The Bowe Bergdahl release just doesn’t add up

Warner Todd Huston has already posted about the bizarre prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl, but there are so many strange circumstances surrounding this story that I think another post is justified.

First, there is a preponderance of evidence suggesting that Bergdahl was not captured, but was instead a misfit who deliberately walked away from his unit and into Taliban custody.  Far from being “held hostage,” Bergdahl was known to be roaming freely within villages and among convoys operated by the Haqqani terror network.  However, the Haqqani operatives did not trust him and eventually began to consider him a liability.  That was what prompted their willingness to negotiate for his “release.”

Second, it seems pretty clear that Bergdahl’s rather, Robert Bergdahl, has gone to extreme ends to identify with his son’s “captors.”  It appears that he has adopted the dress, personal appearance, and language of the Taliban Muslims.  His Twitter account was loaded with messages about freeing the prisoners held at Guantanamo.

Looking at these facts, it’s not too far-fetched to wonder if Robert Bergdahl caught the attention of Obama Administration officials who were looking for a face-saving way to start getting rid of the prisoners being held at Guantanamo.  You will recall that closing Guantanamo was one of Obama’s hottest talking points during the 2008 campaign, and his failure to accomplish this goal, along with the utter failure of his Administration’s plan to try terrorists in civil criminal courts, was one of the outstanding embarrassments of his first term.

Third, there are still over a dozen Americans held by governments around the world on various charges, including espionage.  Why did the Obama Administration go to such great lengths to secure Bergdahl’s release, while doing essentially nothing for the other Americans who are truly being held captive in foreign countries?  Here’s the latest example – a US Marine being held in a Mexican prison (tortured and abused by guards and other prisoners, naturally) because he made a wrong turn and inadvertently crossed the border, while in possession of legally owned firearms.

And finally, this whole deal stinks.  We trade a tactically insignificant US soldier for five extremely high profile Taliban members … why?  The Taliban wins – HUGE – and we get literally nothing of significance, except the return home of an oddball, misfit soldier (who will hopefully face desertion charges).  Further, why were we negotiating with terrorists in the first place?  And why wasn’t Congress notified about the negotiations?  Federal law requires 30 days notice be given to Congress before prisoners are transferred out of Guantanamo.  The Administration is also required to provide assurances that anyone released will not be able to re-engage in terrorist activities.

My gut tells me that you don’t “negotiate” terms that are so stacked against you unless there is a gun pointed at your temple or a knife in your back.  What does the Taliban and its international network of loosely affiliated terrorist/rebel groups (including al Qaeda) know that the Obama Administration is so afraid of others finding out?  Call me paranoid if you will, but I would not be surprised in the least if the decision to send five powerful operatives back to the Taliban was in some way related to the decision to let our Benghazi embassy burn and nix the plans to rescue the embassy personnel.   There is something going on in the Middle East that the Obama Administration seems trying to protect at any cost.

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  • sarahconnor2

    I couldn’t agree more. This stands out even in the long line of Obama actions that only seem to screw America.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    A lot about this deal doesn’t exactly meet the smell test. But then, we are talking about the Obama administration, so…

  • jim_m

    This was just an excuse for obama to cave to the terrorists. He’s always looking to do something to bolster our enemies. Guarantee that the 5 he released end up killing more Americans.

  • Commander_Chico

    So the release of the Taliban was related to Benghazi? O-tay.

    There is talk that this is part of peace negotiations and means we are getting out of Afghanistan. If so, good.

    • Brett Buck

      What talk? Negotiate peace with who, the Taliban? That’s even more egregious than Michael’s suspicion.

      • Commander_Chico

        The “Taliban” is just a MSM propaganda term encompassing anyone there who wants to fight foreign invaders who want to subvert their culture.

        • jim_m

          Not true. The term refers to the organization that was running Afghanistan prior to the war.

          Chico is now in full, defend obama with any lie available mode.

          I see that you are still not willing to admit that obama let soldiers die for a deserter. 6 dead in searching for him and at least another 8 in operational delays keeping them in the field unnecessarily due to this jerk. But I suppose that like most hypocrites, dead soldiers in pursuit of advancing an anti-American agenda are always a good thing.

          • Commander_Chico

            You seem to know a lot for someone who does not have a security clearance.

          • jim_m

            I actually listen to the news and not just WH propaganda.

            You would be similarly informed if you only would pull your head out of your ass.

          • http://www.harlemghost.blogspot.com/ HarlemGhost

            because the guys with security clearances are talking …

          • jim_m

            Let’s just note that Chico is more concerned that this news has gotten out and has yet to show even the slightest concern for the loss of lives.

            Let it be known that Chico doesn’t give a damn about the lives of soldiers as long as their deaths are politically useful.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            You, like the even more highly cleared CinC, seem to only know what the LSM parades before you.

            What a pair of bozos.

        • Brett Buck

          Their “culture” of being murdering psychopaths? Sounds ripe for subversion, to me.

          • Commander_Chico

            It’s not our business if they don’t want transgender rights.

          • jim_m

            Note that Chico is defending our enemies and has NOTHING to say about American soldiers dieing for this coward, deserter and possible traitor.

            Nope. Chico is happy to see people die in order to help our enemies and to help this dirtbag that hates America.

          • Commander_Chico

            He might have been a deserter, true. I guess he saw the war as a brutal and futile enterprise. Which it has been.

            But leaving a fort to take a walk in Afghanistan takes some balls.

          • jim_m

            So you admire a deserter that cost the lives of as many as 14 dedicated American soldiers. Nice, but hardly unexpected..

          • Jwb10001

            So in the military branch that you were part of if you don’t agree with the military action it’s ok to walk away and collaborate with the enemy? I was in the US military and as I recall that was called desertion and potentially treason and called for serious punishment. Tell what country’s military did you serve in?

          • Commander_Chico

            If he went AWOL, he should be sanctioned.

          • jim_m

            Sanctioned?

            WTF. The UCMJ says

            (c) Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct

            Hang the bastard.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            What say we see what the Trial by Court Martial reveals.

          • jim_m

            obama would never let that happen. obama would never allow this traitor to stand trial because it might make the won look bad.

            And you should note that my comment presupposes that he is convicted.

          • jim_m

            It’s bullshit like this that makes me suspect that Chico never served.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Indeed. And it’s why I will not believe he has until he produces a DD-214 and photo ID.

          • Brucehenry
          • jim_m

            Chico has on multiple occasions denounced any loss of life in America’s military from ANY overseas action. Here we have someone who is apparently a deserter and almost certainly someone who has collaborated with the enemy and Chico (and now you) cannot find a single word to say about the soldiers who died for him.

            Bruce and Chico, defending America’s enemies and celebrating the murder of her soldiers.

          • Brucehenry

            Yer a dumbass. You can’t have a discussion when one party insists the other party must parrot whatever the first party says or else the second party is despicable. Screw that.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            And you are Bruce hemorrhoid.

          • jim_m

            I’m simply pointing out the hypocrisy of Chico. I am also noticing that you, like Chico and Steve are more interested in scoring gotcha points than you are concerned about the ramifications of this deal, how weak it makes the US look or how obama is celebrating a man that cost the lives of over a dozen other soldiers and it is starting to appear that he may be quashing an investigation into his desertion (if you take the statements of Susan Rice as an indicator of the admin’s official position).

          • Brett Buck

            Agreed. It is however our business when they want to butcher human beings indiscriminately, including us, based on religious beliefs.

            Now we find this guy is virulently anti-American, and at least a deserter if not a traitor. Wait 30 years and he’s a good candidate for secretary of state.

          • Brett Buck

            Agreed. It is however our business when they want to butcher human beings indiscriminately, including us, based on religious beliefs.

            Now we find this guy is virulently anti-American, and at least a deserter if not a traitor. Wait 30 years and he’s a good candidate for secretary of state.

          • Commander_Chico

            It’s not our business if they don’t want transgender rights.

        • http://www.harlemghost.blogspot.com/ HarlemGhost

          the Taliban are the foreign invaders in Afghan you moron …

          • Commander_Chico

            People don’t like armed foreign troops roaming around their lands. Rule of history.

            NATO are foreigners, and foreigners who are trying to subvert their ways.

          • jim_m

            You are the only person here defending a deserter. Why?

            You have offered nothing but statements of admiration and justification. It’s almost like you are happy that he secured the freedom of our enemy and that he is an accomplice to the murder of 14 US soldiers.

          • Retired military

            So Chico I guess you are 100% for the total deportation of illegal aliens in the US. After all they are foreigners, they are trying to subvert our ways, our culture, our language. and everything else.

          • Commander_Chico

            What are “our ways?” What is “our culture?”

          • Brett Buck

            “Our Ways” and “Our Culture” is one of personal liberty and religious tolerance. I have no idea what *your* culture might be.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            His only culture is what he eats in his yogurt.

          • Commander_Chico

            Mexicans are against personal liberty and religious tolerance?

        • Sky__Captain

          So according to Comrade Chico’s “logic”, the term “The Taliban” includes any citizen of the United States who does not like the foreign invaders from our Mexican border. Since some illegal immigrants classify as “foreign invaders who want to subvert their culture”, you understand.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, we should make sure that we negotiate from a position of weakness

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Only that way can we get an equitable and fair cornholing, right?

  • Paul Hooson

    This reminds me of the same sort of foreign policy mistakes the U.S. made exiting Vietnam, where prisoner exchanges are a first step towards the U.S. exit, handing the nation over to a weak Afghanistan government to battle the Taliban who are financed by their illegal drug trade and turn this into guns to wage war. It is estimated that the Taliban is responsible for about $3 billion per year in illegal drug trade, or an amount equal to 1/10 of the worldwide sales of McDonalds. – America’s enemies around the world support themselves through criminal enterprises. The Taliban through their illegal drug trade, and North Korea and Iran through heavy counterfeiting of American currency. Some evidence of Syria being involved also exists.

    Afghanistan is real mess and real source of problems for the Western governments that range from it being a breeding ground for terrorism to it leading to heroin deaths in Western nations. Wikipedia names 36 well known musicians who died from heroin since the 1960′s as just one example of the kind of harm that this hard drug trade from Afghanistan causes. America turning it’s back on fighting the Taliban won’t stop this organization from continuing to kill here. American may suspend it’s war on the Taliban, but they won’t suspend their war here in America. This is one problem that won’t go away by ignoring it….

  • SteveCrickmore075

    The Americans got off lightly compared to the Israelis, ‘Israeli Soldier Swapped for Hundreds of Palestinians’. In an elaborate prisoner exchange that could roil Middle East politics, an Israeli soldier held for more than five years by the militant Palestinian group Hamas was swapped on Tuesday for hundreds of Palestinians who have spent many years in Israeli jails…

    • jim_m

      The Israelis didn’t release the equivalent of the director of intelligence for the Taliban. We released 5 very high level, very powerful individuals in order to get back a deserter and a traitor.

    • Commander_Chico

      You must be anti-Semitic, criticizing an Israeli action.

      • jim_m

        No. He’s using the same bogus argument that you use. obama’s bad but XXXX is worse. I’m not surprised that you don’t fall for it as everyone understands that each time you do it, you do so with full knowledge that it is pure bullshit.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Why look, the pot calling the kettle blackie…

      • Retired military

        Where as Chico whose option C is “The Joos” would never think that about himself.

    • Vagabond661

      Terrorists are not POWs.

      • jim_m

        Indeed. They are unlawful combatants and not covered by the Geneva Convention and not entitled to the protections that a POW should receive.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Gee, let’s think about what was dominating the MSM story line before and after the release. Could it be that Obama was desperate to change the conversation, no matter what it had to change it to? Nah, that would be crazy racist talk.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      To be honest, I think that’s a possibility… but they’d have to be damned stupid to do it when you consider the possible blowback.

      Oh, wait… ;-) They’re the best and brightest, aren’t they? Nothing they ever do is idiotic – you’ve just got to figure out the proper spin for ‘nuance’ .

      This ‘Best and Brightest’ of the Democratic Party thing’s looking more like a burned-out bulb any more.

  • jim_m

    I fail to see how this doesn’t add up.

    obama
    – Panders to our enemies
    – Appeases terrorists
    – Praises an America hating ideologue
    – Snubs the military and those who sacrifice their lives for our freedom
    – Acts against our national interests and endangers the national security of our country and the lives of all Americans.
    – Acts unilaterally without consulting anyone and pretends to be affronted that anyone should dare to challenge his authority to be a dictator.

    Seem to me this is the central theme to his Presidency.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I read that Bergdahl was kidnapped because of a you tube video.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    ” What does the Taliban and its international network of loosely affiliated terrorist/rebel groups (including al Qaeda) know that the Obama Administration is so afraid of others finding out? ” It is written: “Be sure your sins will find you out.”
    Listen up: Buster Obama, you can run but you can’t hide. His day is coming!

  • Paul Hooson

    A lot of trades don’t make sense….I still can’t get over the 1994 trade of Clyde Drexler and Tracy Murray to Houston….

    • jim_m

      Except Otis Thorpe and Marcelo Nicola didn’t have to die first before Drexler got traded.

      • Paul Hooson

        Amen to that! It’s not right that six soldiers died in an attempt to rescue this army deserter.

        • jim_m

          8 more died because their unit was scheduled to be removed and not replaced but was kept in the field to facilitate the search. He’s responsible for them too.

          This is a good time to note that Chico has defended letting these soldiers die.

          • Paul Hooson

            During the Korean war a few knotheads decided to defect to the North of all things. I couldn’t understand that at all either. The Taliban live a near prehistoric lifestyle and religion not much more advanced than cave drawings compared to the more modern followers of Islam in this nation that want it to advance to a place in the modern world. – For many years I had both Jewish and Muslim friends, and my Muslim friends are nothing like these backward Taliban types, where they are very tolerant of others and great fun loving guys.

            I haven’t read Chico’s opinion on this here yet, so I can’t speak for him.

          • jim_m

            I have worked with many muslim coworkers and none have exhibited that sort of attitude. But that doesn’t mean that those people don’t exist.

          • Paul Hooson

            When I was 23, I used to run around with a young Muslim guy who was my best friend, who’s dad owned a clothing factory in Pakistan, and we used to run around and pick up horny girls and have sex parties with them in the car or in their apartment. It was some good times! He was a great guy! He knew a lot of girls and we went out with plenty of them and everyone had a great time. The girls loved it and we certainly did as well. It was great!

          • jim_m

            I have worked with many muslim coworkers and none have exhibited that sort of attitude. But that doesn’t mean that those people don’t exist.

          • Paul Hooson

            During the Korean war a few knotheads decided to defect to the North of all things. I couldn’t understand that at all either. The Taliban live a near prehistoric lifestyle and religion not much more advanced than cave drawings compared to the more modern followers of Islam in this nation that want it to advance to a place in the modern world. – For many years I had both Jewish and Muslim friends, and my Muslim friends are nothing like these backward Taliban types, where they are very tolerant of others and great fun loving guys.

            I haven’t read Chico’s opinion on this here yet, so I can’t speak for him.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    Typical! One of conservative’s leading sites, PJ Media, in January 2014,
    encouraged people to sign a petition for the White House to secure the release of Bergdahl by ANY means necessary, including mentioning the possible trade of 5 Taliban GITMO detainees.http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43450_Flashback!_1-2014-_PJ_Media_Encourages_Readers_to_Sign_Petition_to_Free_Bergdahl_By_Any_Means_Necessary

    • jim_m

      I take it then you agree with giving up 5 Taliban that the WH is already on record as saying that they believe that these men will mount new attacks on the US.

      I take it that you agree with the WH not only breaking the law but overriding its own NSC recommendation to not do this trade.

      I take it that you object to the previous (now classified) investigation that found that Bergdahl knowingly deserted his post. I further take it that you object to the new investigation into his desertion.

      I take it that you believe that this scumbag is a hero and that anyone who deserts the military in time of war is a hero to you. Anyone who leads to the senseless deaths of our soldiers is a hero to you (you and Chico if we get down to it).

      And I take it that you object to the WH admitting that it was wrong in doing this

      • Commander_Chico

        How are they going to attack the US? Did they get visas?

        • jim_m

          I hadn’t realized that we had pulled all our overseas operations back home. Should we inform the Pentagon of this new knowledge? Or is this only happening inside your diseased brain?

        • jim_m

          Face it Chico. Why not just come on out and say that you are glad that those 14 soldiers are dead and that you think Bergdahl is a hero for betraying his country and his fellow servicemen,

    • jim_m

      The article linked does not advocate nor does it endorse trading prisoners for Bergdahl. I suggest that you have been taken in by one of the biggest cranks on the internet.

      • Hank_M

        Agreed. But more importantly, Steve is trying to tar all conservatives based on the writings of one person, incorrect or not.
        Funny how that never seems to happen to democrats.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          It’s all about the groupthink. No disagreement is allowed internally, so (by extension) if they see anyone outside their tribe saying X then everyone outside their tribe believes X.

          That’s just the way they roll – no dissention allowed.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        Little green footballs quotes from the original January
        2014 PJ Media piece…

        White House press secretary Jay Carney hasn’t mentioned Bergdahl’s case publicly since a June briefing, after the Taliban offered to trade Bergdahl for five of its members held at Guantanamo Bay…

        The petition asks the Obama administration to “take action to secure the release, or rescue, or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, using all means available, including force.”

        It needs 100,000 signatures by Feb. 16 to prompt a White House response. As of this writing, more than 2,800 have signed the petition.

        Add your name to the petition here.

        • jim_m

          And as I said before the article is a straight up news piece that does not advocate or endorse the petition.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Gus @Gus_802

            You also personally encouraged people to sign the petition. https://twitter.com/Bridget_PJM/statuses/424387037773324288 … .@Bridget_PJM

            Bridget Johnson @Bridget_PJM (The author of the article)

            Follow

            @Gus_802 Yes, I do an entire project encouraging readers to learn about the cases of Americans held abroad and help http://pjmedia.com/yellowribbonproject/

          • jim_m

            So you have proof that anyone outside of the WH and the military knew that Bergdahl was a deserter and that he was likely collaborating with the enemy? Prove it. Otherwise this is nothing.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      LGF’s not… exactly a go-to place for real-world news or opinion. Johnson seems to have taken one too many headers off his bike. It was interesting back in the day – he actually seemed to be interested in reporting on the WoT, and regularly would expose the false stories the Palestinian media was pushing about how eeVile the Joos were, but something happened and he banned all commenters that disagreed in any particular with the party line, then purged anything resembling a critical stance on things going on in the ME.

      So… I think you need to take his opinion or point of view with a five lb block of salt…

      BTW, as far as that petition goes – following the link to the Whitehouse gov page…

      “Thanks for your interest in We the People, a new tool on WhiteHouse.gov that allows all Americans to ask the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country.

      The petition you are trying to access has expired, because it failed to meet the signature threshold.

      And when I tried to close out the LGF page, it spawned a bunch of 404 twitter-link windows on me. WTF? Not cool.

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