Obama: ‘Qatar is keeping eyes on’ the Taliban Five

Obama: ‘Qatar is keeping eyes on’ the Taliban Five

[Ed. – Betcha you’ll sleep well tonight knowing that.]

President Obama acknowledged today that there’s “absolutely” the possibility of the five Taliban leaders swapped in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returning to a life of terrorism.

“In terms of potential threats, the release of the Taliban who were being held in Guantanamo was conditioned on the Qataris keeping eyes on them and creating a structure in which we can monitor their activities. We will be keeping eyes on them. Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely. That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo,” Obama said at a joint press conference with President Bronislaw Komorowski in Poland.

“There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place. I wouldn’t be doing it if I thought that it was contrary to American national security. And we have confidence that we will be in a position to go after them if, in fact, they are engaging in activities that threaten our defenses,” he added.

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“But this is what happens at the end of wars. That was true for George Washington; that was true for Abraham Lincoln; that was true for FDR; that’s been true of every combat situation — that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do.”

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