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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Deeply Skeptical Of Taliban Prisoner Swap
The Daily Caller ^ | 6-2-2014 | Brendan Bordelon

Posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:30 PM PDT by servo1969

MSBNC host Chris Matthews became the first on his network to express the slightest bit of skepticism over the Obama administration’s deal to trade Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantanamo Bay, with Matthews repeatedly questioning the wisdom of trading an “AWOL” and possibly treasonous soldier for terrorist mass murderers.

Matthews opened his program Monday with a deeply suspicious look into Bergdahl’s statements and actions before he went inexplicably missing from his post in the summer of 2009.

In particular, the MSNBC host highlighted portions of a piece by late Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, which revealed that Bergdahl repeatedly disparaged the U.S. military, said he was “ashamed to be an American” and talked of simply “walk[ing] off into the mountains of Pakistan.”

He also singled out as “cryptic” a statement by Bergdahl’s father claiming he was “proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people, and what [Bergdahl] was willing to do to go to that length.”

“Do you have any idea what he meant there?” Matthews asked The Daily Beast’s Kim Dozier. “Did he mean sort of leaving his post, leaving his rifle and uniform behind, heading off in the direction of Pakistan, being picked up by the Taliban? What did he mean ‘helping the Afghan people’ and that process? I don’t quite get that.”

“Is that the Afghan people they mean?” Matthews continued, questioning whether Bergdahl was in fact moving to join or work with the Taliban when he was captured.

Dozier let that question hang, but spoke forcefully for the prisoner swap. “In terms of why you rescue him, he was a U.S. soldier in uniform –”

“No he wasn’t in uniform, he left the uniform behind,” Matthews interrupted.

“He was a serving U.S. soldier –” Dozier tried again.

“But he left his post and he said — this is what I don’t understand,” Matthews continued. “Was he AWOL? And if not, why not? Why didn’t they declare him AWOL?”

Matthews also expressed profound skepticism over the idea that this trade might be a prelude to a peace deal with the Taliban, after Dozier said this could “possibly kick off reconciliation talks” with the Taliban.

“I just wonder what that could possibly — women have to now be covered up, their faces have to be covered up, no more movies over there, they blow up buddhas again,” he said, wondering what would happen if the Taliban gets power. “Are we going back to crazy Taliban behavior? . . . What kind of deal are we striking with these people?”

Liberal columnist and Marine Corps veteran Goldie Taylor was also grilled by Matthews. “Does this make sense?” he asked.

“I think it makes sense to me, because you know, in my mind, as a former Marine, we leave no man behind. We don’t qualify that –”

“But didn’t he leave his unit behind?” Matthews countered. “He left his uniform behind, he left his rifle behind and he told people if he didn’t like the mission he was headed to Pakistan. What was he doing?”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: awol; bergdahl; gitmo; msnbc; obama; scandals
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Et tu, Chris?
1 posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:30 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Jeez, the tingle is gone???


2 posted on 06/02/2014 5:32:31 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: servo1969

Broken clock, blind pig . . . . .


3 posted on 06/02/2014 5:32:55 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: NonValueAdded

Chrissy will just pop another shot of jack and a viagra and the tingle will return in no time...


4 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:38 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: servo1969

What if he would have been gay, Chris? Would that have changed your mind?


5 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:39 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: servo1969

Looks like Barry is starting to scare even the useful idiots.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:40 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: servo1969

Bad day for Chris. Even the DUmmies, by the way, are disappointed at how this happy story turned out.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: unixfox

I guess you haven’t seen the ballet photos...


8 posted on 06/02/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: NonValueAdded

Cue B.B. King...


9 posted on 06/02/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: servo1969

Wow! He’s been de-tingled! Lordamighty!


10 posted on 06/02/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: servo1969

This will be the ONE and ONLY time where Chrissy Matthews shows the least bit of common sense..trust me it wont happen again


11 posted on 06/02/2014 5:38:36 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: NonValueAdded

If Obama has lost Chris Mathews...................OMG........................


12 posted on 06/02/2014 5:38:37 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: NonValueAdded

You don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows.Just Chris Matthews.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 5:41:32 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: servo1969

Now Jay Carney can say “It’s already been dealt with in the media, so we can move on from this old topic”


14 posted on 06/02/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

is Jay looking for another hug ?


15 posted on 06/02/2014 5:45:03 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: RedMDer; KC_Lion

BFD
I don’t give a rip what that creep says or thinks.
He’s only asking “questions,” not condemning his hero, the Marxist.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 5:46:04 PM 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: NonValueAdded

ANGRY PARENTS COMPARE BERGDAHL COVERUP TO BENGHAZI

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/angry-parents-compare-bergdahl-coverup-to-benghazi.php


17 posted on 06/02/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: kingattax

no, but he sure would enjoy another blown kiss, with a hint of wetness


18 posted on 06/02/2014 5:47:48 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: servo1969

HE FOUND HIS MEDS! GLORY HALLELUJAH!

Praise the Lord and pass the Prozac.

BB King is singing “The Thrill is Gone” and so is the “Tingle”.

Vincent Price is out looking for the “Tingler”

MSNBC is in trouble when it’s leading jerk gains a moment of sanity and actually says something that is relevant.

Next, Al Sharpton on marrying sheep in Afghanistan.


19 posted on 06/02/2014 5:47:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: servo1969

Only one reason Chris would take this stance. He was told to do so. Strange


20 posted on 06/02/2014 5:48:51 PM PDT by TBall
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To: Hotlanta Mike

These parents are people the Marxists are unprepared to deal with.Dems can’t attack them,and I don’t think they’re going to go away anytime soon.All the parents are in a unique position to grind Obama’s ass into the ground.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 5:52:34 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: servo1969

Blind squirrel...acorn...


22 posted on 06/02/2014 5:52:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI


23 posted on 06/02/2014 5:54:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: laweeks

LOL


24 posted on 06/02/2014 5:54:47 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Gotcha... “The Thrill is Gone”!


25 posted on 06/02/2014 5:55:46 PM PDT by capt. norm
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To: kingattax

and blown KISS.....


26 posted on 06/02/2014 5:56:58 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Taliban Gunmen Seize Indian Head of Charity Organization in Herat
27 posted on 06/02/2014 5:59:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: onyx; KC_Lion
B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
28 posted on 06/02/2014 6:01:02 PM 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: cripplecreek

LUCILLE!!


29 posted on 06/02/2014 6:02:32 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: C210N; MeshugeMikey

obozo is a disgusting queer. more and more people are becoming convinced of the truth of that.


30 posted on 06/02/2014 6:04:23 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: laweeks

does obozocare cover a “tingleostomy” ?


31 posted on 06/02/2014 6:07:16 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: servo1969
Never mind the deserter.

What about these scumbags the marxist in chief released?

These 5 were named by the Taliban as the ones they wanted out of GB.

This is like releasing Hess, Goering, Borrman, Streicher and Jodl instead of trying them at Nuremberg.


32 posted on 06/02/2014 6:08:07 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: servo1969

When a soldier who says he hates America mails his clothes and books to his parents and then leaves his base with nothing but a canteen of water and a flashlight, even Chris Matthews knows he is a deserter. But Obama and Susan Rice, the world’s stupidest woman, still call him “honorable” and a hero.
Disgusting.


33 posted on 06/02/2014 6:08:27 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: TBall

By Hillary or her people? This could divert attention from Benghazi and onto something that could not be linked to her.


34 posted on 06/02/2014 6:10:34 PM PDT by kalee
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To: txrefugee

35 posted on 06/02/2014 6:11:10 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: RedMDer

WOO-HOO!

37 posted on 06/02/2014 6:14:14 PM 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: txrefugee
Rice is an insane liar and member of the political class from Washington DC

Rice was born in Washington, D.C.,[5] to Emmett J. Rice (1919–2011), Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System;[5] and education policy scholar Lois (née Dickson) Fitt, currently at the Brookings Institution.[6] Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican.[7] Her parents divorced during her youth.[citation needed] She is not related to former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice was a three-sport athlete, student council president, and valedictorian at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., a private girls' day school.[8] She played point guard in basketball and directed the offense, acquiring the nickname Spo, short for "Sportin’".[8]

38 posted on 06/02/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: NonValueAdded

The tingle done got corrected?


39 posted on 06/02/2014 6:17:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: onyx

40 posted on 06/02/2014 6:19:20 PM 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: RedMDer

41 posted on 06/02/2014 6:20:15 PM 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: Rome2000

What will really be interesting is if another terror attack happens and any of them are involved in it. But It’ll probably be like another Clinton/Bush deal..Clinton lets Bin-Laden go umpteen times and the second Bush takes office “OH! Look at him reading a book to those school kids! It’s all Bushs fault!”


42 posted on 06/02/2014 6:21:10 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: servo1969

Wait.....HASTINGS wrote a piece on him???


43 posted on 06/02/2014 6:21:22 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: servo1969

This deal is so bad even his liberal / Marxist base can’t deal with it....

That tells you how really bad it truly is....

I think it will get much, much worse at some point one of these five sub human slugs pull off an attack ....


44 posted on 06/02/2014 6:21:34 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Rome2000

Bet these guys get shot within a year or two.Our troops shouldn’t take any prisoners after this.


45 posted on 06/02/2014 6:22:15 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Rome2000

I stand corrected. Rice isn’t stupid. She is evil.


46 posted on 06/02/2014 6:23:19 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Rome2000

——This is like releasing Hess, Goering, Borrman, Streicher and Jodl instead of trying them at Nuremberg.——

I told my wife almost the exact same thing verbatim tonight...


47 posted on 06/02/2014 6:23:57 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: null and void

Wait.....HASTINGS wrote a piece on him???

Ping to this post. NJCT


48 posted on 06/02/2014 6:24:14 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: txrefugee

President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on ABC that Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction” and that “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield,”

-Weekly Standard


49 posted on 06/02/2014 6:24:41 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
The release of these monsters is an unprecedented act.

Very likely Bergdahl joined the Taliban, and his "release" for 5 top terrorists who were picked by the very same Taliban is indeed a great victory for the enemy.

It also shows either an unbelievable naivety on the part of the POTUS or something much more sinister and undeniable.

50 posted on 06/02/2014 6:30:26 PM PDT by Rome2000
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