Sure, the five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were bad guys … but just how bad? Politico’s Blake Hounshell asks the question the rest of us would be too embarrassed to ask: were these guys, like, super-powered ninjas or something?

  • CobraJet428

    We get it Hounshell, you’re pro-Al Qieda.

  • sambar2

    Wow. A guy who spends his days arguing that terrorists aren’t really that bad. His mother must be so proud.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      If she’s a DNC party aparachik, yeah…..

      must save el stupido presidente from his mind blowingly stupid self… and if mocking the abilities of GI’s, or the bodies under flags in hangers will save da won…. dickless here, is on the job..

      there is a level of sycophantic imbecile so vile, it leaves a foul taste in your mouth just seeing it… gopher nutz wins the solid gold kewpie doll……

      • Archer305

        When you said “dickless here”, I heard Dan Aykroyd from “Ghostbusters” saying “Everything was fine until dickless here cut off the power grid”, the mayor asking “Is this true??” and Bill Murray replies “Yes, your honor, this man has no dick”. I would guess that Housnell doesn’t have any shame either.

        This Housnell guy reminds me of the sniveling little weasel, Peck, from that movie.

  • JD Son

    Sure, they are ninjas, in an Al Qaeda sort of way. They got their black belts in killing people via terorism.

    • Jill

      If vanishing skills including detonating oneself into a thousand pieces, I guess he might have a point.

  • Michael Rice

    Hasn’t everyone in Gitmo been off the battlefield for years? We should release them all then, right?

  • lesterwink23

    Mr. Hounshell, are you really that dense or are you sacrificing common sense for ideology? Try that high and mighty crap on the families of the men who died looking for Bergdahl, and while you’re at it go screw yourself you blithering putz.

    • tedZilla99

      Answer: yes, he’s both.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    he is a shit stain.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Son of Sam has been off the streets now for many years…plenty of of serial killers out there now….let’s release him.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      In these hacks bathroom, without prior notice…

      ain’t like he’s a ninja…

  • Emily B

    Off the battlefield?? Well, I have heard that terrorism is like riding a bike. You forget after a while.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Eh. They have been off the battlefield for years; surely plenty of veteran commanders out there…”

    (*pssst*) “Hound from hell”– yeah, you, Blake– Google “Jonathan Wainwright, US Army, general.” See what comes up. Then tell me about a commander taken from the battlefield, and others coming along to replace him, and how getting a commander back, is no big deal one way or the other.

  • TugboatPhil

    Hey, Blake, why don’t you go interview them since Danny Pearl never got to do his. Tell us all about those guys who’ve been out of circulation for so long. Just, uh…don’t lose your head over it.

    • karmafordems

      Blake is a very very sick individual

    • Informed&Concerned

      Hey Phil – Blake wants to hear they are ninjas.

      Yes, Blake. They are ninjas. (doesn’t change the rotten facts though)

  • Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    By his logic every violent criminal… murderer/rapist/pedophile should be released from prison and just told to not leave the country for a year.

    I mean geez, it’s not like those violent criminals have done anything lately! It’s not like they have superpowers!

    • mrspinky85

      If superpowers was a criteria, no one would be in jail. As for ninjas being trained assassins and warriors, I think he showed his ignorance on this topic too.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        He did… ninja’s were just assassins, when they were caught, a single samurai made fish bait out of them… their skill was stealth, poisons, ambush, not combat.

        but that aside, I still even over 30 years later, fully disabled, no physical threat, remember how to fire a weapon, wire an anti-personel mine…

        does any rational leftist think I would not be a threat to them, if I chose to be? Almost any vet has skills that unchecked, could kill thousands. But we don’t, never will.. turn on our own..

        this thundering asshat’s argument is, meh,… no threat..

        I’m sure all the GI’s on Omaha beach mowed down by old men and 15 year old conscripts would agree, you have ta be a NINJA to be dangerous..

        did this idiot sleep through his entire life?

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Bowe Bergdahl martyred himself for Allah to get those prisoners released. He gave himself up so they could be free.

    • bicentennialguy

      He probably gave himself up to them in more ways than one.

      • Shubi

        It looks like his dad is bucking for an opportunity to “give himself up” as well. Or maybe he already got it.

  • mrspinky85

    Thank you for spitting on the graves of every person each of these men murder or are responsible for murdering. I think the dead believe they are THAT bad. You piece of feces. If this is the new liberal talking point they can shut that mess down now because if they weren’t THAT bad they wouldn’t have been in Gitmo in the first place; dumbass.

  • disqus_glB3YKQ95H

    This guy is too stupid to even be called a a-hole.

  • daPenguin

    should this just go back to the motto “do not feed the trolls”? Is he really that stupid or should we just ignore him?

  • frozeninbemidji

    Why would anyone waste a reasoned response on an obvious troll attempt? The guy really just needs to be punched in the mouth.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Trust me… these five kill anyone, it’ll happen..

      he can’t find a blue bubble thick enough to hide from all the contempt that just earned him..

  • CO2 Producer

    “This is a historic moment for us. Today our enemy (for the) first time officially recognized our status. I can’t explain how our people are happy and excited over this unbelievable achievement. Today we reached our destination,” a senior member of the Afghan Taliban told NBC News exclusively from a hideout in Afghanistan.

    Fugitive Taliban boss Mullah Omar declared “victory” Sunday in the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five hardened Guantanamo Bay detainees.

    “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation, all the mujahedeen and to the families and relatives of the prisoners for this big victory,” said Omar, who was the Taliban head of state between 1996 and 2001.

    “Professional” dim bulbs like Hounshell don’t get the significance of this exchange. The Administration has for all intents and purposes legitimized the Taliban as a proper military force instead of simply recognizing it as an extremist group that terrorizes innocent people. It’s a show of respect that its members don’t deserve. They are laughing at us. The enemy had been emboldened. Afghanistan and the West will have to deal with the ramifications for a long time to come.

  • Rex

    Question: Why are Qatar taking them back these five and not Afghanistan? Answer: The Taliban were never Afghan to begin with, rather they were Radical Muslims from surrounding countries that remained in the country after the USSR conflict, then took over Afghanistan and ended up making life miserable for the Afghan people with their own Radical Islam. It would be like groups of non American groups like La Raza or CAIR forcing America to accommodate their own agendas rather than respecting the local Government, customs, or the will of the people….. Oh crap!

  • Philip Andrews

    What difference does it make? Right, Hill…uh, Hounshell?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Apparently, Blake has been drinking some of Tommy Vietor’s Kool-aid. “Dude, that was a long time ago.”

  • kerrari1898

    “What’s the argument that these five Taliban guys are so dangerous?”
    I think it has something to do with them being commanders in a terrorist organisation, Mr Person Whose Supposed To Be A Professional Journalist. Plus releasing five of them in exchange for one deserter does give a clear signal to other terrorists to kidnap more Americans. Alleged professional journalists ought to be pointing these patronisingly obvious points out to the general public, not the other way around.
    “Are they ninjas?”
    No, they’re terrorists. A better question would be who the hell thought hiring you to be a pretend journalist was a worthwhile expenditure.
    “Do they have superpowers?”
    No, they’re terrorists. A better question would be are you involved in a Twitter duel with Chris Hayes to see who can ask the most embarrasingly inept question concerning this terrorist release.

  • Apostic

    Pardon me for breaking the Godwin silence but: I don’t think Hitler was a ninja, and no way he was gonna walk.

  • QueenB

    Does one need to be a ninja if you can convince others to strap on a suicide vest and do your dirty work for you?

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      No… obviously not.. in the age of explosives, firearms, even uneducated farmboys can kill hundreds, a lesson any student of history knows…

      dickless here, apparently thinks they all face off like Samurai, .. and settle disputes on pure artistry with a blade..

      either he’s just an idiot, or did much acid in college watching kung fu theater on cable.

  • Perso Nasplit

    holy crap on a biscuit! He even asked again ( ). The extent these morons will try to backtrack and rationalize or white-wash the fact that this president is worse than bush EVER was, is shocking.

    If this was any other previous president, they would be screaming from the mountaintop for their heads. But now, they are ok with it, because the terrorists arent F-ing NINJAS!

    • keyboard jockey

      They just released the intelligence and planning branch of the Taliban, they aren’t ninjas. They are integral to the Taliban taking over Afghanistan once we leave. Obama just released the wolves on the Afghan people.

      Blake Hounshell ✔ @blakehounshell <—— this is just sad for what is supposed to pass for intelligent commentary in the media.

    • kerrari1898

      If this idiot had any self awareness, he’d die of shame twice. Once for being a boot licking, disingenious fake-journalist establishment toady. Then again for his wretched incompetence at being a boot licking, disingenious fake-journalist establishment toady.
      I mean, ninjas? You’re tasked with blowing smoke over the latest Obama scandal, and the best you can come up with is questions about ninjas? Honest to goodness, ninjas, ffs?
      The only question this inept boob ought to be asking on a professional basis is ‘do you want fries with that’?

  • Ghee!

    Mortifying lack of awareness by yet another idiot liberal with a keyboard. Hounshell proves beyond the pale what the real position of today’s prog is and that is the unquestionable disdain for America. Choosing rather to mock than even feign any intellectual debate, may all you libs that support his opinion truly rot.

  • Dirty Dutch

    You know, it’s our fault that people like Hounshell can continue to write. It we didn’t read and comment in his sh!t he wouldn’t have an audience. Just sayin.

  • carmenta

    Thank GOD for Twitchy!! When the next horror is unleashed – and it will happen – I want every last miserable apologist for this admin to be tattooed with the insanities they inflict on the rest of the world in defense of their messiah.

    • bicentennialguy

      Sadly, they will not however.

  • LimpingHenry

    He really doesn’t understand how stupid he is.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      That he just mocked the effort and sacrifices so many made to catch these animals, many who gave that full devotion politicians whisper about when they want votes… but forget when the favor needs returned..

      he showed in full unashamed glory just how contemptable these media left wing hacks are…

      GI’s are the ingnorant suckers who believe in this country, and are treated as fully expendable, when it serves their needs in the DNC… when every special little snowflake progressive stays as far away from serving as mommy and daddy’s money will take them.

      I have known 17 year old boys with more brains, honor, integrity then the entire Politico staff combined, at least I could trust them to have my back with an automatic weapon, and not expect they’d sneak off under a tree to suck their own toes like this idiot.

      in a just world, that cretin would be frog marched into basic, strappef in his gear, and dropped into the big sandbox to test his skill against these non-ninjas he thinks are so damn harmless.

      ps… I lied… those 17 year olds?… they weren’t boys.. they were men, and I was proud to know them.

  • FirstBoot

    All these partisan hack “journalists” must love the weather in Obama’s nether region since they have decided to retire there.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Don’t they though?

      I hope when they have carpet laid, they use double the necessary tack strips… and drill some extra holes for the cable lines..

  • ee1774

    “What’s the argument that these five Taliban guys are so dangerous? Are they ninjas? Do they have superpowers?”

    Then why do the exchange?
    Why not simply release them?

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Don’t doubt many on the left are after exactly that..

      it’s always our fault, and ONLY, our fault.

      how these morons survive childhood is a testament to medical science and desperate parents bubble wrapping everything.

  • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

    What, a certifiable full blown nonfunctional devolpmentallly disabled brain dead retard..

    look stumpy, I was just a non-ninja airman,… but know how to wire a claymore just fine, you think it’d be a jim f’ing dandy idea to release me in your backyard if I were a certifiable Al Qaeda nutjob?


    If these five ever take out another group of Americans, what the F will be your excuse you breathing mass of dog vomit?… will you mock the dead too?

    If obama every took a sharp corner, he’d snap your neck like a twig with your nose that far up his ass…

    miserable choad, drive by a cemetary on the way home, I’m sure that’d brighten your day….

    single digit salute to laughable POLITICO hack….

  • Wag_a_muffin

    Thank you Blake. I now know if I am every accosted by in a dark alley by a group of thugs all I have to do is ask, “are any of you ninjas?” and if they say, “heck no,” then I have NOTHING to worry about.

  • Jon

    It’s also a bit racist/ethnocentric for Hounshell to say this, since the implied idea is these guys just got lucky the first time, and are too backwards/stupid to be able to do it again. So they’re not a serious threat (as opposed to what Hounshell likely sees as the biggest threat to the Republic, middle-aged white guys with gun permits…)

  • Dan13

    If the rate of exchange for a traitorous deserter is five to one, what is the rate of exchange for a CIA Station Chief?

  • CharacterHasNoColor

    Obviously, Hounshell, hates his last name, so he plays the imbecile to garner both attention and pity.

  • Magnifico

    That’s right; just poo-poo it. What’s 5 compared to 36,000 illegal aliens?

  • Tigerspike

    “and what about the ninja thing, Eli?”

    “That’s just you being a jack@$$.

    • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

      Besides, the use of the Ninjas snark is co-opting another culture and UC Irvine has taught us this week that it’s not only insensitive but RASCIST!

  • capisce

    Hounshell wants to argue that these five, several wanted by UN on war crime charges, wont be able to inspire acts of terror like say, a scapegoated ‘shadowy character’ who posted a video?

  • kblue905

    “off the battlefield for years” so they’re harmless? My grandfather hasn’t seen a battlefield since WWII ended. Would this guy like to join us at a range and see what he can do at 1000 yards with a .50 cal and me spotting him. He’s 91, and thanks to the advance in technology, more accurate than ever, from a much longer distance!

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      I have made the same point, you don’t unlearn certain things, and when you have firearms, explosives… and not swords.. only the soon to be dead find non super powered non ninjas completely harmless..

      I learned area denial, how to booby trap an airbase to make it unusable to Soviet forces,.. that was ugly, ugly stuff.. I will not post any of it on an open forum. It was worse than you’d imagine, explosives, ammunition used strategically, white phosphorus, .. none a very quick way to die..

      Just saying, the skills to kill, you don’t forget once you learn them. To write a guy off because he hasn’t been on the field for a few years, is blindly stupid.. and ultimately, suicidal.

    • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

      So, not being ‘hands-on’ and continuing in an advisory and/or organizational capacity = inert. Uh, don’t think so.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Ah the left, once again defending and making excuses for terrorists, and calling Americans crazy. They do the same thing with criminals and murderers domestically also. That’s the mental disorder known as liberalism.

    • Shubi

      Leftist media = Satan’s ventriloquist dummies.

  • tc

    Don’t have to be Ninjas…it’s amazing what a pair of brothers can do with an extreme ideology, a backpack and rice cooker.

  • Aitch748

    Gotta love the idiocy of the Left. Worrying about freed Islamofascist terrorists is just crazy talk, and mockworthy. Everybody knows that it’s the Tea Party and law-abiding gun owners who are the REAL problem, or something.

  • bobbymike34

    The bigger picture that posts like this continue to show is the left continues to descend further into lunacy and many Republicans (Christy most recently) talk of getting along and compromising.
    You can’t compromise with evil or stupidity for that matter and the left has both in spades.

  • Independentview

    I would have to believe that Blake Hounshells relatives were the ones in Germany in the 1930’s saying things like “Where is the proof that Hitler would ever harm anyone.”

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      And mocking those who saw the early work camps ws deluded…

      the ultimate “good German”…

      Famous as well for pointing out the local mayors, officials to the Soviet execution units.. not even hunting just Nazi’s, but any potential resistance. Their reward was a whole days extra ration.. wow… makes that whole give up the neighbor you never liked to the goon squad thing worthwhile don’t it?

      His kind of vermin has always followed power sucking up…

  • ejochs

    This putz was last feeling sorry for himself when Palin got Ukraine right and he got it wrong.

  • KC

    Hounsell proved he is a total idiot today!

  • Acethepug

    Wow, the utter desperation to try and spin this to protect President Boyfriend is very telling.

    As others pointed out, “journalist,” Osama Bin Laden was just one man — and President Boyfriend spiked the football over that one early and often.

    Did you make an equally vapid point THEN about it being just one man?

    I am betting you didn’t, but then that wouldn’t suit the narrative, would it, you hacktastic shill?

    Pond scum has more morality and decency than you do. Leprosy has more integrity than you do.

    Blake, I pray to God these people President Boyfriend released don’t preside over more killing, but if they do, I hope that fact and your trite comments above haunt you to your dying day, you disgusting, immoral hack.

  • VerminMcCann

    Next he’ll argue that Tamerlan Tsarnaev should be released. I mean, it’s not like he’s Mumra the Everliving or something.

  • jjcassidy

    No. So that must have meant that Osama bin Laden was? Or why did we need to send troops to assassinate a guy hiding out in Pakistan? So either leaders are effective without being ninjas, or only ninjas matter.

  • Black Belt Conservative

    I am sure that this guy was directing his question to the basement dwelling liberals which comprise his audience.

  • Moue La Moue

    This guy, with his ninja terrorists must have eaten one too many lead paint chips as a kid. Idiot.

  • stellatruman

    ” Maybe you should leave certain topics to the adults, champ. I hear Buzzfeed needs someone to make cat GIFs. ”

    Comments like this make me wish I was on Twitter , but as it is, I feel like my comments on conservative websites are being watched

  • stellatruman

    I find it equally disturbing that our president willingly entered this trade as I do that there are still lemmings supporting this dangerous, destructive man

  • Bo Tye

    Although it may seem appealing, altruistic cooperation is only practical in small groups whose members can agree upon common ways and means.