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Bergdahl released, but there is a dark cloud in the silver lining
Bearingdrift ^ | 5/31/14 | JR Hoeft

Posted on 05/31/2014 2:55:48 PM PDT by blueyon

There is nothing more awesome than knowing that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released by the Taliban after serving in captivity for five years.

Bergdahl represents the American fighting spirit. Has survived his ordeal. And he will return home to Idaho with honor.

Having received training on how to survive captivity several times, I remember that we were always taught to maintain hope that no matter what our government would come get us. That we would never be forgotten. That, at some point, we would regain our freedom.

That has happened today.

However, has there been a cost with the actions taken to secure Bergdahl’s release?

The cost of Bergdahl’s release is five senior Taliban commanders who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman, and Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member, of their respective Armed Service Committees issued a fairly reasoned note of caution:

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanprisoner; bergdahl; bhogwot; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; congress; corruption; democrats; gitmo; govtabuse; lawlessness; military; obama; pow; scandals; sgtbowebergdahl; taliban; tyranny
This part of the article is standing out to me, "While we celebrate Bergdahl coming home, has the administration suddenly emboldened the Taliban? And, why, again, has the president chosen to ignore Congress and circumvent the law!"

"circumvent the law"

WOW

1 posted on 05/31/2014 2:55:48 PM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

Prisoner transfers a have been going on as long as warfare itself.

There is no shame in them. This is especially true if we are getting ready to pull out.

I am sure this young man will have some ‘splainin’ to do.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 3:04:04 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: blueyon

Not sure how much “ Honor” has has.
yes he survived but the circumstances of his ‘ disappearance’ still has many questions unanswered
Glad he is free though


3 posted on 05/31/2014 3:05:18 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: blueyon

Is stick GPS tracking units in the scum. Then 30-90 days layers, a Hellfire would rain down...


4 posted on 05/31/2014 3:05:32 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

Is = I’d. /oops


5 posted on 05/31/2014 3:06:18 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: blueyon
It may be that the current Clown Prince nobama clown-car administration doesn't consider the ta-lee-bahn to be terrorists. Therefore, they aren't negotiating with terrorists. Also, aren't their partners-in-crime in syria the ta-lee-bahn? Isn't the Benghazi mess revolving around Clown Prince nobama supplying the terrorists with sophisticated weaponry? By his actions in Libya, didn't Clown Prince nobama allow the terrorists to seize 15,000-20,000 shoulder launched missiles? Where is a responsible Congress in these matters? Do they all hate America or what?
6 posted on 05/31/2014 3:07:50 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: blueyon





7 posted on 05/31/2014 3:07:56 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: blueyon

Didn’t you know Obama is above the law?


8 posted on 05/31/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: blueyon

These five yo-yos are about to make up for lost time.

Their “religion” demands it.


9 posted on 05/31/2014 3:12:21 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: blueyon

“The cost of Bergdahl’s release is five senior Taliban commanders who were held at Guantanamo Bay”

If Bergdahl was black they would’ve gotten ten for him.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 3:16:28 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: blueyon

At least this POW wasn’t named “Old Shoe”


11 posted on 05/31/2014 3:18:11 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Vermont Lt
“In executing this transfer, the President also clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated. Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.”

This exchange was motivated by Obama's domestic political concerns. If the charges made by McKeon and Imofe are valid, then there are some very serious issues at stake here.

12 posted on 05/31/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT by kabar
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To: blueyon

I assume nobody else knew of his capture? Can you imagine, if under Bush, the Taliban had captured one of our soldiers? It would have been in the headlines every night.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 3:21:19 PM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: blueyon

This gives us a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen in the Tahmooressi deal.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 3:22:23 PM PDT by ryderann
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To: equaviator
I didn't even know the guy was being held captive. Just haven't heard anything about this. VA Chief resigns amid firestorm that obammy isn't taking care of our vets.... and the next day he's on television bringing home a POW.... whos name sounds like Bird Dog....
15 posted on 05/31/2014 3:22:27 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: equaviator
If Bergdahl was black they would’ve gotten ten for him

20 if he were gay.

16 posted on 05/31/2014 3:28:11 PM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: blueyon

Netanyahu released 1,000 terrorists for Gilad Shalit. I’m still not sure what to think of it.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 3:29:13 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: blueyon

And the release of five Gitmo terrorists will equate into the deaths of how many Americans within a short period of time??


18 posted on 05/31/2014 3:36:17 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: blueyon

And the release of five Gitmo terrorists will equate into the deaths of how many Americans within a short period of time??


19 posted on 05/31/2014 3:36:35 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Vermont Lt; All

Rolling Stone magazine quoted emails Bergdahl is said to have sent to his parents that suggest he was disillusioned with America’s mission in Afghanistan, had lost faith in the U.S. Army’s mission there and was considering desertion.

Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American.” Bergdahl, who mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books, also wrote: “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.”

Bergdahl’s family has not commented on the allegations of desertion, according to Col. Tim Marsano, a spokesman for the Idaho National Guard.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/03/3212011/will-bergdahl-be-left-behind.html


20 posted on 05/31/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: elpadre
Physically strong enough to walk a long distance after his release and mentally strong enough to communicate with people on his transport.

FWIW.

21 posted on 05/31/2014 3:38:34 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: kabar
“In executing this transfer, the President also clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated. Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.”

And nobody will do anything about it, thus validating Obama move toward Kingship from President.

22 posted on 05/31/2014 3:47:27 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: piytar

Bingo!!


23 posted on 05/31/2014 3:47:49 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: blueyon

Today the President got a “two-fer.”

He looks like a hero to his fans, regardless of his lack of interest in the VA.

And he released five more from Gitmo. He keeps this up and his goal of closing Gitmo will be reached. Win win.


24 posted on 05/31/2014 3:53:28 PM PDT by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: blueyon

This only happened at this time because of the VA scandal. Obama could have had this guy back a long time ago.

Obama needed a good moment and this is why this has happened at this point.

Who knows what evil the released terrorists will impose after a year. I really don’t think Obama or anyone in this admin has given that any thought. They only deal with what is politically expedient. They can always cook up an excuse if the release of these bad guys takes more lives.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 3:54:32 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Texas56
Didn’t you know Obama is above the law?

It appears he really is. He hasn't suffered any penalty for breaking dozens of them and his base and the media still love him.

26 posted on 05/31/2014 3:55:39 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Humidston

“Today the President got a “two-fer.””

I am OK with that when we get our people back or injustices made right.............but I still have a problem with things being done via “above the law” so to speak


27 posted on 05/31/2014 5:14:00 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Go Gordon

100 for a gay black Jew.


28 posted on 05/31/2014 5:30:20 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: blueyon

I would surmise that obama’s surprise visit to “boost the troops” in Afghanistan involved some suitcases stuffed with cash for the tolley-bon to facilitate this deal. Karzai refused to meet obama at Bagram because of “short notice”. ha.

http://news.yahoo.com/karzai-refused-meet-obama-bagram-air-says-us-185356420.html;_ylt=A0LEVjK3dIpTAUQAKIwPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBybnV2cXQwBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw


29 posted on 05/31/2014 5:33:36 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: blueyon
"And he will return home to Idaho with honor. "

I'm not so sure about that.....wasn't he the guy who "wandered off"? There is a little more I need to know about those circumstances before I consider him honorable.

30 posted on 05/31/2014 5:44:59 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Firing Shinseki won't help- it's time to outlaw government unions AGAIN.)
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To: Texas56
No one is above the law.
31 posted on 05/31/2014 5:55:23 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Vermont Lt
These aren't ordinary prisoners and this is not an ordinary war.

You couldn't be more wrong.

32 posted on 05/31/2014 6:06:03 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: blueyon
Lotsa pluses here for soetoro.

1. Flips the bird to Republicans and Conservatives in Congress.

2. Blows a kiss to his lefty base and moHAMmadens.

3. Terrorist fist bump to...well...the terrorists.

4. Sends message to the military that he'll do whatever it takes to bring every man home and that the VA thingee is not his fault because, see, he really cares about everyone in the military and it's a phony scandal anyhow.

5. Gives the msm a "Look, a squirrel!" Moment to divert attention away from the VA,Benghazi, the IRS, economy,NSA, surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan...

33 posted on 05/31/2014 6:06:06 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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34 posted on 05/31/2014 6:08:24 PM 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: Go Gordon
You “assume” wrongly.

I know it's hard to keep up in the ugly morass of any war.

There is a question regarding his status as a captive of the enemy, or something else a bit more complicated.

I hesitate to opine either way, since much of the available information is not considered trustworthy.

Better to wait for verified facts, and that might mean a much longer wait, beyond what is obviously politically expedient for POTUS, currently under fire domestically for his failures at the VA.
And yes indeed, I am just that cynical! With very good reason.

35 posted on 05/31/2014 6:12:13 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: Go Gordon
20 if he were gay.

50 if he had been black, gay and transsexual...

36 posted on 05/31/2014 6:34:23 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
These aren't ordinary prisoners and this is not an ordinary war.
You couldn't be more wrong.

I shudder to think this ignoramus was actually a Lt anywhere, any time.

37 posted on 05/31/2014 6:47:30 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: blueyon

Well, at least the Obama administration didn’t out a CIA agent like Richard Armitage did during Bush’s time in office. Oh wait. My bad. They did that just last week and NOT A PEEP OUT OF THE MEDIA ABOUT THIS TREASONOUS ACTION. There was a special prosecutor assigned to investigate the Valerie Plame affair but outing the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was just a “mistake” and nobody says a thing.

This administration operates outside the law and the Constitution all the time. This violation of the law in releasing the five most dangerous Gitmo detainee terrorists without notifying Congress is the second major violation of law in the last week.

But where are the calls from our elected representatives to impeach this Chicago thug? If these violations don’t constitute high crimes and misdemeanors, what does? Obama and his minions might as well be running Continuing Criminal Enterprise than managing the executive branch.


38 posted on 05/31/2014 8:34:15 PM PDT by HotHunt
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To: gov_bean_ counter; wtd
Agreed and yet, supposedly according to Bergdahl's dad his son was having trouble remembering how to speak English??? How did the father know this? Did the captors let him call home once a week? Very good post by wtd, post 10 here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3162270/posts?page=20#20 •Of particular note is the photo of his father where he addressed his son and the public: "Bergdahl said that his son was having trouble speaking English after spending so much time in Taliban activity. He 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." •Bob Bergdahl tweet: Robert Bergdahl ‏@bobbergdahl @ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!
39 posted on 05/31/2014 9:03:24 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: jimbo123

According to twitchy, Bergdahl’s father tweeted that he was “still working to free all Gitmo prisoners”, and that “God would repay for the death of every afghan child”.


40 posted on 05/31/2014 10:47:32 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: elpadre

And how many more Americans will be kidnapped because of Obumblers actions?


41 posted on 06/01/2014 4:21:56 AM PDT by billyboy15
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