Romney hits U.S. Taliban proposal
February 2nd, 2012
09:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney hits U.S. Taliban proposal

Reno, Nevada (CNN) – Keeping up his sharp criticism of President Obama's military policy, on Thursday Mitt Romney slammed a proposal that could result in the transfer of some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

"Today there's talk about him releasing five people from Guantanamo as a sign of good faith to the Taliban," Romney told an overflow audience standing outside his packed rally in Reno. "Are you kidding me? A sign of good faith to our enemy that's killing our troops? I just, I simply can't get over it."

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In an effort to negotiate with the Taliban, the Obama administration has proposed a transfer of some prisoners from Guantanamo to Qatar as a sign of good faith by the United States.

The administration said any discussion about releasing the detainees would be preliminary and would hinge upon the Taliban renouncing terrorism and agreeing to peace talks.

The GOP candidate continued his attacks on the Defense Department chief for declaring Wednesday that the United States and NATO plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013.

Romney is expected to do well in Nevada's Saturday caucuses, and seemed upbeat and punchy in his remarks to the roughly 200 people who could not squeeze into his evening event.

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He joked perhaps the people huddled near heat lamps in the chilly evening air weren't let inside because they had bad breath, and encouraged them to go watch his event on TV at home to escape the 40-degree weather.

"You got bad breath or something? What's the matter?" he asked. "You get to come and say hi and then get to go home."

– CNN's Barbara Starr and Adam Levine contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Guantanamo Bay • Mitt Romney • Nevada • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Well, the GOP is called the American Taliban for a reason.

    February 2, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. lgny

    Last I heard, AQ was the enemy. The Taliban were merely middlemen who refused to turn over the AQ to us. What's so terrible about turning them from an enemy to an ally or at least a non-combatant?

    February 2, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Dan5404

    Apparently Romney is speaking out of context again, completely oimitting what Obama demanded from the Taliban, which if accepted, could end the war earlier. Romney has no clue about foreign policy, only the policy of stopping progress unless they can lie and exaggerate Obama out of office. Ain't gonna happen.

    February 2, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Redleg56

    It was Reagan who brought us the Taliban in the first place.

    February 2, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. donna

    Romney forgets that USA started the war against the Taliban.

    During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, President Clinton bombed Afghanistan. He was hunting Osama bin Laden, but missed. The USA killed 19 Taliban people instead. It was an act of war. When the smoke cleared, the Taliban thought it was a good idea to get together with Al Qaeda, and said that they wished they had the means to retaliate. Then they asked American students, "How would you like it if we sent missiles and blew up your buildings?"

    So, yeah. Romney got his head twisted wrong about this. He would definitely NOT make a good commander-in-chief. Anything Obama is doing as a sign of good faith to the Taliban – I'm all for it. Let's get this thing over with and move on toward a new goal: Peace.

    February 3, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  6. Sirned

    Sounds reasonable. So of course the Republicans will be against it.

    February 3, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  7. fovillian

    How many did Bush / Cheney release?

    February 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. Will

    And WHAT makes Romney an expert?

    February 3, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. whitmanguy

    Romney smells political advantage–raw meat. The man is a raging carnivore in a 3 piece suit.

    February 3, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  10. Mike Johnson

    OMG ... imaging if we get this guy for president ... it will be George Bush allover again.

    February 3, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  11. Kirk

    We owe the Taliban nothing. Has Obama forgot what took place in 2001 on Sept. 11.
    We dont make deals with terrorist. That would be a slap in the face of all who died that day.

    February 3, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  12. Jetty

    Let Romney worry about getting the nomination first. Obama is leadind in the White House and would be ready to adress all the flimsy ideas he GOP candidates are trumpeting when the real campaign start.

    February 3, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  13. nik green

    The Taliban used to be US allies. Many of their members received arms, equipment and funds from the US. Then we attacked them in October, 2001, in response to an event (9/11) in which the Taliban played NO PROVABLE PART. They even offered to arrest Osama bin Laden if the Bush Administration could provide evidence that (OBL) played a part in 9/11. Bush refused, because he could provide no evidence of guilt or co-planning.

    Since then both the FBI and the US Dept. of Justice has said that "we never charged or indicted Osama bin Laden in relation to 9/11 because we had NO EVIDENCE". Even the CIA admitted that "there was no link between Osama bin Laden and the funding for 9/11.

    The OBL-Taliban-9/11 link was a media and Bush Administration fabrication, as we all bought it because that's what made us all feel COMFORTABLE.

    February 3, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  14. tact

    A lot of blasting going on......duck and cover!

    February 3, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  15. Liska

    Oh my god...peace talks. Good faith measures; from Gitmo to Quatar: This is what we need. We cannot afford another GOP war mongering cowboy. Too many have died all around. Mitt is a crazy man with a pistol in his pocket. Obama 2012

    February 3, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  16. AC

    Man the republican candidates are all so charismatic, I can't wait to vote for them!

    February 3, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  17. AC

    I LOVE YOU MITTENS!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  18. Really???

    I have to admit, Romney is right on this one. The Taliban that are left in GITMO are hard core terrorists who pose a threat to our country. The lies they will utter to the enemy are not considered to be shameful in Islam. I must say, respectfully; Mr. President, this is a bad idea.

    February 3, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  19. Edith

    At least give them a trial??? Why just "release" them?

    February 3, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  20. ED

    How many of them are conficted terrorist, because as far as I know they arenPOW's and have the right to be returned home after the WAR.

    February 3, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Foreign policy knowledge, diplomacy, negotiating skills, and common sense are qualities that are lacking when it comes to Mittens.

    February 3, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |