To Free Five Jihadists

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


guant“It was an extraordinary day for America,” said National Security Advisor Susan Rice on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, referring to the announcement of a deal that would free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghan captivity after five years. Indeed it was an extraordinary day: it was a day when we signaled to the world that America officially caves in to terrorists for hostages.

Well, not America herself, but President Barack Obama specifically. Obama, who has openly expressed frustration with the Constitutional constraints of checks-and-balances on his dictatorial impulses, circumvented Congress’ collective back to clinch a deal that would free five of the most dangerous guests at Club Med Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl. Even the Afghan government condemned it as a breach of international law.

His administration denies, of course, that it broke any laws or this country’s longstanding policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. Bergdahl wasn’t a “hostage,” claimed our anti-war, anti-Israel, anti-military, anti-American exceptionalism Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists. Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a natural process.” What does that even mean? Is he saying we didn’t negotiate, or that the enemy aren’t terrorists? A prisoner of war can’t be a hostage? Sorry, but a prisoner of war becomes a hostage the moment the enemy makes demands for his safe return. A “natural process”? That phrase is meaningless.

I should concede that Hagel is technically correct: we didn’t negotiate, because giving the enemy exactly what they ask for isn’t negotiation – it is capitulation. Though America should not abandon her dead, wounded, or captured warriors, trading five Taliban leaders for one soldier who deserted after expressing his disgust for our own military is surrender, not a successful trade that benefits American interests. Bergdahl reportedly emailed his parents that “the US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at,” that he was “ashamed to even be an American,” and that “the horror that is America is disgusting.” Some report that he converted to Islam during his captivity and, outrageously if true, trained his captors in bomb-making and ambush skills.

And let’s get this clear about Bergdahl – he didn’t “wander” off base that June day in 2009, as the media so often put it, like a lost toddler; if reports from the ground are to be believed (and they are), he intentionally and premeditatedly deserted. In the wake of that, at least six good American soldiers died or were wounded in search attempts. Their names:  Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, Pfc. Morris Walker, Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek, and Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey. Their families and friends have suffered a far greater loss than the Bergdahl parents.

As Jake Tapper reports, “other operations were put on hold while the search for Bergdahl was made a top priority… Manpower and assets – such as scarce surveillance drones and helicopters – were redirected to the hunt. The lack of assets is one reason the closure of a dangerous combat outpost, COP Keating, was delayed. Eight soldiers were killed at COP Keating before it was ultimately closed.” What punishment will Bergdahl face? An anonymous senior Defense official told CNN that he will not likely face any: “Five years is enough.”

Meanwhile our enemy rejoices. Five more dangerous Guantanamo terrorists are back in the field to plot havoc against American infidels, to kill and wound more American soldiers, soldiers who are already fatally hamstrung by Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan that don’t even allow them to engage unless they’re already under attack – and sometimes not even then. Taliban leader Mullah Omar rightfully declared the trade a “great victory.” It will result in more Americans – and not just soldiers – being targeted for hostages, because terrorists everywhere now know that that will pay off.

Not to worry. In his Rose Garden announcement, Obama declared that Qatar, which had a hand in the so-called negotiation, “has given us assurances that it will put in place measures to protect our national security.” Well, that’s comforting, because we all know that Islamic governments have our backs. By his side was Bergdahl’s bearded father, a seeming Islamic sympathizer, who tweeted about the “cult of democracy” and recently deleted this tweet promising God’s (read: Allah’s) vengeance for the Afghan children America has supposedly murdered: “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!”

This is an increasingly complex, ongoing story (as novelist Brad Thor relates in his piece for The Blaze), and who knows what revelations remain to be uncovered. Perhaps Bowe Bergdahl was merely playing along with his captors to save himself from a beheading. Perhaps his father feigned anti-war and pro-Taliban sentiments for his son’s sake. Perhaps there are presently unknown diplomatic elements to the prisoner exchange that will justify Obama’s actions. Perhaps hell finally will freeze over. Anything is possible.

But the evidence currently points to a President that once again has undermined American efforts in the longest war in our country’s history. This is the President who has expressed that he is uncomfortable with using the word “victory” regarding winning our war against Islamic fundamentalists and who repeatedly discusses “winding down” the war rather than winning it. (Imagine Churchill or Reagan talking about “winding down” the war against Nazis or Communist Russia – you can’t, can you?). This is the President who once warned ominously that “the future doesn’t belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” This is the President who has devoted himself to dismantling America’s economy, military, and superpower status.

Dinesh D’Souza asserts in his new book and film that if Hillary Clinton assumes the presidency next, she will not steer the country back toward the center but will continue Saul Alinsky’s radical work that Obama began, and leave this country as we knew it irreversibly damaged. That is an optimistic assessment, because we are already irreversibly damaged and Obama still has two years and a half to go. What will it take for American citizens to say “enough” to the radicals in this administration?

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  • Hktony

    And Americans say Europe is in trouble? When will people see odumbo Is a Muslim?? His dads, his school, his Muslim brotherhood, is uncles and family, his actions, his boyfriend!

    • kasandra

      Well, at least the ones who aren’t communists.

    • Americana

      If Pres. Obama weren’t an American, he would have been thrown off the ballot. This CONSTANT BARRAGE of BS is simply ridiculous! You want to denigrate and undermine the man and his administration, do it w/TACTICAL SMARTS instead of this pathetic melange of mismatched factoids. I’m a dual-national, British/Irish-American. Care to tell me I can’t run for the Presidency?

      • J.B.

        What “man” are you talking about? Obama would have to grow a pair just to be a boy.

    • J.B.

      Five muslim Taliban terrorists in exchange for one Muslim American traitor. A win win for Obama but a lose lose for America. As always.

      Meanwhile, an active duty American veteran is rotting away in a Mexican jail in between his torture sessions.

      This is America under the radical left.

      • J.B.

        And oh, yeah. This is just the beginning. Obama Bin Laden is going to release all the terrorists in Gitmo. Mark my words.

  • Lysander Spooner

    This rotten deal may get a few obama scandals off the front page temporarily, but it will likely evolve into a large-scale scandal of its own as the details of Bergdahl’s anti-Americanism and desertion find their way into the public consciousness.

    The stunning incompetence of this administration is one thing; the way they pat themselves on the back for it is truly unprecedented and remarkable. What next?!

    • J.B.

      Next? It will sell and give large parcels of American land to foreign nations.

      Whoops! Too late!

  • Paul Cherry

    How can they use the excuse that Obama and the administration didn’t break any laws because he’s a prisoner of war not a hostage? If that’s true then Obama is guilty of declaring war because I’m very sure Congress, not Obama has the power to declare wart. So, he was either a hostage or Obama illegally declared war without Congress approval. The lawlessness of this administration begs to ask, does crime pay now, and how much?

    • BagLady

      Oh come on! Since when did any American administration care a fig about silly laws? They employ the best legal minds to dip and dive through the crater-size loopholes and, since there is no higher power betwixt President and God, who will sit in judgement and, more importantly, who will sentence the guilty and to what?

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Who would condemn America for liberating Europe? Who will condemn America for feeding and rebuilding the World after WW II? Better still, why is it our job to save people, feed them or give them our tax money to help them? We need a new strategy for our time. We need to isolate, kick out illegals,stop ALL foreign aid, and keep our military’s excellence. When we need to punish peoples or countries just do it. Punitive attacks until destruction.

        • BagLady

          Better still, why is it our job to save people, feed them or give them our tax money to help them? ”

          Not sure which people are receiving all this US largesse nor which people, in your esteemed opinion, warrant the punishment of your self appointed world court.

          Oh and by the way. the US did not liberate Europe, Russia did.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            If Russia had liberated Europe, the Soviet Union would still be extant, and stretch from Vladivostok to Spain. Stalin himself said that the only reason why the USSR did not rule France was because, in the circumstances of 1945, the Red Army was not able to reach Paris.

            Who do you think kept the Red Army out Paris? The French?

          • reader

            First of all Russia did not exist during WW2. The Soviet Union did. Did the Soviet Union liberate France, Italy, Holland and Belgium? I think not.

          • kaz

            did it liberate east Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, hungary, etc? only in the fevered minds of franklin Roosevelt and his fellow communists.

          • kaz

            strange definition of liberate there. the western allies freed half of Europe, and the soviet union enslaved the other half. so some, slavery under communism is freedom. to others, not so much.

          • J.B.

            Freedom is slavery.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Saving people begins with keeping them free. That’s what the military is for (besides breaking things and killing people). Everything else is irrelevant without defending the people, there therefore, their God-given, blood-bought rights.

          • BagLady

            ….and for that the ‘freedom’ loving people must die, sometimes very slowly from starvation, cancers or unexploded landmines.

            Who were you defending in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos?

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Ultimately, I was defending the United States of America. The efforts of the Soviet Union to keep North Vietnam alive started the process of dissolving their economy.

            I also defended innocent people, in Vietnam. You might have been tempted to take up a weapon against the enemy, also, if you had seen the atrocities the NVA and the VC committed, that I have seen.

            However, in the existential moment of combat, I was defending two sets. The set of all the men who were in my unit, and the set of all men who were me.

            I never went to Cambodia or Laos, though I know people who did …

            As for starvation, cancers, or unexploded landmines, what can I say? This is one of the reasons they say that war is he!! …

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            D-Day was Russia?

            Did Russia liberate France?

            Soviet Socialist Stalins Russia was an ally of National Socialist hitlers Germany.

            Russia only went to war with its ally after national Socialist Germany broke its pact and attacked the Soviet Union.

            PigLady, your Eurotrash education has failed you.

          • J.B.

            Name one country that doesn’t benefit from American largesse. Just one.

            The Soviet Union occupied and tyrannized Eastern Europe after THE REAL ALLIED FORCES liberated all of Europe.

            Trollfail, commutard.

          • BagLady

            Go on then. Suggesting that only one country does not benefit from your largesse implies that all others do. I don’t see it. You trade, unfairly for the most part, and for the rest part do a great deal of sucking the life out of resources, wherever they may be.

      • J.B.

        Since 2008, trolltard.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Israel traded1 thousand Palenstinians for the release of one Israeli

    • jakespoon

      Palestinians pound price ain’t as high. They trade a lot lower on the commodities market.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Was the Israeli traded a deserter?

      • BagLady

        Sadly for this Sgt, whether he was a disillusioned soldier looking for answers or not, he is going to go through the eternal grinder. Mark my words.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      one thousand Pal-e-SWINIANS for one Israeli.

      Shows the relative value of an Israeli for a Pal-e-SWINIAN.

    • J.B.

      Bergdahl isn’t an Israeli, trolltard.

      • MrUniteUs1

        No one said he was.

        • J.B.

          Then don’t compare him to Israelis, $h!t for brains.

          Obama is an islamophiliac traitor.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    What’s it going to take for this administration to demand the freedom of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican hell-hole? How about we tell Mexico that we take care of their illegal citizens in the US and we give mexico millions in foreign aid!! I am disgusted how everyone disrespects us because they know obama is a little boy.

    • BagLady

      and what has Sgt Tahmooressi got to offer in return for his freedom? The price is very high as Sgt Bergdhal will soon find out (especially with a name like that).

      • tagalog

        Why is that? Do you think U.S. intelligence agencies will pick on Bergdahl because he has a Swedish name?

        • BagLady

          Is it a Swedish name? Sounds like a combi of Berg(German) dahl(Indian).

          Regardless, he has been 5 years with the Taliban. He must be considered a valuable source of info. No?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            If he had valuable information that would undermine the Taliban, the Taliban would not release him.
            Try again PigLady.

          • J.B.

            No.

            Trolltatd.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        The man is responsible for his parent’s name? I don’t understand what you’re trying to say ….

        • BagLady

          The American people seem to find much to interpret from their President’s name.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            We do, indeed. Many Muslims are name “Barack” and “Hussein”, for which the Left has ready retort … there are non-Muslims with these names, also.

            I haven’t had a “President” since the day that the Occupier-in-Chief took walked into the People’s House (which I assume would have a different meaning to him, also).

          • Chavi Beck

            I was already around way back in 2008, when we were all called racists for recalling that his middle name was Hussein. Surprise surprise, he began proudly using it again as soon as the election was won.

          • J.B.

            And her words. And her actions.

        • reader

          There’s really nothing to understand. She has nothing to smart to say, but she seems compelled to spew half-witted cliches with a good dose of pretentiousness – a pierce morgan wannaby in a skirt, presumably.

          • BagLady

            That should read “She has nothing TOO smart….” Such a simple three letter word. It’s hard to take anyone seriously who cant spell the simplest words in their own language.

            “a pierce morgan wannaby…” I took to the dictionary but found no definition.

      • J.B.

        What did Bergdahl have to offer besides islamic treason, you repulsive trolltard?

        • BagLady

          You seem to have trouble with logic. The CIA and all those other thousands upon thousands of plain-clothed unaccountable agencies your country spends most of its budget on, must justify their existence by creating plots and sub plots. As I said before, they want Bergdahl for whatever little inside information he may possess. Why this makes me a troll in your opinion is beyond me.

      • uleaveuswithnoalternative

        The Taliban and Al Qaeda have no POW camps for captured American soldiers; they BEHEAD and disembowel American soldiers! Plus there are no other POW’s held by Iraq or Afghanistan. Seems curious that the Taliban kept this one soldier alive for 5 years doesn’t it?
        Read the 2010 article in the “Mail Online” about Bergdahl’s conversion to Islam and using his bomb making skills to aid the Afghani’s.
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1305184/Bowe-Bergdahl-Taliban-claim-captured-U-S-solider-teaching-fighters-bomb-making-skills.html
        Also, Obama visited Afghanistan a week ago.
        Seems that he had more on his mind than just making a surprise visit to the troops.

        • BagLady

          If you and I know these facts then, presumably, so does the White House. Your suggestion that this puts them in the Islamic camp is just plain childish.

          I know many Yanks on here love to speak of American ‘kindness’ to the ‘outside’ world but this argument does rather stretch the imagination a tad.

          ” ..Also, Obama visited Afghanistan a week ago.
          Seems that he had more on his mind than just making a surprise visit to the troops.”

          Go on… What. in your esteemed opinion, was on this man’s devious mind?

          We must always remember who he actually works for and I doubt pro-Islamic sentiments come into the equation.

    • Americana

      Ah, so it’s possible for someone in the military to get lost and end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and be apprehended by the wrong people??? Gee, from Sgt. Bergdahl’s story and its doubtful reception, I would have thought no military guy would EVER screw up and get lost? Never mind get lost w/a bunch of suspect material in hand… Sgt. Tahmooressi will be fine in a Mexican jail for a short period of time.

      • J.B.

        Bergdahl walked to the Taliban terrorists intentionally. Give it up, trolltard. You may get paid per post but you cant indoctrinate your betters with the dreck you post.

        • Americana

          An adult male who’s got to make his points w/his middle finger and crass comments, such a shining example of American manhood! Oh, and let’s not forget stellar brains!
          I find it highly amusing you think anyone who disagrees in any way w/the dreck some others post is always being paid to state their objections to nonsense.

          • J.B.

            I find it hard to believe that you think you can deny being a paid trolltard. Newsflash: Whenever a trolltad pretends to scoff at the very idea of paid trolls, that is a sure sign that he IS a paid trolltatd. Only the guilty protest and deny so much.

            Obama freed five muslim terrorists in exchange for the muslim traitor Bergdahl. There is absolutely no question about his betrayal of America and his rank treason.

        • BagLady

          Does Americana get paid for each post? How does he do that? Why does that warrant such a rude comment from you? What difference does it make why Bergdahl went to the other side? Whatever his reasons, he will not escape ‘The Trial’ (see movie). Any suggestion that America gave more than it received is naive and is not substantiated by past exchange deals.

    • Americana

      Considering he entered Mexico w/three weapons in his car, I’d say it’s gonna take awhile. He’s not the only American to run afoul of Mexican authorities on the gun issue and he won’t be the last.

      http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2012/12/12/marine-being-held-in-mexican-prison-for-bringing-unloaded-shotgun-into-country/

  • montlasky

    Obama? Trow da bum out!

    • BagLady

      Che mon, rassclaat, you come in on a banana boat or sometin? Why you tink dem bring dis guy to Hamerica, eh? You tink it cos dey lurv he?

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Hey Tea Bagger, Is that a racist rant I detect?

        • BagLady

          montlasky resorted to a language very close to ma ‘art. Which race exactly do you think I am ranting against, pray?

          • Habbgun

            You dumb racist Fabian Socialist chav. He was doing an old time Brooklyn accent. What you know about America obviously only comes from cheap Marxist rags with runny ink.

      • montlasky

        What are you talking about?????

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        PigLady, Lay off the vodka and candy bars.

  • notme123

    a true Navy Seal and patriot and their family, I feel, would be offended that terrorists, the same type of people that the Seals fight so bravely every day, would be freed in exchange for them. Sounds fishy to me….

    • AngelaStathamnag

      like
      Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
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      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Go away …

        • johnnie the jew

          Is this some dhimmi hooker trolling for business at the expense and insult to all those who have given their lives for our freedoms? Please release me

          • johnnie the jew

            If so, the ungreased marrow and mallet eagerly awaits her wedge headed arrival.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I’m beginning to believe that you’re right.

  • joshuasweet

    Is the VA going to pay him POW disability now too?

    just where in Pakistan did Obama go with his “Male companion” ?

  • Always On Watch

    This deal stinks to the high heavens!

    Now, what is our spineless Congress going to do about this?

    • BagLady

      Stinks of what? Your country is paranoid. Spends more than 50% of its budget on ‘defence’ via one department or another. Hundreds and thousands vie for a bit of the action, not least of them the ‘plain clothed’ department. Of course they want this stray bod. They need inside info.

      • reader

        You read this on your huffington wire? Did you ever pass a math test in your life? And if you did, what school was it? I’m just amazed at your steadfast determination to embarrass yourself.

        • BagLady

          I have A BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. Mathematical enough for you?

          I don’t often read HuffPost and you fail to define “this” in your comment. You clearly don’t share my level of mathematical education where specifics are so vital to the argument.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            My area of study was philosophy, and though I wasn’t really very good in mathematics, my professors were consistently astounded by my performance in symbolic logic (which is very mathematical).

            I believe that reader’s use of “this” refers to your former comment, where you attacked America’s defense spending (which is the only thing that leaves the “free world” free). I believe that your country’s spending on social programs, especially healthcare, is why the Royal Navy … which once ruled the waves … can barely put 25 ships to sea, two or three of which are not capable of doing so.

            Of course, you can dismiss my statement, above, because I believe that the greatest human in the 20th Century was Winston Churchill …

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            “because I believe that the greatest human in the 20th Century was Winston Churchill ”

            Amen.

          • reader

            I know that some elementary school students calculate percentages better than you do. It’s a fact based on your own posts here. Alternatively, I can assume that you didn’t calculate anything and just parroted some talking points. If these came from somwhere other than huffington, it does not make your post less moronic.

          • tagalog

            You have a Bachelor’s degree? Well, you could have fooled me; I figured you for a high school (or Brit equivalent thereof) with some more-or-less didactic academic experience beyond that. Just goes to show you, doesn’t it? Don’t judge a book by its cover, eh?

          • J.B.

            TROLLFAIL.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        People should stay away from paranoid countries. Don’t come here, don’t ask us for Shiite or anything else. Believe me, most of you people are hated here.

      • tagalog

        The United States doesn’t spend more than 50% of its budget on defense. Our budgets typically allocate less than 20% of our annual wealth to defense. We still have the best armed forces in the world. Perhaps that should change, so as to place countries like yours in a position where instead of looking to the United States to pull their military irons out of the fire, they take care of their own problems. Oh but wait, that would guarantee a global conflagration as happened twice in the last century.

        When you place the word “defence” in quotes, I agree; we once had a War Department before its name was changed to the Department of Defense. I agree that using the word “defense” is a euphemism that makes the U.S. a bit mealy-mouthed and that it would be more honest for us to return to calling it the War Department as we once did.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Thank you, my friend. I didn’t have to respond …

        • BagLady

          Our budgets typically allocate less than 20% of our annual wealth to
          defense. We still have the best armed forces in the world.”

          Nonsense to part one of your argument and rubbish to part two.

          • tagalog

            On the part two thingie, I have to admit that the IDF is very, very good.

          • Gislef

            To point two, who do you think has a better armed force?

            To point one:

            http://www.sdvfp.org/us-military-spending/

            18% isn’t 50%.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Gislef certainly answered part one of your comment.

            As to part two, is there anyone on the planet who can argue that the United States military is certainly the most battle-hardened force on Earth?

            Truthfully, I’m saddened by the state of Britain’s armed forces. The small size of your army and the miniscule Royal Navy … which once undoubtedly ruled the waves … leaves your island home vulnerable to assault. Don’t depend on your nuclear forces for comfort. I doubt that there’s a Maggie Thatcher left to “push the button” …

            In that, the US and the UK are alike. There’s no one who could convince me that President Hussei … ah, excuse me … President Obama would ever push the proverbial button.

        • kaz

          reasoning with a fool is like trying to make love to a sow. it embarrasses one, annoys the other, and accomplishes nothing.

          • tagalog

            Yes, you’re so right.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        PigLady, Why does your estrogen poisoned country have nuclear weapons?

        The uk should turn over its nuke stockpile to Canada, Australia or the USA.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      With this debacle, expect Obama to release all Guantanamo terrorist detainees.

  • BagLady

    What punishment will Bergdahl face? An anonymous senior Defense official told CNN that he will not likely face any: “Five years is enough.”

    Believe that if you’re naive enough. Does anyone seriously believe the man will go home to his family and live happily ever after? He will now face a very long and harrowing interrogation. Every drip of information will be wrung from him until he wishes he had stayed where he was.

    This is not a free lunch.

    • Alleena

      Gergdahl is alive. Many people died because he deserted. Yes, he has a very, very free lunch.

      • BagLady

        How does he feel about his fellow soldiers giving their lives to free him do you suppose? How would you feel as a serving man?

        You have decided that he deserted. Why, because it suits your argument? You have no more evidence than the next man and clearly have a biased opinion. Get off the dais.

        • reader

          Actually, it’s those who served with him decided that he deserted – and for good measure:

          http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night.html

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Interesting …

            I served in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Vietnam, but in the 2cd Battalion. No one I know of would have walked off of guard duty, towards enemy territory.

            This reinforces my rapidly-expanding belief that the guy deserted to the enemy.

          • tagalog

            All the way!

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            In our company, Delta, it was customary, during a jump, to shout, “GERONIMO!”

            Our battalion commander’s last name was “German”. Sometimes, he would even tolerate a Jahwol, mein Herr!, after he had given an order.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Creepy.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Yeah, I guess it was kind of creepy!

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            That commander was using the same language that naz i filth used in WW2 – and killed American soldiers.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I hear you …

            I didn’t do it, but because Lt. Col. German had such an unusual name, it was to be expected. Sometimes he smiled, and often he didn’t.

        • Gislef

          So you are disagreeing with the evidence presented in the article that he deserted?

          On what basis?

        • J.B.

          TROLLFAIL.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      I am always surprised to see imbeciles shooting up schools, when we have a target rich country full of Mosques, Communist, Socialist, Liberals, illegals, Demonrats, RINO’s, etc. Then I realise that gun owners are sane, and that our 2nd Amendment implied confidence in our citizens. In a crazy country, Sgt. Bergdahl couldn’t live.

      • BagLady

        With all due respect to California, but can I take it that you are born and bred?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          With all due disrespect to the UK, but can I take it that you are born and inbred?

        • J.B.

          With all due respect to swine, can I take it that you are born and bred?

      • kaz

        the reason is that those who shoot up schools, etc, are invariably leftists, who have no problem with the rogues list you cite. meanwhile, the government’s desperate search for the fabled “right wing” terrorist continues.

    • tagalog

      Actually, in the United States, it is probable that Bergdahl will indeed return home before very long and be celebrated as a hero by his hometown folks, and return to a quite life.
      That will probably happen even if it turns out that he deserted to the Taliban. Look at what happened to The White Viet Cong,

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        And in the atmosphere that prevailed in the US after the fall of South Vietnam, there was no way that Garwood was going to be tried for treason. I remember this case, as well as I remember my best friend and spotter, Cpl. Donald “Smitty” Smith, who was blown in half in the Ashau Valley, in May, 1969 (he was a volunteer, just like me).

        Garwood should have been hanged …

        • tagalog

          Garwood was court-martialed for Desertion and Collaboration with the Enemy. A book, Conversations With the Enemy by Winston Groom (who wrote Forrest Gump) was written about him. Some of the information about him is a bit hazy, but the USMC had enough facts to charge him and convict him. And you’re right, in the atmosphere of 1979, when Garwood came back to the States, all people were trying to do was put Vietnam in the past, so there wasn’t going to be any real justice in the Garwood case.

          My point is only that Bergdahl, whose comrades in his unit say he deserted, will get similar treatment for similar reasons, except that feelings aren’t running as high was they were in the U.S. in the post-Vietnam days, so Bergdahl will probably be feted as a hero whatever the truth is.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he came back in 1981, rather than in 1979.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Yep. I never went up the hill, though, because I was in the Mayo Clinic two weeks after my buddy had been blown in two. My inner ears came out by the same explosion that killed Smitty. I didn’t notice that I was deaf until I saw our Platoon Sergeant motioning for me to cease fire.

            Several weeks later, after surgery, the doctor came to me in recovery and asked how I was doing. It was only then that I noticed that I could hear, again. He had secured the inner ears, and rebuilt the eardrums in both ears.

            You’re right about Bergdahl …

        • UCSPanther

          Back in the olden days, it would have been worth one’s life to desert and get caught, and even worse if it was found out that the deserter was consorting with the enemy…

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Many American soldiers were hanged or shot in Europe, during and shortly after the Second World War.

        • UCSPanther

          I suspect that Vietnam could have been won, but thanks to the anti-war propaganda machine, a lot of good people died, Ho Chi Minh is revered as a false hero, and his spectre is probably still laughing at the US…

          The only thing good that came of it, was that Soviets who once laughed at the US over Vietnam suffered their own version in Afghanistan a few years later when they tried to reinforce their Afghan “comrades”…

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I suspect that I’m one of the few people, in our country, who believes that America actually did win the war. By 1973, with at least one million of their people dead, their cities bombed, the VC decimated, the NVA totally defeated, their harbors blockaded, and their airports very unsafe to land on for aircraft from any country, by any method of accounting the Vietnam War was over, and the United States had won.

            Typically, it took a DEM president and a DEM Congress to purposely lose the peace that followed …

          • UCSPanther

            It was the desire to negotiate with the enemy that put an end to any gains, since it showed weakness.

            As any predatory conqueror knows, negotiation can be used as both a stalling tactic and a diversion to their advantage…

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Richard Nixon said, in 1968, that he had a secret plan to end the war in Vietnam, with honor. He was telling the truth. The first part was military, and he did that with a vengeance that the North Vietnamese could not resist.

            The second part of that plan was diplomatic … bring the enemy to the negotiating table. That happened, also. Unfortunately, Watergate also happened, and the DEMS had what they wanted, in 1975 … a weak Republican President, and complete control of Congress.

            The communists also saw these things, and knew in Paris that they could get what they wanted by acting “reasonable”, and prepare for the last stage of military action in the South.

      • BagLady

        Ah yes but we don’t talk about Vietnam do we?

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Ah yes, but we do.

        • tagalog

          I do.

      • BagLady

        Actually, in the United States, it is probable that Bergdahl will indeed
        return home before very long and be celebrated as a hero by his
        hometown folks, and return to a quiet life.”

        If it requires that some public display of US benevolence takes place then it shall be. The very suggestion that the man will then be left in peace is just plain stoopid.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          I hope Bergturd never enjoys a day of peace in the US.

        • J.B.

          Dream on, trolltard. You cant distract us from reality. You’re much too stupid.

    • J.B.

      He will be used to push the fantasy that Obamaburo policy benefits America.

  • tagalog

    I think that those who claim that to cavil over the return of this Bergdahl guy for five terrorists is essentially support his remaining in the hands of the Taliban have a point, but there IS a point at which we go to far in acceding to the demands of our enemy.
    And why is the administration suddenly saying that Bergdahl was a “prisoner of war?” I thought we weren’t exactly at war with anybody? Are we now at war with the Taliban? Well, if we’re leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban, I guess we can chalk up one more war that we’ve lost, right? What’s the plan to win this “war” that has been denied up to now?

  • Shootist

    We can always do *without* John Bolton’s hyperbolic responses. They are not helpful except to rouse the rabble.

    • Gislef

      You might have the wrong column…

      • reader

        That’s just one of the many wrong things it might have.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The socialist rabble who side with people who shoot girls in the head for wanting and education, who enforce dress codes for women, who execute gay teens, who dynamite two 1,500 old Buddahs in Bamiyan Afghanistan.

      What is Progressive about siding with Regressive Taliban?

      • Shootist

        Socialist rabble? You apparently don’t know what a socialist is. You should also be more concerned with perpetual war and Washington’s and Eisenhower’s warning against foreign alliances and the military industrial complex, than a bunch of barbarians running around in the desert.

        “We are the friends of liberty everywhere. We are the guardians only of our own.”

        We are better at being the United States of America than we are at interfering with others, and we have lost a lot of our ability to be ourselves by making concessions with the Left in order to get their support or lack of opposition for interventionism.

        The best way for America to save the world is to get rich, stay that way, and show how that is done. We can send help sometimes and privately we can send a lot. But we are not good at the empire business. Competent empire is a viable but in my judgment incorrect strategy. Incompetent empire is disastrous. Building American independence can be done and is the best policy. Or so I have been saying for forty years. Invest in America, not in Egyptians or Libyans. — Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor http://www.jerrypournelle.com

        • American Patriot

          You need to get your facts straight. First of all, George Washington said avoid entangling alliances at a time when the United States was still a new country. That was 1796, only 20 years after the Declaration of Independence and only 13 years after the end of the American Revolution. The United States wasn’t developed at that time (it hadn’t even gone through the Industrial Revolution yet), so we had to have an isolationist foreign policy in order to develop. Today, the US is a much more advance and developed country and thus, we have to have a much more active foreign policy. The US today is different from the US in 1796 in terms of general development. As for Eisenhower, you are misinterpreting his message. He simply didn’t want the government being operated by the military. But he supported combating Communist totalitarianism. You are repeating left-wing propaganda about Eisenhower supposedly being a so-called “liberal” (nanny-state leftist). In reality, Eisenhower was a classical liberal (modern conservative). Get your facts straight.

        • J.B.

          America has NEVER attempted to create an Empire.

          TROLLFAIL, libertine/libertarian scum.

          • Shootist

            aside from conquering cuba and phillipines, and destroying several thousand separate Indian tribes from coast to coast and border to border, I guess not.

            Attacking countries to punish them is the act of of a Republic. Conquering countries and imposing puppet governments to rule is an act of Empire, you tiny little mind.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Do we have Cuba and the Philippines? Didn’t we leave the latter when they asked us to?

            Doesn’t sound like an Empire, to me.

            Also, diseases … much more than guns … left the native American people weak and subject to conquest. Those tribes that have left the reservations have done considerably better in American society, than those who stayed.

            If America wanted Iraq’s oil, I wish to God Bush would have taken it. The guy in the White House doesn’t want energy-independence, and that’s a fact …

          • Shootist

            Does Britain “have” Rhodesia (muttering “You Idiot” in my best Jeremy Clarkson).

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I note with amusement that you didn’t respond to my comments on your “points” (muttering “moron” in my best Jonathan Winters).

            It’s not that Britain didn’t want to hold onto its Empire, including Rhodesia. It’s that the British people elected the Left to rule their destiny, and they gave away their Empire.

            I’m of the opinion that the world would be better off if the British and French colonial empires still existed. However, the Left has a tendency to corrupt a people’s intellectual and moral fiber. After all, why should you care if this genocide or that mass-murder takes place in one of your former colonies. You have “morality” to fall back on.

            So say your masters …

          • Shootist

            what points? do we have cuba now? That isn’t a point. Maroon.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Shiitist, I know what Socialist Rabble are.

          They are the National SOCIALISTS of WW2 – who declared War on the US four days after Imperialist Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

          They are the Soviet SOCIALISTS of WW2 who signed a non-aggression pact with fellow SOCIALISTS, National SOCIALIST Germany – and that pact lasted until National SOCIALIST Germany reneged on the pact and attacked the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics.

          Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact – AKA hitler-Stalin Pact
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov%E2%80%93Ribbentrop_Pact

          They are the REGRESSIVE “PROGRESSIVES” who side with Ultra Conservative Islamofascists who believe in NOTHING supposedly progressive rabble believe in.

          Please explain what is “progressive” about siding with people who deny education to girls, disfigure girls who want to live lives under the domination of the taliban?

          Socialism and Islamism are the antithesis of Liberty.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            “disfigure girls who DO NOT want to live under the domination of the taliban?”

  • kaz

    OBAMA did not “cave”. he scored a huge victory against our country with very little loss. he freed 5 of his jihadi friends, simultaneously repatriating a jihadi sympathizer into our country. effectively, that’s a a score of jihadis-6, America-0. not bad for a days work in ovalistan on the Potomac. the cost for this smashing victory against free men everywhere? the displeasure if a few disgruntled conservatives who would rather keep their nation rather than submit to Islamic tyranny, but who cares about them? those who vote for and approve of Obama care nothing, as long as the government checks continue to arrive on time.

  • Metatrona

    We exchanged an AWOL Muslim convert for 5 terrorist jihadists. STUPID! or QUISLING!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I hope they execute Bergturd – for desertion.

  • Bose Heaven

    Press conference Obama with Robert Bergdahl, the father of Bowe, who says: “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… ( you can skip to 1:10 )

    And do not forget to watch Obama’s face …

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      bad youtube link

    • uleaveuswithnoalternative

      Here’s the link. Father’s comments in Arabic start around 4:05. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q_pmEbDbMM

    • Bose Heaven

      Corr. Link: Http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz1Zc4Gd-mw

  • visitor

    Love you guys. If Obama refuses to negotiate to free an American held hostage, you get to berate him for “leaving a POW captive.” But if he does succeed in bringing hom a POW, you get to berate him for “negotiation with terrorists.” What could he ever do to please you short of resigning? Nothing, obviously. Tell the folks in Idaho how they shouldn’t want their home-town boy back with his family. That should sell.

    • reader

      We love you huffpo trolls too – always handy with a straw man and condenscention. Not too much substance, though. By the way, this hometown boy is a deserter – according to his unit servicemen. If only Obama gave a sh*t about hometown boys literally rotting away in the VA system, eh?

    • UCSPanther

      And thanks to the loser that idiots like you put into office, five Taliban commanders are going to return home, be hailed as heroes and go back to their old tricks, while we get someone who was a fool at best and a traitor at worst in return…

      People like you will wear the decline of the Western civilization whether you like it or not…

    • Gislef

      Obama did refuse to negotiate to bring a deserter back for five years. According to you, people berated him for doing so. Could you point out who they are in that five-year period? Thanks!

    • J.B.

      Love you leftrolls. Obama freed a muslim American traitor in exchange for the top five muslim Taliban terrorists and you celebrate that.

      Meanwhile, an active duty vetetan is rotting away in a Mexican torture chamber while wetbacks invade our country in the millions.

      You must be so proud, commutard.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      He released five of the most dangerous men on the planet, in this exchange. This, regardless of the heroism or cowardice of Sgt. Bergdahl …

  • Lanna

    Congress wasn’t notified before this happened…this lawless president does whatever he wants and laughs in the faces of all the legislators…..Won’t you all be surprised when they close Gitmo and bring the worst of the worst to be housed in America…then they can release these criminal elements on American shores to go out and perform Jihad on Americans…see where the weakness and failures have led!

  • Bose Heaven

    The left is so far gone, I am afraid that only Barack honour-killing Michelle (God forbid), will open their eyes, maybe.

  • bigjulie

    Let me get this straight. Obama trades 5 top-level Jihadis, with special training in making IEDs and leading other groups of terrorists for this…this next-to-useless non-entity POS who wandered away from his post 5 years ago, whose search for his whereabouts caused serious injury to several of his fellow soldiers and at least one death, who obviously hates his own country? This is like trading five .500 heavy hitters for a bat boy! This is not stupidity, even for Obama, or poor tradesmanship…this is deliberate sabotaging of one’s own country with the intent of benefitting our enemies!!
    Then, he has the temerity to write it off to “we never leave a fallen soldier on the battlefield…ever?” Talk about hitting a new low in press-briefing, this man has demonstrated one more time that he has absolutely NO ethics or shame, whatsoever! The only thing lower than Obama are the congressional leaders, from whom we hear not one “peep”!
    We really have to take a serious look at who we can vote for in November and get a commitment from them to put a stop to this dictatorship nonsense right now!! His moves benefit no one but our enemies and he is doing them freely! It appears to me that Obama intends to sell America out to Muslims, in hopes that they will appoint him regional dictator for their newly conquered territory.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      bigjulie AKBAR!

      I hope this Bergturd debacle is thoroughly investigated and stains the Obama administration and its supporters.

  • dennis x

    Five men vs 1,500 missiles. Ronny Ray Gun the GOP’s god gave Iran 1,500 missiles to release the hostages=ok. The President released five men=bad. No it’s not because he’s Black, it’s the policy.

    • J.B.

      Five top Taliban for one ineffective American traitor.

      No compatison, trolltard. Go back to your huffpole.

  • johnnie the jew

    Out-bloody-rageous !! This will have to go down as Americas Mephistophelian moment (as per Goethes Faust) where the US really did sell its soul to the devil.
    And for what. A hack muslim inspired coward / traitor who,only under the current administration, cost the lives of 6 soldiers who went looking for this orrifice when he abandoned his platoon and watch and wandered off tonfind his “brothers” ! No shame has the big house on the hill. Despicable.

  • JayWye

    “The Obama Doctrine can be described in just nine words: Embolden our enemies, undermine our friends, diminish our country.” Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

    Comrade Obama IS the muslim Manchurian Candidate.

    There’s a reason why,post-college,Comrade Hussein traveled to Pakistan,of all places. it’s not because he was a Christian. There’s a reason why Comrade Hussein was aided in getting into college by Saudi money and influence.

  • liz

    To your question, “What will it take for Americans to say ‘enough’ to the radicals in this administration?”, I guess the answer is a big fat NOTHING.
    If Fast and Furious, Bengahzi, the IRS, death-panel healthcare, release of criminal illegals, etc., etc., wasn’t enough, nothing is, including this.
    We’ve been hooked up to the poison dispensing IV of public education and media propaganda for so long, paralysis has set in.

    • Americana

      **Fast and Furious was a tactical failure but if it had been designed and handled correctly (this would have required a lot more money to be invested into the operation and likely the complicity of the gun manufacturers — I can’t see that being kept secret, can you?), it would have yielded significant results.

      **Benghazi has been laid at the door of the Joint Chiefs and they have accepted the blame for the failure of the Rapid Response Forces, going so far as to redesign the entire Rapid Response Forces deployments and numbers in the RRF.

      **The IRS FOLLOWS THE MONEY and if the BIG MONEY is flowing into conservative PACs, that’s where they’re going to look.

      **The death panel Obamacare health care hasn’t yet been proven to be fallible even if the VA, which has ALWAYS been overwhelmed since the advent of all the Middle Eastern wars, has shown itself to be failing its mission.

      • liz

        Well, you can be “exhibit A” in proving my point.
        Blame joint chiefs of staff, and when they obediently accept the blame, case closed.
        Follow the money in the IRS scandal? I haven’t noticed them following the VASTLY greater amount of money flowing to Democrats from their fellow leftists.
        And if you can look at the VA and not see the future of government run healthcare, you are willfully blind.

      • J.B.

        Scumericana,

        **Fast and Furious was a scheme to blame violence on guns so that guns could be confisicated from a public that doesn’t wsnt to be tyrannized by a totalitarian government. It resulted in the murder of over three hundred people.

        **Benghazi was the result of Obama running guns illegally to Syria snd sacrificing four Americans to cover up his crime. He sent jets to help Al Qaeda terrorists overthrow Qaddafi but he didn’t send any to help besieged Americans.

        **The IRS illegally denied tax exempt status to conservative groups ONLY.

        **Obama’s death panel is an irrefutable fact and after five years of lies, the Anointed One has not kept his promise to fix the VA.

        TROLLFAIL, scumtard.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Obama administration didn’t trade those five Mujahideen fighters for an American prisoner, as Bergdahl is a deserter, i.e., a traitor. Until this deal, he was a fugitive from American justice. Not to mention that at least six American troops lost their lives in the search for Bergdahl soon after he deserted to join the Taliban.

    So not only is negotiating with Mujahideen insane and it will inevitably harm us in the future, but Obama actually released five high level Mujahideen fighters to get what wasn’t an American POW freed, but was heretofore a fugitive from American justice freed instead. Yet, all you hear in the so-called MSM is that Bergdahl was an American prisoner held by the Taliban. Not a traitor that actually deserted to the Taliban.

    If there is any justice left in America, Bergdahl will be tried, court marshalled, and executed for his grievous crimes. Not to mention as well, that he obviously must have converted to Islam. After all, he didn’t get his head lopped off. Thus, he is also a Muslim — and like all Muslims in the world — the enemy of all infidels. And when will the American people act to reel in and impeach this imperial President?

    Nevertheless, Muslims are not terrorists. It was the so-called MSM that originally christened them as being terrorists, and the so-called MSM let’s not forget is controlled by the Marxist Totalitarian Left.

    Indeed, Muslims didn’t attack us infidels on 9/11 in response to greedy American imperialism or because of American interventionist foreign policies, as the so-called MSM speculated. Instead, they attacked us because subjugating all infidels and all religions into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad (holy war) and the eventual imposition of Sharia to make Islam supreme is the sole fundamental purpose of Islam.

    Muslims are not terrorists perpetrating violence for various causes. Instead, they are jihadists, i.e. Mujahideen (holy warriors) waging jihad (holy war) in the cause of Allah against all infidels and all religions to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. As a matter of fact, waging jihad in one form or another, either violently or non-violently, is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims, and all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates, in which case, per the dictates of Islam, they must be executed.

    Not to mention that jihad (holy war), in stark contrast to terrorism, which is always and only violent for various causes, manifests by any and all means both violently and non-violently at their disposal. For instance, while there are some Muslim groups of Mujahideen like AQ that are dedicated to waging jihad violently. At the same time, astronomically far more jihad manifest today via non-violent stealth and deceptive means, and it is this latter means of jihad that presents by far the greatest threat to our infidel society today.

    For instance, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage to the infidel world is really the most prevalent form of jihad employed today. As Muslims never ever migrate to the infidel world to assimilate and integrate into infidel society, as that would in effect make them infidels. Not to mention that it would also be exceedingly blasphemous, and blasphemy, like apostasy as well, in Islam is a capital offense.

    As a matter of fact, under normal circumstances all Muslims are forbidden from migrating to infidel lands, unless it is for jihad (holy war). Thus, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage to the infidel world is actually non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and for eventual demographic conquest. Indeed, in as little as two or three decades, several Euroloon countries will begin becoming Muslim majority countries via demographic conquest in the not too distant future.

    Hence, we must petition our politicians immediately to cease allowing Muslims to migrate to America in mass ASAP. As a matter of fact, we also need to not only cease allowing Muslims to migrate to America in mass, we must also reverse what has already occurred as well. While also banning the practice of Islam in this country. Especially since it is against everything that America stands for.

  • uleaveuswithnoalternative

    There’s an article in the British newspaper, “Mail Online” from 2010.
    It talks about an American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, who converted to Islam and was teaching Afghani’s bomb making.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1305184/Bowe-Bergdahl-Taliban-claim-captured-U-S-solider-teaching-fighters-bomb-making-skills.html
    After watching Bowe’s father come to an interview dressed completely in black clothing, wearing a black Taqiyah (the Muslim skull cap), sporting a jidhadi beard, speaking Arabic and thanking Allah, I knew that nothing was as it seemed.
    Remember, it was only a week ago when Obama made a “surprise” visit to Afghanistan.

  • Porkys2istan

    You criticize Obama for not ‘winning’ the war in Afghanistan. The ONLY way to ‘win’ that war to to nuke every square inch of Afghanistan with salted nuclear bombs, which is something that even Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld wouldn’t do. There is no winning of hearts and minds with muslims. They have neither.

    As long as we are not willing to fight ‘total war’ we will NEVER ‘win’ against islam.

    Obama’s stupidity and ignorance about islam borders on incompetence (even treason), but don’t blame him for doing EXACTLY what Bush did, and then make up some fake alternate reality where we could have ‘won’ in Afghanistan.