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June 2, 2014 - 6:36 am

“With release of senior government officials, the Taliban will be encouraged to take hostages, plus there are still some foreigners with the Taliban,” political analyst Jawed Kohistani, once a cabinet official in the Karzai government, told Afghanistan’s Tolo News after the swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was announced. “This is a great benefit to the Taliban, it will have a negative impact on the peace talks process, and will encourage Taliban to increase their resistance in Afghanistan.” The Taliban wasted no time:

 

Details are still coming in, but Khaama Press said the Indian national was working for an NGO in Herat province.

“A local security official in Zenda Jan district said the incident took place on Monday afternoon while the aid worker was visiting the area to assess the work of a project,” reported the news agency.

In late May, four gunmen were killed when they tried to storm the Indian consulate in Herat.

The Taliban vowed in a statement over the weekend that since they got five of their commanders back in a swap for the U.S. hostage, they would henceforth be “determined to get all the Mujahidin prisoners released as soon as possible.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Here is my hostage plan:
- All middle Easterners who are here "just because" will go back including 'students'. All 1.9 million. Those who are here under refugee status, stay.

-You send us all Americans: all 4 of them. We will never step foot in your hell hole nor will we send food, medical supplies, money, aid, nothing.
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And as a reminder...CNN hasn't mentioned the words "Shinseki" or "Veterans Affairs" all morning.

Over/under on if those words will be missing from the evening network news broadcasts?
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Here is my hostage plan:
- All middle Easterners who are here "just because" will go back including 'students'. All 1.9 million. Those who are here under refugee status, stay.

-You send us all Americans: all 4 of them. We will never step foot in your hell hole nor will we send food, medical supplies, money, aid, nothing.
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I wonder if today's announcement of crippling new EPA rules for coal-fired plants was coincedental.
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.......Starting today, when the 'news' mentions 'Senior Taliban Officials' we will know they are referring to obamma
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And as a reminder...CNN hasn't mentioned the words "Shinseki" or "Veterans Affairs" all morning.

Over/under on if those words will be missing from the evening network news broadcasts?
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Or EPA destroying the US by 30%.
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Wait, the Taliban are capturing citizens of *India* in the expectation that the US will buy their freedom with prisoners from Gitmo? Is this some new form of foreign aid that I wasn't aware of?
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Can you think of a better rationale for emptying Gitmo? The noble cause of recovering hostages trumps all.
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The Taliban better hurry. There are only 149 prisoners left in GITMO. Obama can't give them away fast enough now.
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And right on cue.
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I'm beginning to think that the Bergdahl swap just might be the biggest foreign-policy Charlie Foxgtrot of this administration.
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no, it is not. It is exactly what Obama wants to do in support of islamists around the world. What do you want to bet that they are going to demand the release of the Blind Sheikh after kidnapping some innocent civilians.
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I'm beginning to think that the Bergdahl swap just might be the FIFTH biggest foreign-policy Charlie Foxtrot of this administration...and that's awful.

But don’t worry! There’s plenty of time left in his term to make this drop down to #8 or #10…or if he’s really ambitious - #15!
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Between your post and Marco73's post, I'm seeing a Saturday Night Live skit painting this administration as a used car dealership.
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Free Guantanamo Prisoners!*

*with purchase of Guantanamo Prisoners of equal or lesser value…
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