too much botox, John. Looks like your face is going to explode.

crankyoldlady on June 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

We are being invaded by illegal kids at our southern borders…

workingclass artist on June 9, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Brietbart has some photos of these “kids”. They are not “kids”… they are MEN. Obama has declared War on America.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Too much botox, John. Looks like your face is going to explode.

crankyoldlady on June 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

It’s funny because his mouth is so small it hardly moves when he speaks. Gross.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Baloney!

onlineanalyst on June 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

You look worried, John. Why the long face?

/obligatory

Naturally Curly on June 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

core al-Qaeda

Which is a nonsense term. AQ was designed to be a distributive network, with no one clear top commander. It’s an idea, not a command and control structure. See also, Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front.

rbj on June 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

As a Winter Warrior, he has no credibility. Period.

DAT60A3 on June 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Anyone else while reading the headline heard Saddam Hussein from south Park saying “Hey, relax guy” in their head?

Zaggs on June 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I really like the way this administration is protecting Americans at the South border. Really instills confidence.

Bmore on June 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Along with the freeloading illegals, how many are gang members and terrorists?

I simply cannot believe that the GOP isn’t screaming at the top of their lungs that this is a national security issue. And if I were these terrorists, I’d be blending in recruits into these waves, while telling progs in the US to scream “profiling” if the US tries to single out non-Hispanics at the border.

BuckeyeSam on June 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I’m not sure, but I think he served in Vietnam.

Galtian on June 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I swear, there has to be something going on with this trade that we aren’t being told. This administration can’t possibly be this inept. But if they really are, God help us.

JetBoy on June 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Bergdahl’s record isn’t the really objectionable part of this swap anyway. The real blowback will take place when these commanders reconstitute their forces and networks, especially if that begins to happen now and not after the US leaves Afghanistan.

Obama’s bet is that if they really do spend a year in the Qatar halfway house, they still won’t be able to do anything major until he’s safely out of office, and then it will be the next president’s problem (which would be a fun question to ask candidate Clinton, though unless Bret Baier or Great do it in their joint interview coming up, odds are none of the other media outlets she visits on her book tour are going to bring up the possible 9/11 similarities, where the plot was executed when Bush was in office, but hatched and developed during Hillary’s husband’s time in the White House).

jon1979 on June 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I swear, there has to be something going on with this trade that we aren’t being told. This administration can’t possibly be this inept. But if they really are, God help us.

JetBoy on June 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

If they secretly imbedded radio transmitters in the terrorists while they were at Guantanamo Bay so they can track them and stage a future drone strike, that would be the only way I could see the deal making any sort of sense in a way rational people would think. But if you’re Barack Obama, the only rational reason you need is it’s in your progressive DNA to think somehow the U.S. is to blame for all this, and you’re happy to start living up to your 2008 campaign promise to close Gitmo.

jon1979 on June 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

It’s funny because his mouth is so small it hardly moves when he speaks. Gross.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Kinda like Clutch Cargo.

Fallon on June 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

I’m sure I’m not going to add anything different to what’s already been said about this JaqueAzz. But, as I was watching this bland lipless expressionless horsey face this a.m. for the umpteenth time on the news (muted on purpose), my thought was that is exactly the kind of offal that ob00ber & co. look for. A soulless entity (living on his wife’s millions) willing to sell his own mother if it advanced his pitiful, useless career, who has been hanging on the fringes of society ever since his disgrace after the VN war.

He’s not even the colloquial bottom of the barrel being scraped in a search for useful tools. He is the dirt under the barrel, the kind that falls off when containers are moved.

avagreen on June 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Kinda like Clutch Cargo.

Fallon on June 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Hahahaha!! Perfect!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Hey, let’s spring this deserter from captivity, trade him for five hardcore Taliban, do a Rose Garden photo-op with his “praise Allah” father, and send Susan Rice out to explain how this soldier served with “honor and distinction”. This should certainly raise my popularity numbers! Meanwhile, while nobody’s looking, I’ll finish off the coal industry and drive energy prices through the roof, open the southern borders to millions of parentless children, and finally, get in a few more rounds of golf. After all, I WON, I’m the President, and I can do what ever I want.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Rovin on June 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Kinda like Clutch Cargo.

Fallon on June 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Hahahaha!! Perfect!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Agreed! A perfect match.

Maybe he’s just a cartoon after all, not a real walking/talking human being. Or,a stringed puppet. Ugh!

avagreen on June 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

And to think this man came within a hair’s breadth of becoming President.

TimBuk3 on June 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

He insists that “no one should doubt the capacity of America to protect America

And releasing felons from prison will make us safer. And confiscating our firearms will make us safer. And pulling all of our troops out of Afghanistan will make us safer. And having our troops walk around their posts with empty magazines will keep them safer.

Not buying your baloney Treebeard, or Obama’s or Holder’s.

fogw on June 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The fed govt is slowly imploding one bloated dept at a time. The VA is a prime example and our border security and immigration is another. They’ve been cutting back on medicare payments for years because they can’t afford it instead of investigating the fraud like they should have been doing. Wait until SS fails and you’ll really see a lot of people get angry. It’s not that they don’t want to ‘fix’ the border, and take care of those kids properly, it’s that they can’t.

Kissmygrits on June 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The botox treatments are fooling NO ONE.

CurtZHP on June 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

It’s not that they don’t want to ‘fix’ the border, and take care of those kids properly, it’s that they can’t.

Kissmygrits on June 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The massive influx of children coming across the border was the highly predictable, inevitable consequence of the DREAM approach to legalization.

It would be easy to fix. Just stop legalizing them.

And for the adults, just stop giving them jobs. Enforce sanctions against employers hiring them, and if that isn’t enough, keep raising the punishment until it is enough.

The solutions to this are astoundingly simple. Politicians ignore the obvious because the GOPe wants the cheap labor and the Democrats want the issue to bash the GOP.

fadetogray on June 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The real blowback will take place when these commanders reconstitute their forces and networks, especially if that begins to happen now and not after the US leaves Afghanistan

Let’s hope no Americans have to pay with their lives for Obama’s stupid political games.

Herb on June 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Don’t worry Sec. Kerry those we released and the one we got in exchange will come back to haunt U.S. later.

MSGTAS on June 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Lurch was for the release before he was against it.

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

You look worried, John. Why the long face?
/obligatory
Naturally Curly on June 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Just above this screen shot on the front page is the thread about Nunn with the quote underneath it that says, “Long shot looking longer.”

Underneath this screen shot it could say, “Long face looking longer.

anuts on June 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

It’s OK, they gave him a hat before they left, so they’re good guys.

And he still has it.

He still has the hat.

Let’s hope no Americans have to pay with their lives for Obama’s stupid political games.

Herb on June 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

They already have.

formwiz on June 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

What Kerry said, and how he said it, keep him what he always was, an elitist talking horse, who’s out of touch.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM