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Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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Transferring five commanders sought by the Taliban was a bad idea—particularly these five commanders. But if the administration was going to get into the business of prisoner swaps, the elected government in Afghanistan needed to be involved. Excluding them sent a clear message​—​to Afghans, to the Taliban, and to potential troublemakers in the region: The Kabul government is weak.

To do this at all was unwise. To do it immediately after announcing the departure of all U.S. troops in 2016 was counterproductive. And to do it in the midst of the Afghan presidential campaign was malpractice.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

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