Boy, Did We Get Bamboozled

We knew he was really sucky at being President, who’d a thought he was equally abysmal at negotiating;

President Barack Obama apparently traded five jailed jihadis held in Guantanamo for one American soldier, despite federal law, which requires Congress to be notified before prisoners are transferred.

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

Praise Allah, are you kidding me?

My first reaction (the cynic that I am) was that this was another “wag the dog” moment, but it’s worse than that. Obama told us he wanted to close Gitmo, releasing 5 very bad dudes, dudes responsible for American (and civilian) deaths, with more coming down the pike.

I’m sitting here watching the parents speak on Foxnews, to listen to them you would think Sgt. York was coming home. Naturally they are a bit bias, them being his parents, and love him, but the few military analysts that follow mention nothing about this guy being a diserter and a willing ally to the enemy, why are we negotiating for this POS;

“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

The apple does not fall far from the tree;

Sounds like they are all (including the President) on the same page, Gitmo-bad, releasing anyone (including the AQ leaders)-good, America and it’s imperialist ways-bad, Islam and it’s peaceful precepts-good.

I was always amazed when I heard about Israel not negotiating with terrorists, then read about some prisoner swap where they got one soldier back in exchange for like 200 Palestinians. Regardless of the imbalance in the numbers at least they got somebody back worth negotiating for, but this guy? Sounds like someone right out of the Snowden mold, screw over America thinking you will be amply rewarded, but not being happy with your 30 pieces of silver, desperately want to come home and undue the whole affair.

Bergdahl’s duplicity is nothing new, his desertion was common knowledge years ago;

With all those hugs and kisses exchanged between Obama and the parents, what are the odds that this guy will be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter?

  1. When Susan Rice was talking about how he was captured on a battlefield, I knew it was bullshit.

    I think SO is right, for once. Get him back, then try him for desertion. We don’t abandon our own. We don’t absolve them either.

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  2. Holy sh*t.

    This entire story stinks to high heaven. And our media isn’t talking about it other than in a “Obama is awesome” context. I’ll assume it’s the same with you Americans.

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  3. I don’t post a lot on this site. I usually only post when I have some personnel insight or if I think it is important enough for me to voice something and to the noise. So with that . . .

    I was in the 425 in Afghanistan when this went down. I remember walking at least 12 km per day with over 180 lbs of gear looking for this jackass. I remember getting pined by a sniper looking for him. I remember running out of water and food yet still not abandoning my duty and continuing the effort to look for him. I remember our unit having to drop all other missions to look for this guy. I remember all the gains we made up till that point evaporating because we couldn’t follow up. I also remember hearing about my brothers dying on these missions.

    The medic for the company that he was in is a personal and professional friend of mine. Based on everything he said (I trust him emphatically, yeah yeah I know it is hearsay) that Jackass is a colossal waste. Fuck him. If I was alone in a room with him I’d turn his jaw and check bones to powder and break his legs. Yeah he can go fuck himself.

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  4. Thanks, Jimmigration, for validating the story. I am always skeptical of everything I read in the press, the result of their biases and agendas poisoning the well, so it’s nice to get a first hand perspective.

    Even today I am hearing stories about this being a bad trade, that Obama broke the law, and even that negotiations were expedited because of his failing health, but nothing what so ever about his desertion or his possible collaboration with the enemy.

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  5. And how déjà vu to see Susan Rice telling lies on the Sunday talk shows with ,”We do not negotiate with terrorists”.

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  6. This guy was a fucking deserter. He should have been court martialed. Leave it to the fucking leftists to free him as if he was some hero. That others risked their lives to save this jackass from his own stupidity is just plain insulting to me. Watch this douchebag come back and be lauded as a hero by the progressives.

    And guess what this stupid and illegal thing going front page managed to do? Get the VA scandal out of the news and give the commies a much needed respite about the evils of Obamacare.

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  7. Why on earth would you label this guy “One of his harshest critics”? Your link describes him as a most important critic, but from what I read, isn’t a critic at all (writing for the Daily Beast, why would he?) And many of his tweets make no sense. Why does he think that Bergdahl’s desertion makes his unit look bad? And why does he think not making this deal would somehow leave Bergdahl behind forever?

    At first I was wiling to give Bergdahl some benefit of the doubt, with him wandering off like that, maybe he was suffering from PTSS or some sort of battle fatigue, but when you read about his emails to his parents;

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/bowe-berghdal-wrote-before-capture-i-am-ashamed-to-be-an-american/

    “I am sorry for everything here,” Bergdahl reportedly wrote in an email to his parents just prior to his capture. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

    “I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” Bergdahl concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

    What a tool. Factor in that after sneaking off base he asked more than a few locals where he could find the Taliban.

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  8. I think this is one case of wag the dog that backfired; Obama and Jarrett have no clue as to how the people of this country generally despise deserters. Instead of making Obama look like a hero he ends up tossing yet another gallon of gasoline onto the fire.

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  9. I think this is one case of wag the dog that backfired;

    The problem is that there is a cascade of these criminal acts by this WH and the progressive cause in general, but none of them are allowed to stick, because the incestuous DNC controlled media has so far managed to help these criminals by basically confusing every issue and just boring the people to death. The apathy amongst the low information voter which only gets pissed when the LSM is feeding it the usual progressive lies is a detriment to democracy. I used to question how people could willingly embrace the rise of tyranny and corrupt government, but the age of Obama has enlightened me to how fragile what we used to have all was.

    Old time religion with its promise of heaven and hell in the afterlife was replaced by the progressive movement and its promise of heaven on earth, only they have only managed to deliver on hell on earth..

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  10. So one thing: The law that Obama broke is arguably unconstitutional. The Constitution makes the president the commander in chief. Prisoner exchanges are certainly within the purview of that office. Congress can’t amend the Constitution by legislation, thus the law mandating the 30 day notice is unconstitutional.

    All other criticisms are spot on: this deal sucks.

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  11. Sorry, hist_ed, but that is the same weaselly logic that Obama has used for years to circumvent the Constitution. Neither he, nor you, can decide to not comply with the law because you think it is unconstitutional, that is for the judiciary to decide. Signing statements do not change the law, too bad a Constitutional scholar like Obama can’t figure that out., not a real big fan of separation of powers, that one.

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