Bowe Bergdahl and the Lawless President

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the exchange of five senior Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the lone American prisoner of war in the Afghanistan war. In doing so he violated the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 – a law that he himself signed into law.

It is this Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

“The future is too good to waste on lies. And 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 have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american.[sic] The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.

 

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“In the US army you are cut down for being honest… but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank… The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools…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, that they have no idea how to live. We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks… We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them…I am sorry for everything. The horror that is america is disgusting…There are a few more boxes coming to you guys. Feel free to open them, and use them.” [From a June 25, 2009 e-mail to his parents.]

This Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

 “If this deployment is lame, I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.” [From Michael Hastings, America’s Last Prisoner of War and retrieved by Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone.]

 

But this is less about Mr. Bergdahl and whether he is a deserter, traitor or unfortunate victim. This is about Mr. Obama – vintage Mr. Obama. Not one thing said by Mr. Obama in this whole affair is true. Mr. Obama has lied again – and again – and seemingly without ability to discern the difference between the world as he would believe it and the reality of the world as it is.

The aforementioned National Defense Authorization Act requires the president to notify Congress at least thirty days in advance of the release of any terrorist prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay. Mr. Obama did not – that is a lie of omission.

Mr. Obama justified his failure to notify by citing exigent – but undefined – circumstances. However, subsequent information indicated that the negotiations with the Taliban had been underway for over two years – hardly anything exigent. Mr. Obama lied.

Mr. Obama, through his press secretary Jay Carney, said that the Congress would, in fact, be notified prior to any prisoner exchange involving Mr. Bergdahl. This was said during the period in which active negotiations to obtain this exchange were occurring. Mr. Obama lied – he never intended to notify Congress.

Mr. Obama introduced further justification for his failure to notify by citing his “signing statement” of the National Defense Authorization Act complaining that it interfered with his executive authority as Commander in Chief. Mr. Obama, as a self-proclaimed constitutional expert should know that such “signing statements’ are self-aggrandizing and do not alter the plain meaning of the language. (In reality there are better “constitutional scholars” in high school freshman history classes than Mr. Obama.) Mr. Obama lied – an act of self-deception.

Mr. Obama suggested that Mr. Bergdahl was in danger of eminent execution by the Taliban. He presented no evidence in support of this claim and what is known about Mr. Bergdahl’s time with the Taliban – five years – suggests that he had a relatively friendly relationship, that he spoke Pashto, he participated in sports with his captors and that he enjoyed the status of a “propaganda tool” much more than he constituted a threat to the Taliban. Mr. Obama lied.

Mr. Obama suggested that Mr. Bergdahl was in ill health and in need of medical attention. He offered nothing to support this notion and, in fact, when Mr. Bergdahl was returned, observers indicated that he appeared to be in good condition considering the life of deprivation that people who live in caves and under rocks normally experience. Mr. Obama lied.

Mr. Obama suggested that the five senior Taliban terrorists did not constitute a threat to national security and that their location and activities were known and closely monitored in Qatar. Qatar is friendly territory for the Taliban terrorists. Their “supervised” period will be no longer than twelve months and, in truth, can end at anytime they, or any one of them, chose to steal off into the night and rejoin the Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States does not possess the ability to monitor them once they leave Qatar – and minimally while they are there. Once into the wilds of the Afghani/Pakistani border areas they will become as invisible as the rest of the Taliban leadership. The ability of the United States under Mr. Obama to surveil and control these terrorists is best measured by the fact that not a single person involved in the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi has yet to be arrested and brought to justice. Mr. Obama lied. These five terrorist have been released without actual conditions upon the world and will, like so many others released from Guantanamo, return to the world of terrorism quickly.

Mr. Obama has suggested that these terrorists would have to be released in twelve to twenty four months anyway because the Geneva Convention requires release of prisoners of war after cessation of the conflict. This is in direct contravention to previous assertions by Mr. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that these prisoners are not combatants but common criminals who must be tried in civilian courts. If they are criminals the Geneva accords are inapplicable and their release was not required. Mr. Obama lied – a lie of convenience and duplicity.

The saga of Mr. Bergdahl and his culpability will continue for sometime. What the outcome of that saga will be is anyone’s guess. But there is one constant that you can be assured will continue. Whatever Mr. Obama says in furtherance of this melodrama will not be the truth. Mr. Obama is a documented and undeterred liar.

This country deserves better – a lot better.

Mr. Obama would have better served the nation by telling the truth. He should have acknowledged that Mr. Bergdahl’s departure from his post in Afghanistan raised serious questions and that the Army would pursue its investigation without interference or encouragement from the White House. He should not have invented excuses about Mr. Bergdahl’s safety or health but rather simply stated that he was the lone prisoner of war left as hostilities end in Afghanistan and that he was determined to not leave him behind regardless of his status. He should have acknowledged that the five terrorists released were dangerous and would likely return to the world of terror but that was the price to pay to secure the lone prisoner of war. And he should have promised that the moment that the prisoners left Qatar and/or reconnected with the Taliban that he would secure their demise at the earliest opportunity. That’s what a leader would do – but that is as far from Mr. Obama as is honesty.

 

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  • guest

    Yet another suspicious ‘Gateway exposed on Obama’s White House perimeter: “Deserter Gate.”

  • Bob Clark

    I’ve been rolling my eyes in disbelief since Obama was running in ’08. Even Bill Clinton couldn’t believe folks were falling for Obama’s hopey, changey shtick. And 5 plus years later, only now are more folks actually getting that they were duped royally, taken advantage of because of their war wariness.

    • .

      ‘wariness’/weariness that continues to in-surge like talibattheads outa hell, same ol’ same ol’ dumb snit difference, mental midgets in snort for a devil may care New World of Ordinance.“`Nuts!

  • Jack Lord God

    This was not about Bergdahl, it was about finding an excuse to release the GITMO prisoners.

    Obama is trying to clear out the high value detainees, those accused of war crimes, so as to render GITMO occupied solely by low level detainees.

    Once this is accomplished, then GITMO can be closed when troop withdrawal is complete from Afghanistan.

    The reason why that is important is to remove a thorn in the side of the frothing mouthed. There is some anger among the left that GITMO hasn’t been closed down. Obviously not as much as when Bush was in charge, because it really was always an election issue, the left never gave a crap about the prisoners. However, turning out the base for 2016 is important and closing GITMO removes one more issue from the table.

    Bergdahl will not get a pardon, however the administration will lean heavily on anyone in the military who wants to bring charges. Obama just cleaned out virtually the entire command of our ICBM force. That lesson is not lost on career military personnel.

    Remember that Hillary ad “when the phone rings at 3AM”? Yeah, well that’s the way this will work. Any senior officer looking to bring charges against Bergdahl will get that 3AM phone call outlining his career prospects should he press the issue.

    • Eric Blair

      “Obama just cleaned out virtually the entire command of our ICBM force. That lesson is not lost on career military personnel.

      What lesson is that? Cheating on tests, failure to safeguard the nuclear arsenal, and being drunk at meetings will get you fired? That Obama! Requiring that people do their jobs!

      No, wait, there must be something else. How does this fit into your vast Obama conspiracy? Does the Left hate lax security? Maybe the Left hates generals who appear at meetings drunk? Or maybe the left really detests test cheaters.

      • Jack Lord God

        Wait a second, you arguing that Obama, who willfully appointed Tim Geithner, who cheated on his taxes. all of a sudden had some bug up his butt about cheating on tests and cleared out the ICBM force because of it?

        Come on, that’s ridiculous and you know it.

        Everyone else knows it too. If Obama had appointed those who cheated on the tests, and Republicans raised a ruckus about it, you would be calling it a phony scandal, like Benghazi, like the IRS and like the VA scandal will soon be called a phony scandal.

        I mean get real, Obama dithers around forever about everything, but cheating on a test and he is all of a sudden rule of law and you buy that?

        That dog won’t hunt and you know it.

        • Jack Lord God

          The point here is, Obama didn’t give a rip about Bergdahl. He wanted to clear out the high value detainees, the ones accused of war crimes, so that later on GITMO will only be occupied by low level guys, thus closed down upon troop withdrawal. It’s called shoring up the base.

        • Eric Blair

          Yes, you’re right. It is a huge-ass conspiracy. Evidently Obama who, by the standards of most people on here, is suddenly the puppet master.

          Hey, we buy what we want. You shop at WND, I prefer something a little less conspiracy laden.

          • .

            Large-ass conspiracy be yours flatulent head. Go kiss the ring of your king, BHO and his cast of Marxist DEMwit left wing socialists making US a turd world in resemblance y!

          • Eric Blair

            *sigh* If only he were a socialist. Not necessarily a Marxist, but being a socialist would be good. I might have even voted for him.

      • .

        Tally your blah’n BlairHouser, NWO Nazionale!

  • thevillageidiot

    Where are the BO defenders? Please weigh in.

    • Avast N. Furious

      Loaded question. Quest for response dubious inasmuch what’s left of US who post here are off busy kissing the Jackass in Chief’s derriere.

      • AN F

        “whats’ left of us” such as lefties Appell, Blair, 3H, Ardbeg, etc – the steeple bleat that goes on and on.

        • ANF

          “sheeple”

    • Jack Lord God

      They are shirking around waiting for the administration to shift into “phony scandal” mode. Should be about a month if past experience is any guide. Right around the same time the VA scandal starts getting called phony as well.

  • Eric Blair

    So, if we’re gonna go down the conspiracy/illegal road. What about St. Reagan and Iran Contra, the bombing at the U.S. Embassy, the Marine Barracks, the October Surprise (admittedly a part of Iran-Contra), and the illegal funding of the Contras. If you guys can love Reagan, despite all that and having one of the most corrupt administrations in modern history, you should be able to cut Obama some slack. Ha Ha – just a joke. I know most of you are incapable of perspective.

    • .

      Yo Erik Blare, go blow you ‘knows’ under an Appell tree and listen for the John Peel halloo trumpeting your fete that be arriving none too soon.

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