A Modest Proposal by

Jay B Gaskill

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Sgt. Bowie Bergdahl is freed from the bloody hands of the Afghanistan jihad, after suffering through a brutal and debilitating five years in Taliban hell.

I rejoice.  I empathize with the parents and family. I am a Dad.  I get it.[1]

But my joy is tempered by some practical concerns. The release of five high value enemy leaders was and is dangerous.  Their names: Mullah Mohammad FazlMullah Norullah NooriKhairullah Khairkhwa, Mohammed Nabi Omari, and Abdul Haq Wasiq.

They been described as

“…undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo…” – Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal.

Fazl…was the Taliban’s former deputy defense minister… wanted by the United Nations for his role in massacres targeting Afghan’s Shi’ite Muslim population.

Noori … a senior Taliban military figure … was asked personally in 1995 by Osama bin Laden to participate in an offensive against northern alliance warlord Rashid Dostum.

Khairkhwa, a former Taliban governor of Herat, was …a likely heroin trafficker”, believed to have “participated in meetings with Iranian officials after 9-11 to help plot attacks on U.S. forces following the invasion.

Nabi … helped organize the al Qaeda/Taliban militias that fought against U.S. and coalition troops in the first year of the war…

Only Wasiq seems a comparative lightweight.

Wasig was a deputy minister of intelligence who turned. Pentagon sources say that he was holding out information he had on other top al Qaeda and Taliban leaders during interrogations.”

These Pentagon-sourced accounts were first published by The Daily Beast. LINK —

These five men are to be afoot; and very ugly things will come of their release.  Moreover, the bargain itself creates a perverse and deadly incentive to take more American soldiers prisoner.

…A paradox is presented.…But the paradox has one appropriate solution: 

Track and kill the worst four of the released terror leaders. Do it soon, and do it very visibly.

I look for a tougher America, the “Jack Bauer America” that I can only imagine, the one where the administration recognizes that we are still at war against a deadly set of enemies, the one where we routinely treat thuggish acts against our people with the craft and ruthlessness appropriate to grave threats in time of war, the one where we act with the cold realism appropriate to a war to the death that must win.

This is what that USA would have done:

Before the release of Fazl, Noori, Wasiq, Khairkhwa, and Nabi, each man would have been anesthetized, surgically implanted with a tracking device, given an amnesia-inducing psychotropic; then bathed, shaved and dressed up, awakening in a hotel room.  Only then are they handed over in a trade for the imprisoned American Army Sergeant.

The moment that our man is released, the worst four of the released Taliban leaders (excluding only Wasig) are assassinated at the earliest practicable moment. 


Copyright © 2014 by Jay B Gaskill, attorney at law


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[1] I am aware that there are pending concerns about the circumstances of Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture – as it was away from his unit – but I am not prepared to join the carping voices about “desertion” for two reasons: (1) the matter has not been investigated; (2) this young man was one of us – there is absolutely no intimation that Sgt. Bergdahl changed sides, an allegation that is absurd on its face.  We can trust the military to make this assessment.  My question is this: If he wandered off base, should we and his fellow soldiers have abandoned him? The answer is never. The Christian parable of the prodigal son is apt.

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