On Saturday, it was announced that Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier held by Taliban in Afghanistan since 2009, would be returned for the release of five Gitmo prisoners who have been deemed by terrorism experts as highly dangerous individuals. Obama broke the law by not informing Congress that he was freeing terrorists from Gitmo, and the White House has admitted as much (the White House informed Congress as the release was happening).

Those are the facts, but the “read between the lines” parts can be very confusing and disturbing.

Best case scenario: Bergdahl served honorably and was forcibly held by the Taliban for five years, and the Obama administration feared that the Taliban was growing increasingly impatient and was about to kill him. So, with no time to alert Congress and the Taliban demand of the release of five of their commanders on the table as the only way to save Bergdahl’s life, President Obama decided to give them what they wanted for the return of the U.S. soldier. The five released Gitmo prisoners go to Qatar and become successful insurance salesmen and don’t try to harm anybody ever again.

Worst case scenario: Bergdahl was a deserter from the U.S. Army and had willingly joined the Taliban. The Taliban figured they could play off Bergdahl as a POW and use him to demand the release of their five commanders in return for sparing Bergdahl’s life. Obama agrees to the demand and releases five of the most dangerous terrorists at Gitmo who go on to help plan more attacks against U.S. soldiers and civilians while an al-Qaeda sympathizer is welcomed to mainland USA with the blessing of the President of the United States.


Toss Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert, into the mix and something here stinks to high heaven.

Oh, and during Obama’s announcement with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents he said that the situation highlighted the necessity of … closing Gitmo. WHAT!? In other words, if Gitmo didn’t exist Obama wouldn’t have had to release five terrorists from Gitmo. Follow that? Progressive “logic” at its finest: “The reason the terrorists hate us is because of the prisons we put them in after they’re caught trying to kill us by the thousands.”

The fact is that just about every aspect of Obama’s moves on this are “worst case scenarios” — it’s just a matter of to what degree. Five dangerous Taliban commanders are back on the streets because the president unilaterally just let them go. That’s a big problem, but I’m guessing the Democrats in Congress consider it a high honor to be stepped on by Obama and not much will come of this.


Interesting reminder here:

Bowe Bergdahl would detail his disillusionment with the Afghanistan campaign in an e-mail to his parents three days before he went missing.

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Update II:

Reminder: At least six soldiers were killed searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan. President Obama must look their families in the eye and tell them their loved ones didn’t die trying to rescue a deserter, and it must be sincere and truthful. Anything less than that is grounds for removal from office.

If at least six soldiers died searching for a deserter who had become a Taliban sympathizer, and on top of that Obama let five dangerous prisoners loose for his return, that would be treasonous. There’s no other word for it.

Update III:

If the tweet below is factual, and it’s also true that Bergdahl deserted his post and at least six Americans were killed in the search for him, this would be a direct slap in the face to those men, their families, and the military on the part of the White House:


22 Responses to “Obama releases Gitmo prisoners for soldier’s return — best case/worst case scenarios”

  1. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 1:50 am

    As I asked on MM site, how long till the Dems recruit this guy to be their star candidate in the 2016 election?

    This guy is clearly a deserter. The whole bogus story that he "lagged behind in a combat patrol" is utter BS. I know I have been on those patrols and there is no way that they would have just let him lag behind. Besides, there is the fact that his weapon, body armor and other gear were accounted for at the FOB (forward operating base).

    Dear leader just broke the law, gave over 5 dangerous terrorists in exchange for deserter, who at best, has a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome.

  2. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 1:51 am

    Not to mention, if this guy goes Jihadi then Dear Leader will claim it is proof that his Homeland Security report listing returning vets as possible terrorists is true and he will use it to further erode the rights of vets (which he fears more than the average citizen).

    This is not going to end well.

  3. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 1:49 pm

    "who at best, has a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome"

    My thoughts exactly. It's also possible he was (a) or one of several plants, recruited TO defect. Although his recruitment/basic training would have likely fallen under the former administration.

    Given the long term view and "pre-determined" anointment of the [current] administration, it may not be as easy to dismiss as trolls/water carriers might think.

  4. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 1:52 pm

    No sir it will not. The characterization of "disgruntled and largely unemployable former combat Vets whose only 'skills' include weapons and tactics" ( a carry over stereotype from Nam ) started essentially hand in glove as the internet went mainstream.

  5. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 1:53 pm

    And fer' godsakes.., why didn't they at least make the kid shave the freaking tribal BEARD off before parading him around in public!

  6. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 5:59 pm

    The administration didn't want to offend Islam. That and obscure internet videos cause spontaneous protests to happen and people could be killed…./sarc

  7. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 6:03 pm

    Actually, this kid may have joined under Dear leader. He was a PFC when taken hostage (his "promotion" to Sgt happened while in captivity). Thus he could have very easily made PFC within the first 6 months and pretty much no latter than 1 year of his initial enlistment into the Army.

    11B infantrymen are fast tracked on promotions. I know when I joined in Jan of 1992 I was a Pvt E-1. I made my E-2 in June of 1992 and with a waiver made my PFC E-3 in July of 1992.

  8. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 6:09 pm

    RE: Update II…

    You mean like Hillary being able to look the Benghazi families in the eye and tell them they were going to get the maker of the video at all costs.

    This administration has no qualms about lying to the family members of the deceased.

    RE: Update III – If that tweet is factual it would be another example of Dear Leader pissing on the graves of those who served honorably. Not to mention it would also be against the promotion rules of the Army. TO even be eligible for promotion from Sgt to Staff Sgt, Bergdahl would have had to attended (and passed) the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) which he could not have done as he was promoted first to SPC then to SGT while in captivity.

    Also, one of the courses within PLDC one must pass is basic land navigation. If we are to believe that he "fell behind in a patrol and got lost" then he failed that miserably.

  9. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 7:41 pm

    And now for Update IV: It appears the intelligence community had a file on Begrdahl prior to his desertion from the base in 2009:

    And it seems Bergdahl was causing trouble before he left his post. Fox News reports “that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.”


  10. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 8:17 pm

    Lol & SO true!

    I had my promotion held up b/c the AF would *not* accept the Navy NCO leadership academy transcripts..!? Major PITA. Then again, lots of guys and gals from other branches went thru that.

    No, it doesn't strike that he'd Bowe would've passed. Kudos to MM for calling BS on this guy from the git go btw.

  11. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 8:22 pm

    They've had enough time to break down the whole John Walker Lindh psyche so it's possible this guy had been cited as a potential early on?

    Normally, be it the Navy, pogues etc., having/voicing reservations about deployment, war, chow lines and base movie is, pretty much a GIVEN. No one bats an EYE at that mindset!

    But help me out here, for regulation Grunts, please tell me they didn't have some level of awareness this guy couldn't become a liability looong before issuing him body armor..? Just a thought.

  12. backwoodsconservative on June 2nd, 2014 9:50 pm

    Best case: This country is being run by the most intelligent president ever and we should all be grateful.

    Worst case: This country is being run by an idiot who is even dumber than we thought.

  13. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 9:56 pm

    That is a good question. Of course if the guy professed any "understanding" of Islam as the reasoning behind why he might be a problem then no one wanting another promotion would ever suggest he might have been a problem (look no further than Maj Hassan for proof of that).

  14. Truesoldier__ on June 2nd, 2014 10:24 pm

    Just got to thinking. Isn't it curious how the CIA station chief in Kabul was outed and had to leave the country just before this trade took place?

  15. Marshall_Will on June 2nd, 2014 10:52 pm

    Why was the guy even In Country..? We've all heard G.I's say goofy things. Mostly to relieve the boredom, get attention and sometimes, out of fear. But in reading BB's lil' manifesto..?

  16. ChapBix on June 3rd, 2014 5:32 pm

    bwc, I suspect that the worst case scenario is what we have. And an idiot that is both deceitful and devious. Once again, they sent Susan Rice out with talking points they had to know were false.

  17. ChapBix on June 3rd, 2014 5:33 pm

    Yes, it is curious although I doubt that it was a coincidence.

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