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Rice Dodges on Deserter Question (Bowe Bergdahl)
The Hill ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli

Posted on 06/01/2014 8:40:47 AM PDT by kristinn

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice avoided questions on Sunday about whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban in exchange for five detainees on Saturday, deserted the Army.

ABC News "This Week" host George Stephanopolous asked Rice whether such allegations would be "investigated." "If it is found that he did, will he be disciplined or has he already paid the price?" he asked.

"Certainly, anybody who has been held in those conditions in captivity for five years has paid an extraordinary price, but that is really not the point," Rice said. "The point is he's back. He's going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction."

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; baseattacked; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; deserter; gitmo; susanrice; taliban5
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1 posted on 06/01/2014 8:40:47 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

and of course John McCain and the rest of the Senators are all a day late and a dollar short on this as always.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 8:44:09 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kristinn

This is too sordid! We gave up five dangerous sworn enemies of this country for a possible “deserter”?


3 posted on 06/01/2014 8:44:40 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: kristinn

was this for Bergdahl or was it to get Obama and his family off the hit list for the killing Osama bin Laden


4 posted on 06/01/2014 8:45:11 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: kristinn

How many of our soldiers were killed or wounded searching for this deserter?


5 posted on 06/01/2014 8:45:28 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: kristinn

Obama has just hung a sign on the back of every American abroad saying,” Kidnap Me I’m valuable in trade.” No doubt that Obama’s sympathy is Muslim.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 8:45:53 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: kristinn

All she knows is that a video was responsible again.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 8:46:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Black skin has morphed into Teflon.)
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To: kristinn

What a non-answer! He willingly walked away from his post in Afghanistan and immediately joined the enemy.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 8:46:51 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: kristinn

“He served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Not according to people who were there.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 8:47:20 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Don Corleone
Obama has just hung a sign on the back of every American abroad saying,” Kidnap Me I’m valuable in trade.” No doubt that Obama’s sympathy is Muslim.

Yep, that's what you do when you pay off terrorists.

10 posted on 06/01/2014 8:48:24 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kristinn

When Obama reads about this in tomorrow’s paper he is going to be outraged.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Ken522

Remember, this attack happened a couple days after he deserted:

Attack on U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan kills two soldiers

U.S. military officials say ‘several’ U.S. soldiers also were wounded in the assault on the remote outpost in Paktika province. It’s the same area where an American soldier disappeared on Tuesday.

July 05, 2009|M. Karim Faiez and Laura King

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul/05/world/fg-afghanistan5


12 posted on 06/01/2014 8:50:35 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: kingu

AQ has already announced that they plan to kidnap Westerners. Guess they got the go sign from the White Hut.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 8:53:39 AM PDT by livius
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FReepathon day 62, Month #3.
Don't let the Left win!


Woo hoo!! Less than $4.7k to go!! Time to put this baby to bed!!
Thank you all very much!

14 posted on 06/01/2014 8:55:50 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: kristinn

The failure to say “no” is the equivalent of “yes”.

IOW, we traded high level 5 terrorists for one low life deserter.

I didn’t think it was possible for this administration to sink any lower.

This trade was illegal as congress was not consulted and did not authorize it. Again another impeachable offense that will be ignored.

There are worse days ahead.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 8:56:01 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: kristinn
"The point is he's back. He's going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction."

That's the point because Susan Rice says it's the point? She also said that Benghazi was caused by an anti-Muslim video.

The real point, Susan, is not to look at only one half of the equation. Yes, Bergdahl was released. And, yes, of course his parents are happy. And without even discussing whether he was a patriotic American soldier, there are still major issues with the swap.

First of all, we don't negotiate with terrorists. Now that they see that American hostages can be traded for high-level jihadists, Americans all over the world will be kidnapping targets.

Second--the swap was illegal. Obama violated a law that he signed that promised a 30 day review and evidence of mitigated danger from any Guantanamo releases. He can't pick and choose which laws he will follow (despite the fact that he's done so on myriad occasions, particularly with Obamacare) by claiming exigent circumstances.

And, finally, what about the trade itself? Without sounding like an NFL general manager on draft day, it is necessary to examine what we gave up for what we got. What we gave up were five hard-core terrorist leaders who will, without a doubt, return to their previous life of murder and mayhem, putting innocent Americans as well as innocents of other nations at grave risk. What we got was an American serviceman who left his post under uncertain circumstances, and whose family has posted anti-American Tweets calling for the release of all Guantanamo prisoners.

Going back to football again, this looks like the worst trade since the Vikings gave up multiple players and draft choices for Herschel Walker. Obama was clearly more interested in creating a feel-good photo op with Bergdahl's parents than he was in the strategy of dealing with terrorists, in the legality of the trade, or in the quid pro quo that the Taliban received for the solitary American. As usual, Obama is wrong on all counts.

16 posted on 06/01/2014 8:58:33 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: molson209

Maybe the deal was “The Taliban shall cause no embarrassing Saigon embassy helicopter type scenes during the 2016 pullout”.


17 posted on 06/01/2014 9:03:23 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: LibFreeUSA

And the beat goes on...


18 posted on 06/01/2014 9:04:13 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: kristinn

If this guy served with honor, where the hell is my medal of honor??!!


19 posted on 06/01/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: kristinn

>”He served the United States with honor and distinction.”<

Until he didn’t?


20 posted on 06/01/2014 9:05:30 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Don Corleone

Yep. It also says that Foolsucka is willing to trade dangerous terrorists for someone who ideologically sounds very close to him and his anti-american comrades. Not the best optics for a U.S. President to present to the American public.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: kristinn
He served the United States with honor and distinction."

Sounds like he didnt.

22 posted on 06/01/2014 9:08:37 AM PDT by MileHi
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To: Yardstick

Very good point.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 9:09:51 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

It’s a terrible trade that makes no sense apart from some other reason. I suspect it’s part of a bigger negotiation with the Taliban about how things will be during and after the 2016 pullout.


24 posted on 06/01/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Cold Heart

How could he “serve with honor and distinction” when he deserted? This is the usual LIES by the Uber-LIAR administration of Clown Prince nobama.


25 posted on 06/01/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: P-Marlowe
This trade was illegal as congress was not consulted and did not authorize it.

According to the administration's defenders, the trade was legal. And they have given two reasons why this is so.

One, there were "exigent circumstances."

Two, when Obama signed the law in question, he made comments that in effect amended the bill. (As ridiculous as that sounds, lib's really are saying that today.)

So you see, when Obama doesn't like a law, he can ignore it for any reason whatsoever. It's called the royal prerogative.

26 posted on 06/01/2014 9:14:38 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: kristinn
I wonder how soon before Obummer takes to the Rose Garden microphone to claim he "had no prior knowledge" of the background and history of the released prisoner of war.

However, I don't think THAT worn-out excuse is going to work for him again.

Leni

27 posted on 06/01/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: kristinn
They traded a deserter...

...for some seriously bad dudes.

What video will Ubama blame when US soldiers and citizens are kidnapped for more trades?

28 posted on 06/01/2014 9:15:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: kristinn

Served the army with honor? Only if he was a planned plant to spy on the enemy, but I haven’t heard that.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Just wait for Obozo to pardon all blacks on death row or in prison in general.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 9:22:49 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: kristinn

“He served the United States with honor and distinction”

oh really, Susan. Even for you, was that last part really necessary? You are after all answering a question about whether this guy was a deserter.

Do you even think about what someone gives you to read? Idiot.

and Snuffleupyerass smiled and went on to the next softball pitch?


31 posted on 06/01/2014 9:23:08 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Yardstick
It’s a terrible trade that makes no sense apart from some other reason.

I agree. My guess is that Obama did the trade to deflect from the VA scandal. The timing is just too much of a coincidence. Now Obama can again brag about being pro-military. The trade will come in handy at the next press conference.

A question will come up about the VA mistreating vets. Obama will answer by praising himself for freeing a POW.

32 posted on 06/01/2014 9:23:13 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: All

Chuck “sleepy drunk” Hagel will probably pin a medal on this traitor and make sure he gets back pay.

The US would have been better off if a few of the brave men and women who served in Viet Nam hadn’t come back. Hagel, McCain and Kerry are a few of them.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 9:31:22 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: kristinn
Ambassador Rice

"I don’t know nuthin’ ‘bout birthin no terrorists."

34 posted on 06/01/2014 9:45:51 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Leaning Right

I don’t think distracting from the VA scandal was the main purpose of this. It was a terrible trade and looks terrible which is why it was timed to surface on a weekend. They were under pressure to do the trade as part of larger negotiations with the Taliban, I think. If they could have done it in secret they probably would have. As it is, they’re going to spin it as positively as they can and then hope it goes away quickly, which the press will assist with.


35 posted on 06/01/2014 9:48:17 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I really hate these people.


36 posted on 06/01/2014 9:51:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Yardstick

But they also know that if anyone questions it, they can turn around and paint those questioning as ‘being unpatriotic’ and criticizing a US soldier who was held captive for five years. So they’ll have that base covered as well.

To them, Dissent is Treason.


37 posted on 06/01/2014 9:53:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

Just another bizarre, inexplicable, unaccountable maneuver by a president of unexplained origins and affiliations in favor of radical Islam.

There’s really nothing to worry your pretty little head about. It’s not the first, and it certainly won’t be the last.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 10:02:02 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: kristinn
He served the United States with honor and distinction."

That may turn out to be a slur against all who do serve with honor.

39 posted on 06/01/2014 10:07:39 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: kristinn; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


40 posted on 06/01/2014 10:08:55 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t think they’ll get much mileage from that for the simple reason that it’s self-evidently a terrible trade. A deserter for five Taliban commanders? Even the low info crowd can see that’s a bum deal. I predict this thing goes away quickly and is never heard about again, except maybe on page D17 six months from now when it comes out that the bit about his failing health was baloney.


41 posted on 06/01/2014 10:10:16 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: kristinn

Once the terrorist take US citizens as hostages in mass, the Obama prophecy will be revealed, the Obama administration will in every way be analogous to Jimmy Carter’s.


42 posted on 06/01/2014 10:12:49 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Going back to football again, this looks like the worst trade since the Vikings gave up multiple players and draft choices for Herschel Walker.

Don't be baggin' on a good Republican like Herschel.

43 posted on 06/01/2014 10:19:55 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: kristinn
He served the United States with honor and distinction.

Rice's specialty seems to be making sweeping statements about matters she could not possibly have full knowledge of, long before we even have half the story.

44 posted on 06/01/2014 10:20:13 AM PDT by Will88
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To: kristinn

“He served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Hence the two (2) promotions while he was listed as Missing-Captured, from E-3 to E-5.

Sounds like a setup.


45 posted on 06/01/2014 10:25:35 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: kristinn

“He served the United States with honor and distinction.”

The guy went AWOL and at least 6 people got killed out looking for him. We should have left him to the Taliban.


46 posted on 06/01/2014 10:34:45 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: kristinn

Why doesn’t she just make up an answer?


47 posted on 06/01/2014 10:50:49 AM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Leaning Right

Agreed. Obama has a whole raft of controversial things he can do when he gets in trouble and has to get stories like the VA out of.the headlines.


48 posted on 06/01/2014 11:18:17 AM PDT by what's up (sun)
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To: kristinn

When even the mamsy pamsy UN is outraged because the five we set free to turn around to harm us again are such horrible terrorists, you know there was more to this deal than meets the eye. They know hussein will give them anything they want so they’ll raise the stakes next time. 5 this time, 25 next time. The time after that, they’ll be wanting to sleep in the WH and govern us... never mind, they are already.


49 posted on 06/01/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by bgill
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
of course his parents are happy

I'll give them one week to become unhappy with what he's turned into.

50 posted on 06/01/2014 11:51:44 AM PDT by bgill
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