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  • US ambassador to Pakistan met with Code Pink, discussed ‘classified’ drone casualty counts

    11/05/2012 4:23:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Richard Hoagland, the acting U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, discussed with Code Pink and anti-Israel activists what he said was classified information, during an October 3 meeting with the groups in Islamabad. Code Pink, a liberal anti-war organization known for disrupting Republican and conservative public events, uploaded a video of the meeting to an Internet video sharing website on Oct. 5. Realizing what he had said, Hoagland told the activist gathering: “I probably just, you know, got into big trouble with what I just said.”
  • Remember the traitor Bowe Bergdahl? Obama’s waiting until after the election to declare him a POW

    10/10/2014 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here we go. It looks like Barack Obama is getting ready to double cross us again. According to a report on the site Obama is waiting until after the mid-term election to declare the traitor Bowe Bergdahl a Prisoner of War. This designation would change him from a traitor who should be executed to a “hero” POW who is eligible for back pay, a promotion and an honorable discharge which will entitle Bergdahl to a variety of benefits that have been designed for genuine heroes. In spite of the mountain of evidence proving he is a deserter, has...

    08/21/2014 2:48:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists beheaded American journalist James Foley. President Obama responded by bombing the fourth green during his long vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He also lectured ISIS on the true meaning of Islam: “ISIL speaks for no religion…ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings….One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” The faculty-lounge insult approach has proved ineffective. ISIS is now threatening to kill journalist Steven Sotloff. They reportedly hold two other Americans as well. And they will undoubtedly seek to kidnap more Americans...
  • Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

    08/13/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations. While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts… “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,”...
  • How do people lose their native language? (Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years...)

    06/04/2014 11:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 65 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET | no byline
    Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years until he was captured by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan five years ago. But since his release, he has trouble speaking it, says his father. How can you lose your native language, asks Taylor Kate Brown. Some people have gone decades without speaking or hearing their first language but they retain the ability to speak it easily, says Dr Monika Schmid, a linguistics professor at the University of Essex in the UK. But others begin losing fluency within a few years of not speaking it. It's rare to totally lose command of a...
  • Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

    06/22/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2014 | by Jonathan Kaminsky
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland. "It’s a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a hospital," McClelland said. Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological...
  • Bergdahl trade rooted in Obama’s dislike of America

    06/19/2014 4:25:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-19-14 | Robert H. Lee
    For the first time since being freed by the Taliban in a covert and hasty exchange, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being exposed Tuesday to limited media and made aware of the swirling controversy surrounding his release. Bergdahl, his freedom brokered by the Obama administration in exchange for five top Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay military prison (Gitmo), now faces a formal military investigation into his disappearance in Afghanistan. "He is gradually being provided media coverage about him," US Army Colonel Hans Bush, reintegration mission spokesman, said in a brief statement. Republican leaders are referring to the exchange as...
  • Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader in U.S. custody

    06/17/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 17, 2014 | David S. Cloud
    The U.S. military has captured a man believed to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012, officials said Tuesday.
  • Obama on Benghazi Capture: When Americans Are Attacked, ‘This Country Has Their Back’(VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 12:18:39 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 17 2014 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama delivered brief comments today on the capture of a man suspected to be involved in the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate. The president said the capture sends a clear message to the world that whenever an American is attacked, “no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.” Yesterday U.S. special forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala in a surprise raid. Khattala had previously denied in a number of interviews he gave that he had any direct involvement in the Benghazi attack. In his comments today, Obama praised the...
  • Hillary, read the news: Ex-GITMO detainee arrested in Spain for recruiting jihadists

    06/17/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies ^ | June 17 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    Remember last week when Hillary Clinton said about the Taliban 5: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States. They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here.” No ma’am, you are missing the bigger picture here and are therefore not qualified to be president of the United States. We’ve already had a failed “first of” Democrat presidential experiment. These...
  • James Rosen GRILLS State Dept. on why it took so long to capture Benghazi suspect (VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 12:02:36 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 17 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Earlier in the State Department briefing, AP reporter Matt Lee pointed out that Ahmed Abu Khattala was not in hiding as Bin Laden was for so many years, and basically asked why it took so long to capture him, especially when he did several news interviews. Lee got little in response to his question from State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki, other than there were a ‘range of factors’ that led to Khattala being captured on Sunday and her reasoning that terrorists would gladly meet with news reporters to get their message out but wouldn’t likely meet with US Special forces...
  • Obama: Capture of Benghazi Mastermind 'a Milestone'

    06/17/2014 11:48:06 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 35 replies
    News Max ^ | June 17 2014 | News Max
    A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. President Barack Obama said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Shariah in Libya, will "now face the full weight of the American justice system." "The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and...
  • BREAKING: Notice Filed in Federal Court on Obama’s Treason Against the US

    06/17/2014 12:22:26 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 17 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    When Barack Obama made the Bergdahl trade, an obvious breach of U.S. policy to not negotiate with terrorists, many around the country were outraged. The anger has continued to build as information about the rescued Army Sargent has surfaced indicating that he deserted his post and may have been working with the enemy to kill American troops. These actions, coupled with the VA scandal and Benghazi cover up, all which point back to the president, have led some to believe that impeaching the Obama isn’t going to be enough. Many in Congress and across the nation believe the president should...
  • Bergdahl and recruiting (II): It wasn't just the enlistees who learned to dissemble

    06/16/2014 1:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 16, 2014 | Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army and Thomas E. Ricks
    As the political firestorm concerning Sergeant Bowe Berghdahl continues, I am hearing people state as fact that enlistment standards dropped far too low after 9/11, allowing either hardened criminals or, as they claim in Bergdahl's case, men with serious mental issues into the Army. It is a recurring notion that I've read often, and it is an idea that, I believe, is a red herring hiding a profounder and harder reality. After commanding an intelligence company in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, I volunteered for recruiting duty to, hopefully, spend more time with my family. I had no idea what...
  • Statement by U.S. Army on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Investigation

    06/16/2014 12:17:06 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    The Army has initiated its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan on or about June 30, 2009. The Army has appointed as the investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, an Army officer with Afghanistan combat experience. The primary function of this investigation, as in any other investigation, is to ascertain facts and report them to the appointing authority. These types of investigations are not uncommon and serve to establish the facts on the ground following an incident. The investigating officer will...
  • Army general to start investigating how, why Bowe Bergdahl left base

    06/16/2014 12:13:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NPR ^ | Mon June 16, 2014 | Leslie Bentz
    A two-star U.S. Army general will begin investigating this week how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his base in Afghanistan, resulting in his capture, a senior defense official said. Bergdahl spent five years in captivity until his release May 31, in exchange for five Taliban figures being held at a U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bergdahl, 28, returned to the United States -- specifically to an Army medical facility in San Antonio, Texas -- early Friday. Though the investigation begins this week, it's not known when the sergeant will undergo formal questioning. The senior defense...
  • Dueling Bowe Bergdahl Movies in the Works

    06/16/2014 3:30:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Rope of Silicon ^ | June 16, 2014 | Brad Brevet
    Deadline reports there are a pair of films in development centering on recently released Taliban POW Bowe Bergdahl, one with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and another from Todd Field (Little Children) directing based on the "Rolling Stone" article "America's Last Prisoner of War" written by the late Michael Hastings. The film with Field attached is set up at Fox Searchlight while the other is being set up at Boal's Megan Ellison-supported production house Page One, giving Ellison's Annapurna a first look at Boal's screenplay once completed. That said, it sounds to...
  • Lewis: The real issues regarding the Bergdahl situation

    06/14/2014 1:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Casper Star-Tribune ^ | June 14, 2014 | Nora Marie Lewis
    Editor: As our dear voluntary soldier Bowe Bergdahl returns to us, let's rejoice with his family. If he chose to walk away in Afghanistan instead of committing suicide, we rejoice. His message reaches us here at home: American soldiers are objecting to multiple deployments and multiple injuries. Those who commit suicide are sending an unheeded message. America's problem at this moment is not judgment of a soldier who has served 5 years imprisonment by terrorists. Let us instead discern what must be done about detainees at Gitmo. Instead of trading them to terrorists, NATO must step up. The 27 other...
  • Nolan: No U.S. soldiers died searching for Bergdahl (MN Democrat)

    06/13/2014 4:43:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Saint Cloud Times | June 13, 2014 | Mark Sommerhauser
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  • EXCLUSIVE - Revealed: Twin sisters lived in fear of Bowe Bergdahl's 'stalker' father "PEEPING TOM"

    06/13/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/13/14 | Staff
    Lacey and Allie Hillman, 31-year-old twin sisters from Hailey, Idaho, went to police after a series of harassing incidents involving Robert (Bob) Bergdahl in 2011 They claim that Bergdahl, a UPS driver, drove by their home 'several times a day' even though he had nothing to pick up or deliver and left 'creepy' notes Allie claims that he once banged on her door and accused her of cheating on him, saying 'What are you two-timing me b****,' even though they never dated or were even friends The sisters claim Bergdahl took a small gnome from their garden and later approached...
  • U.S. Quietly Moves Detainees Out Of Secretive Afghanistan Prison

    06/12/2014 5:52:38 PM PDT · by edpc · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12 June 2014 | Missy Ryan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago.
  • Bowe Bergdahl Is All of Us

    06/12/2014 2:30:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | June 12, 2014 | The Editors
    ‘Was He Worth It?” blared the cover of Time magazine, as if that should be the question Americans ask in light of the release of Bowe Bergdahl after five years of brutal captivity by the Taliban. No, the question we should be asking is a version of the one Pope Francis made famous in a different context: “Who Are We To Judge?” Who are we, in the safety of our civilian homes, to judge whether an American soldier captured overseas is worthy of rescue? Who are we to decide whether, somehow, the fact that he was imprisoned for so many...
  • Actual Intel Reports On Bergdahl’s Captivity Surface

    06/12/2014 3:27:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 12, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Blackfive has obtained the actual intel reports on Bowe Bergdahl’s captivity with the Haqqani network. As Jim notes in the post, the reports are compiled in order to help develop a picture of his captivity; they’re not the full picture. You can read what Blackfive has posted at the link above. Here’s a troubling sample. Conditions for Bergdahl have greatly relaxed since the time of the escape. Bergdahl has converted to Islam and now describes himself as a mujahid. Bergdahl enjoys a modicum of freedom, and engages in target practice with the local mujahedeen, firing AK47s. Bergdahl is even allowed...
  • Coming Soon? A More Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Less Christian America

    06/10/2014 3:43:41 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 14 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Coming Soon? A More Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Less Christian America By Julio Severo There’s no doubt that the United States had a Christian beginning, first with the Pilgrim Fathers. Later, from the independence and on, America was a Protestant nation with Catholic and Jewish minorities. She was able consistently to keep this religious profile until the mid-20 century. America was seen as the most Protestant nation in the world, and U.S. missionaries often taught about the divine blessings on a predominantly Protestant nation. America was cherished by us, by the example and sermons of missionaries, as a nation...
  • ‘Fall guy’? Under fire, White House says Hagel ‘signed off’ on Taliban prisoner swap

    06/10/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/10/14 | Justin Fishel
    The buck stops with the president. Or maybe it's the secretary of Defense. As the fallout grows over the controversial Taliban prisoner swap, White House officials are emphasizing that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the one who "signed off" on the deal -- a move one Republican lawmaker suggested is an effort to shift blame. "I hope they're not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this," Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told Fox News. According to a congressional source, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken refused to answer directly when asked point-blank during a briefing with House...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's father shaves his controversial beard to mark his son's release ...[truncated]

    06/09/2014 9:39:26 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 June 2014 | James Nye and Daily Mail Reporters
    Bob Bergdahl's beard became the most controversial facial hair in all of America, but now critics who accused him of looking like a member of the Taliban can rest easy - he has shaved. Grown in order to mark the time his son was in captivity as a POW in Afghanistan, neighbors of Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho, have said that the former UPS truck driver is now clean shaven. This comes as it was reported that Bowe Bergdahl is still refusing to speak to his family, despite being sent a letter from his sister, as he recovers in an Army...
  • On Fox Biz, Psychologist Worries ‘Erratic’ Obama May Not Be ‘Sane’

    06/07/2014 10:37:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies ^ | 6/4/2014 | Rich Noyes
    Forget about Barack Obama’s ultra-liberal policies — should Americans now be worried about the mental health of the current occupant of the White House? That was the alarming suggestion Fox Business Network viewers heard Tuesday evening. Talking about the bewildering decision to trade five “high risk” Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Lou Dobbs Tonight, psychologist Dr. Gina Loudon said she has become “very, very concerned” that President Obama has become “irrational, erratic and perhaps not exactly what we might want to deem sane.” [Video and transcript after the jump.]
  • 5 High Crimes And Misdemeanors For Which Obama Deserves To Be Impeached

    06/07/2014 10:00:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | June 7, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Barack Obama's tenure in the White House has been one of the low points in the history of our republic. It may seem melodramatic to compare the damage Barack Obama is doing to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and the White House being burned during the war of 1812, but in a sense he's worse than any of those calamities because he's a purely self-inflicted wound. It's not a sneak attack from the Japanese laying us low this time; it's the man our nation willingly chose to lead us not once, but twice. It's bad enough that Barack Obama is not qualified...
  • Sen. King: Taliban at Gitmo Will Be Released Soon, Adding Pressure to Deal Now

    06/07/2014 10:09:43 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06 Jun 2014 | John Sexton
    According to a Senator who has been defending the administration's deal for Bowe Bergdahl, the 5 Taliban prisoners would have been freed sometime soon anyway, making this our last chance to get something for them. Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said this at the end of his interview with CNN Thursday: There's one other very important point that needs to get out there. There is a reasonable legal argument that these five guys would have had to be released any way within the next year under the law of war. They were being held in Guantanamo...
  • New BOWE Movie!!! Advance Look

    06/07/2014 10:38:51 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    self ^ | June 7 2014 | Meshugemikey
    poster preview a FR Exclusive!!!
  • Glorious Days for Radical Islam

    06/07/2014 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 7, 2014 | Mark Davis
    The spiritual leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, rarely makes public statements. Chased from his perch atop the Supreme Council of Afghanistan weeks after 9/11, he has spent the last dozen years in hiding, reportedly in Pakistan. He watched as Operation Enduring Freedom sought to bring democracy to his native land. Since the first step in that exercise was to attack Afghanistan’s terrorist core, he saw his home in Kandahar bombed, killing his stepfather and son. Such were the events back when the United States was serious about winning a war on terror. The remaining years of the...
  • Uh oh: Feinstein says she’s seen no evidence that Taliban would've killed Bergdahl had deal leaked

    06/06/2014 6:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Not sure how else to read this except as Feinstein accusing the White House of lying flat-out about its reasons for keeping Congress in the dark before the swap. When asked whether there was a “credible threat” on Bergdahl’s life if word had gotten out, the California Democrat responded: “No, I don’t think there was a credible threat, but I don’t know. I have no information that there was.” Feinstein’s comments, part of an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Political Capital with Al Hunt airing Friday evening, put her at odds with White House officials. At a briefing Wednesday, administration officials...
  • ‘WTF was Obama thinking?’ Right Said Fred not too sexy to question Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 8:05:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Even The Freds know that the Bergdahl exchange stinks to high heaven:
  • Dumbest Defense Yet of Bergdahl Deal?

    06/07/2014 7:56:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mark Jacobson may have set a new standard for dumb defenses of the Bergdahl deal. Appearing on MSNBC's Up With Steve Kornacki today, scholar and Afghanistan veteran Jacobson suggested that opposition to the Bergdahl deal arises out of the soldier's religion and politics. He made a mind-boggling analogy: "My parents freaked out when I went to Afghanistan both times. If I had been captured. Do I want someone to say this nice Jewish kid over in Afghanistan, a little bit liberal, not really sure if we're going to go get him? Absolutely not." What?? If a nice liberal Jewish kid...
  • Obama Destroys America’s Credibility for Political Gain

    06/07/2014 7:55:45 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 7, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Era of Obama’s Unintended Consequences Fox News James Rosen reported that while Bowe Bergdahl was in captivity he converted to Islam and declared himself a mujahid. Mujahid means one who struggles for the sake of Allah. Not surprisingly, in recent years it was closely associated with Islamic extremists. Fox News obtained Secret situation reports or SITREPS that detail Bergdahl’s life in the hands Haqqani captors. His life over the last five years, according to the SITREPS, consisted of a progression from mistreatment to acceptance to eventually trusting Bergdahl with a loaded AK-47. In 2010 Bergdahl attempted to escape and...
  • 3 clues the White House needs to cover up Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 5:41:35 AM PDT · by GregNH · 43 replies
    Allen West Blog ^ | 6/06/2014 | Allen West
    As more revelations emerge about Bergdahl’s disappearance, it becomes clearer that the White House has something really big to hide. Here are three clues: 1. In predictable fashion, those who question the official story must be discredited. The Soldiers who are providing their own on-the-ground recollections must be “psychopaths,” as an Obama administration official at HUD referred to them. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf has attacked their integrity, and now the media has resurrected “swift-boating” — all meant to disparage, demean, and discredit these brave American Soldiers. This is what liberals do — and I speak from experience. 2. The...
  • President Calls Return of Bergdahl a "Mission of Mercy"

    06/07/2014 5:41:04 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 June 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama continued to insist that Sgt Bergdahl's health was a major factor in his decision to negotiate the exchange with the Taliban. "On the videos I saw he looked sick," the President said. "And based on what I've been reading in the newspapers the waiting time for medical treatment for veterans is dangerously long. As it is, veterans already in this country have to wait months, possibly years, to receive critically needed care. I felt it was crucial for me to get Bergdahl back as soon as possible so he could take his place on this lengthy queue." The...
  • The hero and the bad guys (She claims 4 out of 5 released Taliban are moderates)

    06/07/2014 1:38:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Th Manteca Bulletin ^ | June 7, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    On Saturday, Bowe Bergdahl was a hero, and the five members of the Taliban being freed in exchange for him were the worst of the worst. By the end of the week, it seemed that neither is actually true. The parade in Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown was canceled. Four of the five aren’t nice guys, but they aren’t war criminals, either. As for Bergdahl, I don’t pretend to know whether he deserted his unit. That is a question that can only be answered in a properly and fairly conducted court-martial. But the account that broke my heart was the interview with...
  • The law that Obama violated in releasing 5 terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl

    06/06/2014 11:56:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Cofda Wordpress ^ | 6/03/14 | StMA
    **SNIP** So which federal law had Obama violated? Section 1028 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prohibits any funds to be used “to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo to the custody or control of any other foreign country” unless the secretary of defense certifies to Congress, “not later than 30 days before the transfer,” that the receiving country will detain the individual appropriately and “has taken or agreed to take such actions as the Secretary of Defense determines are necessary to ensure that the individual cannot engage or re-engage in any terrorist activity.” As reported by Elizabeth...
  • In first statement since their release, 5 Taliban say they’ll adhere to conditions

    06/06/2014 11:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 6, 2014 | Mohamed Salman
    DOHA, Qatar — Five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay under a prisoner swap deal with the United States said Friday in their first statement since arriving in Qatar that they would remain “loyal” to the conditions Qatar has set for their release. But the statement gave no information on what those conditions were or whether there are any limitations on their freedom of movement inside Qatar. U.S. officials have said they include a one-year ban on their travel from Qatar. "We want to assure all stakeholders that we are steadfast and loyal to the agreement between the Islamic Emirate...
  • Hey, GOP: If you liked the Bergdahl show, just keep bickering

    06/06/2014 10:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2014 | Kevin Leininger
    Americans can still be outraged by lies, but will you tell them the truth?Dear Republican convention delegates, Welcome to Fort Wayne. I hope you have a lot of fun, spend a lot of money and thoroughly debunk real estate company Movoto's new poll listing my hometown among the five most boring cities in the United States. How could the prospect of listening to 2,000 people discuss everything from bureaucratic minutia to gay marriage for two days be anything but scintillating? But before you do anything you or the rest of us may regret, please spend some time thinking about President...
  • Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

    06/06/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Can’t be true. Ransoms are paid for hostages, and Jay Carney assured me Bergdahl was a prisoner, not a hostage. This isn’t out-of-left-field speculation. Fox News reported two days ago that a ransom for Bergdahl was on the table inside U.S. intelligence circles as recently as December. The key point to grasp here, writes Lachlan Markay, is that the Haqqani Network, which was holding Bergdahl, and the Taliban are two different outfits. The Taliban are true jihadis, bent on reconquering Afghanistan. The Haqqanis are more of an Afghan mafia, bent on enriching themselves. Both have killed lots of American soldiers...
  • MSNBC's Schultz: Bergdahl Criticism Shows Republicans to be 'Ruthless' Muslim Haters

    06/06/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    Doing his best to keep the Obama administration’s front line from falling into retreat, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz sprayed rhetorical cover fire all over the place on his June 5 program, defending Team Obama’s much-criticized deal to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five deadly Taliban leaders.
  • Obama Doubles Down on Bergdahl, Says He'd Do It Again

    06/06/2014 9:54:39 PM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jun 2014 | by DAN RIEHL
    In an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams set to air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Barack Obama doubled-down in his defense of a prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl going so far as to claim he'd do it, again if given the chance. Said Obama, "When somebody wears our country’s uniform and they’re in a war theater and they’re captured,” he said, “we’re gonna do everything we can to bring ’em home. “We had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity.” In a confusing twist, he went on to seem as if he...
  • EU Targets Western Jihadists on Radical Websites

    06/06/2014 8:52:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 6 June 2014 | Adrian Crof
    Nine European countries endorsed plans on Thursday to step up intelligence-sharing and take down radical websites to try to stop European citizens going to fight in Syria and bringing violence back home with them. The initiative by states that deem themselves most affected by jihadist violence was given new urgency by the killing of three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month. A 29-year-old Frenchman arrested on suspicion of the shooting is believed to have recently returned from fighting with Islamist rebels in Syria’s civil war, authorities said.
  • White House responds to Stockman: No ransom for Bergdahl

    06/06/2014 8:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas On The Potomac blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Brianna Gurciullo
    The White House countered Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Clear Lake, in a statement Friday after the congressman had questioned whether President Barack Obama paid ransom for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. “The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl,” National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Stockman, who has previously threatened to file articles of impeachment against Obama, sent a letter to the White House on Thursday asking if the administration offered money to the Haqqani network, the terrorist organization that held Bergdahl captive. The congressman claimed the Islamist insurgent group would use such ransom money to fund...
  • CONFIRMED: Obama Broke US Law by Making Concessions, Paying Ransom for Prisoner Release

    06/06/2014 8:26:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 6, 2014 | Jim holt
    Obama should have read this before he started negotiating with the Taliban. The US “will make no concessions to terrorists. It will not pay ransoms, release prisoners, change its policies or agree to other acts that might encourage additional terrorism.” U.S. Policy and Response to Terrorists Since no country is immune to terrorism, it is imperative that governments have the appropriate policies, intelligence and flexible response options to deal effectively with terrorist acts. Trained personnel and programs must be in place before, during and after each crisis, both to respond to the problem and to answer inevitable criticism in the...
  • Obama Gave Material Assistance To Our Taliban Enemy

    06/06/2014 6:04:20 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 6, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    National Security: Federal law prohibits any person — repeat, any person — from providing material assistance to terrorists, including human assets. But that's what the president did in releasing five Taliban commanders. When iconic interviewer David Frost asked former President Nixon about the legality of his actions in the Watergate affair, Nixon said "when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." That's an attitude seemingly shared by the current occupant of the Oval Office. As former congressman and Afghanistan veteran Allen West points out, President Obama signed into law only months ago the National Defense Authorization...
  • Parris Island senior Sergeant Major assaults former Drill Instructor

    06/06/2014 6:07:04 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 120 replies
    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children ^ | 6 Jun 14 | Paul Shannon
    The politics of this nation is starting to tear apart the tight brotherhood of the Marine Corps. Sergeant Major Paul Archie was arrested for third-degree assault and battery after an altercation with former Parris Island Drill Instructor Ethan Arguello. Arguello’s campaign cover from his time was taken by Archie, while the cop stood there on her radio. The Smokey Bear has since been returned and Archie turned himself in. The altercation came because Arguello is standing outside MCRD Parris Island protesting over the trade of Bowe Bergdahl to the Taliban for money and five terrorists who will kill Americans again.
  • Let's Come Up With The Dumbest Bergdahl-Swap Defense!

    06/07/2014 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 125 replies
    Original Content | June 7, 2014 | By Laz A. Mataz
    Recently, I documented the insane verbal diarrhea-like fountain of lame Bergdahl-Taliban swap justifications. They consist of "we did it because Bergdahl was in bad health", "because he is a soldier who served with honor and distinction", "Hey! Those who criticize him are Swiftboating him!", "The platoon colleagues who criticize Bergdahl are psychopaths", "If you don't like this swap, you are a racist who hates Obama", and "Obama couldn't inform congress because the Taliban would kill Bergdahl".But they just won't stop, and it seems like it is a race to the worst. Mark Finkelstein documents an even lamer excuse: "That we...