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Behind Bergdahl's Release, a Secret Deal That Took Three Years
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 1, 2014 9:47 p.m. ET | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes

Posted on 06/01/2014 6:53:05 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

Behind the surprise exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees were secret negotiations that began three years ago and ended over the weekend with the retrieval of America's last known prisoner of war, rekindling debate over the propriety of such deals with American adversaries.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bergdahlnegotiations; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; taliban5; wsj

1 posted on 06/01/2014 6:53:05 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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2 posted on 06/01/2014 6:53:50 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: E. Pluribus Unum
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3 posted on 06/01/2014 6:54:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

BS.

Benghazi was a WAR EVENT where Americans
were odiously and egregiously
left behind to have them conveniently (for
Huma, Hillary and Obama) raped and murdered.

This Obama-created-obfuscation-for-alQaeda is not that.


4 posted on 06/01/2014 6:57:58 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Behind the surprise exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees were secret negotiations...

Impossible.

Both Chuck Hagel and Susan Rice lied said that there were no negotiations.

And the president's new jest & liar, Josh "The Importance of Lying" Earnest(ly), will lie to us tell us the same thing tomorrow...

5 posted on 06/01/2014 6:59:41 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

No true captured American soldier has survived more than a few a weeks under the Taliban care!

This traitor looks just great.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 7:14:08 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: kiryandil

The conspiracy theorist in me says that the negotiations broke down at more than one man from Gitmo released for this traitor - but then VA, CIA flub hit and Obama gave away five guys to have something to carry him for a week and make VA, etc. go away.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 7:15:29 PM PDT by struggle
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

3 years, that would take us back to Hillary’s time.

Now we know what Hillary’s “secret meeting” was about at the WH.

Somehow I knew that psycho skank was involved and I don’t have a doubt the “ accidental leaking” of the CIA Chiefs name is also part of the deal.

What’s Hillary getting from the terrorist in return, another terrorist attack she can try and blame on the “TEA Party/Right Wing Extremist?


8 posted on 06/01/2014 7:20:49 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: kiryandil
liar photo: obama hope change sucks  liar 1-bhWaSC5LxLcNt3OLTVDA.jpg A liar hires liars. They will look us right in the eyes and lie. Even if we can say, "But look here! This proves that isn't true." And then they will say, "Oh, I didn't say that!" Or, "You're wrong." Or, Gee, I misspoke. Or you misunderstood. Or .... It's like the southwest border invasion, getting worse every week: What do you get when bad behavior isn't punished, to the contrary, is rewarded? That's right: you get more bad behavior. Sermon over.
9 posted on 06/01/2014 7:21:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: struggle

Obama needed a headline to mute the VA problem, so after a three year dance with the Taliban, he agreed to release all five bad guys so fast that he neglected to notify Congress per law. He can neglect Congress as he is Emperor/Dear Leader and the GOP is toothless.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 7:26:37 PM PDT by RicocheT (It ain’t a party ’til the dogs are eating the corpses in the street.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; All
It wasn't a "secret". CBS reported on the exact framework of the deal in 2012. Barry was just saving it for when he needed maximum distraction -- i.e. the VA Scandal.

From CBS June 8, 2012:
Bergdahl is the subject of a proposed prisoner swap in which he would be traded for five Taliban adherents imprisoned by the United States at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Taliban have walked away from the deal and larger negotiations with the United States, but the Obama administration is still pushing a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan.

Secret, my arse.

11 posted on 06/01/2014 7:31:30 PM PDT by montag813
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

FUBO

FUCONgress

FUBB and your POS son.

Fislam


12 posted on 06/01/2014 7:32:14 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So we don’t negotiate with terrorists... but these negotiations have been going on for the past 3 or 4 years?


13 posted on 06/01/2014 7:42:11 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Jim Robinson

EP. I noticed this Free Republic thread was up on Google also, after the WSJ, listed at 38 minutes ago.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 7:43:25 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: montag813

But, but, the Repubs didn’t know.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 7:45:12 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: IMR 4350

Hmmm. Hillary oO. Would she leak?


16 posted on 06/01/2014 7:46:56 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
So negotiations for Bergdahl's release have been underway for three years, huh? Then why did a "A senior administration official" excuse the President for violating a law he himself signed by telling the WaPo, “Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

Somehow something just doesn't seem right.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bergdahl-release-arrangement-could-threaten-the-safety-of-americans-republicans-say/2014/05/31/35e47a2a-e8ff-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_print.html

17 posted on 06/01/2014 7:53:22 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It took three years, and the deal coincidentally finally closed on the weekend that the VA scandal is destroying Obamugabe. WTF-ever.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 7:58:02 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"We haven't talked to Bowe yet," his father Bob Bergdahl said Sunday in nationally televised remarks. "There's a reason for that and that's because Bowe has been gone so long that it's going to be very difficult to come back." His son arrived Sunday at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and Mr. Bergdahl described his recovery as a "work in progress."

I just saw his father on Fox. He hasn't talked to his son and won't for a long time. He said Bo has been away a very long time and if he comes back too fast it could kill him.

Luke 15:20. So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

I like Jesus' story the best.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 8:00:53 PM PDT by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Oh, no doubt there’s been talking going on for years. But, why were they released now?

The Benghazi committee starts up, and these guys get released.

Hillary and Obama were up to no good when they overthrew the government of Libya. Al Qaeda and Putin smacked them in the mouth at Benghazi. During the surrender negotiations, they let Hillary and Obama know they had the goods on them. That’s when the blackmailing started. $5,000,000,000 “missing from the State Department? American weapons, armored vehicles and night vision equipment left unguarded several months ago in Libya so they could be “stolen”? Now, five bad actors released? Our chickenshit President is paying blackmail. Thanks to him and Hillary for putting us in this situation.

Al Qaeda has those antiaircraft missiles and they are threatening to use them. Hillary and Obama are paying them to keep them quiet. The rest of the Democrats and the Republicans and the press and the bureaucrats are going along because they’re scared to death of the airline industry being shut down.

OK. Maybe that’s the way it is. Maybe we have to pay blackmail. But we sure as hell don’t have to keep the s**theads who brought this on in power. And we sure as hell don’t have to be treated like frightened children. We’re Americans. We need the truth to make reasoned decisions including who we vote for. We don’t need a Dictatorship of Deception to protect us. It only protects the jackasses that got us into this mess.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 8:04:06 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: RitaOK
The reason I put the Google link is because if you go to the article through Google you get to see the whole thing.

If you use a direct link, you can only see a summary.

21 posted on 06/01/2014 8:04:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Our” government was apparently negotiating in the interest of the Club Gitmo guests....


22 posted on 06/01/2014 8:08:33 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Soon, "the grateful dead" will be more than just the name of a crap band...)
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To: RitaOK

The leak came straight from the WH, but Hillary wouldn’t have a problem leaking the name of CIA and blinding the intel community in that area to make a deal with muslim terrorist.

A friend of mine son just got sent back to Afghanistan a few weeks ago, he’s in the air force.

He said they were receiving extensive training on escaping capture, training beyond anything they had done before.

His son told him he felt there was going to be a major terrorist offensive and that they all felt they were “expendable”.

If his son is right and there is a major terrorist offensive, “accidently” leaking the name of the CIA chief and blinding the intel community would be a perfect way to provide cover for themselves they had no knowledge of the planned attack and it would also allow Zippo and Hillary to make the claim the planning for the terrorist attacks are short term, virtually “spontaneous”.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 8:11:44 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: E. Pluribus Unum


24 posted on 06/01/2014 8:19:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

But Hagel said there were no negotiations


25 posted on 06/01/2014 8:47:42 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: RicocheT

Yep like when he needed to divert attention away from his fraudulent birth certificate he killed Bin Laden. One thing he’s transparent about is how obvious he changes the subjects on all his scandals and law breaking. We can see right thru him on this.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 9:09:14 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: hecticskeptic
So we don’t negotiate with terrorists... but these negotiations have been going on for the past 3 or 4 years?

We elect terrorists. Why shouldn't we negotiate with them?

27 posted on 06/02/2014 3:05:25 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The Arab Doctor that gave us the info on Osama Bin Ladin’s whereabouts that led to his killing is ROTTING IN PRISON while Obama Preens like a Peacock about Killing Bin Ladin!! Why isn’t the right LAMBASTING Obama for not doing anything??


28 posted on 06/02/2014 3:29:50 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: tumblindice

Stalinist lie. ALWAYS


29 posted on 06/02/2014 9:05:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Robwin

Stalinist lie. ALWAYS


30 posted on 06/02/2014 9:05:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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