Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I'm Still Angry...!

As an eight year veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from federal law enforcement, I'm still angry about what the President did in attaining the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban. Some people are praising the President for the deal and praising Bergdahl as a hero. But is either of them worthy of praise?

There is growing evidence that Bowe Bergdahl deserted from the Army and sought out the Taliban. Before he walked away from his post, leaving his weapon behind, he reportedly wrote to his parents:

“I am sorry for everything here. 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. I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

He then disappeared into the desert with only water, a knife and a compass. In the days and weeks following his disappearance patrols were sent out to search for him. Local civilians told his would-be rescuers they had seen him and he was asking where he could find the Taliban. At least six American soldiers died during those searches.

Some here in America are calling Bergdahl a hero. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said "he served his country with honor and distinction." Maybe she just hasn't heard about his possible desertion. Or maybe she's simply dispersing talking points given to her without questioning their validity. She does have a history...

Just six months ago President Obama signed a bill into law that required him to give Congress at least 30 days notice prior to releasing any detainees from Guantanamo Bay. He promptly turned around and broke that law by releasing five of the most dangerous Taliban commanders without informing Congress at all.

On June 21, 2013, Obama's Chief Liar Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told the media "In accordance with the law, we will release detainees only with the consent of congress." I guess they forgot about that little promise.

There are two things that trouble me most about this entire thing. First and foremost is the fact that Obama released five Taliban commanders, deemed by our intelligence community to be the five most dangerous terrorists in our custody, back to the Taliban. Do they really believe that Qatar can keep these guys from returning to the fight just because they (Qatar) said so? And does anyone beside the Obama administration trust Qatar, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood?

The second and most troubling is the fact that until Barack Obama became President the United States did not negotiate with terrorists. Susan Rice tried to downplay that by saying "We didn't negotiate with terrorists. We negotiated with Qatar." I'm sure there are some stupid people out there who will swallow that ignorance and that's really scary. But anyone with a working brain not only understands the truth but is also left wondering how someone who can make such idiotic public statements can hold the position she is in. But I guess if you prove your loyalty to the king you reap the rewards.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this. By liberal logic the Obama administration really didn't negotiate with terrorists. Not only did they not actually speak to the terrorists directly but it seems there was little negotiation. The Taliban demanded their five commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl and Obama said OK. You're not really negotiating if you give the other side everything they demand in exchange for very little.

No, I'm not saying Bergdahl isn't important. He is important. We need to find out the truth about what he did now that he's back under American control. Did he desert? Worse yet - did he consort with the enemy? If so he needs to be charged and prosecuted, and possibly executed depending on the severity of what he did.

In an attempt to deflect some of the negative responses to this wretched deal the Obama administration is saying "We will leave no man behind," like they are Navy SEALs on a rescue mission or something. Leaving no man behind is an honorable goal - as long as you're not selling the country out to do it. Releasing five terrorists in exchange for one American soldier is asinine. Every terrorist in the world now knows if they capture Americans there is a good opportunity to blackmail the Obama administration to get what they want. Nice move, Barack.

The other day Jay Carney said the National Defense Authorization Act gives the President "the authority "to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers, if necessary.”

Uh... Jay? I don't know where you studied geography but last time I checked the Taliban isn't a country!

On Saturday the President hosted Bergdahl's parents in the Rose Garden when he announced his "deal" to the world. Bergdahl's father made a few comments then praised Allah, in Arabic, for his son's release. That's telling enough for some but what may have gone unnoticed by most people was the President's reaction to Bergdahl's words. President Obama smiled when he heard Bergdahl's praise of Allah. I watched it several times to be sure. It was an appreciative smile. Only Obama knows if it was the words or hearing the language (or both) that caused the smile.

When an American citizen joins the military and takes that oath he/she knows that if some day they are captured by the enemy the United States may negotiate with the enemy for a prisoner exchange but it will be done properly and in accordance with the law. At least they knew that until Obama became President. Now no one knows what will happen. If there's an excuse to return terrorists to the battlefield it seems you may be released more quickly.

Yes, I'm still angry. America has always stood by her principles when it came to war and the enemy. Under this lawless administration it seems those principles have been compromised to the point of uselessness. I'm not ashamed of my country - but I'm ashamed of the people running it right now. 2016 cannot arrive too soon.

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