This emotional scene with Pres. Obama and the Bergdahl parents will quickly turn back to the question of the detainee security in Qatar.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) May 31, 2014
President Obama spoke this evening about the deal he agreed to which released five Taliban leaders from Gitmo in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held in Afghanistan since 2009.
Obama appeared with Bergdahl’s parents to make the statement:
Obama appears with Berghdal's parents to announce "their son is coming home" pic.twitter.com/EbqAv24yNr
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) May 31, 2014
Addressing deep concerns about the released Taliban leaders, Obama said Qatar, where the five are supposed to remain for at least one year, has promised to keep an eye on them:
Obama says Qatar has committed to putting in safeguards while they hold the 5 fmr Gitmo detainees.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014
Obama: 5 Taliban will go to Qatar. 'The Qatari govt has given us assurances it will put in place measures to protect our national security.'
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 31, 2014
Qatar has given assurances they’ll protect U.S. national security? That failed to provide a lot of comfort:
@ByronYork Ohhhh…I feel better! Like Duuuude…Qatar has our back.
— Dr. Drive Thru (@DrDriveThru) May 31, 2014
@ByronYork sometime in the near future some innocent Americans are going to die because of this "deal"
— Dillon (@000Dillon000) May 31, 2014
@ByronYork glad the guy is home. worried we have to rely on Qatar to guarantee our national security.
— Ray H. Jenkins (@RayHJenkins) May 31, 2014
Oh, goody…. Qatar is going to protect us. Wow.. I will really sleep well at night. #Bergdahl
— ColorMeRed (@ColorMeRed) May 31, 2014
— Summer Hawkes (@SummerAnnHawkes) May 31, 2014
Reminder: Even if Qatar keeps the five who have been called “among the most dangerous” at Gitmo under close watch, they will most likely only be required to stay there for one year.
Qatar assured US 5 freed Taliban detainees won't pose threat: minimum 1 year travel ban, prevents them leaving Qatar. http://t.co/EiRYWJT7ul
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) May 31, 2014
And then what?