Today, Secretary of State John Kerry made his first remarks on the release of Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five members of the Taliban freed from Guantanamo, stressing that he “felt confident the five Taliban detainees freed in a swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans.”
Kerry added that “Qatari officials were not the only ones monitoring them — and that while the five might be able to return to the battlefield, “they also have the ability to get killed doing that.””
Mr. Kerry, in some of his first public remarks on the exchange, struck a decidedly tough tone, dismissing as “baloney” the suggestion that terrorists would have new incentive to kidnap Americans. He also hinted, without offering details, that the United States had the means to monitor the Taliban members, who are now in Qatar, and act against them if necessary.
The Qataris “aren’t the only ones keeping an eye on them,” Mr. Kerry said on the CNN program “State of the Union.” He added, “These guys pick a fight with us in the future or now or at any time at enormous risk.
The full transcript of Secretary of State Kerry’s interview on CNN’s State of the Union is available here.
Kerry made a point in the interview that seems to be lost on those crying foul over this deal, “No one should doubt the capacity of America to protect Americans.” Enough said.
Needless to say, Kerry chewed up the right wing fodder into some tasty “baloney” earlier today. They have nothing to stand on in their complaints against the swap for Bergdahl’s release. Quite frankly, it is all smoke and mirrors and right wing propaganda. The stuff we all know they thrive on…