Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com.
Yep, the same Marie Harf who thinks ISIS won’t attack us if we give them jobs is at it again. But this time she is denigrating the reputations of American soldiers.
Because she doesn’t agree with them.
Hat/Tip to Foxnews.
From the beginning, it was rumored that Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter as soon as the trade came to light. Bergdahl left a note practically saying as much, along with the fact that soldiers in his unit blew the whistle by telling the press that they were pressured to be quiet on the subject.
Well, now it is official.
A former military intelligence officer claimed Tuesday that the White House was delaying the announcement of its decision to file desertion charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners.
In defending claims he originally made Monday on “The O’Reilly Factor” that Bergdahl would be charged, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Bill O’Reilly that there was “no doubt” the White House was dragging out its decision.
Of course, the Obama Administration and the Pentagon are denying this.
“They said there’s no time limit on this decision. (Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John) Kirby even said there’s no pressure … Of course, the moment you say that, there’s pressure,” said Shaffer, who works at the London Center for Policy Research. “What they didn’t say was more compelling than their denial.”
Shaffer, who believes the White House’s alleged decision to delay its announcement is politically motivated, added that he stands by “all of those facts,” referring to his report on Monday that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a statement of charges.
Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, the Army’s chief of public affairs, put out a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the reports, including a similar one by NBC News, “patently false.”
“To be clear there have been no actions or decisions on the Sgt. Bergdahl investigation,” he said. “The investigation is still with the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command who will determine appropriate action — which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial.”
Kirby also said Bergdahl “has not been charged,” and no charges have been referred.
“No decision has been made with respect to the case of Sgt. Bergdahl, none,” he said. “And there is no timeline to make that decision.” He said he would not “speculate” about what might happen in the future.
It looks like a big fight is a-brewing over this.
Shaffer said there’s a “huge battle” going on inside the Obama administration, as some try to “suppress” this development. “This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he said.
Shaffer said the Army “wants to do the right thing,” but the White House “wants this to go away.”
He said: “The White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because of he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to the Washington Free Beacon.
Are Obama’s ‘pen’ and ‘phone’ getting him into trouble?
The Obama administration violated federal law when it released five senior Taliban leaders from prison without notifying Congress, as is legally mandated, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The GAO concluded in a report issued Thursday that the Obama administration failed to provide proper notification of the Taliban release and illegally used taxpayer funds that were not appropriated to enable the inmate transfer, according to the report.
The Pentagon violated federal law in releasing the GIMO Five, without notifying Congress before hand.
The Obama administration in May secretly struck a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to free from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba five of its top leaders in exchange for the return of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was later accused by fellow soldiers of having deserted the Army prior to his capture.
The Pentagon was found to have “violated” the 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act “when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees,” according to the report.
The Defense Department also was legally prohibited from using congressionally appropriated funds to pay for the transfer of detainees from Gitmo without first getting approval from Congress, which the Obama administration failed to do, according to the report.
“As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act,” which prevents unauthorized government expenditures, the GAO found.
GAO concludes that “when DOD failed to notify specified congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of its transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar, DOD used appropriated funds in violation of section 8111” of the law.
The oversight agency further concluded that the Pentagon and Obama administration clearly failed to “notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the report states. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act.”
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to NewsmaxTV.
Bowe Bergdahl’s former roommate, retired Army Spc. Cody Full says the government knew that Bergdahl had deserted his post and was a traitor to his country before they made the swap of five high-level Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to get him back.
“They have all the documentation on it. The administration knew he deserted, they knew he wasn’t a hero,” retired Army Spc. Cody Full told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
“They knew that he wasn’t captured on a battlefield or lagged behind on a patrol. They knew he went out and deserted on his own.”
Bergdahl was held captive in Afghanistan by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network from June 2009 until May of this year.
He was traded for five high-ranking Taliban members who were being held at Guantanamo Bay — a secret deal made without the consultation of Congress.
This swap began to stink early on when Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers started telling of his disillusionment with the United States, and eventual desertion.
But the swap quickly came under fire when Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers went public to accuse him of abandoning his post and possibly seeking out the enemy.
Full angrily disagreed with National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s declaration that Bergdahl had served his country with “honor and distinction.”
“Deserting is not serving with honor and distinction and it’s a spit in the face to every U.S. service member who has served with honor and distinction, who has fulfilled his oath. It’s disgusting,” Full said.
Full goes on to say how he felt when he saw Bergdahl’s parents on TV in the Rose Garden with President Obama.
He criticized the fanfare surrounding the Obama administration’s announcement of the deal, which was highlighted by an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in which Bergdahl’s family attended.
“[It] is gross. I mean how many soldiers that have given their lives honorably for this country, how many of their parents had a Rose Garden ceremony?’‘ he asked.
Full said a congressional oversight committee should be formed to further explore how Bergdahl’s actions led to his captivity by terrorists.
“I don’t want to see this get whitewashed,” he said.
Here is his interview on NewsmaxTV on the Steve Malzberg Show.
Hat/Tip to Foxnews.
I think that President Obama should have to be locked in a room, broadcast on C-SPAN (REALLY, this time), and have to explain to this young lady why her father’s murderer was released to go and murder more Americans. That little girl hugging her Daddy in the picture above has had to grow up without him and our President just blithely lets his killer go free, and then heads to the friggin’ golf course.
Alison Spann was just 9 when she learned her father, a U.S. Marine turned CIA operative, had become the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan. Thirteen years later, she found out her country had freed the Taliban leader behind his death.
In the time between, Spann has cherished the memory of her father, Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann, who was killed during a Nov. 25, 2001 prisoner uprising at a northern Afghanistan compound where he was interrogating Taliban fighters. The 32-year-old was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony in which he was lauded by then-CIA Director George Tenet for trying to build a “better, safer world.” His daughter has since grown up and recently graduated from Pepperdine University, even as more than 2,300 Americans have died fighting in Afghanistan.
But nothing prepared Alison Spann for news that Mullah Mohammad Fazi, the unquestioned leader of the prisoners at the compound where her father was killed, had been traded along with four cohorts held at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban for nearly five years..
This piece of excrement doesn’t deserve to be drawing oxygen, much less enjoying his freedom. What kind of human being takes someone’s life by beheading them? And Fazi evidently uses this method often.
I can only imagine how I would feel about this. It is one thing to know your father died a hero, defending his country, but to learn that the President of the United States releases the man who killed him just to gain possible political points?
“My initial reaction was shock. I was shocked that our president would release five of the most high-risk prisoners being held in Guantanamo in exchange for one American,” she told FoxNews.com. “As a whole, my family was extremely upset and saddened that our government would do something like this, especially in light of the fact that it seems that people in the intelligence community are fairly united in their belief that these terrorists are likely to seek to further harm Americans in the future.”
She has followed the story closely, but still cannot fathom how the country her father loved and fought for could allow his killer to go free.
“It does become harder and harder to have faith in an administration that is plagued with scandal after scandal,” she said. “I do not believe that it was the right move by the administration.”
Alison’s father died a hero.
Mike Spann died at the Qala-i-Jangi compound near Mazari Sharit in northern Afghanistan, where he was interrogating detainees captured during the early weeks of the war. Fazi, according to his Guantanamo case file, had been deputy defense minister and commander of all Taliban troops in the northern Afghanistan region at the time of the September 11 attacks. Before that, he was accused by Human Rights organizations of personally supervising the murders of thousands of Shiite and Tajik Sunni Muslims.
And judging by her comments, it seems this 22 year old college grad has more common sense and smarts in her little finger than our Commander in Chief has in his entire scrawny, barely able to life weights, body.
Although Secretary of State John Kerry has called concerns that Fazi and the other four freed Taliban leaders will return to the battlefield “baloney,” Alison Spann considers it only a matter of time.
“You cannot release someone of such a high caliber within the Taliban community and expect him to suddenly emerge as a peaceful being. I would think now more than ever after being detained in Gitmo that he would seek revenge on America,” she said. “These prisoners had one goal when they went into Gitmo and I feel certain that they left Gitmo with that same goal, and that is to do harm and spread evil in the world. The implications from this act will reach further than our soil and I am afraid that these prisoners have no plans of standing down from their original fight.”
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to Newsmax.
Um, we didn’t tell Congress because, um, because we were afraid of a leak bringing danger down on Bergdahl. Yeah, that’s it! We did not want to inform a bunch of folks because we feared for Bergdahl’s life.
Yeah! That’s the ticket!
Between 80 and 90 administration staffers knew about the trade of five Taliban leaders for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl even though Congress was kept in the dark, CNN reports, and members of both parties are unhappy about it.
During a classified briefing to the entire House of Representatives late Monday afternoon, White House officials said that up to 90 people had prior knowledge of the trade.
Well, okay we told a few folks, but – Dude, it was only like 80 or 90 people! What harm could that have done?
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon called that news “disturbing,” partly because of the high number who knew and partly because the White House has been saying it didn’t inform Congress until after the swap was made because it feared Bergdahl’s life might be in danger if there had been a leak.
McKeon, a California Republican, told CNN he wants to get an exact number of those who knew and their names.
“My question to them was, if you don’t know who knew, then how could you – if a leak had happened and the sergeant had been killed – how could you go back and find out who leaked?” McKeon said.
This just gets more bizarre by the minute.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, declined to offer a defense of the administration when offered the chance by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield.
“It didn’t sit very well with those of us who were listening at the briefing,” Schiff said of the news that so many administration staffers knew of the decision ahead of time.
Read the full story here, but just be ready to do a lot of head shaking…
Hat/Tip to Newsmax.
John “I was for it before I was against it” Kerry is at it again. It’s obvious that he’s on damage control after his boss said, “Absolutely” when asked if it were possible that the Taliban Five he released might attack America again. While in France, he taped an interview for CNN.
Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s “a lot of baloney” to suggest the five Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will return to battle and kill Americans.
Still, he tells CNN, if they try they’ll likely be killed themselves.
And despite details to the contrary saying that the released terrorists wouldn’t be watched by US officials, Mr. Kerry is saying otherwise.
In an interview recorded in France and aired on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Kerry said the government of Qatar, which agreed to keep watch on the men for a year, aren’t the only ones with an eye on them.
When asked if that meant the United States would be monitoring them, Kerry wouldn’t be specific, but said that if the former prisoners don’t meet the requirements of their release the United States has “the ability to do things.”
“I’m not telling you that they don’t have some ability at some point to go back and to get involved,” Kerry said. “But they also have an ability to get killed doing that. And I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans.”
When pressed on statements by one of the released terrorists that he is going to kill more Americans, Kerry downplayed it.
He said that the freed Taliban detainee who already has vowed to return to kill more Americans is simply engaging in propaganda.
“Propaganda is propaganda, and they’ll say whatever they want to stir the waters,” he said.
The question of whether Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter to the US Army came up again.
As far as questions relating to Bergdahl’s disappearance — some of his former platoon members say he walked away willingly — Kerry said there is plenty of time to sort through what happened now that Bergdahl is safe from enemy hands.
It would have been, he said, “offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind … in the hands of people who would torture him, cut off his head.”
It’s too bad that this administration didn’t hold the same view for the four brave Americans who they let die in Benghazi…
Social media users tore into Barack Obama on Friday after the US president was seen chewing gum during solemn ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. People took to Twitter to denounce Obama’s “shameful” and “vulgar” chewing, with one user attacking him as a “lout.” (Newsmax)
Benedict Arnold: “What do you think would be my fate if my misguided countrymen were to take me prisoner?”
Colonial army Captain: “They would cut off the leg that was wounded at Saratoga and bury it with the honors of war, and the rest of you they would hang on a gibbet.”
If boorish behavior was the only thing we had to fear from Barack Obama, we’d all sleep easier at night. After all, chewing gum is not an impeachable offense, even if the used cuds are pasted to the underside of the Resolute desk. But, as Matt Barber writes:
Barack Hussein Obama is America’s biggest threat to national security. He is “an enemy within” … Merriam-Webster defines “treason” as, “the crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government or of helping your country’s enemies during war.” Whether Obama is intentionally trying to overthrow his own government is open for debate. But that he has “helped his country’s enemies during war” is a slam dunk.
The amazing thing? This arrogant clown admits to it: “Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us?” Obama asked rhetorically of the five terrorists he just cut loose. “Absolutely,” he answered.
… It wouldn’t matter if Bergdahl were Mother Teresa. This scandal isn’t about Bowe Bergdahl. It’s about a sitting United States president intentionally, overtly and criminally violating the National Defense Act to release five of the world’s most dangerous Muslim terrorists – dubbed the jihadist “Dream Team” – thereby directly placing American lives in jeopardy.
Obama swore an oath to protect America “from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” not to protect all enemies, foreign and domestic, from America.
And the scandal worsens by the minute. From Weasel Zippers:
Apparently, according to NBC, and as reported here at Conservative Hideout 2.0, “the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully …”
… Keep in mind, at least two of these men are actually wanted war criminals. They have been declared war criminals by the U.N and are accused of the murder of thousands. But we guaranteed they would not be pursued for a year?
As posited here yesterday (The Bergdahl Deception), in David Limbaugh’s Townhall column, It Was Probably Never About Bergdahl, and in Russ Vaughn’s article in the American Thinker, A Dishonorable Discharge…Flowing from the White House:
It is far likelier that Obama was first motivated to release these killers and then looked around for a plausible cover.
The Gitmo jailbreak was orchestrated by Barack Obama against the advice of his military and intelligence advisers, though Barry will tell you different:
“I make no apologies for it. It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government … This is something I would do again and will continue to do whenever I have an opportunity.”
Well, he also told you if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. How’s that working out for you?
Hat/Tip to the Capitalism Institute.
You know it’s pretty bad when the leadership in your own party makes public statements against you and your actions. Well that is exactly what happened this week when a Senator from California said that the President is lying about the Bergdahl Scandal.
President Obama blatantly violated federal law and statute when he unilaterally decided to release five highly-dangerous Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Obama deliberately neglected to inform Congress before the swap took place, which violates a law that he himself signed last year. He also provided “material support” to a known terrorist organization, the Taliban, which is in violation of federal code and carries a stiff prison term as a penalty.
This has led to many people and organizations speaking out against the prisoner exchange, with some calling for his arrest and impeachment for such obvious disregard for Congress and lawlessness.
So who is this top Democrat that is not towing the party line?
Now a highly unlikely voice has joined opposition to the President’s actions. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is upset that she wasn’t notified before the deal was done, and has publicly contradicted the official story coming out of the White House, according to Politico.
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 told lawmakers that they couldn’t give Congress advance notice on the Bergdahl deal because the Taliban vowed to kill him if any details about the prisoner exchange came out.
Feinstein and several other members of Congress are saying that Obama clearly violated the law by not keeping them in the loop on the negotiations to free Bergdahl. In fact, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers claims he hasn’t received a briefing on Bergdahl since 2011.
Feinstein said White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken called her this week to apologize for not keeping her informed about the deal that returned Bergdahl to the U.S. and released five senior Taliban officials from Guantanamo Bay prison.
The senator added that the administration has an “absolute obligation” to fully investigate the nature of Bergdahl’s capture. Some media reports have suggested that the solder was a deserter given that he likely voluntarily walked away from his platoon.
Senator Feinstein is, generally speaking, not an ally of those who oppose the President and his agenda. However, credit must be given where it is due, and in this instance, as well as when it was discovered that the White House ordered the CIA to spy on Congress, Feinstein is on the right side.
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.
In this snippet of an interview, Obama rolls out the Left’s new talking point about the Bergdahl swap. And that is that if someone wears our country’s uniform, we don’t leave them behind.
Well then Mr. President, please allow me to ask:
WHAT IN THE BLUE HELL HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI THEN?????!!!!!!!!!!
He believes he is the government. If Congress does not challenge this, he will be.
During an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Barack Obama claims – incredibly – that “my government” acted ‘unanimously” in its decision to trade five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
It was a “unanimous decision” by “my government.” “I make no apologies for it.”
But surely, he meant to say “my administration,” right? Don’t bet on it.
The deal was overwhelmingly rejected in 2012 by members of Congress, Pentagon officials and the intel community. That doesn’t suggest that the American people’s government was “unanimous” about the deal.
All over the media there is horror and consternation in regards to the Bergdahl return. He is being called a traitor and I have seen many calls for the death penalty floating about. You are missing the bigger picture here. First and foremost, the military never classified Bergdahl as a deserter. That makes a huge difference in how the military should behave in trying to find and free him. The military had an obligation to do so. Secondly, the bigger picture seems to be getting missed here. President Obama broke the law in order to get his return. It doesn’t matter what the standing of the soldier is. The law would be broken even if there were not serious questions about Bergdahl’s actions.
Now from the media reports I have read the sequence of events in this “trade” is that a video was made in December of 2013. The White House was made aware of the video the following month. In this very short video (I believe it is under three minutes) it reportedly shows Bergdahl in bad health. In the statements made by the administration, as well as the president himself, the narrative that they are using is that they saw that his health was deteriorating and knew something had to be done. Does that make sense to you?
If his health was so dire why did they wait close to five months to do something about it? If his health was the reason for the “prisoner swap” wouldn’t they have done it in late January or early February? This is one among many questions that must be answered.
Another one of the narratives that the White House is laying out there is the need for absolute secrecy. Everyone knows that there are leaks coming out of Capitol Hill. That can’t be denied. But this is also the same institution that knew about the bin Laden raid months in advance. Nothing of that leaked. One would like to think that members of congress take national security seriously. There are many who look at Bergdahl as a traitor, some of those people are members of Capitol Hill. But that doesn’t mean that they would voluntarily risk the life of that man by leaking the information. This is just a ginned up excuse that the administration is floating to direct attention away from the fact that he has clearly broken the law. A law, I might add, that he signed. It isn’t like he wasn’t aware that the law existed. It seems like the touted Constitutional law professor has left those ideals behind.
This administration has emboldened the Taliban to take additional Americans hostages. Not to mention many other rogue nations across the world such as North Korea, Iran, and a whole host of others. We are now known for negotiating with terrorists. We have crossed that line and there will be no going back.
Conservatives need to do themselves a favor and let the military justice system do what needs to be done and let them handle Bergdahl, we have much bigger fish to fry.
Impeachment must be discussed in this context. I have never called for that before during the Obama administration because I don’t think incompetence is grounds for impeachment. But this is a situation where multiple laws were broken, our national security has been endangered, and our troops all over the world have had a target put on their backs forever more. That should not be allowed to stand. This is the fight we should be waging. Bergdahl is only a small cog in the wheel. Let the Department of Defense handle him.
“To allow a guy like [Bergdahl] to be posed as a hero, like Kerry self-posing as a hero, is really an affront to everybody who died there, and that’s why those guys in his platoon have come forward and that’s why we came forward 40 years ago and ten years ago.” – John O’Neill
If the Bergdahl affair proves anything, it’s that modern Democrats can never be trusted to ensure the national security. But most of us knew that already. You don’t need a degree in rocket science to realize that exchanging the high command of the Taliban for one lowly former PFC is not a deal that promises to turn out well for our side. Which begs the question, is Barack Obama even on our side? Most of us already know the answer to that one.
President Barack Obama was repeatedly advised by several of the nation’s top military and intelligence officials not to engage in the prisoner swap to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl … Intelligence and defense officials told the Beast that the deal that was arranged was hastily done, and in a manner that suggested it was designed to squelch dissent and impose the will of the White House. (Obama Advisers Repeatedly Told President Not to Deal)
A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up. The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner …
“The Haqqanis could give a rat’s ass about prisoners,” the official said, referring to the Haqqani Network, a designated terrorist group in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. “The people that are holding Bergdahl want[ed] cash and someone paid it to them.” (Washington Free Beacon)
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 Soldiers who served alongside Bergdahl and were on the ground with him when he disappeared were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Why? Would that be anything like the muzzling of the Benghazi survivors?
3. The classified Pentagon report from 2010 on Sergeant Bergdahl should by now be de-classified, but it’s not. Why? What’s in it?
Oh, and then there’s the case of Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings who wrote about Bergdahl’s disappearance in 2012 and ended up dead in 2013. Maybe it’s just a terrible “coincidence” but why was he being investigated by the FBI? (Allen B. West)
The bottom line? Barack Obama wanted five high ranking Taliban killers freed from custody, but he needed a plausible cover story to get away with it. Bowe Bergdahl would have to be it.
National Security Adviser, Susan Rice is at it again.
This time she says that there is no evidence Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. I suppose the note he left saying he was, “leaving to start a new life and didn’t want to fight for America” isn’t evidence.
Nor, I suppose is Colonel David Hunt know what he’s talking about when he said,
“Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. Bergdahl on June 20, 2009 crawled underneath a wire at his fire base with water, food, a change of clothes, a knife and a cell phone. He called his unit the day after he deserted to tell his unit he deserted… Bill, we lost 14 soldiers, killed, searching for a deserter. He left his unit in combat. It’s non-arguable… We don’t know yet if he joined the Taliban or not. But, there’s no question he deserted.”
But the biggest, “Oops!” by Ms. Rice is the fact that Bergdahl DOES face desertion charges. One wonders how she is able to walk with one foot forever in her mouth.
But here she is, in her own words –
Bagdad Bob Susan Rice saying Bergdahl served with honor.
Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.
Does this come as a surprise to anyone? I think the only surprise is that we actually found out about it. Nothing this lawless President does anymore surprises me. My biggest question – When will Congress get off its collective ass and do something about this man?
Hint: I won’t be holding my breath.
According to NBC News, as we noted earlier, one of the five Taliban commanders released in the Bergdahl deal, has promised to return to the fight already. Wonder no longer, it didn’t take a week.
There is also something else in the deal that hasn’t come out until now.
Apparently, according to NBC, “the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully”, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.
If this is in fact true, why are we only finding out about this now, and from the Taliban side? How or why would we ever make such an assurance to them, basically offering to cover their back for a year? How could we speak on behalf of other countries? Are we now blatantly supporting the Taliban?
Keep in mind, at least two of these men are actually wanted war criminals. They have been declared war criminals by the U.N and are accused of the murder of thousands.
But we guaranteed they would not be pursued for a year?
These men are the real heroes. No matter what the Left in the media say, nor how many times Susan Rice says he served with honor and distinction, Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a hero and, in this author’s opinion, nothing but a sniveling coward.
From the Daily Mail.
Bergdahl was serving with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment in Paktika province near the Pakistani border with Afghanistan when he went missing in the early hours of 30 June 2009.
He had been at part of an Observation Post with 28 colleagues men and a few trucks set up in a defensive position to protect themselves.
Some of the men were sleeping in the trucks they had driven in on and others were camped out with their sleeping bags in the open. It was not until the 9am roll call that they realized he was gone.
Up until this point Bergdahl had been seen as a strange loner who wouldn’t socialize with the other men. Instead, he would stick to his bunk, learning Pashto and Arabic with Rosetta Stone.
A week earlier he had sent his belongings and computer home to his parents after setting out in an email to his father that he was ‘ashamed to be an American’ after what he had seen in Afghanistan – including soldiers laughing at running over an Afghan boy with an armored vehicle.
Specialist Gerald Sutton, 31, Sutton remembered Bergdahl talking with him and a third soldier just a few days before he walked away.
‘He was asking us what it would be like to get lost in the mountains … and he asked me personally if I thought he could make it to China or India on foot. At the time we thought he was joking.
‘About a week or two before he left he mailed some of his stuff home,’ he said. ‘including his Apple laptop. He sent that home to his parents. That didn’t seem suspicious to us at the time, but it made sense after the fact.’
‘He left his weapon that day. The only thing he had with him was his diary – that none of us actually saw, so I have no idea what was in there – 2 MREs [‘Meals Ready to Eat’ rations], his knife, a bottle of water and his compass.’
The soldier who discovered him missing, said: ‘The first I heard was when one of the guards said he could not find Bergdahl.
‘I asked him: “What do you mean you can’t find him?’ He said he couldn’t find him anywhere. We sent two guys to the top of the observation post in case he was sleeping between two trucks, I thought maybe he’s sleeping down there.
‘We also sent one of the men to see if he was drinking tea with the Afghans. We looked at his sleeping bag and it was nicely folded.
‘I said what do we have missing here and one of the younger soldiers said that there were four or five bottles bottles of water missing from a crate that he had. It was chaos. We all knew what would happen if we couldn’t find him.
‘Bergdahl’s backpack was missing, so was his knife. I knew right away he had not been captured – he had walked off.’
The soldier was told by an Afghan boy they spoke to that told them he had seen an American soldier walking away through the fields.
The soldier said: ‘Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but I was right, he had walked off.’
The soldiers began a frantic search costing millions of dollars using drones, military tracking dogs and dozens of men for eight days, although the wider operation to find him went on for three months.
Captain Travis Sorenson, the co-pilot of one of the first F15 aircraft sent up to hunt for Bergdahl, said that he heard on intelligence briefings in the next couple of days that he was thought to have been taken East straight away.
The plan was to get him into a cave system over the border with Pakistan because it was away from US soldiers, he said.
Captain Sorenson, 36, who has now left the military, told MailOnline: ‘The operation to try and find Bergdahl must have cost millions.
‘We had F-15s flying constant missions for 48 hours and had 52 planes doing search runs. There were A-10s, Apache helicopters, British Tornadoes, British Navy Harriers and German Tornadoes.
‘When we found out that he had walked off the base we were all extremely angry and could not understand why he did it. We spent a couple of days looking for him when other soldiers were getting bombed, we couldn’t support Navy SEALs and other people.
‘We couldn’t do our jobs because we were looking for this guy’.
Leaked military communications on Wikileaks show the complete military signal traffic relating to Bergdahl’s release.
The text says that one of the last sightings of him was when he was in a black Toyota Corolla with a bag over his head being escorted by three to five motorcycles.
In intercepted chatter Taliban fighters could be heard asking themselves: ‘Is it true that they captured an American guy?’
The men joke about it and one of them responds that they should ‘cut the head off’.
Soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon have claimed they were forced to sign a highly unusual nondisclosure agreement covering his disappearance in an apparent attempt to cover up what happened.
Two soldiers who spoke to MailOnline said the letter was passed around by commanders to those close to Sgt. Bergdahl.
The ploy backfired, however, as a number of soldiers spoke out regardless in angry Facebook messages and media interviews.
But the irregular action by the military raises fresh and disturbing questions about attempts to control the flow of information about the incident.
Sgt. Evan Buetow, who fought in Sgt. Bergdahl’s platoon, said: ‘I never signed it. I know there were a couple of soldiers who were closer to Sgt. Bergdahl as friends.
‘I know a couple of them signed the official nondisclosure letter. We did not have to sign an NDA for other missions.’
Others who have spoken out anonymously on the Facebook page ‘Boweisatraitor’ have also referred to such a letter.
Another soldier from Sgt. Bergdahl’s unit who is still in the military told MailOnline: ‘The nondisclosure letters were handed around.’
‘Everyone signed them who was told to – they were just following orders.’
NDA letters are usually signed by soldiers who have security clearances or are working on sensitive missions.
The standard form is called SF312 and is known as a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement. It prevents those who sign it from speaking about a specific event because it is in the interest of national security for them not to do so.
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to the Daily Mail.
A member of Bergdahl’s former Army unit broke his military gag order to speak about Bowe Bergdahl and he confirmed that Bergdahl did indeed desert.
Bowe Bergdahl left a note saying he had gone to start a ‘new life’ and a former comrade broke his military gagging order today to tell MailOnline of the jaw-dropping moment he discovered the Taliban POW had walked off from their Afghanistan base.
That revelation came just hours before two top government officials confirmed that there will be a new, full investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance.
The soldier, who requested anonymity as he is still in the military, said: ‘Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but I was right, he had walked off.’
The New York Times reported Bergdahl also left behind a note in which he said he did not want to fight for America any more, did not believe in the war – and was leaving to start a new life.
The letter to his comrades was separate from the email he sent to his parents before he sent his goods home to them, wherein he wrote: ‘life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong…. I am ashamed to even be (A)merican.’
The Army is looking at his possible status as a deserter and the possibility to retrieve him as two separate issues.
Rolling Stone reported the email in 2012 and said that Bergdahl had called his battalion commander a ‘conceited old fool’ and his peers an ‘army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies’.
The latest fold in the saga came when General Martin Dempsey wrote today that while if any misconduct is found, Army leaders ‘will not look away’ but until that time, he is protected by an American ethos of assuming innocence.
‘The questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts.
‘Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty.’
From an email he wrote to his parents shortly before he left his post.
‘life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong…. I am ashamed to even be (A)merican’
-Bowe Bergdahl wrote in an email to his parents days before ‘voluntarily walking off the Army base
Now the question of his back pay is surfacing.
Geoffrey Corn, a South Texas College of Law professor and former judge advocate general, told Business Insider that the Pentagon never followed through on specific criteria held for deserters, meaning that Bergdahl could end up with five years back pay.
‘The military has to process paperwork so that you can’t get back pay and leave and so that the unit can get a replacement… According to the Pentagon there’s no evidence he was ever dropped from the rolls,’ Mr Corn said.
The soldier who spoke to MailOnline made his feelings and those of his comrades very clear.
He said: ‘As far as I’m concerned Bergdahl deserted his men and should face a court martial. People died trying to save him. He was a deserter’.
Bergdahl’s platoon anxiously searched the observation post they had set up a remote area of Afghanistan but only found Bergdahl’s sleeping bag that had been neatly folded up.
It also claimed that he did not breach the perimeter wire and left by possibly hiding in a contractor’s vehicle meaning that he would have planned the escape in advance.
A huge search ensued during which time at least six US soldiers are said to have died while hunting for Bergdahl, 28, who has just been released from five years in captivity with the Taliban.
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to CBS DC.
So despite the claims by the Obama administration that Bergdahl was a POW, it would seem that the truth is getting out.
A soldier claims that he was told by his chain of command to not say anything about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walking off an Afghan base in 2009.
Retired Army Spc. Josh Fuller told Fox News Wednesday that he was told to keep quiet about Bergdahl leaving his post and getting captured by the Taliban.
“We had all known that he had deserted his post and there was never anything about him getting captured or a POW until a little while later when it came down from the chain-of-command that we needed to keep quiet about it, not say anything and that we’re going with the narrative that he’s captured,” Fuller told Fox News.
And a clearer picture is emerging on Bergdahl. It would seem that attacks on the base he deserted INCREASED after he went AWOL.
Fuller, who stated that Bergdahl pretty much kept to himself and didn’t socialize with other soldiers, said that attacks on the base increased after Army sergeant left.
“Whenever he went and walked off the base, only stuff that we know, that we trained for, that the sports that we know on vehicles, how are moves are, stuff like that, they were getting hit very precisely,” Fuller explained to Fox News.
“And the ambushes we used, the certain tactics that we used, the Taliban was picking up on those things and the Haqqani network started using the same things as well.
“So they were very precise and very accurate. You could tell it was somebody on the inside that had that info.”
What makes this whole debacle by Obama an even worse tragedy, is that American soldiers were injured and some even lost their lives trying to find this sympathizer of Radical Islam.
Since Bergdahl was exchanged for five high-level Taliban members who were detainees at Guantanamo Bay, reports have surfaced that at least six U.S. soldiers were killed searching for him.
Matt Vierkant, 27, a team leader of another squad in Bergdahl’s platoon, told The Associated Press that soldiers from his unit and other units were wounded or killed on missions to chase down leads related to Bergdahl.
Of course, the men who knew him best were well aware of what happened and what decision Bergdahl made. They are also very clear on what ought to be done.
Matt Vierkant said Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers knew within five or 10 minutes from the discovery of disappearance that he had walked away. In retrospect the signs were there, he said, but there was nothing so definitive that would have prompted action.
“He said some strange things, like, ‘I could get lost in those mountains,’ which, at the time, that doesn’t really strike you as someone who is going to leave their weapon and walk out.”
Vierkant said he believes it’s paramount that an investigation determine whether Bergdahl deserted or collaborated with the enemy.
“It shouldn’t even be a question of whether, it should question of when,” he said.
U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday that the Army may pursue desertion charges against Bergdahl.
Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that the evidence was “incontrovertible” that he walked away from his unit, said a former Pentagon official who has read it.
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to TeaParty.org
You know they call them Freudian Slips because, for just that split second you let your guard down and your true feelings shine through. Well we had one of those moments at the White House in the Rose Garden recently when deserter Bowe Bergdahl’s parents participated in a
victory lap press conference with President Obama.
While the Obama administration is proudly touting how it was able to free an American soldier who was captured by the Taliban, what no one picked is the fact that Obama SMILED as soon as he heard the most famous war cry of Islam, “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.”
Now the left will cry racism or call those of us who point this out as conspiracy nuts, but this is important.
The “basmallah” is the Islamic expression for victory and only indicates that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim.
Think that the man is acting as “Muslim” for a stealth operation to rescue his son who is already in good hands in Germany? And what is with the long beard and trimmed mustache?
No this is not a bum, biker, or a Santa Clause fan. When one gives the basmallah, trims his mustache and elongates his beard, its the first sign of a convert to Islam, just as that an ex-Muslim putting on a cross and saying, “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” is evidence enough of conversion to Christianity. But there is much more we obtained on this stealth jihadist.
The President’s smile at Bergdahl’s praising of Allah in Arabic points us back to his one time pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
But first, Obama’s smile says much. Obama has never declared the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and has no real testimony of converting to Christianity, as his pastor Jeremiah Wright stated:
“I made it easy for him to come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is and not feel that he was turning his back on his Islamic friends and his Islamic traditions and his understanding of Islam.”
Watch Obama smile as soon as Bergdahl gives the most famous Muslim expression, the “Bismillah” or the “Basmallah”:
But is it the speech with the Basmallah, the beard and the trimmed mustache, the testimonies from his colleagues on his desertion, that confirm our suspicion that these men are Jihadi converts?
What no one in the media captured was Robert Bowe Bergdahl’s favorites on his Youtube account.
It reveals a dark mind, a collector of a litany of ‘terrorist favorites’, videos from training on how to become Muslim Jihadist to urging American troops to desert and even favorite speeches by confirmed terrorists like Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki, condemning America as a terrorist state:
But prayer for what? His son’s release only? Hardly, its for the release of the terrorists in American captivity. The prayer begins in Arabic, as Shoebat.com translates:
O Allah, release our prisoners, the Muslim prisoners, and send them back to our families in peace!
One would think that Bergdahl does not understand what is said in Arabic? Think again, he comments himself stating:
“Al-Hamdu Lillah, Ameen, Ameen May the duas of the ummah be heard and may Allah free my son from captivity! ?????? ??????? ???????????? ?????????? ???????? ???????? ?????????? ???????????”
Praise be to Allah, Amen, Amen, my prayers for all the Muslim Nation (ummah) be heard and may Allah free my son from captivity. In the name of Allah most merciful most beneficient, it is thee whom I worship, it is thee whom I seek refuge.
He types perfect Arabic and announces he is Muslim, “thee [Allah] I worship …”
Another favorite is a lecture from Mufti Ismail Menk, who identifies himself as a Muslim scholar titled “Qualities Of A True Worshipper”. Menk was also a favorite of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
TeaParty.org does a great job of listing and explaining all the America-hating, radical Islamic videos subscribed to by Bergdahl. So to see them and to read the rest of the story, click here.