There is a Wall Street Journal article published Wednesday that you might want to read. It’s titled, ‘Suck it up and salute.’ That’s what the military was told by the State Dept. when State argued for the transfer of the five terrorists in the past.
When the State Dept. was questioned yesterday, the flunky spokeswoman insinuated the soldiers calling Bergdahl a deserter were liars.
In referencing the case of Secretary of State John Kerry (who parlayed his betrayal of soldiers serving in Vietnam into prominence and power) NBC’s Chuck Todd reported that a White House source told him: “We didn’t know they [Bergdahl’s platoon] was going to Swift Boat him.” It’s déjà vu, if you’ll pardon our French.
Kerry was said to have been swiftboated when some of his colleagues published swiftboat commercials during his presidential run. The ads demeaned his “meritorious” acts during the war.
Mr. Obama knows that these Taliban might – in their case most likely will – return to terrorism.
“Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us?” Mr. Obama was asked yesterday at a press conference in Warsaw. “Absolutely,” he answered. “That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo.”
Of course in this case, we just released the worst of the worst and the likelihood is much higher.
There is another story we need to hear and that is about two more men who probably died because of Bowe Bergdahl’s actions.
In fairness, there might be extenuating conditions for Bergdahl’s behavior, but we have no information on that at this time.
These two men who died indirectly as a result of Bergdahl’s actions, according to one military witness, died together on the Fourth of July.
Army Pfc. Justin Casillas, 19, displayed the traits suggested by those earlier experiences in his final minutes, according to the report by the LA Times.
He died July 4, 2009 while carrying a wounded soldier after a surprise attack on a combat outpost in the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan. Casillas was described as honest, mischievous, hard working and he loved football. He once finished a football game with a sprained ankle that he taped up so as not to disappoint.
“Whenever the opportunity was there, he was going to seize it,” his former high school principal said. “He knew what to do. That’s pretty much how he lived his life.”
Casillas overcame his father’s objections to join the military, extending a family tradition dating back to the Civil War, his mother said.
“He gave me this necklace five years ago. It was a promise that someday we’d end up together. I’ve never taken it off,” his girlfriend, Maria Duran, told Fox40 News.
The young man who never had a chance to outgrow his adolescent acne will never end up with Maria and he won’t play football again. He won’t get to have a mischievous son who can mimic his dad.
Army Pfc. Aaron Fairbairn, 20, died with Justin Casillas. His parents, David Masters and his wife, Shelley, laughed in relief two days before their son died. They had just learned their son, an Army private in Afghanistan, was fine, busy working out and watching videos his family had sent.
A soldier had been kidnapped the week before and they were relieved their son was okay.
The “kidnapped” soldier was the alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl who went missing on June 30, 2009.
Then, on Saturday, Fourth of July morning, an Army chaplain and soldier showed up at their Aberdeen house and told them Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn, 21, had been fatally injured in a truck bombing. Based on news accounts, Masters, Aaron’s stepfather, believes Fairbairn was one of two soldiers fatally injured when a Taliban insurgent drove an explosives-filled truck through the gates of a U.S. base in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province.
This was a loving, Brady Bunch family. The Fourth of July was a big deal for this family who would come together to celebrate every year on that date.
At first I didn’t believe it,” said Beau Beck, Fairbairn’s oldest brother, who learned about his brother’s death while he was coaching a Little League team.
“I talked to Aaron probably 12 hours prior to that,” Beck said from Dover. “The first thing that rushed to my mind is that he’s so young and such a good kid.”
His stepfather described him as joyous, honest and dependable, the kid everyone knew first as the paperboy, then as a local lot attendant or the guy who worked at Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
According to Fallen Heroes, he was an off-road enthusiast, loved dirt bikes and four-wheeling in his truck. He will never do that again. Bowe can do that if he wants but Aaron won’t. Aaron was glad to be over in Afghanistan, having a job, paying off his truck, his stepfather said.
Now read about how and why they died according to a reader of Michelle Malkin’s column.
People need to read the post that Michelle Malkin put up about Bowe Bergdahl at GOP USA. There were at least eight soldiers who died, not six ,when Bowe Bergdahl left his post, according to Malkin and one of her readers, a soldier who is still on active duty and must remain anonymous.
“I was assigned to 1st Platoon of Blackfoot Company,” based out of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, he said. “Bowe’s platoon was assigned to conduct security and stability operations out of FOB Sharana and other locations in Paktika. The untold background that led to Bowe’s situation involves an article and pictures published by Guardian reporter Sean Smith.” One of the battalion leaders punished soldiers, including Bergdahl (who had been photographed snoozing in his armored vehicle), with extra guard duty assignments for conducting operations in an unprofessional manner at Outpost MEST (OP MEST).
“Bergdahl was already disenchanted with the war effort,” my source said, “and I think the extra duty was the last straw for him.” On the morning of June 30, 2009, “Bergdahl completed a guard shift, removed his equipment, weapon and sensitive items, and left OP MEST with several Afghan security forces personnel. He took a compass, a couple bottles of water and two knives and his journal. His exact intentions may never be known, but he willingly walked off OP MEST and was secured by enemy forces not long after.”
On the morning of July 4, 2009, the soldier recalled, “we assaulted several objectives looking for Bergdahl. … We executed the mission without incident and were waiting to be exfiltrated. Our aircraft were in sight when they turned and flew in the opposite direction. At the time we did not know why, but we were stranded. The enemy took advantage of Bergdahl’s capture and attacked numerous outposts that morning.”
“Combat Outpost Zerok was almost overrun, multiple soldiers were wounded, and PFCs Justin Casillas and Aaron Fairbairn lost their lives fighting that day,” the soldier told me. (I wrote about their deaths in my July 8, 2009, column, not knowing they were related to the Bergdahl mess.)
My source continued: “We learned later that our exfiltration aircraft were diverted to support COP Zerok, and that the situation there was so dire that at one point there were two Apache gunships on station that went Winchester, meaning they expended all ordinance and ammunition, but they would not abandon the soldiers still fighting, so they resorted to low-level unarmed passes to distract the enemy. Bergdahl’s actions undoubtedly caused these events…continue reading at GOP USA
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that “they won’t get away with it,” meaning Team Obama. He said no one in Congress on either side of the aisle agreed to let the Taliban terrorists go. Panetta and Clapper did not agree. All said no.
Bowe Bergdahl has much to explain but might not. Mr. Obama already said he has no interest in court-martialing him and, in saying that, he has sent a message to the military who would put him on trial. They will most likely do as the Commander-in-Chief has subtly directed them. Mr. Obama, for his part, released five dangerous war criminals who will most probably return to the battlefield and kill Americans or our allies.
Mr. Obama said they had to go in immediately to save Bergdahl’s life but the last video we saw of Bergdahl was in December and it is not known what precipitated this sudden concern.
Bowe looked well in the video released today – Wednesday. We will see if that is the case, though it is possible we will never know.
The military were told to “suck it up and salute” when they resisted the release in the past. A Time report contains a clue as to why the administration did what they did and why they were taken off guard by the negative reaction: “Obama’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should ‘suck it up and salute,’ says the official familiar with the debate.”
When Mohammed Morsi was in power, he demanded the release of the Blind Sheikh, a dangerous terrorist. The White House denied they were considering his release at the time but Egypt insisted we were considering it. I believe Mohammed Morsi and his Brotherhood colleagues.
Who will Obama release next? He doesn’t have a mandate to do this but he doesn’t care.
The Bergdahl family claims to have two possible book deals. Is this what we’ve come to?