Did Obama Reopen Middle Eastern Slave Markets by Executive Order?

Wednesday, President Obama publicly announced that he is issuing an executive order that the U.S. government will no longer criminally prosecute families of American hostages for paying ransom.

In so doing, he created a public market for the selling of American citizens—and raised the price on their heads considerably.

In real life, no American family has ever been prosecuted for paying ransom; but apparently the president wants to make sure that the terrorists know for sure, and that they can get their money without that nasty FBI getting in the way.

We can’t have the families of hostages dealing in bad faith with the bad guys by using this piece of useful fiction.

Useful fiction is reserved for things like: If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor; We are truly sorry for the awful video that caused attacks on our embassies; and, Jonathan Gruber? -- we never heard of that guy before Fox News made a big deal out of him.

Yep, lying is reserved for you — but we gotta be straight with ISIS.

Let’s cut Obama a break and suppose that he is doing this out of a misplaced humanitarian impulse. It is easy to understand where his heart is -- if you don’t live in the real world.

Somehow he thinks this makes hostage families feel better. If their loved one is taken, and the asking price is $2,000,000 and they can write that check, why shouldn’t they be allowed to? This is a free country after all!

Look, we have always had the useful fiction that “the United States does not negotiate with terrorists,” when of course it does. Every police department also negotiates with hostage takers and kidnappers.

To soften the announcement, the administration added the meaningless qualifier that they would not change the policy of the government making concessions to those taking hostages, beyond say…five Taliban leaders. (Okay, his statement didn’t say anything about Taliban leaders, we added that part).

But this is why the administration forced the POW narrative onto the Bergdahl swap. They wanted to pretend as though this was in the tradition of trading prisoners going back to the Revolution. (Even though I doubt Eisenhower would have traded Goering, Himmler and Rommel for Eddie Slovik.)

But anyone who knows how government works know that this is a first step on the pathway to the U.S. entering into full-on blackmail payments by Uncle Sam.

This action is likely going to result in the children of wealthy people being kidnapped. Then money changes hands from the wealthiest Americans to the hostage takers.

Next the stakes go up.

How do we know the stakes go up? That’s what terrorists do.

Think about their pattern of behavior. They started by videotaping beheadings. We watched in horror, we screamed, we pounded the table, we demanded action. Several beheadings later we stopped watching, it was old news.