Obama is running a victory lap for either a) trading a guy who turns out to be a turd who walked out on his fellow soldiers in time of war for the equivalent of the Taliban “Dream Team,” or b) for deflecting attention to a scandal in the form of his VA’s secret waiting list and the patients who have died as a result by fomenting yet another scandal.
I don’t know: to be lectured that “you don’t leave a man behind” by the president and his party that abandoned four men to miserably die in an attack that went on and on for hours and ordered the men who were begging to be allowed to go to their aid to “stand down,” just leaves me wanting to punch something. The only thing Obama was willing to trade for their lives was an unarmed drone.
Obama not only won’t go to the mat for heroes, it’s almost like good riddance to him. He has done NOTHING to bring justice to the terrorists responsible. To date, the only man held accountable for the debacle and disgrace in Benghazi – when terrorists put their flag over a burned out diplomatic facility of the United States of America and murdered the first ambassador to be killed since the first Carter years – was an American citizen who had exercised his rights to make a movie that had NOTHING to do with the attack (contrary to Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s oft-repeated lies). You want to get a little help from Obama, you’ve got to be a traitor, or a man who wants to become a woman, or some kind of low-life turd who walks out on his brothers.
First of all, Bowe Robert Bergdahl aint no hero:
Not Everyone’s Hero: Soldiers Question Bowe Bergdahl’s Bravery
By Alexander Smith
The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan has reignited questions from some about the circumstances of the soldier’s disappearance five years ago.
Bergdahl was the only American soldier being held in the country until he was exchanged in a swap deal on Saturday for five high-ranking Taliban figures from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
His freedom was celebrated by his family and the Obama administration. But others — including some members of his own platoon — have reiterated their long-held concerns over the events surrounding his June 2009 disappearance.
The 28-year-old sergeant vanished from a military base in Eastern Afghanistan with little more than a compass and a bottle of water. Considerable resources were diverted to try to find the missing man, and several of his fellow soldiers were killed trying to find him.
“I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon when he went missing, told CNN. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
“He is not a hero and is directly responsible for several military members death,” read the petition, which by 4 a.m. ET had more than 1,500 digital signatures.
“Bring punishment to Bowe Bergdahl and let the public know that the military holds all members to the same standard.”
One of the Facebook groups claimed to have been set up by Bergdahl’s former “battle buddies” who had “first hand knowledge of what took place” on the day of the soldier’s disappearance.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to comment on reports that the sergeant had walked away from his unit. Such matters “will be dealt with later,” Hagel said.
The defense secretary pointedly described Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war.”
While some questioned the circumstances Bergdahl’s disappearance, others, including prominent Republicans, were unhappy with the manner of his release, claiming that the swap deal amounted to negotiating with terrorists and effectively put a price tag on the heads of all U.S. servicemen.
The reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar who described the men released from Guantanamo Bay as “important commanders of jihad” and declared the swap a “great victory.”
If you’re on a forward operating base like Bergdahl was and you leave that base, you sign out: you write down where you’re going and how long you believe you’ll be there. And you don’t go without at least one buddy. And the reason for that is if you turn up missing, your brothers will have somewhere to start looking rather than put their lives needlessly at risk stumbling around all over the place.
Bergdahl didn’t give much of a damn about the fate of his brothers in arms when he decided he didn’t like the war anymore and walked away – deserting at the very least, if not essentially defecting.
He is no hero. He is the OPPOSITE of a hero.
And second, Barack Obama sure isn’t a hero for trading five senior Taliban leaders for this turd. If you want to make a similar trade with me, I’ll take the five most valuable pieces of real estate in America in exchange for the little house I live in. If you’re stupid enough to do the one, you ought to be at least consistently stupid enough to do the other.
It is true that during the Cold War, the United States frequently traded one of ours for one of theirs. But two things: 1) we were trading with a legitimate foreign nation that we formally recognized as a legitimate nation; and second, we traded apples for apples, rather than trading the highest-level KGB generals for a disgruntled clerk-typist, fourth class.
The United States has declared that it will NOT negotiate with terrorists.
We actually had a damn LAW that would prevent us from releasing Gitmo detainees. Obama – the worthless disgrace who demonized Bush over “signing statements” – issued just such a statement that he was immune from and above the law.
The DailyKos has the depraved dishonesty to say that somehow Obama did not negotiate with terrorists, but that Reagan did. All I can say to that was that an investigation by the overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled House (255 Democrats to 177 Republicans) found that there was NEVER ANY evidence that Reagan even KNEW about the Iran-Contra affair and the heart of the Iran-Contra affair – the sale of weapons to Iran – was NOT deemed a criminal offense.
Whereas Barack Obama not DICTATED the Bergdahl-Contra to Reason scandal but BROKE THE LAW. But what else is new with the most lawless president in the history of the republic who feels that he has the right as our god-king to break any law he doesn’t like?
What’s an American soldier worth on the open market that ought to encourage terrorists to abduct as many of them as possible?
Well, the going rate for the most-failed turd in uniform is five senior generals after today. So what’s one of our really GOOD guys worth? I’m guessing one of our Delta Force or SEAL Team Six guys ought to be worth at least the conversion of America to Islam. I can just see Obama signing the executive order and heralding the freedom of our man and declaring what he’s actually already declared: America is a Muslim nation (“we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”).
We shouldn’t have made this trade. Because it’s a terrible policy to recognize terrorists as legitimate partners with whom we ever WOULD trade, number one, and because it is an incredibly bad trade that makes us look like complete fools, number two. And because this is an incredibly cynical political act from an incredibly cynical politician, number three.
The ONLY silver lining in this scandal is that Obama can’t give world-class medical treatment to those five terrorist generals anymore while he denies any care whatsoever to American veterans.
What we should have done is turned over every stone – and turn Afghanistan into a pile of rubble as necessary to make our turning over every stone – to find Bergdahl because he was an American serviceman. And then put him on trial for desertion in time of war.