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U.S. soldier free after almost five years captivity in Afghanistan
Reuters ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Bill Trott

Posted on 05/31/2014 9:51:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban, is now in U.S. custody, President Barack Obama said on Saturday.

As part of Bergdahl's release, the United States is turning over five Taliban detainees at the U.S. facility in Guantanamo, Cuba, to the custody of Qatar, U.S. officials said.

Bergdahl's freedom follows months of indirect U.S.-Taliban talks with Qatar acting as intermediary, the officials said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo

1 posted on 05/31/2014 9:51:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“As part of Bergdahl’s release, the United States is turning over five Taliban detainees at the U.S. facility in Guantanamo”

Surrendering to the terrorists, this “president” should be impeached.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 9:56:24 AM PDT by sagar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
cross linking an earlier thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3162164/posts

3 posted on 05/31/2014 10:00:27 AM PDT by deport
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To: sagar

I thought the rule was “never negotiate w/terrorists” but I guess it happens all the time (Israel, etc.)


4 posted on 05/31/2014 10:00:50 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Exchanged for 5 GITMO prisoners.


5 posted on 05/31/2014 10:06:30 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: deport

Actually, this is the first thread.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 10:06:53 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So.....

Kidnapping Americans citizens will now get you a prize.

God bless seargent Bergdahl...what he must have gone through in five years.

7 posted on 05/31/2014 10:10:20 AM PDT by blam
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To: onyx; All


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8 posted on 05/31/2014 10:11:19 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Posted this on the other thread.

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

While tattered yellow ribbons still adorn utility poles in his native Hailey, Idaho, others are expressing conflicting thoughts about Bergdahl’s plight as the war winds down, with President Barack Obama threatening to withdraw all U.S. troops by year’s end unless the Afghan government signs a crucial security agreement.

They are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit, which was deployed in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the border with Pakistan. While they do want Bergdahl home, they think he should have to answer allegations that he deserted his unit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-a-hero-or-a-deserter/


9 posted on 05/31/2014 10:11:59 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: musicman
B T T T ! ! ! ©

10 posted on 05/31/2014 10:13:43 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: McGruff

Lets just put politics aside for one afternoon and celebrate this young mans being free....the recriminations can wait until tomorrow. Welcome Home Bowe!


11 posted on 05/31/2014 10:16:49 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: McGruff

My post was not directed at you...ok.


12 posted on 05/31/2014 10:18:14 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Dog

No problem. I welcome him home.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 10:20:13 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: All

Background and details:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bowe-bergdahl-a-taliban-captive-since-2009-has-been-freed/


14 posted on 05/31/2014 10:23:30 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is a twofer for Obama. He helps resurrect his damaged image due to the VA scandal and he reduces the number of prisoners at Gitmo so he can close it eventually.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 10:23:40 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I thought we didn’t negotiate with Terrorists? How many weapons did Obama promise them?


16 posted on 05/31/2014 10:25:57 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax
Israel says the same thing but does it all the time.

On 18 October 2011 captured IDF tank gunner Gilad Shalit, captured by the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in 2006, was released in exchange for 1027 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. The released prisoners were responsible for the deaths of 569 Israeli civilians.

17 posted on 05/31/2014 10:29:10 AM PDT by kabar
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To: onyx

Yep my bad. Got the two mixed up..


18 posted on 05/31/2014 10:29:12 AM PDT by deport
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

19 posted on 05/31/2014 10:29:48 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Follow them back to their hideout and then hellfire them into little pieces.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 10:37:59 AM PDT by soycd
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To: hulagirl

This was Obama’s original plan with Benghazi, to swap the blind sheikh for Stevens, but something went wrong and the rest is history..Obama always does everything in the best interest for HIMSELF to make himself look good..I am glad this US Soldier is released he had been in captivity for 5 years just strange that this would happen now..guess Obama needed something to take the focus off the VA scandal


21 posted on 05/31/2014 10:44:51 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

5:1

Sounds like an even trade.


22 posted on 05/31/2014 10:46:29 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

More then likely these former prisoners will be killed off either by their own or by our missiles. War is a constant with them.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 10:58:37 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: sagar

It’s not just 5 GITMO detainees. It is 5 of the MOST senior GITMO detainees!


24 posted on 05/31/2014 11:06:24 AM PDT by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: CWW

That being said, I am happy for this soldier and his family. 5 years is very long time.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 11:07:27 AM PDT by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Since this is coming out on a Saturday morning it may be that The Sultan does not want too much publicity about releasing these five.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 11:14:36 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: CWW
I agree.  Five years is a long time to be in fear each day may be your last.

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27 posted on 05/31/2014 11:15:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Rockpile

Yeah at first on Fox News they did not report that this was a swap, just that he had been released, and I am thrilled because he has been in captivity for SO long..but after hearing Obama was involved I knew something smelled rotten and I guess now we know why, it was a swap..all this “We don’t leave men behind” is such BS from Obama, this is the same guy that allowed FOUR men to be slaughtered in Benghazi so he could get a Blind Sheikh deal to make him look good


28 posted on 05/31/2014 11:18:24 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Should add that a telltale would be how much attention Big News gives to the release. Our slavemasters who plan and co-ordinate the weekly news accounts may downplay it. Have to wait and see.


29 posted on 05/31/2014 11:18:34 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I had never really considered that angle on that the Libya killings but, yeah, what a great leader he would have been in negotiating a “rescue” trade just prior to the 2012 elections.


30 posted on 05/31/2014 11:25:27 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Sounds to me that this Administration has let this guy remain in captivity for a long while, saving him until a time where they needed some good PR. Some time in this past week, a meeting was held in the White House to come up with ways to save the President's approval ratings. And in this meeting, someone stepped forward and said something like:

"Hey, we could always get the Taliban to release that prisoner they have been holding for the last five years. We were already planning on releasing five prisoners from Gitmo next month anyway. Give the Taliban a call and get them to agree to exchange Sergeant Whats-his-name for the Gitmo freedom fighters plus two or three million in cash. Just don't say anything to the press about the cash."

31 posted on 05/31/2014 11:25:38 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Rockpile

I had heard rumors weeks before Benghazi about how they were going to release the Blind Sheikh since Libya wanted him back. I remember a few reporters asked the state department if those rumors were true and it wasn’t a total denial, more like a half ass denial so I knew something was up..when Benghazi happened I knew that the swap didn’t go as planned. I think it was originally a Blind Sheikh for Stevens swap, but the Admin didnt expect the other three men to appear, when they did they just said F it and let them die..I know many have discounted that theory but I still believe thats how it might have gone down


32 posted on 05/31/2014 11:31:39 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Hoodat

‘Dude’, great idea. Run it upstairs to Valerie to get her approval.


33 posted on 05/31/2014 11:51:10 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
When the released terrorists return to jihad and murder again and again how will Obama justify the swap?

I'm sure the soldier and his family are happy to be reunited, but I'm not sure this was the best route.

Obama has made a deal with the devil, how many terrorist are still in Gitmo?

Obama just told the world their price.

34 posted on 05/31/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Do you really think the future of terrorism rests on these five? A shame you couldn’t have volunteered to swap places with our soldier to keep them in Gitmo.


35 posted on 05/31/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

I hope the released soldier avoids treatment at the VA. They might kill him through neglect.


36 posted on 05/31/2014 3:30:05 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

...Or on purpose.


37 posted on 05/31/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Wolfie
What I'm saying is Obama has put a price on the Gitmo terrorists & that price is an American hostage or hostages, military or civilian.
38 posted on 05/31/2014 4:14:51 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Wolfie
It could play out that Obama swapped a deserter for 5 High-Profile, High-Risk terrorist.

And there were nagging questions about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s captivity. How Bergdahl came to leave his base in Afghanistan has never been clear, and some have suggested he should be treated as a deserter, not a captive.

Rolling Stone cited emails in which Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American” and had lost faith in the mission. He also hinted at desertion, according to the report, and mailed home boxes of personal belongings such as uniforms and books. Bergdahl reportedly wrote that the “future is too good to waste on lies.”

While joy over Bergdahl’s release permeated military forums on social media, there was also an undercurrent of uncertainty _ and, at times, outright disdain _ over the cloudy circumstances of his capture.

“It’s called desertion, you don’t celebrate it,” went one tweet typical of the more skeptical camp. Another said Bergdahl should “stand trial for desertion, insubordination, and treason – men were killed searching for him.”

39 posted on 06/01/2014 6:04:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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