Taliban Confirms it Will Seek to Kidnap More Soldiers

It's almost like rewarding people for bad behavior leads to more of that behavior, not less. Who could have predicted that?

A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME by telephone Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.

“It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”

The glass half full view of this? The Taliban really do suck at pretty much everything, especially taking POWs. Hell, they're bad at killing our guys. We've been in Afghanistan for 12+ years now and we've lost 2300 men. Which is tragic, yes, but put that into historical context and you realize that our enemies there just aren't that good. To put that into context, that's about as many men that were KIA at Pearl Harbor ... in a single day.

The problem with this isn't that they will succeed in kidnapping more of our military men and women, it's that they might try. Which means more attacks, and more dead soldiers. In a war we've already decided to quit fighting.

Now that's tragic.

Posted by: Rusty at 11:33 AM


1 I am sure Barack Obama sees himself as the real hero in this scenario, because he is reining in the big, bad Military-Industrial Complex that is Oppressing the Afghan People. He and his administration discount the lives of a few soldiers (whom he disrespects, anyway) compared to that Larger Issue.

We know that, because of the way they handled the Fast & Furious scandal, running guns to drug cartels, and killing lots of Mexicans and a few agents, all for the Large Issue of supporting more strict gun control.

The next trick is to empty Gitmo entirely.

Posted by: Valerie at June 05, 2014 11:47 AM

2 Big POW swap! One floggin' POW who was the only one captured and not killed after.
That says it all right there, the Taliban should have by their playbook made bergdahl star in a beheading video yet they did not.

Posted by: obsidian at June 05, 2014 12:27 PM

3 Trading Bergdahl for the 5 Taliban allstars is like trading Patton, Bradly and McArthur for Sargeant Schultz.

Theconcept unintended consequences is about to explode full force. Prepare for bloodier acts of terrorism and more kidnappings of US soldiers, civilians, and the cluelessdo-gooders.

Posted by: Kuffar at June 05, 2014 12:39 PM

4 In Re the headline: Yeah, who could have seen that coming? Just everybody with at least half a brain, which apparently leaves out the current administration of "geniuses."

Posted by: Bill M at June 05, 2014 02:35 PM

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