More hypocrisy from the Obama administration
In the August 27, 2014 edition of “Foreign Policy,” Gordon Lubold and Nathaniel Sobel have a piece about ongoing Islamist attempts to trade hostages for imprisoned terrorist Aafia Siddiqui. She is currently in a Texas prison for attempted terrorist murder of US troops in Afghanistan.
“Two years ago,” they write, “a group of senior U.S. national security officials received a tantalizing proposal from officials in Pakistan. If the United States would release a Pakistani woman serving a lengthy prison sentence in Texas for attempted murder, Islamabad would try to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”
But the really interesting part is the Obama administration’s response:
“According to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the proposal, President Barack Obama's national security advisors swiftly rejected the offer. To free the prisoner, Aafia Siddiqui, who's linked to al Qaeda and was convicted in 2010 of attempting to kill Americans in Afghanistan, would violate the administration's policy of not granting concessions to terrorist groups, the officials concluded. It would also put a potentially dangerous fighter back on the street.”
Yet, according to all reports about the latest and previous conflicts, this same administration saw no contradiction in their continual pressure on Israel to grant concessions to Hamas and other terror groups, including large releases of prisoners.
Is this more evidence of the Obama administration’s antipathy toward the Jewish State?