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Hillary: Taliban 5 'Not a Threat to the United States'

7:37 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Hillary Clinton says the Taliban 5, released more than a week ago by President Obama, are "not a threat to the United States."

"These five guys are not a threat to the United States," says Clinton. "They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try to rescue everybody."

Last week President Obama traded the Taliban 5, who were being held at Gitmo, for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held by the Taliban.

Daniel Halper is online editor at The Weekly Standard and author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine (forthcoming).

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