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Taliban Attack Again, Gitmo Bill Moves In Senate

From Reuters:

Afghan Taliban attack in Kabul throws peace talks into further doubt

By Mirwais Harooni [sic] and Hamid Shalizi [sic] | June 25, 2013

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants attacked key buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace and the U.S. CIA headquarters in Kabul, a brazen assault that could derail attempts for peace talks to end 12 years of war.

Don’t you hate it when these terrorist attacks undercut the peace like this?

The Taliban, who have said they are willing to take part in talks with the United States and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration, said they launched the early morning assault, which triggered a 90-minute firefight.

A U.S. envoy was in Kabul on Tuesday to try to smooth the way forward for the stalled talks in the Gulf state of Qatar ahead of the pullout from Afghanistan of most of the NATO-led troops next year. He had been expected to meet reporters at the palace.

Luckily, he wasn’t blown up. But it wasn’t for the lack of trying.

Karzai was also due to attend, but his whereabouts were not known. A palace official said he was safe…

Luckily, he wasn’t blown up. (If that’s lucky.)

One of the attackers was killed when he detonated a bomb on his body, the government official said, and three or four were killed by security forces. At least two Afghan security guards were killed…

But don’t worry. These ‘peace talks’ will continue no matter what the Taliban do to us or to the people of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Obama is trying his best to give the Taliban what it wants.

From the New York Times:

Bill to Ease Transfers of Guantánamo Detainees Moves Through Senate

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | June 24, 2013

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a bill that would significantly relax legal restrictions on the transfer of detainees out of the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, giving President Obama much greater flexibility as he attempts to revive his effort to close the facility.

Approved late last week by the committee in closed-door proceedings, the bill – the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 – includes provisions lifting a ban on bringing detainees into the United States, according to the text of the bill made public late Monday.

If the bill were to become law, the Pentagon could send detainees to the United States for medical treatment that would be too expensive to provide at the base, for continued detention in a different prison, or for prosecution. The bill would also streamline and ease statutory limits on transferring detainees to other countries.

The Guantánamo provisions [were] inserted into the bill by Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…

The Taliban want their terrorist brethren released from Gitmo. So, naturally, Mr. Obama is quietly continuing to find ways to do that.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Taliban Attack Again, Gitmo Bill Moves In Senate”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “……giving President Obama much greater flexibility as he attempts…”

    The Kenyan has so much flexibility now he’s turned into a wet noodle.

    I wish he would personally go to Afghanistan and negoiate with his brothers in arms the Taliban. Maybe close proximity to their terrorist ways might enlighten him…..or ignite him.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    I dunno, am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that we have an ‘off-site’ detention facility where people are held for over 10 years without being charged with a crime, have an indefinite sentence without any date as to their release?

    Uh, yeah, it’s likely that if released, they would resort to terrorism, but we can’t ban people from owning guns on what they MIGHT DO in the future, even if we suspect they are super-angry about being detained without charge for 10 years, we can’t also take away their Constitutional rights for what we think or know they MIGHT DO.

    The whole Gitmo thing is just a terrible idea from the start.

    And, the whole AFGHANISTAN THING was a terrible idea from the start too. After most forces pull out, do you think things will generally be better, worse, or about the same in 5 years? Yep, worse! It will slide back into tribal anarchy as it has been for the last 4000 years.

    When you finally realize that almost everything government is involved with is a fantastic/catastrophic failure, all these things will come as no surprise to you.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      First thing, the terrorists picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan don’t have Constitutional rights. They aren’t US citizens.

      Second, I was under the impression that these scumbags were being charged and tried by military courts until the Kenyan decided that he and Eric Holder wanted to bring them to the US and grant them constuitutional rights and a voice in the media.

      Third, we were attacked on 9/11 by a terrot network based in Afghanistan. We had every right to obliterate that country.

      Fourth, we didn’t obliterate that country. That’s why we’re still there. We should have bombed them up to the stone age and tuned that country into a glass factory. I can guarantee you that if we had fought that war as we used to, instead of trying to appease the politically correct amongs us, we wouldn’t have the problem with terrorists we do now.

      We should have nuked Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia and f*%k the rest of the world and what they think.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Mith, ditto.

      With this exception. This is the damning difference between what America is … and what Washington DC is.

      The eleven year saga of Washington DC working out on the rest of the world for all the entire globe to witness has done incalculable, perhaps fatally to our reputation and standing. Who can possibly trust us on principle any more? Who can admire the way Washington has devalued everything the American citizen stood for before Washington chose to drag us through the mud in the name of … whatever the hell it is we’re being forced to do?

      Our best and brightest cruelly and inexcusably used in war zones all over the world, to what appears to be zero effect. I give you Mogadishu fort example. The best of our best gunned down like trapped rats because Washington DC chose Rules of Engagement for boots on the ground, not the men doing the fighting.

      Jesus, the list of ways Washington has mangled the Constitution to suit their needs is so long I’d use up all of Steve’s bandwidth posting a tenth of it.

      And the entire world is watching Washington do this in our name.

      This is the lament of a Patriot fully aware what Washington DC has done to the Last Best Hope of mankind, America – ” … When you finally realize that almost everything government is involved with is a fantastic/catastrophic failure, all these things will come as no surprise to you … “

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