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Bergdahl’s Life Was in Immediate Danger, Officials Say
New York Times ^ | 06/05/2014 | Peter Baker

Posted on 06/05/2014 2:05:32 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

BRUSSELS — Defense and intelligence officials told senators at a classified briefing on Wednesday that they kept secret from Congress the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners because they feared for his life if the deal became public, a senior administration official said Thursday.

“The Senators were told, separate and apart from Sgt. Bergdahl’s apparent deterioration in health, that we had both specific and general indications that Sgt. Bergdahl’s recovery — and potentially his life — could be jeopardized if the detainee exchange proceedings were disclosed or derailed,” the official said in a statement.

Several senators said Thursday that officials in the classified briefing justified the president’s decision to swap Sergeant Bergdahl for the Taliban prisoners by suggesting that quick action was needed to save his life.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bergdahldeal; bs; obamalies; taliban5
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Yeah Right.
1 posted on 06/05/2014 2:05:32 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah...


2 posted on 06/05/2014 2:06:15 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

We are all in immediate danger so I guess that covers this asshat too.


3 posted on 06/05/2014 2:07:05 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Yeah, those badminton games he was playing with them were just deadly.
4 posted on 06/05/2014 2:07:21 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Yes, he was sick and dying, right?

Oh, wait, he wasn't.

Oh, the Taliban were going to kill him?

Oh, wait, they had him for five years and knit him a sweet little shawl to take home.

5 posted on 06/05/2014 2:07:25 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Responsibility2nd
BS!...............................
6 posted on 06/05/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Thanks guys for letting me know Bowe wasn't feeling well. oh, scary, thts a big gun!
7 posted on 06/05/2014 2:09:15 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Responsibility2nd; All
"Bergdahl’s Life Was in
Immediate Danger, Officials Say "

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8 posted on 06/05/2014 2:09:51 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: Responsibility2nd

It took them THIS LONG to come up with this Big Lie? They’re slipping. I thought that the little bearded bastard was starving to death!


9 posted on 06/05/2014 2:10:09 PM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: Responsibility2nd
let's pretend for a moment that I believe you...

SO?!?!


10 posted on 06/05/2014 2:10:31 PM PDT by j_guru
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To: Responsibility2nd

This administration is testing us by seeing just how much they can do and how much they can lie, while we sit quietly, fearing the dreaded “racist” claims that would come from an attempt to impeach this POSPOTUS.

They’re probably amazed at how much they’ve gotten away with.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 2:11:19 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: Responsibility2nd

From Time Magazine, three days ago:

“The difference with Bergdahl, as Obama argues, is that he wasn’t really a hostage grabbed by terrorists. He pretty neatly fit the classic definition of a prisoner of war.”

So they aren’t terrorists...ok.

Just your average run of the mill guardian of a prisoner who allegedly threatened to murder him.

They can’t have it both ways.

To trade a prisoner, based on blackmail, actually makes the story even worse.


12 posted on 06/05/2014 2:11:49 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Mouton

Good point! We all are in deep s$%#!


13 posted on 06/05/2014 2:12:01 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: alstewartfan; null and void; Velveeta; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Myrddin; MamaDearest; autumnraine; ..
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Check out article, - then comments & graphics #'s 1 through 9.

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14 posted on 06/05/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're not paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

When will we see the paper trail of the money exchanged to keep him alive over the years?


15 posted on 06/05/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Responsibility2nd
White House operatives claim he was released now for other reasons...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3163859/posts

Inside the White House’s Decision to Free Bergdahl
Reuters ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Steve Holland and Warren Strobel

While they were prepared for some political blowback, Obama administration officials said they felt the outcry would have been fiercer if in six months’ time, as the United States wraps up its mission in Afghanistan, it emerged that Obama had missed an opportunity to secure Bergdahl’s freedom.



16 posted on 06/05/2014 2:15:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Responsibility2nd

They are floating this trial balloon to see if anyone believes that they just HAD to release 5 terrorists to get back one traitor. The Taliban had him for 5 years, they weren’t going to kill the only card they had.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: DocJhn

Hillary’s $6billion slush fund could have been used for any of a number of things


18 posted on 06/05/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: DocJhn

When will we see the paper trail of the money exchanged to keep him alive over the years?

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Don’t know about that. But we can sure see the blood trail of the 6 solders who DIED trying to rescue this POS.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Where the heck did they learn to negotiate??? For the Sake of Pete, don’t let them negotiate with the gubermint employee unions.


20 posted on 06/05/2014 2:17:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So what.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 2:17:47 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, and that guy that bombed the Pan Am flight was dying of cancer “any day now.” If I recall he’s still alive living the high life after they released him?


22 posted on 06/05/2014 2:18:55 PM PDT by Klaatu Barada Nikto (Liberty is not a Loophole)
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To: Bryanw92

I’d hate to be a soldier in Afghanistan right now if I were black. Those would be the prisoners the president would prefer to exchange because any inquiry on the matter would be “Racist”.


23 posted on 06/05/2014 2:22:37 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So how many lives are not at stack by releasing these terrorists? How many soldiers did we loose that tried to find him?


24 posted on 06/05/2014 2:23:38 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Responsibility2nd

White House releases an absurd talking point, the Mainstream Ministry of Misinformation dutifully aggregates.


25 posted on 06/05/2014 2:25:00 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Does anybody remember the old SNL skit about a bumbling Ronald Reagan holding various photo-ops in the Oval Office, and when the people leave he becomes super-war-planning president until another photo-op, when he goes back to being the bumbling president?

Is that what we're supposed to think that Obama was doing, being the super negotiator and protector of troops by day, party-going president at night?

-PJ

26 posted on 06/05/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Bergdahl was just the vehicle used to accomplish the re-equipping of the Taliban with the leadership needed to take over Afghanistan once US combat forces leave that country.

Consultation with the US Senate was bypassed because then this deal would have been shot down and there may not have been enough time left to empty Gitmo.

That was the goal of this prisoner swap. I am guessing that if Bergdahl had not agreed to come home, yes, then his life was in danger.

The rate of detainees leaving Gitmo will only increase until there are none left there.

We have met the enemy. He is us...


27 posted on 06/05/2014 2:27:32 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The New York Times plays the fool for dems... once again... maybe they’ll win another ‘prize’. Guess the Times needs something to make up for throwing away the respect and trust of their readers.

Enjoy the 30 pieces of silver Walter Duranty...


28 posted on 06/05/2014 2:29:13 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: Responsibility2nd

0 never once thought about the blood spilled he never does!
This was a narcissist move thinking the Nation would praise him!
He is not a leader of Men but a squander-er, that has no ties to the sacrifice made by those that honored their service to this Country, but willing to bargain for an insignificant rat that sold his soul and country to a league of killers!


29 posted on 06/05/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Responsibility2nd

“because they feared for his life if the deal became public, a senior administration official said Thursday.”

SQUIRREL!


30 posted on 06/05/2014 2:30:22 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Vinylly

300,000 and six.

I read these terrorists sent 300,000 of their own people fleeing to refugee camps before we captured them. And six solders died trying to rescue Bergdahl.


31 posted on 06/05/2014 2:30:55 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: LucyT

The latest “spin”.

They’re trying to go for some damage control now. I heard on the news that he’s in Germany and only talking to military personnel. Hasn’t even talked to his parents yet. Probably won’t let him talk to anyone until he can lie convincingly.


32 posted on 06/05/2014 2:34:16 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“because they feared for his life if the deal became public, a senior administration official said Thursday.”

SQUIRREL!


33 posted on 06/05/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Question from press, "what type of danger was he in?"

Answer from administration, "immediate"

Press, "thank you"

34 posted on 06/05/2014 2:39:00 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yah, in danger like...yah, we’ll kill the deserter unless you free at least 5 of our taliban terrorist buddies.


35 posted on 06/05/2014 2:41:17 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Gene Eric
hey, you know that I know that....lets keep this between you and me okay:?

SIncerely

Barack Obama!


36 posted on 06/05/2014 2:41:50 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The juxtaposition between the NYT and Fox stories is amazing.


37 posted on 06/05/2014 2:45:36 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He’s the one that decided to walk away from camp and the protection of the US military that he despised so much. So we had to put more lives on the line to rescue his sorry a$$.


38 posted on 06/05/2014 2:45:55 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Responsibility2nd

It should have been in immediate danger - from drones or US troops.


39 posted on 06/05/2014 2:47:53 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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So this is what, the third “official,” “REAL” story of the government?

Anybody else notice that this has taken the VA off the front burner? Anyone else think this may have been the reason for this “bungled” operation? That and since the worst of the Club Gitmo detainees are gone, why not get rid of the rest?

Mark


40 posted on 06/05/2014 2:47:55 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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First of all, BS.

Secondly, HOW MANY MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE IN DANGER BECAUSE OF RELEASE OF THE BIG 5 FROM GITMO?

41 posted on 06/05/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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He was held in captivity by Islamic terrorist for 5 years and they just now learned that he life was in immediate danger ? How about the fact that Islamic terrorist rarely take captives. Our leaders are brain dead.


42 posted on 06/05/2014 2:49:11 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: justa-hairyape

No, they are not brain dead. They are just muddying the waters and trying to create confusion to cover up the truth.


43 posted on 06/05/2014 2:51:43 PM PDT by sport
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To: All

His life was in a helluva lot less immediate danger than that of those who tried to find him.

Especially since he had converted to Islam and dedicated himself to jihad at leastfour years ago


44 posted on 06/05/2014 2:56:21 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Responsibility2nd
Ooh! Ooh! Story number 49! I'm one away from winning that beer bet and it's not even 3:00 PM!

This could, however, become a bit awkward:

Gen. Failure: OK, Berghdal, the story's changed. Yer gonna have to play ball or it's back playing spin the bottle with a goat herd.
BB: Siryessir! So what is it, am I a CIA spy now?
GF: Nope.
BB: A victim of poor GPS skills?
GF: Uh-uh.
BB: A hero throwing myself on a grenade for my friends?
GF: Not exactly. You couldn't escape because they sawed yer leg off.
BB: But General Failure, both of my legs are just fine!
GF: Got some bad news fer ya, Abdul. (sound of a circular saw being revved up in the operating room)

45 posted on 06/05/2014 2:57:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Bergdahl’s Life Was in Immediate Danger, Officials Say

So why wasn't the same consideration given to Ambassador Stevens ????????????????

46 posted on 06/05/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT by Mopp4
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s convenient that he’s “sick” and will be kept in “recovery” away from prying members of the press.


47 posted on 06/05/2014 3:01:14 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Responsibility2nd

it probably was , because the Talibs allowed him to become strung out on heroin .... thus the sickly looking vids that would appear from time to time . Folks get that way on an unlimited supply of smack .


48 posted on 06/05/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Responsibility2nd

What’s the leak cr**. These negotiations have been going on for years....same dude....5 years later?? Who did this dude know??


49 posted on 06/05/2014 3:13:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Responsibility2nd

They’re seriously going with: “The terrorists made me do it?”

Let me get this straight: a bunch of goat herding Muslim tent dwellers can force the most powerful man in the world to disobey a his legal obligations... Or else.....

Tie that bull outside, you effeminate panty waste of a President.


50 posted on 06/05/2014 3:15:53 PM PDT by NYRepublican72
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