Stating an obvious repercussion of the Bowe Bergdahl/Terrorist release, one well-placed Taliban commander told reporters that the move “has encouraged our people” to kidnap more American soldiers.
A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME 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 by telephone 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 commander has been known to TIME for several years and has consistently supplied reliable information about Bergdahl’s captivity.
The terrorist release for Bergdahl is without a doubt a victory for the organization over America. Aside from the obvious military victory in having high-ranking officials back in the fold, the move makes it more likely to embolden the terrorist organization to use hostages in a negotiation with the United States. Negotiations that Obama has never supported according to … Obama.
One day after the terrorist release was announced, Ted Cruz made the following statement:
“What does this tell terrorists? That if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorist prisoners?”
The Taliban themselves have now answered that question.