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.
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.”
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.
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:
Sr defense official tells @barbarastarrcnn that Bergdahl is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant later this month
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 2, 2014