Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ted Cruz op-ed: President Obama, How Does Releasing Terrorists Make Us Safer?

Americans are naturally eager to end the long war in Afghanistan, but that does not mean we should dismiss the threat that violent terrorist groups, such as the Taliban, pose to our nation.
Without any consultation with Congress, the Obama Administration plunged into negotiations with terrorists to release five terrorist leaders in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The men released from Guantanamo Bay, the “Taliban 5,” were all high-level officials in the Taliban regime who gave aid and support to al Qaida in Afghanistan in the period leading up to the 9/11 attacks. President Obama has conceded there is “absolutely” a chance that one, if not all, members of the Taliban 5 will return to the battlefield to attack Americans once again.
These terrorists were complicit in the attacks that took nearly 3,000 innocent lives on September 11, 2001. American soldiers sacrificed their lives to capture these terrorists and lock them away in a place where they can do no further harm. Now they have been set free to plot further attacks on Americans, and American soldiers may well once again have to go into harm’s way to neutralize them. It is difficult to fathom why President Obama would put our soldiers in the position of answering the same call of duty twice.
President Obama must explain how this policy makes us safer.
Read the rest of the oped HERE.

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