Ding! Freed Taliban Commanders in Qatar Are Now Free to Move Around the Country
The five Taliban war criminals the Obama administration released in exchange for an alleged deserter are finding post-Gitmo life in Qatar to be pretty good.
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said on Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinized by Washington.
U.S. officials have referred to the release of the Islamist militants as a transfer and said they would be subject to certain restrictions in Qatar. One of the officials said that would include a minimum one-year ban on them traveling outside of Qatar as well as monitoring of their activities.
"All five men received medical checks and they now live with their families in an accommodation facility in Doha," the Gulf source, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. "They can move around freely within the country."
But hey, at least we got a soldier who served with "honor and distinction" for them...right?
The only surprising thing about this is that it's totally not a surprise.
If you're looking for any principles at work in all this, Obama will move five Taliban terrorists to freedom to free an alleged deserter, but won't lift a finger to free an honorable Marine who happened to be exercising his Second Amendment rights when he made a wrong turn.