Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter…

Questions persisted, too, about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 capture. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to comment on earlier reports that the sergeant had walked away from his unit, disillusioned with the war. Such matters “will be dealt with later,” Hagel said…

Hagel, visiting troops in Afghanistan, was met with silence when he told a group of them in a Bagram Air Field hangar: “This is a happy day. We got one of our own back.”

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At a private Army promotion ceremony in Washington in late 2012, a general discussed how he and a subordinate officer had helped lead search efforts in eastern Afghanistan with an infantry battalion at the time Bergdahl disappeared. “He left our organization and went over to the other side,” the general told the small audience at the closed reception, which was attended by an ABC News reporter…

A former senior military Special Forces advisor who was in Afghanistan and directly involved in efforts to mount a rescue mission for Bergdahl told ABC News there was anger and frustration after Bergdahl’s capture because soldiers were being asked to risk their lives to save a man who allegedly “was disillusioned and walked off base.”…

The Special Forces operator who spoke to ABC News said his team near Kabul was sent to the decrepit outpost near Ghazni to “stir up intel” on Bergdahl’s whereabouts.

“When he left he had his knife, his compass, his bottle of water. That’s what the 25th Infantry Division guys said to us,” the Special Forces operator told ABC News Sunday. “We were all pissed off. We were going to go out there and search every building to find this kid.”

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Republican lawmakers angered by a White House deal to swap five Taliban prisoners for a captured U.S. soldier in Afghanistan on Monday demanded hearings over why the Obama administration reached the agreement without consulting Congress

Texas Representative Mac Thornberry, vice chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said: “The president violated a provision of law in not giving Congress advanced notice. And while you can always argue that, ‘well, this was an emergency, he needed to act quickly,’ this pattern of violating the law is also a danger to national security.”…

A source close to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s palace in Kabul said Karzai was angry at being kept in the dark about the deal. “The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country,” said the source, who declined to be identified.

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Mullah Mohammad Fazl, the Taliban’s deputy defense minister, is so senior in the Taliban hierarchy that he once threatened the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Omar. Fazl has “operational associations with significant al-Qaida and other extremist personnel,” and “If released, [Fazl] would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with anti-Coalition militias (ACM) participating in hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.”…

Mullah Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa, once the Taliban’s interior minister, was “directly associated to Usama Bin Laden (UBL) and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar” and was “trusted and respected by both.” After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he “represented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against US and Coalition forces” and “attended a meeting at the direction of UBL, reportedly accompanied by members of HAMAS.” He is “one of the premier opium drug lords in Western Afghanistan” and was likely “associated with a militant training camp in Herat operated by deceased al-Qaida commander (in Iraq) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.”…

These Taliban leaders are supposed to remain in Qatar, subject to security measures, including a one-year travel ban. Assuming that they abide by the terms of their release, they will be free to return to Afghanistan and take up arms against the United States on June 1, 2015. They will be welcomed back to the battlefield as jihadist heroes, and their reemergence after more than a decade in captivity will be a massive boost in morale for America’s enemies.

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The argument will be made that he wasn’t worth saving, especially given what we had to give up. Hastings cites “White House sources” as telling him that Marc Grossman, Richard Holbrooke’s successor as AfPak coordinator, “was given a direct warning by the president’s opponents in Congress about trading Bowe for five Taliban prisoners during an election year. ‘They keep telling me it’s going to be Obama’s Willie Horton moment,’ Grossman warned the White House.”

Can Republicans make this resonate outside their base? Hard to say. I think to most Americans, this is a feel-good story. We value a life, one American life. Bibi Netanyahu traded one captive Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, not for five Palestinian prisoners. He traded Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. And there was broad agreement across the spectrum of Israeli politics that bringing Shalit to safety, even at that price, was the right thing to do.

But of course, that doesn’t matter to the right. No one outside their base cares much about Benghazi, but that hasn’t stopped them. They’ll keep pursuing Benghazi mostly to see if they can pin anything on Hillary, but when it comes to wet impeachment dreams, Benghazi may have just been pushed to the back seat. The crazy never stops.

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“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life?” Andrews told Army Times via phone on Monday. “That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.”

Andrews also was upset to hear the U.S. government agreed to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom.

“I bet you anything there were soldiers killed or wounded capturing those five guys,” she said. “So what does that do for their sacrifice? They sacrificed for nothing, because they turned right around and let them go.”

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Via Gateway Pundit.

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Via the IJR.

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Yepper Renalin….the administration is disjointed

Now praising Seattle wage increase apparently they haven’t read the articles indicating folks aren’t digging it

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Well, the day shift is punching in… PointnClick needs to go to bed…

Nite, all…

PointnClick on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Nite pnc
:)

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Short version: What happens when millions of people utterly dependent on the government just to eat discover that their EBT cards don’t work anymore?

PointnClick on June 3, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Since as much as half of SNAP credits are illegally sold at a discount, the problem is quite overstated.

Oh, how did people ever eat before Food Stamps?

›››‹‹‹

But the Wal-Mart frenzy wasn’t over denial of benefits, as I recall it was because purchases were no longer being counted against the credit balance on the cards, so the parasites went ape-shi’ite buying all they could until the federal system caught up.

I never heard of those people being docked for their excessive spending, either. Maybe there truly was no electronic record, or maybe it was just another gift from King Barry I to his loyal subjects.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 6:42 AM

I think the only sound policy in the event of civic unrest is to call out the National Guard and empower the citizens to shoot looters to kill.

Makes the looters think a bit more about how much they really want those new sneakers.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Watching to Boob in Chief at a LIVE press conference in Europe:

When he wants to hog the credit and thinks things are going well it’s “I…..I……I……I” and when the ‘s’ hits the fan and it blows up in his face it’s “The United States…….the United States……the United States……”

Marcus on June 3, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Watching the….

He’s on Fox News LIVE.

Marcus on June 3, 2014 at 6:47 AM

dear leader lying once again….he has assurances that Qatar will look after these guys….this is what you do when a war is winding down…
we don’t know his circumstances–yes you do, several pentagon reports under your reign tells the story

lying lying lying….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:52 AM

we’ve consulted congress over time with this issue….

SMH

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:52 AM

The Republican Party is made up of deserters and traitors too.

WhatSlushfund on June 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

In the last week, the rat-eared wonder outed the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan, traded five high-value terrorists for an Army defector, and quite possibly have committed an impeachable act.

This week the lazy stupid bastard is running around Europe reassuring our allies of American resolve. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 7:08 AM

we haven’t heard anything since 2011 from this administration….we didn’t hear about the transfer until AFTER it occurred
-mike rodgers….

mika and panel very quiet….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Poor Mika is trying to find a kernel of truth in the regime’s story. There’s no needle in that haystack, Mika.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 7:12 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Court Martial the deserter
forfeit all pay and allowances
dishonorable discharge

men DIED looking for this P.O.S.

sniffles1999 on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 AM

dear leader lying once again….he has assurances that Qatar will look after these guys….this is what you do when a war is winding down…
we don’t know his circumstances–yes you do, several pentagon reports under your reign tells the story

lying lying lying….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:52 AM

And even if Qatar is trustworthy (it isn’t) these terrorists get to travel back to Afghanistan just about the time the American forces are gone. What could possibly go wrong with that timeline?

And the Bergdahl story is getting more and more offensive. There is no doubt that this was a case of desertion if not defection. At least six soldiers were killed in trying to “rescue” this bastard. They were baited in and ambushed by the Taliban.

If the thought was that doing a Rose Garden victory lap Tali-dad and mom would quash all criticism of the deal, the administration miscalculated big time. I don’t think they were anticipating that this would still be a news story on Tuesday.

BTW, notice how Tali-dad has gone silent after his “questionable” comments on Sunday? I’m guessing that somebody is telling them to keep a very low profile now that the story has blown up in their collective leftist faces.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 AM

In the last week, the rat-eared wonder outed the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan, traded five high-value terrorists for an Army defector, and quite possibly have committed an impeachable act.

This week the lazy stupid bastard is running around Europe reassuring our allies of American resolve. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Someone yesterday commented that perhaps the CIA station chief was outed because he wouldn’t go along with the plan to release 5 terrorists. Can’t remember who said it, but it struck me as quite a credible theory.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 7:17 AM

mike rogers did a darn good job against the mj panel

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:17 AM

As always whenever something goes down that screws over america
obama the spineless is out of the country

why,
got no balls to face the music.

why did he give up the equivilant of the taliban joint chiefs of staff for a deserter

and how did this happen if obama DID NOT negotiate with terrorists as they are trying to spin.

how about justice for the 4 who died in Benghazi?

sniffles1999 on June 3, 2014 at 7:18 AM

BTW, notice how Tali-dad has gone silent after his “questionable” comments on Sunday? I’m guessing that somebody is telling them to keep a very low profile now that the story has blown up in their collective leftist faces.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 AM

you betcha…

hugging dear leader in the rose garden sure didn’t help…

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:26 AM

you knew we were going to do this someway somehow, we just truncated the notification process
-chuck todd spinning to explain dear leader’s comments about working with congress over time on this swap….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:33 AM

dem talking points….but the israelis!!!!

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Poor Mika is trying to find a kernel of truth in the regime’s story.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Qatar, Afghanistan, and Idaho are actual places.
The Taliban is an actual terrorist organization.
We do have Army personnel in Afghanistan.

That’s about all I can come up with.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

If you haven’t seen Bob Bergdahl’s Youtube Account, you need to read this.

My take: Obama Traded 5 Muslim Terrorists For a Muslim Sympathizer With a Muslim-Convert Dad

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Have the terrorists landed in Qatar yet? How long until they go “missing”. I give it 30 days.

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

excellent take KJ….

read it folks

HN noticed that Dad has been quiet very recently…

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

they landed in Qatar before congress even knew about it…

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM

It will be interesting to see if this story keeps growing or will people just say it’s all a part of what these people are like and what can we do but ignore it and move on. Is anyone in congress or anywhere going to do anything?

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Thanks KJ. Everybody should read this. I wonder if his neighbors know what he is or are they in cahoots? Is there a group like this in the hills of Idaho?

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you cms for updating us on the media. I can’t watch nay of them. It makes my teeth hurt. I did stop at CNN at one point and they had a report from someone about this issue.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM
crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you, ma’am(s)!

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Done

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

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