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Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Haqqani network in Pakistan.
It is great news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the United States. Mr. Obama finally found a man he wouldn’t leave behind.
Maybe the reason he wasn’t left behind is connected to the family’s views. Check out the father’s tweet (via rednationrising and Twitchy):
And it gets worse.
Bergdahl said that his son was having trouble speaking English after spending so much time in Taliban captivity when he stood next to President Obama yesterday.
Addressing his son, Bergdahl said a common Arabic phrase uttered by Muslims before giving a speech, and a few words that appeared to be in Pashto.
“In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful,” Bob Bergdahl said in Arabic.
“I’m your father, Bowe,” he added in English after speaking the same words in Pashto from the president’s podium in the Rose Garden of the White House.
There are many questions surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s disappearance. Sgt. Bergdahl left the army base of his own free will in 2009. He appears to have deserted. He converted to Islam while in captivity.
The exchange did not include the US pastor held in Iran or the doctor in Pakistan who helped us get Osama bin Laden.
What we do know is that we released all five Afghan Taliban for this one man and no longer have leverage. At least two of them are al-Qaeda terrorists tied to Osama bin Laden and all five are top Taliban commanders who were destroying Afghanistan when we first invaded the country to save them from the Taliban.
All five men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated. All five are dangerous to U.S. interests and Afghan interests.
The men released include Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari and they are as dangerous as Khalid Sheik Mohammed and are among the worst terrorists in the war on terror, reports the Daily Beast. Read their alarming resumes here.
The Amir of Qatar, who played the main role in the negotiations, promised they won’t leave Qatar but they will be free. Their travel will be restricted according to the Amir. They shouldn’t have any problem undermining the government of Afghanistan from Qatar however.
Mr. Obama released the prisoners illegally without notifying congress. Two Republicans said he violated the law by not notifying congress 30 days before. Mr. Obama, however, routinely acts as if he is above the law.
The congressmen also believe it is a concern for forces currently in Afghanistan:
“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” said House Armed Services Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Ranking Member James Inhofe, R-Okla., in a joint statement.
The exchange might have been the right call. We shouldn’t leave a man behind but it isn’t a good deal for the most powerful nation in the world – or the once most powerful, pre-Obama that is.
The released terrorists:
The administration said they had to act quickly to save his life which was in immediate danger.
There are questions around Sgt. Bergdahl’s disappearance. News sources, such as the Daily Mail, report that Bergdahl hated the Army and was’ashamed’ of the United States.
One quote from an email read, “I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is America is disgusting.” Immediately after that email, he mailed his uniform and books home. Some believe that when he left the base that day, he was suicidal. Some believe he was deserting.
He was first reported as “duty status unknown.”
He was later considered “missing-captured.” There are reports that he attempted to escape earlier this year but was captured after three days. Prior to that, he was possibly cooperating with his captors, but he was, after all, a captive.
PFC Bergdahl’s father Bob told the Idaho Mountain Press in May 2012 that swapping Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo for his son represents a “win-win” for the United States. He said in addition to his son’s safe return, the United States could foster good will with the Afghan people.
On the plane ride to Germany with the men who came for him, Sgt. Bergdahl asked if they were special forces. They said they were and that they were looking for him for a long time. He broke down and cried.
Everyone is happy Sgt. Bergdahl is back but Mr. Obama’s bad deal has in essence told the Taliban that he will do anything to get an American back. All Americans are in danger of being kidnapped after this.
Mr. Obama is basically saying that five Taliban terrorists are equivalent to one U.S. soldier. He obviously wants out of Afghanistan at any cost. Afghan people who fought with us for freedom now know that we are fleeing at all costs.
He is also emptying out GITMO at any costs.
Updates: 06/01/14: Some commenters on Army Times and Twitter are painting a picture of Bergdahl as a traitor, not merely a deserter. One must consider the possibility that he had a problem like PTSD. He was not acting normally before he left according to these commenters.
There is s a lot of detail here and Bergdahl did leave of his own free will. I don’t know if this is accurate but it was reported that he deserted. This rescue does serve as a diversion from the VA scandal and it does empty out some GITMO residents.
Twitter comment @codyFNFootball