Tag: prisoner exchange

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?

Yes, But At What Cost?

Open up a dictionary and look up the phrase “underdog”, and you will see a map of Israel. That plucky group of nomads that God called “stiff necked”, no doubt a term of endearment but given with a sigh of resolution, has given the world new meanings to resiliency and determination. If you use a cell or smart phone, there are well over a dozen Israeli patents in your hand. Israel ranks fourth in the world in scientific activity as measured by the number of scientific publications per million citizens. And some of the indigenous population ain’t too bad to look at.

But for a nation that has stridently maintained a policy of not negotiating with terrorist, they have not only waggled on this (circuitously keeping their hands clean by allowing intermediaries to do the negotiating for them) but even when they are complicit, they are really really bad at it:

In an elaborate prisoner exchange that could roil Middle East politics, an Israeli soldier held for more than five years by the militant Palestinian group Hamas was swapped on Tuesday for hundreds of Palestinians who have languished in Israeli jails, all them freed to jubilant welcomes tinged with bitterness and grief.

Buses transporting the Palestinian prisoners — the first group of what will eventually be more than 1,000 — made their way into Egypt and from there to the West Bank and Gaza Strip where jubilant relatives and celebrations awaited.

1,027 prisoners Hamas prisoners to be exact, many of these the absolutes dregs, murderers, and terrorists imprisoned for years, but now free.

After 6 years in captivity (and looking like an Auschwitz refuge at release) Gilad Shalit has become a national hero, so temporarily there will be much celebration.

It should be noted that because in Israel military service is compulsory and it’s heightened awareness of its national and religious values (every citizen is a warrior and a bulwark to its survival) they have a history of paying exorbitant out of whack prices for it’s citizens. The Jabril Agreement of 1985 was as equally lopsided (1,150 to 3), and in 1998 they released 65 Hezbollah prisoners in exchange for the remains of one dead Israeli soldier.

The question of whether the exchange would lead to more abductions of Israeli soldiers hung in the air on Tuesday for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I think this qualifies for a collective ,”No shit, Sherlock”. I think it is great that they value their soldiers so highly, but to think that releasing 1100 Jew haters, many with a history of murdering other Jews, will not down the road result in further Israeli deaths, I keep thinking about that river in Egypt. Equally damaging to the resulting violence that will occur down the road, is the precedent set, not only of negotiating with terrorists, but negotiating badly. I think we need to send some of our SEIU negotiators over there to show them how its done, they manage extract huge concessions and giving up little in return, now that is major league negotiating.

The affect of this type of behavior is clear and historical. We saw it with the Somali pirates, who serendipitously found out that piracy pays a hundred times better then drug dealing or gun running, so now we have more piracy. Ditto here, where this ransom to Hamas will no doubt encourage more Jew haters to engage in kidnapping.

Since the Israeli prisons are now empty, the next ransom demand for a kidnapped soldier will probably be money, the Somali’s can provide consulting services in that area. It seems like such a long time ago when the Jews gave to the US, on it’s bicentennial day of celebration, and all freedom loving nations the great lesson in the proper way to deal with evil in the world.