From the Islamists attacking targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, to an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organization invading and taking over Iraq's second-largest city on Tuesday, some anti-terrorism experts believe President Barack Obama's controversial deal wherein the U.S. traded five top-level terrorist leaders for one questionable POW -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- has not only caused jihadists to celebrate another victory, but emboldened them.
"These terrorists -- whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza or Nigeria -- are really 'feeling their oats' and this latest victory in Iraq must cause the U.S. government to at least reevaluate its terrorism policy," said former police counterterrorism unit member Jorge Gestaud.
Following the suspected Taliban attacks on an airport in Karachi, Pakistan, and on targets in Afghanistan, Iraq's prime minister is prodding the parliament to allow him to announce a national state of emergency after Islamist terrorists boldly invaded the city of Mosul and a large part of Nineveh province.
Nouri Maliki bemoaned news of Iraq's second-largest city being seized by suspected members of the al-Qaida offshoot that changed its name from al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII) to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. According to reports from the Middle East, Iraqi military and police personnel fled Mosul when close to one thousand jihadists ambushed them and invaded Mosul neighborhoods. In addition tens of thousands of civilians fled the city and are now considered refugees.
The U.S. State Department's Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington that "the situation in Mosul was extremely serious" and that the US supported "a strong, coordinated response to push back against this aggression."
"As usual, President Barack Obama's minions such as Psaki talk the talk, but that's about it. The U.S. won't do anything to help Iraq except maybe free more terrorists and their leaders," quipped former U.S. Marine and police inspector Ronald Pagliano.
Maliki late Tuesday said he had requested Iraq's parliament to declare a state of emergency so that soldiers, police officers and intelligence agents would have broadened powers of arrest as well as the imposition of nighttime curfews.
Meanwhile, political strategist Michael Baker wonders when Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be reunited with his family and visit the White House to thank Obama. "I'm wondering if, in addition to the military's 'reintegration' program, Bergdahl is being coached about what he should say and what he should not reveal," he said.