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Obama defends Bergdahl deal — ‘We seized that opportunity’
Washington Times ^

Posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:08 AM PDT by bryan999

President Obama said Tuesday he had an obligation to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, regardless of the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban five years ago and despite claims he’s a “deserter” who walked away from his unit.

Speaking at a news conference in Warsaw alongside Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Mr. Obama said he, like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and FDR before him, must take every possible step to bring home American fighting men and women held in captivity at the end of a war.

U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan will cease at the end of the year, though 9,800 troops will remain there through 2015.

As the end of combat operations drew closer, the president said the White House consulted with Congress “for quite some time” about a possible prisoner exchange to retrieve Sgt. Bergdahl.

“The U.S. has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earlier days of our Revolution,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health … We seized that opportunity.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bowebergdahl; bowewowe; brooklynbridge; whatadeal

1 posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:08 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: bryan999

Bowe Bergdahl Scheduled for Promotion to Staff Sergeant in June
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/06/02/Bowe-Bergdahl-Scheduled-For-Promotion-to-Staff-Sergeant-in-June


2 posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:37 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: bryan999

“The U.S. has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earlier days of our Revolution,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health … We seized that opportunity”

He didn’t give a crap about the guys left behind in Benghazi and he has the nerve to compare himself to real Presidents.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 4:31:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: bryan999

Does Obama know he listed 3 Presidents who won their wars?


4 posted on 06/03/2014 4:34:25 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: bryan999

God Help me but I agree with Obama. But I doubt his reasons were really the same a mine.
America must NEVER allow another Country to hold an American as a prisoner/hostage for any reason. If we allow a President or our Government to pick and choose which Americans to retrieve, will they retrieve the ones we want or not? If this soldier is a deserter as seems likely then we now have him back in America and can deal with that in the manner it requires..


5 posted on 06/03/2014 4:36:20 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: bryan999

The Taliban said discussions were held three years ago for his release. He was never listed as a POW.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 4:36:43 AM PDT by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: bryan999

“Mr. Obama said. “We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health … We seized that opportunity.””

Yeah,right. He grabbed that turd by the “clean” end. What a deal!


7 posted on 06/03/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: bryan999
President Obama said Tuesday he had an obligation to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl ...

Any self-respecting independent media would immediately ask ... what obligation did he have to the guys in Benghazi ...

8 posted on 06/03/2014 4:39:39 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: bryan999

Sounds like he was more eager to release 5 Taliban commanders than get this Bergdahl.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 4:40:34 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: freeangel

10 posted on 06/03/2014 4:41:18 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: bryan999

The war is not going to end, no matter what Obama says. Is the Taliban signing an agreement to cease hostilities? Is Al Qaeda? This is akin to FDR releasing POWs in the middle of the war, not in 1945.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 4:41:26 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: bryan999
We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health … We seized that opportunity.

How in the world can he say this ?? He sure didn't feel that way about Ambassador Stevens.....

12 posted on 06/03/2014 4:43:43 AM PDT by Mopp4
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To: bryan999
The discussions included money requested by the Taliban. How much money did Obama pay the Islamist enemy I wonder.

date: Feb 18, 2014: Obama administration 'to offer Taliban 5 Gitmo prisoners in exchange for last Afghanistan POW Bowe Bergdahl who has spent four years captive'

"The Taliban offered to release him in exchange for $1 million and 21 Afghan prisoners."

How much money did the aged 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats and their ideological issue (the Obama Administration) pay to the Taliban in addition to just five Gitmo guests?

13 posted on 06/03/2014 4:45:15 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: bryan999

‘We seized that opportunity’ to distract the American public from the VA scandal by creating this scandal.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 4:45:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: bryan999

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/05/22/Congress-rejects-AUMF-sunset-amendment-war-on-terror-to-continue-Guantanamo-still-open/3121400794485/


15 posted on 06/03/2014 4:49:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bryan999

Berg gets a POW Ribbon, or not?

just curious


16 posted on 06/03/2014 4:50:40 AM PDT by RockyTx
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To: SECURE AMERICA

now have him back in America and can deal with that in the manner it requires..
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...and who, exactly, is ‘we’? The military is tasked with exacting justice on deserters and they are controlled by 0 and he wants him promoted.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 4:51:34 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: Jack Hydrazine

And he seized the opportunity to further his agenda to destroy America.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 4:51:44 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: bryan999

Comparing himself to Washington, Lincoln and FDR...LMAO...this guy’s ego is over the top!!!

Hey Barry...you’re the WORST effin pres we ever had or ever WILL have!!! Do everyone a favor and resign.


19 posted on 06/03/2014 4:53:10 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: freeangel

August 18, 1864
“It is hard on our men held in Southern prisons not to exchange them,” Grant allowed, “but it is humanity to those left in the ranks to fight our battles. Every man we hold, when released on parole or otherwise, becomes and active soldiers against us at once either directly or indirectly. If we commence a system of exchange which liberates all prisoners taken, we will have to fight on until the whole South is exterminated. If we hold those caught they amount to no more than dead men. At this particular time to release all rebel prisoners North would insure Sherman’s defeat and would compromise our safety here.”


20 posted on 06/03/2014 4:53:10 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: bryan999

21 posted on 06/03/2014 4:54:11 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: bryan999

Barry couldn’t carry FDR’s jockstrap.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 4:54:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: bryan999

He consulted with Congress? Yeah, and obviously they didn’t approve of the plan. That’s exactly why they passed a law that was supposed to stop him from just gong ahead and doing this. Which, of course, was the law he just ignored and blatantly violated on every possible level.

But he’s so confident that congress is powerless to stop him that he really doesn’t given a damn.


23 posted on 06/03/2014 4:54:27 AM PDT by livius
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To: fatnotlazy

But he’s doing it with good intentions!


24 posted on 06/03/2014 4:56:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: bryan999
“The U.S. has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earlier days of our Revolution,” Mr. Obama said.

The nerve of this guy.

He left our men in uniform behind in Benghazi...when he had the chance to do something about it.

And then he makes reference to the Revolution so as to give his statement a tinge of patriotism?

25 posted on 06/03/2014 4:58:00 AM PDT by kidd
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To: bryan999

The only opportunity Obama seized was to release five very dangerous Taliban leaders.

Combine this with wanted to give weapons to Al Qaeda in Benghazi, can there be ANY doubt that Obama has committed treason?


26 posted on 06/03/2014 4:58:31 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SECURE AMERICA
God Help me but I agree with Obama.

God help you is right. . because you just got sucked in by Barry. This has nothing to do with having to get Bergdahl back and EVERYTHING to do with Valerie Jarrett's Muslim Brotherhood connections and the pressure they exert to release Taliban terrorists. Obama "seized the opportunity" to take care of his friends while using Bergdahl as the thinnest of pretexts.

Oh. . .and given you propensity to be sucked. . .get ready for the next subterfuge. . .to release the Blind Sheikh.

27 posted on 06/03/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Nailbiter

I have one question with a corollary
When the next attack on Americans takes place will you be thumping your chest”we won”?
When the next American dies will you resign?

I know the answer to both questions. Do You?


28 posted on 06/03/2014 5:08:55 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: freeangel

Please excuse for saying this, OH....MY....GOD!

ARe you friggin kidding me?

“The U.S. has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earlier days of our Revolution,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health … We seized that opportunity.”

The dirty slimy bast*rd left 4 Americans behind....Hillary too.

Is there anyone....any one in this cess pool of mainstream media types who will challenge this guy? How much more are we to endure of this....this...rank amateur?

Every day....every friggin day since he’s been in office there’s been something....

Low informational voters? Nonesense... we low informational media... Stephanopolis, Chris Matthews, and on and on and on.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 5:08:56 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Barry couldn’t carry FDR’s jockstrap”...

But he would have liked to.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 5:13:43 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: bryan999

Here’s a “sacred rule”:

“You don’t trade the most dangerous terrorists in your custody for a battlefield deserter!”

You especially don’t go out of your way to force the exchange and then pretend it was a noble objective.


31 posted on 06/03/2014 5:16:19 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: bryan999

We seized that opportunity

To release 5 top taliwhackers so they could return to fight us in exchange for one deserter scumbag???

Good “seizing”, you effin moron.

FUBO!


32 posted on 06/03/2014 5:28:27 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
This whole mess has little to do with returning a soldier home and everything to do with furthering Obama’s agenda to “transform” America from the once mighty superpower it was to a third world banana republic dictatorship with him at the helm. It's no secret that Obama and his accomplices are Muslim sympathizers. The Muslims, because of their hatred for America and their stated intent to destroy America, are useful allies in Obama’s quest to destroy America. Releasing those 5 major terrorists will allow the Muslims and Obama to realize their dreams.
33 posted on 06/03/2014 5:35:31 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: bryan999

He’s a deserter, why would we save him and risk the lives of our military???? It’s not like he was captured and held as a POW.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 5:38:49 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: freeangel
He didn’t give a crap about the guys left behind in Benghazi and he has the nerve to compare himself to real Presidents.

Bears repeating.....and in BOLD.

35 posted on 06/03/2014 5:39:59 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: bryan999

Talk about in your face FU Americans.

I’ve wondered for the last 6 years who is really running the country. Because of the Benghazi decisions and now this, it would appear that it is a bunch of muslims.


36 posted on 06/03/2014 5:48:23 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: bryan999
Obama defends Bergdahl deal — ‘We seized that opportunity’

Strictly a publicity stunt to endear him to the troops and Veterans and to smokescreen the VA fiasco.

Only time will tell if it worked but IMHO, he just compounded his image of incompetence and questionable political/religious leanings.......................

37 posted on 06/03/2014 6:17:48 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: bryan999

“We” are still having to live with the aftermath of the Carter Middle East policies.

Obama’s releasing 5 of some of the worst terrorists of this century surpasses Carter.

“We” will be living with the aftermath of this release for the next half-century and more.

The excuse: Bergdahl was ill, Qatar was willing to broker the exchange, now was the only time and these 5 were the terrorists the Taliban wanted.

{shaking head}

{wonder what the intended deal for the capture of Amb. Stevens was, had it not be flubbed up?}


38 posted on 06/03/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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Bergdahl, deserter, anti-American, Obama goes all out to "bring our serviceman home". Sgt. Tahmoreesi, honorable veteran, lands in a Mexican prison on bogus charges and is in danger for his life. No action from our post-American President or his anti-war Secretary of State or anyone in his Administration.

People have got to see that Obama is on the other side. He's not for American, he supports jihadists and sympathizes with Muslims everywhere. Is the truth too tough to admit?

39 posted on 06/03/2014 6:22:41 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: bryan999

SO DID OUR ENEMY


40 posted on 06/03/2014 6:33:12 AM PDT by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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To: bryan999

He seized the opportunity to get a twofer over on us by getting 5 of his good buddies out to do more harm to the US and at the same time thumbed his nose at the US Constitution and Congress. Isn’t he the proud boy.


41 posted on 06/03/2014 6:38:15 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SECURE AMERICA

“If we allow a President or our Government to pick and choose which Americans to retrieve, will they retrieve the ones we want or not?”

I would say that is exactly what happened.


42 posted on 06/03/2014 7:11:58 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: RockyTx

If he does, that is implying we are technically at war. I read something yesterday that said we aren’t... Wonder if that would open up a can of worms for Obama, if the GOP cared.


43 posted on 06/03/2014 7:28:24 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: ThomasMore
Mr. Obama said he, like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and FDR before him, must take every possible step to bring home American fighting men and women held in captivity at the end of a war.

Does this dunce not ever know Washington, Lincoln and FDR weren't President at the end of their wars?

44 posted on 06/04/2014 4:26:55 AM PDT by Lacey
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