How Many Americans Will Die Because of the Bergdahl Trade?

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


berg88As Time Magazine reported this week, “Asked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed. “Definitely.”

Once again, President Barack Obama has shown why he is a horrible President. A weak, impotent American president. Here are some quotes that are important to share in regards to just how awful this deal was for America:

“Swapping Bergdahl for illegal enemy combatants (terrorists, in common parlance) signaled unmistakably to Taliban and al Qaeda that Obama is determined to withdraw from Afghanistan no matter what the cost to the United States or those in Afghanistan fighting to remain free.” — John Bolton

“We all must be mindful that the United States has diplomatic, civilian, and military personnel deployed in other countries with both challenging security environments and active terrorist networks interested in targeting not just our facilities but our people. One of their greatest protections – knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists – has been compromised.” — John Boehner

“I fear that the administration’s decision to negotiate with the Taliban for Sgt. Bergdahl’s release could encourage future terrorist kidnappings of Americans.” — U.S. Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio

“If you negotiate here, you’ve sent a message to every al Qaeda group in the world – by the way, some who are holding U.S. hostages today – that there is some value now in that hostage in a way that they didn’t have before.” — Mike Rogers

“By releasing these five top Taliban commanders, the U.S. is demonstrating that it is throwing in the towel in the long struggle against the Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies in Afghanistan.” — Jonathan S. Tobin

“This is an example of a signing statement where the President is taking power for himself that the law didn’t give him.” — Jeffrey Toobin

“While not as well known as Guantanamo inmates like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Taliban 5 were some of the worst outlaws in the U.S. war on terror. And their release will end up replenishing the diminished leadership ranks of the Afghan Taliban at a moment when the United States is winding down the war there.” — Eli Lake, Josh Rogin

“The idea that we’re now making trades, what does that do for every single soldier stationed abroad? It says the reason why the U.S. has had the policy for decades of not negotiating with terrorists is because once you start doing it, every other terrorist has an incentive to capture more soldiers.” — Senator Ted Cruz

“One was the deputy minister of intelligence for the Taliban. One was the deputy minister of defense for the Taliban. These are no local level individuals. These are leaders and this is serious to put them back on the street.” — James Lankford

“At least when Israel releases terrorists to gain the freedom of one of its soldiers, the country’s leaders have the grace to treat the decision as a regrettable action made out of necessity and nothing to celebrate.” — Jonathan S. Tobin

“It’s very interesting to me that they would be willing to release five extraordinarily dangerous Taliban members in exchange for this soldier who apparently left his post.” — Senator Susan Collins

“We have now set a price. We have a changing footprint in Afghanistan which would put our soldiers at risk for this notion that ‘If I can get one, I can get five Taliban released.” — Mike Rogers

“Radical Islamists are serious about killing in pursuit of their extreme objectives. Releasing their soldiers can only embolden them to take more Americans hostage. The deal for Sgt. Bergdahl may well turn out to have been a bargain with the devil.”– Cal Thomas

“If it was an isolated incident, then maybe you could just say, ‘Oh, this was an emergency situation.’ But what you have is a pattern of the administration ignoring the law, whether it’s health care, immigration or now national security. And obviously those sorts of patterns undermine our system of government.” — Rep. Mac Thornberry

“America has maintained a prohibition on negotiating with terrorists for good reason.” — James Inhofe

“Shame on the Obama administration for this “prisoner exchange.” It is sad that a U.S. soldier was a hostage for five years in the hands of the Taliban, but releasing five Taliban is wrong. These people will likely kill more of our troops, and this deal will encourage more hostage-taking.” — Sassan K. Darian

“Mr. Obama is more willing to negotiate with the Taliban than Congress.” — Joseph Curl

  • fpm

    When congress members, no matter what their parties are, just pay lip services while Hussein unprecedentedly grabbing legislature power, they are giving up their constitutional granted power and responsibility, in no time they will become irrelevant and useless. It’s time for them to wake up if they want to stay relevant.

    • goaheadandmakeme

      They aren’t already?

  • stephencarter

    Putting the notorious Taliban Five back in the senior ranks of the top terror groups planning attacks against the continental USA has to be most treasonous act by any President ever. This WILL result in high value mass casualty attacks on the USA. The US regime should just cut to the chase; why outsource the bombing of US cities? The White House should just have done with it and order bombing runs on half a dozen US cities over the next couple years. At least then there wouldn’t be the stress of waiting for the inevitable attacks. Thanks, Obama!

    • fiddler

      Remember when the “media” was keeping a constant tally of the American casualties in the Afghan war and the Iraq war? Do you think we will hear ANY thing of the sort when these emancipated thugs kill Americans or other innocent nationals? Nope!

    • BagLady

      They are under virtual house arrest under the watchful eye of the Qataris and whichever NGO the US has in the area.

      • goaheadandmakeme

        You’re being funny right?

        • BagLady

          Not really. Just repeating the facts. Did you think they opened the gates and said “shoo, you’re all free. Go where you like. Enjoy”?

          • lastreply

            Think?

  • Mach1Duck

    Oh Lord, what will it take for the pansies in the Congress and Senate to put the wrench on this nut.

    • BS77

      It’s not just the Congress…but the Liberal Media which has become the Propaganda Outlet and official SHILL for the Democrats . This deal was a betrayal of our men and women in uniform, those who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan…..many who did not die have been maimed for life, only to witness a deserter and likely collaborator (who has now been upgraded to “victim” status by the Orwellian media engineers) traded for five mass murderers, the most evil Taliban killers. These five are thugs who have directed the slaughter of thousands of Afghans, and set the IEDs that have killed and wounded so many Afghans and Americans…….but you don’t want to know about that, do you, moron, dumb American idiot voters? Hard to believe this is the same country that fought WW II,

      • BS77

        Oh, one more thing, please contribute to our wounded troops….wounded warriors, paralyzed veterans

    • joe dirt

      If and when any one of them were to lose one of their own sons/daughters because of the result of this scandal, or any other as far as that goes, then they might think twice and start to demand action.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    There is only one thing Obama can do to redeem himself (besides the obvious resignation that he won’t consider.) Kill the 5 via drones as soon as they land on foreign soil.

  • Rosasolis

    The exchange of the deserter Bergdahl, for the release of 5 extreme Jihad
    terrorists, is the most cowardly act of the CURRENT American government,
    I have heard of! When these terrorists are freed, they will put all kinds of
    nightmare plans into working. Starting with the recruit of many young unemployed,
    uneducated teeners throughout North-America and Europe for the further
    spreading of the Jihad attacks. Our entire Western Civilization is now more than ever at risk of being attacked in every city and village…everywhere.
    And just a few weeks ago Obama and Kerry were giving Hysterical speeches
    about “the threat of Russian Aggression!”
    Obama has gone berserk, and has now opened the door to the Islam terrorists
    to carry on with their plans to take-over the whole world…(as written in the Koran)!
    ‘Trying to impeach Obama will be such a long, hard battle because he will have
    lots of support and piles of money to defend himself,
    The way to get rid of this madman, is to bring his government to fall. This is
    what happens in Europe! When you can produce enough evidence that an
    entire government is corrupt and has failed, then you can produce a
    motion of distrust. If you have enough legal support, and support from the people, they will have to resign, including their Mad Leader. Where there is a Will, there is a Way.
    Recently, this is how Italy got rid of its corrupt leader Berlesconi.
    He is now serving coffee, tea, and cake to disabled people in nursing homes.

  • DaCoachK

    What is truly sad is that there is not enormous outrage from the American people on this. There is not great outrage because too many Leftists feel the same way about America that this deserter felt. There also such a large percentage of citizens getting something from the government that its continuation is their only concern. What was that Romney (a horrible candidate) said about 47% of the people? I am truly saddened by what America has become and is. Furthermore, I see no end in sight, things only getting worse.

    • goaheadandmakeme

      The State run media is compliant with Obamao. They don’t report on it therefore it’s not happening. They’ve been treasonous to the responsibility of Gov. Watch Dogs. They can tell all about American idol though.
      Yup. I’m afraid we’ve reached the liberal goal. They’ve created too many stupid people for us to retain our freedom.

    • BagLady

      Perhaps the American people have more pressing issues on their mind than a bunch of unknown blokes in a far away land who never did them any personal harm. Unlike, say the mortgage companies.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama figures the next 911 will be after he retires to the Iranian Riviera.

  • Karmw1

    When???

  • Soxtory

    Once again, our worst enemy is the president of the United States!

  • Texas Patriot

    The better question is how many Americans have died for the mistaken idea that Islam is a religion of peace? Not even Muslims think that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eoHMicqnz8&feature=kp

    Guantanamo made sense only if Islamic terrorism represented a hijacking of Islam by a few bad apples. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Muslim demonstrators worldwide made that point absolutely clear on September 11, 2012 by chanting ‘Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama” as our diplomats were being slaughtered in Benghazi by the very rebels we had assisted in overthrowing Muamar Gadaffi.

    The truth of the matter is that our entire response to Islamic terrorism has been misinformed and misguided from the very beginning, and Guantanamo is merely evidence of that.

  • laura r

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  • Christopher Riddle

    How many died trying to find him?Wasn’t it something like SIX??

  • meanpeoplesuck

    As usual, RepubliNaziTard Media asks the wrong question. The right question would be:How many Americans have died thanks to Chimpy W McHitler, Rummy, Condy, and Cheney?

    • UCSPanther

      You back again, chimpanzee?

      • meanpeoplesuck

        Very witty! How about offering intelligent counterargument? I’ll wait while you listen to what they are saying on Faux so you can know what to think…

        • UCSPanther

          You don’t offer anything of substance to begin with, other than childish name calling, so I have nothing to offer you either, chimpanzee.

        • SoCalMike

          Offering rational counterarguments to semiliterate mentally conformed trolls is like feeding pearl to pigs by the bucket.

    • J.B.

      Bush, global warming, the Tea Party and the evil Republicans.

      Do you leftrolls have any other excuses for your destructive failures?

      MASSIVE TROLLFAIL.

  • MrUniteUs1

    How many Americans do you want to die Bergdahl trade?

  • BagLady

    “One was the deputy minister of intelligence for the Taliban. One was
    the deputy minister of defense for the Taliban. These are no local level
    individuals. These are leaders and this is serious to put them back on
    the street.” — James Lankford

    Strange, then that these high level ministers were unknown to Colonel Morris Davis – retired chief military prosecutor, Gitmo.

    As for Obama acting without Congress permission, I’d turn your attention to the Bush administration and a memo written by Jay Bybee for Bush that said, “anything Congress does that infringes on the president’s unfettered power as commander-in-chief is unconstitutional”

    Obama promised to close Guantanamo, so it seems logical that he will empty it first.

  • Rich

    American government/politics are……….puke, …..projectile vomit, misrepresentaion of the western world. Some of us are real people with common humane goals.