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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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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/31/1303494/-GOP-Hero-Reagan-Gave-Iran-1-500-Missiles-for-Hostages-Obama-Trades-Five-Guys-GOP-Heads-Explode

Ronald Regan trades 1500 missiles to Iran for 7 hostages. I am sure you were all outraged at the time. Although consistency is a tricky thing.
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If you are evoking comparison to the Iran-Contra Scandal as a means of DEFENDING the Obama administration…you’re doing it wrong.
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Intersting, Brian, that YOU would bring that up. The trick pony for kos, mediamtters, and MoveOn....they are all running this front page instead of talking about current events Obummer.
It might help you to remember, 52 hostages were released immediately to Reagan, not Cartah.
It might help YOU to remember that Reagan created the Arms embargo, that Israel was part of the deal to help a moderate gov in power to defend against the terrorists.
Your deflection is pitiful.
Oblummer broke the law. By law, he must go through congress. He stated so last year so he is unable to claim he was in Constitutional Law that class day.
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5/20 Taliban capture Chinese national

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/taliban-kidnap-chinese-national-pakistan-2014520121354326715.html

There is a whole wikipedia page devoted to foreign hostages in Afghanistan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_hostages_in_Afghanistan
People from Bangladesh, Burma, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Indian, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Japan....

This is not a new hat for the Taliban.
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Yeah, those pesky Taliban that have been put back on their heels and have been disbanded....
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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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Aha! Good thing that the Taliban never took hostages prior to this week ... like, Sgt. Bergdahl, for instance - gee I could have sworn that happened five years ago???... and of course we all know that the Taliban never ever took a hostage or a prisoner of war before from any other place in the world before this weekend.

Uhhh, people, there is still a war going on in Afghanistan, and to one degree or another it will likely be going on for many years, decades, maybe centuries to come.

And in all wars, prisoners and hostages get captured, detained, perhaps imprisoned and tortured, are sometimes executed, and in many cases are later exchanged so that each side can get their guys back. Anybody with the slightest knowledge of military affairs, war, and history knows this.
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Yes, they took hostages before...but now I wonder if it will become their primary driving strategy, rather than opportunistic hostage taking.
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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%.
28 weeks ago
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Obviously this entire affair was motivated by Obama's desire to change the subject, particularly in a way to appear to be sympathetic to veterans and military members. ... else we would not have seen the big show with Obama surrounded by both parents hugging, kissing, shaking hands, etc.
28 weeks ago
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If I had a son.....
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Maybe...we don't know the details about the timing of the release yet. I do know that network news producers are quite happy to bump last week's no-good-very-bad administration fumbles off the nightly broadcasts.
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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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5 Indians had already been kidnapped in Afghanistan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_hostages_in_Afghanistan
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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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