Fantasy-based policymaking: Obama considering sending Taliban detainees back to Afghanistan, hoping they won’t wage jihad against U.S. again
Suicidal naivete, or yet another Which Side Is He On Alert: “Obama administration considers turning Taliban detainees over to Afghanistan,” from the Associated Press, June 29 (thanks to Wimpy):
The Obama administration is considering a new gambit to restart peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would send several Taliban detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials told The Associated Press.
Under the proposal, some Taliban fighters or affiliates captured in the early days of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and later sent to Guantanamo under the label of enemy combatants would be transferred out of full U.S. control but not released. It’s a leap of faith on the U.S. side that the men will not become threats to U.S. forces once back on Afghan soil. But it is meant to show more moderate elements of the Taliban insurgency that the U.S. is still interested in cutting a deal for peace….