Skip to comments.Pentagon Official: Why Obama Made The Taliban Trade
Posted on 06/03/2014 4:18:14 AM PDT by servo1969
Here is the truth: The deal to trade five senior Taliban detainees to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was political. It was publicly justified with lies, it breaks decades of U.S. policy, it breaks American law, it puts Americans at risk, it undermines the government of Afghanistan, and it passes responsibility on to the next administration.
But first of all, it was political.
But no, it was not to take the spot light off of the failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Simply stated, it was because so long as Bergdahl remained in Taliban captivity in Pakistan, the Obama administration would never be able to close the chapter of the failed Afghanistan campaign it has owned since approving and then under-resourcing a surge of U.S. forces in the country.
Bergdahls captivity served as a constant reminder of President Barack Obamas strategic failures while U.S. forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan. Thats something the Democrats cannot allow going into 2014 and 2016 elections. So the president agreed to an unprecedented deal in blatant violation of U.S. law and established precedent that undermines the safety and security of the United States and her citizens, once again choosing short-term political gain over long-term security interests.
Claims of new information on Bergdahls deteriorating health are simply false justifications. Bergdahls health was in no worse shape than should be reasonably expected of someone who had been a prisoner for five years. He walked without assistance into the waiting company of U.S. special operations forces, and then climbed aboard the waiting helicopter. He was mentally sound enough to recognize what was going on around him and to communicate with American forces. And none of the medical or psychological issues that he has displayed symptoms are life threatening. So this was just another example of the administration trying to justify its actions.
Additionally, the decision breaks with a decades-old standing U.S. policy to never negotiate with terrorists. Bergdahl was being held by the Haqqani Network in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The Obama administration designated the Haqqani Network a terrorist organization just a few years ago. By negotiating with the Haqqani Network through the government of Qatar, the administration violated the policy.
Though this is not how the Obama administration sees it.
When CNNs Candy Crowley asked National Security Advisor Susan Rice if the U.S. had negotiated with terrorists, Rice once again proved she shouldnt be allowed on Sunday shows when she said no, because the United States had negotiated the deal through Qatar. But a child can understand that the Qataris passing our messages to the Taliban and vice versa makes the Qataris no different than a telephone or email service. We were negotiating with the Haqqanis no matter how you try to spin it.
And when asked why the administration failed to notify Congress about the Guantanamo Bay prison transfer despite U.S. law requiring the administration to notify Congress 30 days in advance of any transfer of prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, she said it was because they were worried it would jeopardize the deal.
So Rice and the administration were afraid that congressmen exercising their oversight might object to the release of five battle-hardened terrorists and suspected war criminals, or that the deal could leak. So instead, the administration chose to willfully violate U.S. law by not informing Congress.
And as for fears of a leak, the administration informed members of Congress about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden before it took place something far more sensitive in terms of intelligence resources. Rice did, however, let us know that the administration had seen fit to consult with the Department of Justice about the deal.
The five detainees released were among the most senior members of the former Taliban government to be captured by the United States. They include the former Taliban minister of the interior, Taliban deputy minister of defense, Taliban deputy minister of intelligence, a senior Taliban military commander, and the Taliban governor of Herat Province.
Several of these men are accused of committing serious war crimes, including genocide. All of these men have Afghan and American blood on their hands.
Although the five Taliban commanders had been declared high risk, some have argued that they are too old and have been in prison for too long to make a successful return to the battlefield. Many detainees released from Guantanamo Bay have done just that, though. Surprise.
As part of the deal, these five men must remain in Qatar for one year before they are permitted to return to Afghanistan. And in doing so, the administration is once again kicking the can down the road.
In one year, the U.S. will have withdrawn all combat forces from Afghanistan according to the presidents plan. These men will now become the Afghan governments problem, and we can add them to the growing list of issues, including Iran, North Korea and Syria that this president is passing the buck on.
Finally, the administration failed to consult the government of Afghanistan before agreeing to this deal. In doing so, the Obama administration robbed Afghan President Karzai and his successor of potentially valuable bargaining chips in a larger reconciliation effort.
This deal essentially took chess pieces off of the board for the Afghans at a time when they were needed most, and has left the Afghan government in a position where it looks weak, incompetent and untrustworthy to its ally. That is not a good signal to send to the nation or the world just before the U.S. withdraws its combat forces and begins the final transition of responsibility to the Afghanistan and theyre security forces.
But all that is secondary in the Obama White House, where optics rule.
And the show must go on.
Write and call congress to impeach the traitor.
Bowe Bergdahl Scheduled for Promotion to Staff Sergeant in June
Actually, there are any number of political reasons he could have done it. All against the policy and law of the US.
His flunky Rice trying to explain the urgency of doing what they needed to do that required not telling Congress was laughable. “We felt that his health could have deteriorated so much....blah blah blah...that we had to act with urgency when the “opportunity came up” How did it come up? Secondly, while she says the ‘urgency’ of the situation demanded the action, she says “Congress WAS [sort of] informed earlier in the administration when situations like this ‘might’ come up” [or some such BS as that}.
The fact is that in order for them to have any inkling of this guy’s health, they would have had to have had knowledge of where he was and how he was. This then, begs the questions, why wait until his health (supposedly) deteriorated? Did Obama not go in and shoot Osama Bin Laden himself (to hear him tell it vicariously)? The fact is that the Pentagon knew where he was, how he got there and WHY he was there - and they just didn’t want to waste any more troops trying to rescue him.
This administration’s spiel always falls apart when someone starts thinking logically and without the “First Black President who must be protected at all costs” filter.
And finally, I find it whimsical that this occurs in the midst of Carney’s departure. Perhaps, did Carney finally get some integrity (doubtful) and just not want to go into another Rogers & Hammerstein Broadway play in the press briefings, again?
Probaly receive a medal for bravery as well.
This has nothing to do with having to get Bergdahl back and everything to do with the Muslim Brotherhood pressure within the Obama administration to return key Taliban terrorists. Next on the agenda: the blind Sheikh.
RE> Bowe Bergdahl Scheduled for Promotion to Staff Sergeant in June
Why not just make him a Five Star General and stop waisting time. /Sarc
Treasonous action by a sitting president. Impeach him and then jail him. But that will never happen to “the one”.
Folks, it is way past time....Start today writing (e-mail), calling, contacting in any way possible, your congressmen and women, your senators...anyone in DC about impeachment, censoring ending this mess we are in or your vote goes to their opponent....
Also for Obama to help make a Taliban Promotional Video to recruit more Taliban fighters for the future Pakistan - Afghanistan Superstate.
Benghazi Video to Quatar Video, we now live in a Video World!
The simple truth is We are at war and the president of The United States of America, is on the wrong side.
Taliban - three victories in one week. Open statement on our draw-down schedule, “accidental” release of the name of our CIA station chief, and the Bergdahl trade.
Precisely. How was it that this bit of diplomacy "came up"? What conversation with whom generated this deal? There is so much more to this than meets the eye.Add it to the cache of smoking guns....
This is the equivalent of FDR trading Himmler, Goebbels, Goering, Keitel, and Heydrich (assuming they were in US custody) for an American Pfc who deserted to the Germans and joined the SS.
Obama and it’s gang should all be arrested, but they won’t be for it is more important to the Republicans to have talking points than to see justice done.
I was just thinking we should start a white house petition.
“Write and call congress to impeach the traitor.
Wrote both Senators and Congressman yesterday.
Told them if one American is killed by any of these five, Obama is guilty of murder as it he pulled the gun himself
You've summarized the whole problem. We elect people to DC to hold firm. As soon as they get there, it all becomes a game to get them re-elected.
Watch how these threads evolve today. The RINO cheerleaders will tell us it's our fault for not electing McCain and Romney. Then they'll tell us we have to support their next RINO loser as the "lesser of two evils". In the meantime, they'll set up a few committees where they can give real good speeches.
And invaders will keep entering the US. And the HOR will still support funding to arm terrorists in Syria. And the elite will acquire even more wealth and power.
But hey, we gotta' vote for Jeb or Christe and we gotta' compromise on every issue or it's our fault.
Well, as long as they pinky swore they wouldn’t leave Qatar then we have nothing to worry about.
Thank you for your service
While my dad was a lifer in the Air Force, I don’t know much about promotions in the military. Someone sent an email to a local radio station yesterday and said that there is no way he could or should be promoted as he hasn’t taken classes, passed tests, etc. (I don’t know what needs to transpire for a promotion).
Obama seems to think that a great speech and the public's adulation for him will "fix" the problem. His speech and the phony resignation of Gen. Shinseki in Obama's mind will make the VA scandal go away. Labeling the IRS scandal a political witch hunt and his assurance there was not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS will end that mess. His continued assurances that you can keep your doctor and insurance plan and save $2500 per year will offset the fact that it was a total lie. Obama is delusional.
that is what they will tell us and like always me and mine will ignore them.
It's not my fault obama got a second chance it was romeny and his peoples fault that said they did not want or need Paul supporters.
IIRC, there are no “tests” to pass in the Army, there is a board that you go before for E-5 and E-6 (E-7 promotions and above are a centralized board that looks at your records, you don’t appear before it) unless they’ve changed things. He was promoted to E-5 without going through that, so they could do it again. I was “poofed” (instantly promoted for merit) to Specialist 6 by a general so I never had to go to that board, except for E-5.
Thanks for your response. Glad a good guy like you was “poofed” :-)