Only American captive of Taliban released in prisoner swap

posted at 5:31 pm on May 31, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The title pretty much says it all, but it certainly came out of the blue. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive for roughly five years, but a deal was reached to trade five jihadis for him and bring him home.

The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

The soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was handed over to American Special Operations forces inside Afghanistan about 10:30 a.m. Saturday by a group of 18 Taliban, officials said.

American officials said that Sergeant Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk.

The five Taliban prisoners at Guantánamo were being transferred into the custody of officials from Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.

This is going to be a story with many mixed emotions for those reading it. Bergdahl is one of ours, never to be forgotten, and everyone wanted him back home safely. At the same time, we’ve had a standing maxim for a long time stating that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. This left us in a bit of a rock and a hard place situation. Frankly, I’d hoped that long before this we would have not only discovered his location, but launched an ambitious special forces effort to bust him out and bring him back alive if at all possible. Of course, not being privy to the intelligence surrounding the case, I have no way of knowing if that was even possible or if I’ve just watched too many war movies.

Just as a preview of possible things to come, here’s a profile of who we traded in exchange for the prisoner.

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.

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal who keeps a close watch on developments concerning the detainees left at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Fazl, for example, was the Taliban’s former deputy defense minister and is wanted by the United Nations for his role in massacres targeting Afghan’s Shi’ite Muslim population.

According to the 2008 Pentagon’s dossier on Fazl disclosed by Wikileaks (PDF), Noori also was a senior Taliban military figure and, according to his Pentagon dossier, was asked personally in 1995 by Osama bin Laden (PDF) to participate in an offensive against northern alliance warlord Rashid Dostum.

It just goes downhill from there. Read the article for the full cast of characters.

Still, we should mark this as a happy day, since the last man standing and unaccounted for will be coming back to the fold. But I can’t imagine how hard it must be for our troops to have to let those five Taliban fighters walk out the door. As I said, a day of joy and relief, but also of mixed emotions.


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Grateful he is home.

But why was he breaking protocol to go “out for a walk”?

How will the release of these five mean come back to bite the USA, because y’all know it will at some point.

ladyingray on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

a deal was reached to trade five jihadis for him

Obama Admin., negotiating with terrorists.

It’s wonderful that we have our guy back here in the USA, but negotiating with terrorists is a horrible way to go about that.

Also, provides terrorists with incentive to do what they do by taking more hostages.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Just read part of a Rolling Stone article about Bergdahl. It’s RS, so who knows how much of it is true, but if even half of it is, he sounds a bit … odd.

flipflop on May 31, 2014 at 5:37 PM

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal who keeps a close watch on developments concerning the detainees left at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Fazl, for example, was the Taliban’s former deputy defense minister and is wanted by the United Nations for his role in massacres targeting Afghan’s Shi’ite Muslim population.

According to the 2008 Pentagon’s dossier on Fazl disclosed by Wikileaks (PDF), Noori also was a senior Taliban military figure and, according to his Pentagon dossier, was asked personally in 1995 by Osama bin Laden (PDF) to participate in an offensive against northern alliance warlord Rashid Dostum.

Very bad.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

It is a terrible thing. Your Obama just released 5 of his brethren – the worst of the worst Islamic brethren of Obama. Your Obama has also opened the gates into America for illegal aliens and they are overwhelming our border patrol efforts.

Obama gave up intel on Seal Team 6 and got them shot out of the air last year. Obama is a failure at hostage negotiations. Period.

Am I glad we got this soldier back? Of course I am. But there was a reason they kept him alive for FIVE YEARS in exchange for FIVE OF THE WORST terrorists ever sent to Gitmo.

Also, I reccommmmennnddd that you get spelin lessuns.

/punk azz

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

As a returning combat veteran, he’s a prime suspect as a domestic terrorist according to his govt.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Every last one of those five would have a GPS chip implanted somewhere if I had a say. I’m glad for this kid’s family that he gets to come home and I hope everyone remembers you seldom get a second chance when you act incredibly stupid.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,”

Obama’s war on America continues apace.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

So we traded 5 of the ‘worst of the worst’ for a dumbshit who went out for a walk beyond the perimeter at night.

How many will die as a result?

GarandFan on May 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

He had better not admit to or be diagnosed with PTSD or his govt will forbid him from owning firearms.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

…Obama just released 5 of his brethren – the worst of the worst Islamic brethren of Obama. Your Obama has also opened the gates into America for illegal aliens and they are overwhelming our border patrol efforts.

Obama gave up intel on Seal Team 6 and got them shot out of the air last year. Obama is a failure at hostage negotiations. Period.

Am I glad we got this soldier back? Of course I am. But there was a reason they kept him alive for FIVE YEARS in exchange for FIVE OF THE WORST terrorists ever sent to Gitmo.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Obama’s doing is darndest to prove all the worst fears about him. I think he really wants to be recognized by all the worst people, “his brethren,” you’re right. Obama’s loyalties, I think he quite needs to make them known: and so, his actions.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Obama Broke U.S. Law, Did Not Inform Congress Before Transferring Prisoners Off Gitmo In Bergdahl Trade

The discussion about trading for Bowe Bergdahl has been ongoing for some time. This of course is questionable, since the U.S. has always held the position that it will not negotiate with terrorists or trade terrorists for hostages. This the Obama regime has clearly broken today, the impact of which will yet be felt, as he has now painted a target on the back of every American.

Yet in any discussion of the question, the Obama regime has assured Congress that it would be advised.

Note this in August 2012 in an NBC article on Bowe Bergdahl:

U.S. officials stress that the transfer, if it occurs, will be done in accordance with U.S. law, which requires Congress to be notified before any detainees are moved from Guantanamo.

But today, there was no notice given to Congress as required by law:

McKeon/Inhofe say Obama violated law by not notifying Congress of Gitmo transfers to secure #Bergdahl release.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

McKeon/Inhofe: Our joy at Sergeant #Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law..to achieve it

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

Hse Intel Cmte Chair Rogers: I am extremely troubled..that the (US) negotiated with terrorists..to swap 5 sr Taliban leaders.. #Bergdahl

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

McKeon/Inhofe on Bergdahl release: Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

Hse Intel Cmte Chair Rogers: I believe this decision will threaten the lives of American soldiers for years to come. #Bergdahl

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

So he knew it was the law, he said he would follow it and then he broke it flagrantly in a way that threatens Americans for years to come.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Obama’s war on America continues apace.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Room to argue against that has expired for any who rely on rationalizing what Obama’s intents really are.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM

If he lets his wife handle the finances, he will have to surrender his arms.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I’m more worried about Stockholm Syndrome.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Only American captive of Taliban released in prisoner swap

A necessary swap for the rat-eared bastard. He couldn’t leave Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl behind as he is doing his victory lap for ending the war in Afghanistan. It only cost us five terrorists to save the rat-eared wonder’s face. I’m glad Bergdahl has been freed but this was all political.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Need to correct your article. Out longstanding policy is “TO MAKE NO CONCESSIONS” to terrorists. The phrase, “NO NEGOTIATIONS” was never the policy. This goes back to the Reagan Administration where I first started working the issue. The concept behind “NEGOTIATION” was to talk and have communication. There also were some tactical considerations in having communication but I can’t say more about that without compromising tactics.

Making concessions, which is clearly what the Obama Administration did in getting Bergdahl released, will come back to haunt us. Just capture an American and secure the release of Guantanamo inmates.

NQJohnson on May 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Price was too high.

Mark1971 on May 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

As long as we were trading we should have sent them Obama,Biden,Reid,Pelosi and Hillary for Bowe, that would have been sweet!

tim c on May 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

McKeon/Inhofe say Obama violated law by not notifying Congress of Gitmo transfers to secure #Bergdahl release.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 31, 2014

Once again, Obama shows, as does Holder and the rest who he “surrounds (him)self with,” that they do what they do in violation of laws, ethics, our Constitution, all understanding from a patriotic (to the USA) perspective, and take the “so what, it’s done already, what are you going to do about it” tactic afterward.

Obama’s refusal to salute the USA flag even while campaigning for the Presidency: “so, what are you going to do about it” attitude and on with the campaign.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I’m more worried about Stockholm Syndrome. Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Well he’s coming home so that’s not the issue. I worry that he converted to Islam (spit).

Just being in the exclusive company of Muslims (spit) for five years probably ensures that he’s been driven insane.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.

Awwww. A one year travel ban. That’s some serious punishment right there.

Our Nation is in Peril.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Out longstanding policy is “TO MAKE NO CONCESSIONS” to terrorists. The phrase, “NO NEGOTIATIONS” was never the policy. This goes back to the Reagan Administration…

Making concessions, which is clearly what the Obama Administration did in getting Bergdahl released, will come back to haunt us. Just capture an American and secure the release of Guantanamo inmates.

NQJohnson on May 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I think most of us recognize the phrase, “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” because it literally means the same thing as “…make no concessions” with them, and, former expression is colloquially recognized and repeated to mean the same as the latter.

“Dealing” with terrorists, as in, bartering to meet terms with an exchange of terms, it still means the same thing as to what most people understand “don’t negotiate with terrorists” involves.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I call that Stockholm Syndrome.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:49 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourBrainOnSoros on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

If a Republican President had dome this, you would be calling for them to be impeached.

from the NYT link:

Among other complications, there was a potential legal obstacle: Congress has imposed statutory restrictions on the transfer of detainees from Guantánamo Bay. The statutes say the secretary of defense must determine that a transfer is in the interest of national security, that steps have been taken to substantially mitigate a future threat by a released detainee, and that the secretary notify Congress 30 days before any transfer of his determination.

In this case, the administration did not notify Congress ahead of time, officials said. They noted that Mr. Obama has claimed that the transfer restrictions are a potentially unconstitutional intrusion on his powers as the commander in chief. Last December, he issued a signing statement claiming that he could lawfully override them. An administration official said the circumstances of a fast-moving prisoner exchange deal made it appropriate to act outside the statutory framework for transfers.

Translated: When your Cult Leader did this, he violated laws as well as violating the Constitution. Worship Him!

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees, Representative Howard P. McKeon of California, and Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, said the release of the Taliban prisoners “clearly violated laws” governing the transfer of detainees from Guantánamo Bay.

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Yea.

We can look forward to more American prisoners.

And for that, I give Obama all the credit.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I hope we implanted tracking devices into those five.

rbj on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

They were commanders in the Taliban forces…

Not some teenaged punks who just got dragged into playing terrorist.

Obama needs to be impeached.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.

Awwww. A one year travel ban. That’s some serious punishment right there.

Our Nation is in Peril.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Yes, that was my reaction to reading that, too. Poor things won’t have five gourmet meals a day and may miss that fancy, new ball-court or something…poor babies.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I remember the details of this being very strange and vague. Isn’t it possible that he is a deserter?

Mark1971 on May 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Translated: When your Cult Leader did this, he violated laws as well as violating the Constitution. Worship Him!

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

so your saying obama should be impeached for accomplishing the release of an american prisoner of war?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I remember the details of this being very strange and vague. Isn’t it possible that he is a deserter?

Mark1971 on May 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Either that or he deided to go over to the other side. Or maybe he was just sleep walking.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Translated: When your Cult Leader did this, he violated laws as well as violating the Constitution. Worship Him!

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

so your saying obama should be impeached for accomplishing the release of an american prisoner of war?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Yes.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

So he knew it was the law, he said he would follow it and then he broke it flagrantly in a way that threatens Americans for years to come.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Good Lord, help us.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I call that Stockholm Syndrome. Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Ok. It would mean that he changed sides! I guess that would be easy enough to determine.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

so your saying obama should be impeached for accomplishing the release of an american prisoner of war?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

It was a joke.

You don’t think there’s anything Obama could do to get impeached do you?

Didn’t think so.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Obama doesn’t care about any stinkin law…..he is above the law. He has a phone and a pen.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I remember the details of this being very strange and vague. Isn’t it possible that he is a deserter?

Mark1971 on May 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I think he’s now become, unfortunately, the useful tool for Obama, Kerry, Hillary, et al., to USE while making the Taliban happy and fit as non-alcoholic punch.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Hey, I hate to disillusion you further, but the Easter Bunny ain’t real.

corona79 on May 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

You know…. there are some days the Mom in me just wants to smack the stupid right outta your head.

And then there are days like this when you say something so stupid, so banal, that I just want to swat you around the room like a drooled on cat toy.

Srsly

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

They were commanders in the Taliban forces…

Not some teenaged punks who just got dragged into playing terrorist.

Obama needs to be impeached.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Yes, Obama needs to be impeached for so many reasons!

In this case, the swap of terrorists for Bergdahl gets rid of the politically inconvenient idea that we would leave any soldier behind.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

so your saying obama should be impeached for accomplishing the release of an american prisoner of war?

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourBrainOnSoros on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

So you’re saying O’bama is Above the Law, and can break it whenever he feels like it?

Take your time.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Yeah, maybe he’ll be one of those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about. I’m being harsh but the Special Forces guys that picked him told him that they had been looking for him for a long time. Lots of people in danger for five years because of this dumbazz. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that their guys suffer from my version of Stockholm Syndrome but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I think he’s now become, unfortunately, the useful tool for Obama, Kerry, Hillary, et al., to USE while making the Taliban happy and fit as non-alcoholic punch.

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Obama’s trying to change the subject. Just like the timing of the OBL raid.

It’s all political.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I have never been a prisoner of war. I have never been held hostage. If the US Govt were going to release 5 top-level terrorists to get me loose, I’d find a way to off myself first.

I’m not Sgt. Bergdahl or his family, and I’m sure they’re all ecstatic…but this was a mistake.

a5minmajor on May 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Pay close attention to this reliable reporter’s words, “w/ US reconciliation efforts with Taliban…”

Mark Knoller

@markknoller Senior Administration Official (SAO) says efforts to obtain Bergdahl’s release began w/ US reconciliation efforts with Taliban in Nov 2010.

10:51 AM – 31 May 2014

Lourdes on May 31, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

So which is more troubling: that we set know killers free and now encourage new kidnappings of Americans, or that the president has knowingly breached his legal duty to inform Congress on the serious issue of national security?

J.B. Say on May 31, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Back in the day Bush never let anyone out of the Allahmo unless they were destined for a rigorous 3 week anti terrorist finger painting course in Saudi Arabia.

BL@KBIRD on May 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You know…. there are some days the Mom in me just wants to smack the stupid right outta your head.

And then there are days like this when you say something so stupid, so banal, that I just want to swat you around the room like a drooled on cat toy.

Srsly

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

You rock.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

This just puts more lives at risk. Obama is such a coward.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 31, 2014 at 6:06 PM

This is going to be a story with many mixed emotions for those reading it. Bergdahl is one of ours, never to be forgotten, and everyone wanted him back home safely. At the same time, we’ve had a standing maxim for a long time stating that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. This left us in a bit of a rock and a hard place situation

I am reserving judgment on that. By all accounts, men were killed looking for him. He walked out of A FOB of his own free will leaving behind documents that he was against war. Most evidence points to a deserter who thought he might find sympathy with the Taliban.

melle1228 on May 31, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Dude

The poor man’s drone

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Just got a msg on my phone that Obama is going to speak about this. No thanks. Don’t care what he has to say. He negotiated with known and very dangerous jihadis and let them got. Oh they have a 1 year travel ban? Give me a freaking break. They will make their way back to Afghanistan or wherever to continue their jihad against the infidels.

sadsushi on May 31, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Open season, baby.

And not just in the ‘Stan.

ANYWHERE in the world you can snatch a US service member off the street. Don’t think for two seconds their little networks won’t be working up grab ‘n go operations.

tree hugging sister on May 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Yeah, so do you… Hows the RE biz in your neck of the woods these days?

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

This just puts more lives at risk. Obama is such a coward.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 31, 2014 at 6:06 PM

He’s a Coward and a Moslem. Goes with the territory.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

So which is more troubling: that we set know killers free and now encourage new kidnappings of Americans, or that the president has knowingly breached his legal duty to inform Congress on the serious issue of national security?

J.B. Say on May 31, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’ll let Harry Reid answer your questions:

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 6:12 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOn74-Year-OldHarryReid on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

you know, for one night, you baggers should remove the taint of your partisanship and celebrate the American presidency

President Obama is a fantastic representative of the US – a physical speciman with his statuesque height (very noticeable when he towers over other world leaders) and his charismatic personality that belies his towering intellect

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Whether you agree or disagree with the policy, you must understand his intention is noble.

nonpartisan on April 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

there has never been a speaker in history who has captivated billions around the world like Obama

nonpartisan on December 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

we may never see another speaker as powerfully inspirational as Obama in our lifetimes

nonpartisan on December 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Obama has kept his promise of having a transparent administration.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Do Obamabots ever get embarrassed of their sycophancy?

Seriously, it is beyond pathetic and sad.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

From a purely negotiations standpoint… Obama got f*ckin OWNED! Five to one?? Barry sucks. At everything. Period.

a5minmajor on May 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Just got a msg on my phone that Obama is going to speak about this. No thanks. Don’t care what he has to say. He negotiated with known and very dangerous jihadis and let them got. Oh they have a 1 year travel ban? Give me a freaking break. They will make their way back to Afghanistan or wherever to continue their jihad against the infidels.

sadsushi on May 31, 2014 at 6:09 PM

They were FIVE TALIBAN COMMANDERS. That’s like trading 5 AMERICAN GENERALS for a … Oh, wait! Ambassador Stevens wasn’t available for rescue because Obama had a fund raiser to attend in Vegas, baby!

Vegas.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Can we now bomb them back to the Jurassic?

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Aiding and abetting the enemy.

ObamaStyle! I wonder if these 5 TALIBAN COMMANDERS got a free ride on Air Force One to there new luxurious destination in Qutar?

/I’m thinkin.. Yes.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

How do you acquire such an archive? Oh wait….you and RogerB didn’t….uh….form a partnership, or did you…..

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 6:18 PM

so your saying obama should be impeached for accomplishing the release of an american prisoner of war?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

yes.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:19 PM

One thing’s for sure–the reason for zero’s stealth “visit to the troops” last weekend sure now comes under even more suspicion/scrutiny than it did…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Obama and Bergdahls’ parents are speaking from the Rose Garden.

Would have been nice if O had worn a tie.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:21 PM

They were FIVE TALIBAN COMMANDERS. That’s like trading 5 AMERICAN GENERALS for a … Oh, wait! Ambassador Stevens wasn’t available for rescue because Obama had a fund raiser to attend in Vegas, baby!

Vegas.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Now I didn’t know they were all commanders. I knew they were the most dangerous of the monsters in gitmo. That makes it even more upsetting.

sadsushi on May 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

From a purely negotiations standpoint… Obama got f*ckin OWNED! Five to one?? Barry sucks. At everything. Period.

a5minmajor on May 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You know how liberals are always bringing up the old 3/5ths rule? Well, now we know that 5 high-level Taliban commanders, including one wanted for war crimes equals one white soldier.

It’s good to be a Jihadist!

How do you acquire such an archive? Oh wait….you and RogerB didn’t….uh….form a partnership, or did you…..

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Sometimes, I just have to save an idiotic post for future use. :-)

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The father mentioned that his son is having problems speaking English.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Well that was short. O must have a tee time.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I doubt they will lucky enough to find another American soldier to allow them to take them alive, so that leaves cilivilans. Lets just hope they don’t try a Beslan here and ask for all of there captured members back.

warren on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Well that was short. O must have a tee time.
kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Or supper’s waiting…mmmm…arugula…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I can already see that this “soldier’s” action probably now won’t be investigated. If it comes out he deserted, it will make Obama look horrible. God, we traded 5 commanders for him. Ugh!

melle1228 on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

How do you acquire such an archive? Oh wait….you and RogerB didn’t….uh….form a partnership, or did you…..
BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Bookmarks…lots and lots of bookmarks…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Ask Israel what happens when you release bad guys. Mixed emotion: nice to have him back/not so good letting bad guys out that will attack our warriors or us. I see that obama is touting the: We never leave any soldier behind line. Memo: you have hung far too many out to die so quit thumping your chest…

crosshugger on May 31, 2014 at 6:27 PM

One thing’s for sure–the reason for zero’s stealth “visit to the troops” last weekend sure now comes under even more suspicion/scrutiny than it did…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Indeed. He wasn’t armed with a turkey. He was armed with a white flag with his arms folded around his neck. Likely crawled on his knees to some turban wearing jihadist and did the preeezy bow that he’s so famous for.

/Spit.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Well that was short. O must have a tee time.
kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Or supper’s waiting…mmmm…arugula…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Reggie Love Time.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I can already see that this “soldier’s” action probably now won’t be investigated. If it comes out he deserted, it will make Obama look horrible. God, we traded 5 commanders for him. Ugh!
melle1228 on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

How nice was it those sweet Talibans took our troop under their wing until zero could make it a “GO” for him to come back home, yes? They took pity on his poor sense of direction and fed him, clothed him (after a fashion), granted him fellowship, taught him a new language, new religious views, new diet…and it didn’t cost him a DIME of American taxpayer money!!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Hey, Obama promised to close Gitmo. How can he do that if it’s full of people?! Am I right?

Twenty more of these sweetheart deals and Gitmo is toast! And Bronco Bomma’s list of campaign promises kept will be increased to…. one.

ROCnPhilly on May 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

How nice was it those sweet Talibans took our troop under their wing until zero could make it a “GO” for him to come back home, yes? They took pity on his poor sense of direction and fed him, clothed him (after a fashion), granted him fellowship, taught him a new language, new religious views, new diet…and it didn’t cost him a DIME of American taxpayer money!!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:31 PM

He deserted in Afghanistan. Sure, he thought they would be more “considerate” since he shared their sentiments about America. That they weren’t- Oh well. Several soldiers have died looking for this idiot. They deserve and investigation.

melle1228 on May 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Well that was short. O must have a tee time.
kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Or supper’s waiting…mmmm…arugula…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Reggie Love Time.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

He looked like he’d just rolled out of bed. No tie, shirt wrinkled and buttoned incorrectly.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

One upside I got from a commenter at Ace’s is that at least these Taliban are targets now. In Gitmo they were coddled at our expense like 5-star guests, but now they’re fair game for our Reapers or snipers. With any luck they’ll be crispy critters before too long.

juliesa on May 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

There he goes again, using his phone and his pen…lawlessly.

d1carter on May 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Controversy has surrounded Bergdhal since his capture. Did he walk away from his post and desert? Emails to his parents just prior to his capture indicate he was “disillusioned” with America and thought about deserting. His emails home were full of details about the extreme dysfunction of his unit and how he felt he had been lied to by the military.

The emails, published by Rolling Stone in a 2012 article, read as if Bergdhal was ready to go over the wall:

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.

Bergdhal made several propaganda videos, but the military usually doesn’t hold that against a returning POW. More problematic will be his debriefing where he will almost certainly be asked about the circumstances surrounding his capture. After telling his parents he was “ashamed to even be an American,” Sgt. Bergdhal will have a lot of explaining to do.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

God, we traded 5 commanders for him. Ugh!
melle1228 on May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Exchanging prisoners – Obama has declared the war over. Which is why he was elected. I don’t like it but that’s the reality until he leaves office.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I had forgotten about htis
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156258/Bowe-Bergdahl-Soldier-walked-Afghan-desert-defected-Taliban.html

commentator JJ at rightscoop makes a good point
http://therightscoop.com/u-s-army-sergeant-held-in-afghanistan-has-been-released-by-taliban-in-exchange-for-5-gitmo-prisoners/#comment-1413853790

I’m glad he’s alive, but the first course of action for Bergdhal should be a trial for desertion under UCMJ. PFC Berghdal took off his uniform and walked off his COP; he is not a hero. The entire AO for 4/25 BCT (ABN) was shut down for weeks as the brigade searched for his sorry tail after he fell into the hands of the Haqqani Network. Please don’t believe the media spin on this guy. There is no telling the number of soldiers and assets that were deployed looking for this deserter.

and

http://therightscoop.com/u-s-army-sergeant-held-in-afghanistan-has-been-released-by-taliban-in-exchange-for-5-gitmo-prisoners/#comment-1413877742

He was PFC when he deserted. The army granted him E4 & E5 while he was held by the Taliban. I was in a different unit, but the same brigade out of Ft Richardson, AK. You have no idea what a disruption in combat he caused. As I stated, he halted all operations in the entire AO for close to a month for the entire brigade while everyone looked for him. Not sure if the whole story was ever told by the Army, but obviously some details leaked out.

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 6:36 PM

One upside I got from a commenter at Ace’s is that at least these Taliban are targets now. In Gitmo they were coddled at our expense like 5-star guests, but now they’re fair game for our Reapers or snipers. With any luck they’ll be crispy critters before too long.

juliesa on May 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

They’ll be in Qatar for a year. Under what conditions I don’t know but we won’t be able to get them during that time.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I am not overly concerned that we gave up some Club Gitmo detainees to get Sgt. Bergdahl back. While it is rare for POW exchanges to happen mid-conflict, it is not unheard of.

What I am gravely concerned about is the 5 Club Gitmo detainees who got sprung. You just don’t trade multiple colonels/generals/civilian leadership for one sergeant.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

He looked like he’d just rolled out of bed. No tie, shirt wrinkled and buttoned incorrectly.

kcewa on May 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Kinda like his wife Biatch just rolled out of a K Mart

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

What I am gravely concerned about is the 5 Club Gitmo detainees who got sprung. You just don’t trade multiple colonels/generals/civilian leadership for one sergeant.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Conspiring with the Enemy.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:42 PM

seems we had our own obama version of an israeli pow swap.
what an assh0le.

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

We do when The Won wants desperately to change the subject.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

We let these guys out of Gitmo all the time with O. . . at least this time we’ll get something for it.

sjoseph371 on May 31, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I am not overly concerned that we gave up some Club Gitmo detainees to get Sgt. Bergdahl back. While it is rare for POW exchanges to happen mid-conflict, it is not unheard of.

Yeah this ain’t some legitimate government we’re dealing with here, nor even a half ass legitimate government like in Palestine. This is a deal with terrorists/jihadists that will have ramifications. We just endangered every U.S. citizen abroad and increased the risk of U.S citizens being scooped up by al-Qaeda or any other terrorist outfit for years to come. So you should be concerned.

lowandslow on May 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Thanks. So he was a deserter. Not seeing that reported yet.

J.B. Say on May 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Yeah this ain’t some legitimate government we’re dealing with here, nor even a half ass legitimate government like in Palestine. This is a deal with terrorists/jihadists that will have ramifications. We just endangered every U.S. citizen abroad and increased the risk of U.S citizens being scooped up by al-Qaeda or any other terrorist outfit for years to come. So you should be concerned.

lowandslow on May 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

You say that as if the Islamokazis needed a reason other than they’re hateful beings bent on world domination to do that.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

You say that as if the Islamokazis needed a reason other than they’re hateful beings bent on world domination to do that.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

When it helps bring their fellow jihadist back into the fight, then yes it is a compelling reason. Ask Israel how well this policy worked out over the years.

lowandslow on May 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I am not overly concerned that we gave up some Club Gitmo detainees to get Sgt. Bergdahl back. While it is rare for POW exchanges to happen mid-conflict, it is not unheard of.

Yeah this ain’t some legitimate government we’re dealing with here, nor even a half ass legitimate government like in Palestine. This is a deal with terrorists/jihadists that will have ramifications. We just endangered every U.S. citizen abroad and increased the risk of U.S citizens being scooped up by al-Qaeda or any other terrorist outfit for years to come. So you should be concerned.

lowandslow on May 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

What would the reaction from the Left be if a Republican President had done the same thing?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 7:03 PM

What would the reaction from the Left be if a Republican President had done the same thing?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 7:03 PM

One war criminal would be releasing another war criminal.

‘natch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 7:08 PM

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