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According to a new report by Paul Sperry of the NY Post a Taliban leader was freed from Guantanamo Bay in a 2014 swap by Obama.

Sperry writes:

When then-President Barack Obama released five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an American deserter in 2014, he assured a wary public the dangerous enemy combatants would be transferred to Qatar and kept from causing any trouble in Afghanistan.

In fact, they were left free to engineer Sunday’s sacking of Kabul.

Soon after gaining their freedom, some of the notorious Taliban Five pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan and made contacts with active Taliban militants there. But the Obama-Biden administration turned a blind eye to the disturbing intelligence reports, and it wasn’t long before the freed detainees used Qatar as a base to form a regime in exile.

Eventually, they were recognized by Western diplomats as official representatives of the Taliban during recent “peace” talks.

Earlier this year, one of them, Khairullah Khairkhwa, actually sat across the table from President Biden’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Moscow, where Khairkhwa was part of the official Taliban delegation that negotiated the final terms of the US withdrawal. The retreat cleared a path for the Taliban to retake power after 20 years.

“I started jihad to remove foreign forces from my country and establish an Islamic government, and jihad will continue until we reach that goal through a political agreement,” Khairkhwa said at the summit.

After raiding the presidential palace in Kabul, a group of armed Taliban fighters told Al Jazeera that they were arranging to bring back their Gitmo-paroled leadership from Qatar upon securing the capital. One unidentified fighter, who blasted America for “oppressing our people for 20 years,” claimed he had also been locked up at the Guantanamo Bay facility. It’s more evidence Gitmo catch-and-release policies facilitated the fall of Afghanistan to the enemy Washington vowed to crush after 9/11.

The mastermind of the regime change is former detainee Khairkhwa, the Taliban mullah whom Obama released from Gitmo even though the Pentagon classified him as too dangerous to release.

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Obama Freed Taliban Mastermind of Kabul Seizure

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A Taliban commander released from the Guantanamo Bay prison by former President Barack Obama masterminded the takeover of Kabul, it was reported.

Khairullah Khairkhwa, arrested after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-14 after Pentagon officials accused him of ​​being a close associate of Osama bin Laden and was deemed too dangerous to be released, the New York Post reported Monday night.

Khairkhwa was released in exchange for an American deserter, who later was court-martialed. At the time of the 2014 release, Obama assured the public that Khairkhwa and four other enemy combatants would be transferred to Qatar and kept from causing any trouble in Afghanistan.

However, the freed detainees quickly used Qatar as a base to form a regime in exile.

In fact, members of the Taliban Five were recognized by Western diplomats as official representatives of the movement during recent “peace” talks, the Post said. Khairkhwa actually sat across the table from President Joe Biden’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Moscow.

Khairkhwa was part of the official Taliban delegation that negotiated the final terms of the U.S. withdrawal.

“I started jihad to remove foreign forces from my country and establish an Islamic government, and jihad will continue until we reach that goal through a political agreement,” Khairkhwa said at the summit.

Taliban fighters told Al Jazeera they were arranging to bring back their leadership from Qatar upon securing the Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.

Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, among prisoners released by the Afghan government as a result of the February 2020 peace deal signed by the Trump administration and the Taliban, on Tuesday returned to Afghanistan for the first time in nearly 20 years, Yahoo News reported Wednesday.

One Taliban member, who claimed he had been detained at Guantanamo Bay, slammed America for “oppressing our people for 20 years.”

Khairkhwa earlier this year assured the administration the Taliban would not launch a spring military offensive if Biden committed to removing all remaining U.S. troops. He also promised not to retaliate against any Afghans who worked with the U.S. military or the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.

Reports coming out of Afghanistan indicated the Taliban were going door to door to punish their enemies and people who cooperated with Westerners.

Khairkhwa previously has overseen beheadings and stonings while instated as the Taliban’s interior minister, the Daily Mail reported.

Obama released Khairkhwa and four other combatants in exchange for the Taliban releasing U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl, who was captured after deserting his post in Afghanistan.

Obama celebrated Bergdahl as a heroic “POW,” but the soldier ultimately was court-martialed and pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after the facts of his disappearance and capture became known.

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NYT’s Maureen Dowd rips Obama ‘orgy,’ enraging ex-prez’s Twitter admirers

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s comparisons of former President Barack Obama to “The Great Gatsby” and Marie Antoinette were apparently too extreme for many liberal fans of the ex-commander-in-chief on Twitter this weekend. 

Many social mediaites suggested Dowd was being a “Karen” for penning the critical piece, while others accused her of being “jealous” that she wasn’t invited to Obama’s celebrity-packed Martha’s vineyard birthday party last weekend.

And there was more than a little Trump “whataboutism” in the fast-flying tweets. 

Dowd, a Pulitzer Prize winner, criticized the 44th president for his 60th birthday, which oozed ostentatiousness and seemed to favor A-listers over the less famous friends who were once the wind beneath his wings when he was just a junior U.S. senator from Illinois. 

“The party crystallized the caricature of the Democratic Party that Joe Biden had to fight against in order to get elected,” Dowd pointed out in her piece, titled “Behold Barack Antoinette,” published Saturday. 

“It was as far from Flint and Scranton as you can imagine: an orgy of the 1 percent — private jets, Martha’s Vineyard, limousine liberals and Hollywood whoring.” 

“It was as far from Flint and Scranton as you can imagine: an orgy of the 1 percent — private jets, Martha’s Vineyard, limousine liberals and Hollywood whoring.” — Maureen Dowd, New York Times

Many of the guests invited to what was initially supposed to be a 500-person event were summarily uninvited after the former president received widespread backlash for having a potential “super-spreader” event while the delta variant of the coronavirus is spiking. Nevertheless , a massive tent was seen erected on Obama’s Massachusetts property to accommodate the scaled-back gathering.

Dowd pointed out the ousted partiers tended to be people like political operatives David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, who helped Obama become the man he is today, while uber-celebrities like Beyoncé and John Legend made the cut. 

Kicked-to-the-curb guest Stephen Colbert later joked Obama had to scale back the guest list to “only his closest Beyoncés.” 

“Whether the party was 500 or 300 or 30, Obama should have made sure to have the people there who made the moment possible, the ones who worked so hard to get him elected and cement his legacy,” Dowd mused. 

She compared Obama to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby having lavish parties on his lawn to get Daisy to notice him – except Obama did it, she wrote, because “Being cool is important to him.”

“One difference is that Gatsby opened his house to the uninvited,” she added. “Obama closed his house to many of the invited after getting flak for hosting ‘a celebrity mosh pit,’ as Stephen Colbert called it, while officials were telling people to mask back up.’”

“Gatsby opened his house to the uninvited. Obama closed his house to many of the invited.”— Maureen Dowd, New York Times

Nuanced as the article was, Obama Twitter wasn’t having it.  

“Says Maureen Dowd, who remains desperate for relevancy,” one person wrote. 

Another added, Trump and the republicans have one spreader event after another. But Maureen Dowd attacks Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday bash. Everybody there was vaccinated Maureen. It was no spreader event. And you weren’t invited.”

“he’s just not that into you, maureen. get over it,” a third mocked. 

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Martha’s Vineyard Sees COVID Spike After Obama Bash

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Martha’s Vineyard is experiencing a COVID-19 spike with 74 people testing positive for the virus after hundreds of people converged on the wealthy enclave to dance and party — maskless — at last Saturday’s bash celebrating President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday.

Health officials are pointing out it is still too early to know if the cases were related to the workers and guests who gathered for Obama’s weekend extravaganza, The Daily Mail reported in an exclusive Saturday.

“At this time we’re not aware of any cases connected to the Obama party,” Tisbury health agent and Boards of Health spokesperson Maura Valley told the news outlet. “It’s a little too early and the only way we’re going to know is through comprehensive contact tracing.”

Last Saturday, hundreds of guests flew in from around the country to party under tents on his estate in Edgartown, but in the nights before the celebration itself, Obama also met with friends Thursday at the Barn Bowl & Bistro and then Friday at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.

The party continued Sunday when Obama enjoyed a brunch at the Beach Road restaurant under a marquee that was built for him by the water in Vineyard Haven.

Even before the week celebrations, though, Martha’s Vineyard was already having a surge of cases, with 48 people falling ill in the week before the party. Of those people, about half had gotten their vaccinations, said health officials.

Obama had been preparing to welcome 500 people to his home for the party but announced the event was being scaled back while the COVID-19 virus, spurred by the delta variant, continued to grow nationwide.

Obama said he had retracted invitations for everyone but his own family and his close friends, but a laundry list of the rich and famous showed up, including the celebrity couples Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, who joined Chrissy Teigen and John Legend and about 300-400 others to eat, drink, and dance the night away.

Photos and videos were leaked from the party showed maskless Obama joining others on the dance floor. Singer Erykah Badu, one of many celebrities who released footage, has apologized on Twitter for being a “terrible guest,” reports USA Today.

Other party guests have also released selfies of themselves with the former president and his wife, Michelle — and masks were not being worn.

Many guests stayed in Edgartown, where the island is seeing a huge cluster of cases, with several celebrities, including actor Bradley Cooper, staying at the Harbor View Hotel, where six employees have tested positive for COVID, The Daily Mail reported.

Local health officials say there are other COVID clusters in Edgartown, including the Alchemy Bistro & Bar, where 14 cases have been reported, and at the Port Hunter restaurant with five cases. Both of the restaurants have been shut down temporarily, along with other establishments, and mask mandates are in place at bars and restaurants around Martha’s Vineyard.

“I’m sure some attendees went home with some extra luggage they didn’t pack or see,” one Edgartown resident told The Daily Mail. “I wouldn’t have gone to the party even if I was invited.”

A “coronavirus coordinator” was reportedly hired to ensure the party was CDC-compliant, and Obama said he was making his guests and staff maintain a high standard of care.

People attending the party were made to take COVID tests and share their results to enter the event, but island residents pointed out that the partygoers were all over the place on the island before hitting the former president’s estate.

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