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How Bergdahl Could Become Bergdahlzi
The Daily Caller ^ | June 2, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor

Posted on 06/03/2014 2:10:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

If President Barack Obama hoped his deal with the Taliban to bring back Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be a political boon in the midst of the VA scandal, he is in for a big surprise.

Soon after Obama revealed that Bergdahl was to be released, we learned the president agreed to release five of the most hardcore Taliban fighters from America’s terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in exchange.

“While not as well known as Guantanamo inmates like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Taliban 5 were some of the worst outlaws in the U.S. war on terror,” Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report in The Daily Beast, noting a Pentagon “dossier” that deemed all five “a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated.”

Negotiating with terrorists is a dangerous and inadvisable policy under most circumstances. The long-term bad often outweighs whatever short-term good. While it is great to see the return of a captured soldier, giving into terrorist demands to get them back provides greater incentive for terrorists to go out and capture more American soldiers in the hopes of making future lopsided deals.

Perhaps Obama hoped that seeing a captured American serviceman return home would overwhelm any American outrage over the deal. But then we learned that Bergdahl was taken into Taliban captivity only after allegedly deserting his fellow troops.

“The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him, veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose ‘selfish act’ ended up costing the lives of better men,” CNN’s Jake Tapper reports.

“At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdahl,” Tapper added.

To say the least, this complicates the president’s narrative.

And the story doesn’t end here. Get ready for the Bergdahl primetime interview with Barbara Walters or Brian Williams or whoever does these things nowadays. It may take weeks or months, but it will happen, you can be assured of that. What will he say in the interview? If the emails he sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban in 2009 are any indication, he will have some scathing words for the country that just gave up five vicious terrorists in order to bring him back.

“The future is too good to waste on lies,” he wrote in an email to his parents before his capture in 2009. “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. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”

If his father joins him for the interview, you can expect a lot of Noam Chomsky-esque, left-wing America bashing as well, if his tweets are any guide.

And this is probably the best the Obama administration can hope for at this point. It may get much worse.

There is a lot we do not know, but what if turns out that Bergdahl was not only a deserter, but a traitor who actively aided the Taliban in attacking American troops?

In his piece, Tapper seems to subtly allude to the possibility.

“[M]any soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance,” Tapper wrote, seeming to suggest that Bergdahl may have provided information to the Taliban that aided them in their attacks against American troops.

Fox News confirmed that Bergdahl’s conduct both before and after his capture has been the subject of a classified investigation.

A “Defense Department source confirmed to Fox News that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy,” Fox News’ James Rosen reports.

If it turns out that Bergdahl did indeed collaborate with the enemy, Obama just gave up five of the worst terrorists in American custody for the return of a traitor we will now have to put on trial. And the president authorized this without notifying Congress, which even his supporters in the legal community say violates U.S. law. So much for President Obama’s “Don’t Do Stupid Shit” foreign policy doctrine.

There is also a very real possibility that despite the almost meaningless safeguards the Obama administration put in place, the terrorists the president just released will return to the battlefield to plan and plot against Americans. What if they are responsible for a future attack on the U.S.?

The Bergdahl deal already appears to be a disaster for America and political catastrophe for the Obama administration. Don’t be surprised if the Bergdahlzi hearings come to a theater — or a C-SPAN channel — near you in the not-to-distant future.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alqaeda; bergdahl; bowebergdahl; media; msm; obama; taliban; wot
Ted and Sarah are going to have a massive mess to clean up. And what is going on with CNN, Chris Matthews, The Daily Beast, Time and scores of other regular Obama sycophants going after him on this and the VA medical scandal? Awful strange.
1 posted on 06/03/2014 2:10:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The problem is that there are so many things going on now - so many hearings, so many investigations - that this latest outrage is probably going to swamp the investigatory capacity of Congress.

I just can’t see how more hearings are going to help. I read somewhere that Congress sent a formal protest to Obama yesterday, so maybe if they could make this public and actually proceed with something that doesn’t require years of hearings, it might have an impact.

I honestly don’t know what can be done. And furthermore, Obama did what he usually does after some outrageous act: he left the country so that he can keep out of reach of even the most minimal press inquiries. He’s off in the Ukraine right now, thumbing his nose at us.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 2:19:09 AM PDT by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is more than "awful strange". This could be treason. Committed openly and brazenly.

It is so bad on so many levels, I almost don't know where to begin.

3 posted on 06/03/2014 2:23:28 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Susan Rice also made the assertion (without explaining how she knew or providing evidence) that the excuse for pushing the prisoner swap so quickly that they could not even inform Congress as required by law was Bergdhal’s purported rapidly declining health and need for immediate medical attention to save his life.

So here we have a confirmed deserter and probable traitor who got pushed to the front of the line for health care while our wounded warriors languish and die on secret death panel lists because they are denied care.

Sounds like the VA Scandal is at play here as well.


4 posted on 06/03/2014 2:32:35 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Former Proud Canadian
"It is so bad on so many levels, I almost don't know where to begin."

I am so sick and tired of this clown and his minions running our beautiful country into the ground while or so-called Representatives do absolutely NOTHING.

5 posted on 06/03/2014 2:35:15 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would be shocked if it turned out that Obama traded a deserter for 5 terrorists. Just shocked I say!


6 posted on 06/03/2014 2:44:44 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah, because 15 or 25 sounds more like him...


7 posted on 06/03/2014 2:45:26 AM 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: DeaconRed
Six soldiers dead

 

Five terrorist leaders returned

 

For one deserter and traitor

 

Brought to you by one islamic sodomite "present" in the Oval Office


("Body man" Reggie Love will be jealous.)


Obama stands with the muslims - as he said he would.

8 posted on 06/03/2014 2:46:42 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, 5 sounds a little light.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 2:47:19 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just can’t figure out why they did it and why they did it now.

Take the VA scandal out of the news? Get the last American out of the region before pulling out? Test this approach to slowly empty out Gitmo?

They had to know the allegations against Bowe. We are definitely missing something here. They can’t be that dumb.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 2:47:50 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: livius
The problem is that there are so many things going on now - so many hearings, so many investigations

You got that right. It is like the "Little Dutch Boy" Syndrome. So many leaks (scandals) that the investigative powers can't keep up. The level of intentional corruption by this slimeball is mind boggling.

11 posted on 06/03/2014 2:51:54 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: dan on the right

This happens right after Obama announces the Bug Out date for Afghanistan. What if the REAL deal is to get the Taliban to stand down so that they don’t embarrass the Obama regime during this period in return for those leaders. Our “ prisoner” was just cover.


12 posted on 06/03/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: dan on the right

I just can’t figure out why they did it and why they did it now.


Susan Rice has said that Bergdahl was in declining health and could have died. If Bergdahl died in captivity, then Obama would not have an American prisoner held captive to use an pretext to release the five members of the Taliban leadership.

Obama didn’t release these five to get Bergdahl back, he used Bergdahl as a pawn and as an excuse to free the Taliban leaders whom he wanted to release so they could begin to get prepared for operations in Afghanistan as soon as we leave at the end of the year


13 posted on 06/03/2014 2:56:32 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“And what is going on with CNN, Chris Matthews, The Daily Beast, Time and scores of other regular Obama sycophants going after him on this and the VA medical scandal?”

IMHO, they are distancing themselves from obama now, so they can shill for hillary later this year.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 2:58:23 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s unfortunate but I doubt anything comes of this. Anyone in Congress with a set of balls would have impeached this ass over any number of scandals.. pick one. IRS, Benghazi, bypassing Congress, VA and now Bergdhal. BO’s track record on doing anything right is non existent.

Releasing the 5 GITMO terrorist for a deserter fit’s in line with his mentality. Pathetic, but this is the new America.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 3:02:02 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: Kozak

How is giving the Taliban their terrorists in advance going to make them back off and let us leave peacefully? There was nothing about this deal that was meant to benefit America.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 3:02:08 AM PDT by livius
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To: freeangel
IMHO, they are distancing themselves from obama now, so they can shill for hillary later this year.

Yes, it's pretty clear that, in the general, Hillary wants to run against Obama - she knows the GOP isn't going to put up much of a fight.

17 posted on 06/03/2014 3:03:04 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: dan on the right

My guess would be that they were counting on the media to fall in line on this one too.

Without media scrutiny there is no story except the glorious homecoming, there is crime because Obama makes the law, there are no dead soldiers in the wake of this deserter because confidentiality agreements have been signed, Holder has his pen at the ready, and the media are ready to urge to let the rest of the animals in Guantanamo go.

I couldn’t believe it either when Jake Tapper at CNN immediately ran hard with the postings by Bergdahl’s platoon members, when NBC news led with the same thing, when leftist Obama sycophants like the “legal scholar” Jeffrey Toobin immediately announced that Obama had broken the law.

I don’t think Obama, Jarrett and Rice saw this coming in a million years.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 3:04:45 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Ray76
I wrote my 2 senators (Nelson & Rubio) and my congressman (John Mica)

I told them how fed up I am and how they are doing nothing while ZERO does anything he wants to. This latest is the last straw. We need to stay on this until something is done.

19 posted on 06/03/2014 3:12:07 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You crackers will learn to serve the Moslem Brotherhood,
al Qaeda, and us. We won on 911. Now serve."



20 posted on 06/03/2014 3:15:58 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: dan on the right

“They had to know the allegations against Bowe. We are definitely missing something here. They can’t be that dumb”

I was thinking the same thing, all I can come up with is that whole Obama Cabal hates America. They are just pushing true Patriots faces into their Feces heap, and there isn’t anyone that can do a thing about it. Certainly not Republicans in DC.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 3:17:01 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All the ass in the White House had to say was we wanted him back to prosecute him for desertion of his unit,and possible collaboration.
This to me just proves the ass was doing it because he wanted the headline of Obama frees prisoner held by the evil terrorists


22 posted on 06/03/2014 3:49:18 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This may be Hussein’s most serious crime yet.


23 posted on 06/03/2014 3:54:26 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: dan on the right

Know how Obama always says he didn’t know? The smartest yet least informed man ever in the history of the world? Maybe this time he really didn’t know because i’m totaly on board with the get the VA out of the headlines meme. If this guy was clean it would have worked to some extent too.


24 posted on 06/03/2014 3:55:03 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: ballplayer

If thats all they wanted then no need to exchange for him is there?


25 posted on 06/03/2014 3:57:32 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Fightin Whitey
I don’t think Obama, Jarrett and Rice saw this coming in a million years.

They did not. They did not count on the men who had direct knowledge speaking out and did not believe that CNN, NBC, Time Magazine, etc would go with the truth.

They figured the rubes would break out the flags, yellow ribbons and party like Osama was dead.

Even the best player will over play a hand.

26 posted on 06/03/2014 4:10:57 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: dan on the right

he has reached the point that he does things simply because he can


27 posted on 06/03/2014 4:19:19 AM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: DAC21
... all I can come up with is that whole Obama Cabal hates America.

Many of us realized that even before he was elected in 2008.

They want most of us dead, the rest in chains.

Keep that in mind, and everything they do makes perfect sense.

28 posted on 06/03/2014 4:22:21 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Ray76

Read that there are more than 6 deaths being investigated by the Pentagon, maybe 17 if my memory is correct.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 6:08:56 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

“Read that there are more than 6 deaths being investigated by the Pentagon, maybe 17 if my memory is correct.”

Col. Hunt was on Fox last night (either Megyn or BOR don’t recall which show). He has a lot of contacts in the military, Pentagon, etc. He said 17 deaths more than once, which is the 1st time I had heard that number - heard 6 quite a few times, prior to that.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 6:29:44 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BO giving up five dangerous military commanders who hate America shortly before they return to the country that America is abandoning?

In exchange for a deserter / probable traitor who hates America and caused the deaths of six brave Americans?

Could hatred for America have some possible connection here? Hatred for America mixed with a profound desire to express the hatred?


31 posted on 06/03/2014 6:32:12 AM PDT by Gratia
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To: Ray76

Thanks for posting.

I saw these pictures on FNC last night and after asking God to help and bring comfort to the soldiers’ families (the soldiers all looked so young and nice), the 1st thing that came to mind is that the terrorists look very healthy and well-fed. I thought it would be interesting to see pictures of them when they were captured or arrived at Gitmo and now - -I suspect each looks a bit healthier and weighs more (too bad our veterans haven’t been treated as well as the terrorists have been).


32 posted on 06/03/2014 6:36:19 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: wiggen

The point is the President knew this guy was a deserter and he is acting like this is some kind of noble act,he is hiding behind this We never leave men behind,well we don’t trade deserters and possible collaborators for terrorist leaders who are going to kill more Americans,not until now anyway.
No need to get all frustrated and angry,this guy tipped his hand long ago,I think Obama is subconsciously exposing what most people paying attention have known for years that he is a traitor and if he had a son he would have done the same thing,or if he was younger he would have done the same thing


33 posted on 06/03/2014 7:34:22 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Kozak

And... The released terrorists will spend one year pre-release in Qatar, which means Obama may still have some leverage if the Taliban breaks on whatever shady deal that may have been struck.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 10:02:33 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: ballplayer

but they never could have said they wanted him back for trial before getting him back. The blow up would be as bad if there was suddenly a vieo of him being beheaded because he lost all value to the talimonmkies.
doing nothing was the only viable course if Obama knew anything at all about this guy.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 11:48:50 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Fitzy_888
... which means Obama may still have some leverage if the Taliban breaks on whatever shady deal that may have been struck.

You don't really believe that do you?

The Won wants those five back in the fray, fighting vigorously for the Forces of Darkness and Evil, and the sooner the better.

36 posted on 06/03/2014 3:16:23 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Fightin Whitey

That is my take as well.......


37 posted on 06/03/2014 3:21:42 PM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: livius

Of course it wasn’t meant to benefit
America. Just Obama...


38 posted on 06/03/2014 9:06:43 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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