compiled & edited by Daniel Hagadorn
So we traded five of the most dangerous terrorists in Gitmo for a deserter who despises America?
In 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his unit before being captured by, or defecting to, the Taliban. He is a deserter who sympathized with the enemy, and who was ashamed of being an American. According to the New York Times:
“Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons–startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost. That account, provided by a former senior military officer briefed on the investigation into the private’s disappearance, is part of a more complicated picture emerging of the capture of a soldier… Sergeant Bergdahl slipped away from his outpost, the former senior officer said, possibly on foot but more likely hiding in a contractor’s vehicle. ‘He didn’t walk out the gate through a checkpoint, and there was no evidence he breached the perimeter wire and left that way,’ the ex-officer said.”
Although Bergdahl was never listed as a POW, a full-scale search for him was launched which cost the lives of at least six brave U.S. soldiers, and possibly as many as fourteen.
However, in recent CBS interview, National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the same one who appeared on five different morning news programs to inform the American public that an internet video was responsible for the deaths of four Americans even though she knew she was lying), announced that Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction” and explained that “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield.” I wonder if the Obama administration’s fact-checker for the Benghazi scandal was overseeing the Bergdahl situation as well?
Displaying his legendary tone-deafness to great effect, President Obama actually expected the American public to react to this news with “euphoria”. Unsurprisingly, many Americans are instinctively suspicious of turning over the five worst terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay for a deserter who despises America and has possibly even assisted the enemy. Moreover, how much will terrorists demand in return for the next captured American soldier or civilian? As if our courageous men and women in uniform don’t have enough to worry about already–bureaucratically-restricted rules of combat engagement, the appalling medical treatment offered by VA hospitals, and severely diminished retirement benefits.
How have the militant Islamists who negotiated the release of their fellow terrorists reacted? This YouTube says it all. They are certainly reacting with far more euphoria than President Obama expected from American public in response to the exchange.
As new developments unfold, the most credible accounts will continue to come from those who know this situation the best [hint: not the Obama administration, not the media talking heads, not the government bureacrats]…the soldiers who served with Bergdahl in Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division who are outraged by the gross mishandling of this situation.
When the five terrorists return to the battlefield, how many lives will they claim? Another BOHICA moment for this administration.
UPDATE (06.05.14): In 2012, Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings interviewed Bowe “served the United States with honor and distinction” Bergdahl (“America’s Last Prisoner of War”, 7 June 2012). Some choice quotes from the interview:
“I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american [sic]. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”
“The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american [sic]. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools.”
“The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies.”
“I am sorry for everything here. 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, that they have no idea how to live.”
“I am sorry for everything. The horror that is america [sic] is disgusting.”
My heart goes out to the family and loved ones who lost husbands, brothers, and sons in the search for this dishonorable “soldier”.
The article also revealed the motive behind President Obama’s prisoner exchange which was termed a…
“‘confidence-building measure’, as U.S. officials working on the negotiations call it–that could finally end the longest war in America’s history. Bowe is the one prisoner the Taliban have to trade. ‘It could be a huge win if Obama could bring him home’, says a senior administration official familiar with the negotiations. ‘Especially in an election year, if it’s handled properly.’”