Security Expert Gaffney: Taliban Release Puts Afghanistan in Peril

Monday, 02 Jun 2014 06:46 PM

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President Barack Obama has placed Afghanistan in serious danger with the release of five Taliban terrorists, says Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy.

"This is going to be a problem, of course, most immediately for the people of Afghanistan,'' Gaffney told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"These are accomplished terrorists who have the blood not only of Americans but thousands, we're told, of Afghans on their hands.

"We're looking at a world that is becoming more dangerous by the day, and President Obama seems to be preoccupied with weakening us at this moment with surrendering more territory to these guys,'' Gaffney said Monday.

Gaffney, a deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, says Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was kept alive by the Taliban specifically for bargaining power.

"They didn't kill him, which is their typical approach . . . This guy was kept alive probably in part in the hopes he would be used as he was, to extricate some of these jihadists — some of the worst of the jihadists, by the way  — from Guantanamo Bay,'' he said.

"We gave back five people not only committed to our destruction, but pretty skilled at accomplishing it to help them — maybe not this year, but next year — achieve the triumph of their team once again in Afghanistan. Which will mean, in turn, the triumph once again of al-Qaida in Afghanistan.''

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Gaffney recently wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, urging him to withdraw from an appearance before a gala thrown by a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group.

Among those tied to the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy are three unindicted co-conspirators in the so-called Holy Land trial.

In 2008, five Arab-Americans associated with Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development were convicted on charges ranging from supporting a terrorist organization to money laundering and tax fraud.

"This is the largest terrorism financing trial in American history, and this is not the company that it seemed to me, that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who, by the way, is basically a pretty good guy, Mike Rogers, that's not the company that he should be keeping,'' Gaffney said.

"To make matters worse . . . the names that were being used to promote the dinner and encourage people to contribute to this organization were those of a couple that gained national and international notoriety back when they tried in 2010 to launch something called the Ground Zero Mosque.''

Gaffney, whose Washington, D.C.-based center is a think tank focusing on national security issues, said Rogers ended up not attending.

"I understand that it was due to a family emergency. If that's true, and if it were a serious emergency, I'm very sorry, needless to say,'' he said.

"But it was important that for whatever reason he did not do the sorts of things that I was concerned he would do, and for that I'm grateful.''

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