Well, the last 48 hours or so have been busy, and exposed us to another bizarre choice by Barack Obama: without notifying congress he released 5 of the most dangerous Taliban we had captured; beasts considered so dangerous they were to never be released. Yet, on Saturday morning they were flown out of Gitmo and into Qatar, as one of the pre-conditions for the Taliban terrorists to release Bowe Bergdahl, a troop captured in Afghanistan in 2009.
We all wanted Bergdahl released, but the details of the method concerns everyone. Here’s what we know so far, and it gets stranger and stranger as each hour goes by.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back.
Bergdahl, 28, is believed to have slipped away from his platoon’s small outpost in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009, after growing disillusioned with the U.S. military’s war effort. He was captured shortly afterward by enemy forces and held captive in Pakistan by insurgents affiliated with the Taliban. At the time, an entire U.S. military division and thousands of Afghan soldiers and police officers devoted weeks to searching for him, and some soldiers resented risking their lives for someone they considered a deserter.
Bergdahl was recovered Saturday by a U.S. Special Operations team in Afghanistan after weeks of intense negotiations in which U.S. officials, working through the government of Qatar, negotiated a prisoner swap with the Taliban. In exchange for his release, the United States agreed to free five Taliban commanders from the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Here’s Catherine Herridge on the Taliban 5:
From Long war Journal: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl exchanged for top 5 Taliban commanders at Gitmo
Ambassador John Bolton’s response:
Negative reaction to the method was virtually immediate, but then more troubling details began to emerge about Bowe Bergdahl and his father, who has a Twitter account. The father’s account is littered with sympathetic tweets for the Taliban and he retweets Taliban messages. Very strange. @RedSteeze at Twitter was the first to notice this tweet which was very quickly deleted once it began moving around Twitter:
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 2, 2014
And then there is this big scoop from James Rosen at Fox today about the concern in the intelligence community that Bergdahl wasn’t just a deserter, but collaborated with the enemy while “captured.”
A senior official confirms to Fox News that the conduct of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — both in his final stretch of active duty in Afghanistan and then, too, during his time when he lived among the Taliban — has been thoroughly investigated by the U.S. intelligence community and is the subject of “a major classified file.”
In conveying as much, the Defense Department source confirmed to Fox News that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.
FYI: 6 of our troops died trying to find Bergdahl when he first went missing.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 2, 2014
Accounts by Bergdahl’s squad members indicate he was deserting when captured.
The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him, veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose “selfish act” ended up costing the lives of better men.
“I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on,” said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Take a look at this CBS report in 2012 on emails revealing Bergdahl’s attitude toward the US and the military:
Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three
years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting.
Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American” and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine…
The Rolling Stone article, to be published Friday, also quotes other soldiers and associates of Bergdahl’s as saying that he had talked about walking to Pakistan if his deployment was “lame” and that shortly before his disappearance he had asked whether he should take his weapon if he left the base. Friends and other soldiers describe a survivalist mentality, and Bergdahl’s father, Bob, told the magazine that his son was “living in a novel.”
“The future is too good to waste on lies,” one email reads. “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.”
The emails were provided to the magazine by Bergdahl’s family in Idaho, which has gone public with its own discontent with U.S. efforts to free their son. There is no way to authenticate the emails.
Some of Bergdahl’s reported words read like a suicide note.
“I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is America is disgusting.”
He mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books.