NYT: Bergdahl left a note saying that he was deserting

posted at 12:41 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

I assume this has been reported before but if, like me, you’re coming to the story only recently, it’s big news. Apparently, the military had — and, maybe, has — hard evidence from the man himself that he went AWOL deliberately.

Which would be worse: If Obama didn’t know about the note before making the swap, or if he did know and went ahead with it anyway?

Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost…

Sergeant Bergdahl slipped away from his outpost, the former senior officer said, possibly on foot but more likely hiding in a contractor’s vehicle. “He didn’t walk out the gate through a checkpoint, and there was no evidence he breached the perimeter wire and left that way,” the ex-officer said…

Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said that there was a larger matter at play: The American military does not leave soldiers behind. “When you’re in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesn’t matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped,” he said. “We’re going to turn the ship around and pick you up.”

Obama made the same point as Kirby at his presser this morning, not because it’s true but because it’s a superb way of defending a terrible prisoner swap. There are vets in Bergdahl’s squad angrily accusing the guy of desertion and, more damningly, the parents of fallen soldiers blaming Bergdahl for their sons’ deaths. When you’ve got people as sympathetic as that hammering you in the media, the only smart play is “I’ll do anything to recover a missing soldier, period.” Message: I care. But as I say, it’s not true: The White House would have had no problem leaving Bergdahl behind if the Taliban’s ask was Khaled Sheikh Mohammed instead of the five lower-profile savages we handed back to them. It’s also not true that it’s irrelevant whether a soldier “pushed, fell or jumped,” in Kirby’s words. This Washington Times piece (linked by Ed in an earlier post but worth promoting again) describes how Special Ops scaled back efforts to find Bergdahl — even when they had solid intelligence on where he was being held — because they were, understandably, unwilling to sacrifice any more of America’s finest in the name of bringing this guy back. Does anyone on either side of this debate fault them for that? Of course the reason a soldier went missing matters.

The fact that hard evidence exists that Bergdahl walked away also helps explain why O had to ram this deal through quickly. Eli Lake:

[C]urrent U.S. intelligence and defense officials who spoke to The Daily Beast on Monday say the process for exchanging Taliban for Bergdahl this time was rushed and closely held, in some instances leaving little room for any push back against a policy clearly favored by the White House.

“This was an example of forcing the consensus,” one U.S. military official said. “The White House knew the answer they wanted and they ended up getting it.”

[T]he process for getting there was rushed, according to U.S. intelligence officials. This time around there was no formal intelligence assessment of, for example, the risks posed by releasing the Taliban commanders. While some intelligence analysts looked at the issue, no community-wide intelligence assessment was produced, according to these officials.

Makes sense. The White House knew this was a bad deal and didn’t want to give opponents, whether in Congress or in the IC, any time to rally opposition in the media. But that brings us back to the key question: Knowing that the deal was bad, knowing that Bergdahl had left a de facto confession to desertion in his tent before he went AWOL, why would they go ahead with it? This isn’t going to help O build political momentum to empty out Gitmo, assuming that’s the secret motive behind all of this. On the contrary.

Exit question: Given that some sort of swap involving Bergdahl and the Taliban Five has been kicking around since 2012 at least, is it really true that Congress was never “notified” about this deal? A Twitter buddy sent me the link to this NYT piece from two years ago noting that Bergdahl’s parents had spilled the beans about a potential exchange. Quote: “Until now, the administration has said publicly only that the negotiations included talks about releasing the five prisoners from Guantánamo to the custody of the government in Qatar — which some Democrats and Republicans in Congress have opposed — and not that the five might be exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl.” Clearly some Dems and GOPers knew that the five Taliban might be released; Mike Rogers also said this morning that the White House had mentioned the possibility of a prisoner swap for Bergdahl to intel committee members in Congress back in 2011, which the members had resisted, but had said nothing since. All of which is to say that members have had some idea that a deal like this was on the table for several years now, and since there’s nothing they can do under the statute to actually block a deal from going forward, arguably that’s good enough to comply with the law. (Obama himself said this morning that he’s been consulting with Congress about Bergdahl and the Taliban “for quite some time.”) Or is it not good enough because, assuming Rogers’s timeline is correct, the current Congress has never been briefed on this? It was the 112th Congress that was in session in 2011; the current one, the 113th, may have been completely in the dark.

Update: According to Fox News, Bergdahl’s note implied more than just desertion. Stay tuned.


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You’re late, AP.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Which would be worse: If Obama didn’t know about the note before making the swap, or if he did know and went ahead with it anyway?

The second choice is worse which is why Obama will claim the first as he’s just read about it in the NYT this morning.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC – new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…developing…

“So he became part of Obama’s move to make ‘immigrants’ part of the US military.”

-Jen Psaki

/s

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I don’t understand why they are promoting him, under the circumstances I would think it would be suspended until the outcome of the trial as a deserter/defector.

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Jenna Lee ✔ @Jennafnc
Follow Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC – new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…developing…11:43 AM – 3 Jun 2014

Holy smoke!! If that’s true, and we sent young men to their deaths looking for this a-hole…….

Try and convict him of desertion with the penalty of death.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“I’ll do anything to recover a missing soldier, period.” Message: I care.

So why is a US Marine still sitting in jail in Mexico?
How about trading, say 100 illegal Mexicans to get him back?

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

It isn’t AWOL if you leave a note saying you are not coming back and then leave your post, it is called Desertion. One of the elements in the UCMJ that needs to be met to declare a member is intention. Leaving a note satisfies that element. Desertion in a combat zone during wartime can lead to the death penalty.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

According to a Drudge link, it was 14 soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl. The six we’ve heard about were just from his unit.

Other units searched, too.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

This Washington Times piece (linked by Ed in an earlier post but worth promoting again) describes how Special Ops scaled back efforts to find Bergdahl — even when they had solid intelligence on where he was being held — because they were, understandably, unwilling to sacrifice any more of America’s finest in the name of bringing this guy back. Does anyone on either side of this debate fault them for that? Of course the reason a soldier went missing matters.

Brilliantly expressed. Nicely done.

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I would’ve offered a ham sandwich for this POS. If they didn’t want it they could keep him.

Bill-Republic of Texas on June 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

…WTF?…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

So why is a US Marine still sitting in jail in Mexico?
dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Because Bergdahl was a “marine taken in combat” and the marine in Mexico broke their laws, according to Jen Psaki.

Really. She just said that.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

(c) Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, but if the desertion or attempt to desert occurs at any other time, by such punishment, other than death, as a court-martial may direct.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That w/b us

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I look forward to the day I can wake up in the morning, read the headlines and not want to vomit.

Harbingeing on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Jenna Lee ✔ @Jennafnc
Follow Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC – new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…developing…11:43 AM – 3 Jun 2014

Holy smoke!! If that’s true, and we sent young men to their deaths looking for this a-hole…….

Try and convict him of desertion with the penalty of death.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

And not only did we send young men to their deaths looking for him, we’ve now sentenced an uncertain number of people to death in the future at the hands of the terrorists we just released to retrieve this non-citizen deserter.

Just gets worse by the hour, doesn’t it?

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Is this why they outed the CIA station chief in Kabul…?

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

If Obama had an army man, he’d look like Bowe Bergdahl.

dirtseller on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

…all the lives lost…and all those that will be lost in the future from this “DEAL”…are just collateral damage to this clown community organizer and his clan!…be silent… media!

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The man just got home and people are lining up to spread rumors and destroy his life.

Here is what I know. The pentagon has strict procedures to declare someone a deserter. The pentagon never declared him a deserter. They do not see him as a deserter, yet people are lining up to label him on.

coolrepublica on June 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

and, a response from an individual who can cancel out
our vote….

ToddPA on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

They are totally free.

obama is the treasonous preezie and America brung him, twice.

obama freed 6 of his brothers, 5 to the Taliban and one to the USA, hurray!

Leftist thugs, how much proof are you waiting for?

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I’m now taking seriously more than ever before that Obama is indeed trying to weaken and take down America, that he really does hate our country, and that all this was planned in general before he tricked the now dumbed-down and gullible American voters into electing him. God help us all.

otlset on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

he went AWOL deliberately

There’s a difference between AWOL and desertion.
AWOL – Absent Without Leave – is when you skip off base without permission to see your honey at the local strip club – but fully intend to come back.
Desertion is leaving with the intent that you are not coming back.
Desertion used to be a UCMJ death penalty offense – kind of like leaving the Knight’s Watch at the Wall (GOT) – automatic off with his head.

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

About now Bergdahl is probably posing in a wig and makeup and filing papers to change his name to Chelsea.

The old DADT policy drove him to this.

/s

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I look forward to the day I can wake up in the morning, read the headlines and not want to vomit.

Harbingeing on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

So, So true.

ToddPA on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…developing…

hmm..that changes things alot doesnt it?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Which would be worse: If Obama didn’t know about the note before making the swap, or if he did know and went ahead with it anyway?

The second choice is worse which is why Obama will claim the first as he’s just read about it in the NYT this morning.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

It’s equally as bad either way. However, The Regime has REPEATEDLY rushed into things for political expediency without doing a thumbnail sketch worth of study and preparation on a whole host of things which is why I believe the decision to offer the Taliban whatever they wanted for Bergdahl went from conception to execution within a few hours with no study of the facts whatsoever as an attempt to get the VA off the headlines, AND (ironically) as a message to the military that “we leave no one behind”.

But as all half assed Obama operations it’s having the opposite effect. This is making WORSE headlines than the VA did and the military rank and file are INCENSED that Obama negotiated with terrorists to release A TRAITOR…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The two in the picture are traitors.

obama is treasonous.

One to be court-martialed and the other two to be tried, pronto.

Where is Boehner? Hes very silent.

Oh, Hillary had lunch with obama last week, to discuss the Bergdahl release. Report on that.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Mr. President,

See what happens when you are browsing through your blackberry during intelligence briefings? Can you stop going to fundraisers and golf and actually get some work done?

warmairfan on June 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The pentagon has strict procedures to declare someone a deserter. The pentagon never declared him a deserter. They do not see him as a deserter, yet people are lining up to label him on.

coolrepublica on June 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

The Pentagon also has procedures to designate a soldier a POW, but they never did this with Bergdahl, yet Obama and his lackeys are calling Bergdahl a POW.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

As I predicted on another page earlier

ConservativePartyNow on June 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

About now Bergdahl is probably posing in a wig and makeup and filing papers to change his name to Chelsea.

The old DADT policy drove him to this.

/s

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

And now he comes back only to find out it’s now ok to be whatever you want to be in the Army….

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

According to a Drudge link, it was 14 soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl. The six we’ve heard about were just from his unit.

Other units searched, too.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Saw Colonel Dave Hunt on with O’Really last night, and he also cited the number as 14.

Del Dolemonte on June 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

IMPEACH OBAMA!!!

otlset on June 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Nice to know we lost lives on looking for the deserter… I’m sure that makes THEIR families REALLY HAPPY right about now…

Khun Joe on June 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

A real president would now drone these five.

dirtseller on June 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

According to a Drudge link, it was 14 soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl. The six we’ve heard about were just from his unit.

Other units searched, too.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Holy. F*ck.

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said that there was a larger matter at play: The American military does not leave soldiers behind. “When you’re in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesn’t matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped,” he said. “We’re going to turn the ship around and pick you up.”

Stupid analogy. Yes, in times of peace, if someone goes overboard, the ship will turn and try to find you.

If the ship is amid a pitched battle – that is unlikely to happen. the lives of everyone else on board and the ship itself cannot be sacrificed for one person.

also, it does not take into account the difference between going to get someone and trading 5 significant terrorists for someone.

I am very disappointed in the military’s disastrous backing of Obam’s stupidity.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Life is good – the vets can die

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

TRAITOR…he and his old man will fit nicely in obamas administration….birds of a feather…..

crosshugger on June 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

But as all half assed Obama operations it’s having the opposite effect. This is making WORSE headlines than the VA did and the military rank and file are INCENSED that Obama negotiated with terrorists to release A TRAITOR…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

It’s like I said on another thread. Political considerations are the ONLY considerations this admin ever takes into account for doing anything. They never do anything just because they think it’s the right thing to do. And, as you say, they end up throwing something against the wall and make a hash of everything.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

So he deserted, collaborated, and denounced his citizenship. Still won’t be enough for Tomasky, Hayes and the other unhinged cultists.

Anyway, renouncing citizenship wipes out the last lame defense the Regime has for this action.

#NotAnAmerican

forest on June 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Is this why they outed the CIA station chief in Kabul…?

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The outting of that agent was no accident. At first I though it was a warning to the CIA not to talk to Gowdy about the Benghazi mess. But maybe the outting was related to this mess. Sheesh. We need a score card of messes.

esr1951 on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

What should have happened is a SF team should have went in and took him out with full intent to return him and try him as a deserter. No trade involved!

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

If you pushed or jumped ship in the middle of the ocean, it is against your will. If you jumped, you are suicidal. Bergdahl believed he could join the enemy. There is no evidence that he was suicidal or mentally ill. Just a lefty. I realize the military tries to understand the difficulty of young men away from home, but there is a limit when it jeopardizes the lives of other young men and innocent people.

And as to all the Israeli comparisons, it is a religious law that they must rescue captives. None of their soldiers were traitors who walked into the enemies arms like Bergdahl.

Blake on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

According to a Drudge link, it was 14 soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl. The six we’ve heard about were just from his unit.

Other units searched, too.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Damn. Just damn.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

James. Earn this. Earn it.

Mitochondrion on June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

‘We don’t leave Americans behind…um, what??? He renounced his citizenship and I gave up 5 of the worst terrorists??? Hurry. Find a YouTube video. I need to blame something!’

- Obama

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said that there was a larger matter at play: The American military does not leave soldiers behind.

And what is more, this is not even true. We left plenty behind in Vietnam. How many unaccounted for MIA/POW’s are there? Did we get back all the bodies from the downed Blackhawk in Mogidishu?

this idea that we will do anything for the return of one soldier is absurd. Yes, a reasonable prisoner swap may at times be in order. But the idea that we are going to simply give terrorists whatever they want for the return of one soldier – which is essentially the argument here, is absurd.

But even more troubling, the idea that we will do anything for the return of a deserter is beyond absurd.

Talk about ignorance combined with arrogance.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This is our Nation people……

where an Administration (not just one or two individuals)
but an entire Administration, is Sh*tting on the entire Country,
Man, Woman, Child, Any Color, any Religion, Conservative, Liberal,
Moderate, any Sexual orientation…..

We are being Governed by the most Despicable among us….

Here you go all Leftists, Apologists, and other assorted
Flyers around Light Bulbs….enlighten us, as to how this
is NOT the case.

ToddPA on June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

What should have happened is a SF team should have went in and took him out with full intent to return him and try him as a deserter. No trade involved!

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Actually, we should have either droned his location or carpet-bombed it.

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Eddie Slovik also wrote a note. Probably the reason why he was the only deserter executed during WWII.

NotCoach on June 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Knowing that the deal was bad, knowing that Bergdahl had left a de facto confession to desertion in his tent before he went AWOL, why would they go ahead with it?

That bizarre rose garden dog and pony show Obama staged with Bergdahl’s ‘interesting’ parents is coming out in a new light, based on the revelations about his and his parent’s apparent sympathies…This is really starting to catch fire. Good job getting that VA scandal off the Headlines Barry!

AUINSC on June 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This smells like a Valerie Jarrett political decision….

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

If Obama had a son…

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I don’t understand why they are promoting him, under the circumstances I would think it would be suspended until the outcome of the trial as a deserter/defector.

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This.

How is it that he deserted the military AND renounced his citizenship, something that the military knew about, but he continued to be promoted while he was AWOL/deserter etc.?

At MOST he should be a PFC to this day.

Mark Boabaca on June 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Oh… Obama just heard about this on the news.

Illinidiva on June 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Honor and distinction, when used by the Obama WH, suddenly means something completely different than what it did just a few years ago.

BobMbx on June 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I trust Rodgers before Obama anytime…..

Obama knew and thought he could get away with it pure and simple

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

It’s like I said on another thread. Political considerations are the ONLY considerations this admin ever takes into account for doing anything. They never do anything just because they think it’s the right thing to do. And, as you say, they end up throwing something against the wall and make a hash of everything.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Obama does no work. He couldn’t be bothered to look up the number of states even if he couldn’t remember from his education that there are 50. He couldn’t be bothered to ask about the pronunciation of corpsman (corpse-men), etc.

He is a lazy ignorant bastard who thinks he’s an infallible genius, DESPITE ALL EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY!

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Renouncing his Citizenship?Obama’s kind of Soldier!

sandee on June 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hey, I heard they send Susan Rice out to the Sunday shows when they need a lie told….who briefed her on this one?

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…developing…

I’m not sure I get this new military where barristas/ballerina pajama boys can just quit by leaving a note and walking off. It seems to me that it used to be harder if you wanted to leave.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

How much did the fact that Bowe was a Muslim Sympathizer and the dad is a Muslim convert have to do with it? if you don’t believe me about the dad click my name. His father’s Youtube account shows exactly who he is.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The simplest reason why Obama pushed this through knowing that the deal was bad and Bergdahl is unsympathetic is that he expects the media and the left to cover for him no matter what.

He is probably surprised that the media is giving this as much attention as it is. He likely expected (reasonably) that the media would completely embargo this story.

Brining back a “prisoner” shows that he “cares” about soldiers at just the right moment – when the VA scandal is breaking. That is why this was rushed through when it was. It was being discussed for a long time apparently, but no action taken. But suddenly, this had to be done now.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Easy on the citizenship angle. Fox has yet to report such. Just someone on Twitter saying Fox will report such.

It wouldn’t be the first time Democrat trash try to muddy the waters, changing the meme to false accusations.

MNHawk on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Oh… Obama just heard about this on the news.

Illinidiva on June 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Let me guess, he’s madder than hell, and it’s all Bush’s fault despite the fact that Bergdahl’s desertion was during OBAMA’S watch…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Abstract Panorama

Early one morning, an elderly retired Navy fighter pilot yelled to his wife… “Honey! Come see what I’ve created! It’s an abstract panorama depicting the five years of the Obama presidency!”

She yelled back, “Flush the toilet and come eat your breakfast.”

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I don’t understand why they are promoting him, under the circumstances I would think it would be suspended until the outcome of the trial as a deserter/defector.

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I read something that the promotion is on hold now that he’s been “rescued.” If trading a bunch of mass murderer terrorist for a pajama boy defector can be called a rescue.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

“When you’re in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesn’t matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped,” he said. “We’re going to turn the ship around and pick you up.”
What about if they jump off the ship on to an enemy submarine and direct the torpedoes to sink your old ship – do you still turn you ship around to pick them back up?

sjoseph371 on June 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Knowing that the deal was bad, knowing that Bergdahl had left a de facto confession to desertion in his tent before he went AWOL, why would they go ahead with it? This isn’t going to help O build political momentum to empty out Gitmo, assuming that’s the secret motive behind all of this. On the contrary.

To distract from the growing VA scandal.

sentinelrules on June 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

BuckeyeSam on June 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Thanks for the chuckle!

Sven on June 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

According to a Drudge link, it was 14 soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl. The six we’ve heard about were just from his unit.

Other units searched, too.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

14 American lives wasted on this deserter AND we free 5 GITMO detainees who will likely go back to targeting and killing additional Americans? Does Obama actually want as many dead soldiers as possible? One could come to that conclusion based on his actions(and inaction in the case of the VA).

Doughboy on June 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Renounced citizenship, huh? Is a letter of intent legally binding? If so then wouldn’t he be eligible for a cell at Gitmo, I hear there are 5 empty ones he can use.

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canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

It wouldn’t be the first time Democrat trash try to muddy the waters, changing the meme to false accusations.

MNHawk on June 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

If a Democrat wanted to muddy the waters, there would be a rumor out there that Bergdahl was a right-wing gun nut upset that a black became President or something.

Plus let’s remember that Jennifer Griffin is the National Security Correspondent working out of the Pentagon.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

14 American lives wasted on this deserter AND we free 5 GITMO detainees who will likely go back to targeting and killing additional Americans? Does Obama actually want as many dead soldiers as possible? One could come to that conclusion based on his actions(and inaction in the case of the VA).

Doughboy on June 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

And people think we’re nuts when we say Obama hates America. What other conclusion can one draw?

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Be sure to watch Brad Thor on the Kelley Files tonight.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Looks as if the EPA attack on coal has Manchin’s attention….

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Dude, that was like 5 years ago.

Browndog on June 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

While we wait to see the next few drips of info about this clusterfark, lets indulge ourselves in some theorizing.

How can it be possible that the WH was completely unaware of all, or any, of the information we’ve been getting since the trade was announced?

There are only 2 possibilities that come to mind (others may exist, though):

1. Obama and his handlers knew it, and just don’t care.

2. They didn’t know, and are finding out as we do. Just for a moment, let that sink in and stir up those conspiracy juices for a while.

Is it possible, nigh, probable, that the US Intel and military communities have grown tired of Obama’s bullshit, and have done him in here? The story is just incredible.

BobMbx on June 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I’m so glad all the leftards got a chance to run their mouths in this guy’s defense before this particular aspect of the story broke.

It’s about the only good thing to come out of this debacle, the sheer volume of egg on their faces.

CurtZHP on June 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Let me guess, he’s madder than hell, and it’s all Bush’s fault despite the fact that Bergdahl’s desertion was during OBAMA’S watch…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Of course. If Bush had just left the Taliban alone, he wouldn’t have inherited this war and Bergdahl wouldn’t have gotten “disillusioned” and deserted and……………..

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Try to tell me that Dog Eater isn’t firing through pack after pack of Menthol Light 100′s right now, his hands shaking as he takes a short stuttering draw, staring at the floor then the ceiling then the floor again, the walls suddenly feeling very close, the very colors of the room seeming to become tones of gray.

You couldn’t script a self-induced shiite-storm better than what’s happening to Bark right now.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Has Harry Reid blamed the Koch brothers yet?

Where is the little “your brain on Koch” troll, anyway?

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The applicable law on surrender or forfeiture of citizenship is Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1481). It states that Americans citizens are subject to loss of citizenship if they perform certain specified acts voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. These acts are:

1. Obtain naturalization in a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (1) INA).

2. Take an oath, affirmation or other formal declaration to a foreign state or its political subdivisions (Sec. 349 (a) (2) INA).

3. Enter or serve in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or serving as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the armed forces of a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (3) INA).

4. Accept employment with a foreign government if (a) one has the nationality of that foreign state or (b) an oath or declaration of allegiance is required in accepting the position (Sec. 349 (a) (4) INA).

5. Formally renounce U.S. citizenship before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer outside the United States (sec. 349 (a) (5) INA).

6. Formally renounce U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only under strict, narrow statutory conditions) (Sec. 349 (a) (6) INA).

7. Be convicted of an act of treason (Sec. 349 (a) (7) INA).

Of course, one doesn’t actually have to be an American to serve in the United States military; thus, the ‘we leave no man behind’ principle applies to non-citizens, as well. BUT, renunciation of citizenship would serve as the final nail in the coffin to prove the intent to desert.

Also, from a pr standpoint, it is very difficult to argue that we should have expended so much blood and treasure, along with giving up 5 top-level terrorists, on an individual, who renounces his citizenship and deserts/defects.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

While under anesthesia a GPS chip was implanted in each gitmo detainee. We will follow them back to their nests and drone the lot.
That’s the only scenario that makes sense for such a dumbass trade.

faol on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

This smells like a Valerie Jarrett political decision….

Has there been any other smell emanating from the White House since Axlerod left?

Browndog on June 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

and I thought Jimmy Carter was the worst.
My bad.

philw1776 on June 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

And people think we’re nuts when we say Obama hates America. What other conclusion can one draw?

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I always believed he hated certain things about America. I just never thought he’d be so comfortable destroying people’s lives(in some cases literally) in order to further his agenda. I mean, we’re talking dozens of dead soldiers here when you combine the Benghazi, VA, and Bergdahl scandals and it looks like it doesn’t faze him one bit.

Doughboy on June 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Was this the only American soldier held by the Taliban?

And why 5 Taliban for 1 American? Were the American negatiators going for a 1:1 swap and Obama said he needed something to clear the VA scandal news off the headlines and take the 5:1 deal?

And now the Taliban is kicking themselves because they now think they could have gotten even more prisoners released?

albill on June 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

hmm..that changes things alot doesnt it?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Whoa! You’re not blaming this on the Koch brothers?

Chuck Schick on June 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I am calling BS on this story, no one in the 4-25 has said anything like this, but this guy is benedict arnold times 100

proehl on June 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

While under anesthesia a GPS chip was implanted in each gitmo detainee. We will follow them back to their nests and drone the lot.
That’s the only scenario that makes sense for such a dumbass trade.

faol on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Or Berg is carrying a lab-created virus.

-_-

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

While under anesthesia a GPS chip was implanted in each gitmo detainee. We will follow them back to their nests and drone the lot.

faol on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

You don’t think that an x-ray or MRI machine isn’t going to be one of their first points of destination in Qatar?

We’re talking about people (Islamists) here that have been perfecting the surgical implantation of explosive devices.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

You couldn’t script a self-induced shiite-storm better than what’s happening to Bark right now.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM

And Hillary is as furious as Algore was when Bubba got caught with his pants down, making Algore’s presidential run harder.

According to InstaLink, Hillary is now distancing herself and saying we need to wait for “all the facts” or something.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Try to tell me that Dog Eater isn’t firing through pack after pack of Menthol Light 100′s right now, his hands shaking as he takes a short stuttering draw, staring at the floor then the ceiling then the floor again, the walls suddenly feeling very close, the very colors of the room seeming to become tones of gray.

You couldn’t script a self-induced shiite-storm better than what’s happening to Bark right now.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Sure, I’d be happy to tell you. I’d love nothing more than to share your vision of instant karma; but sadly, the Narcissist in Chief is too well insulated and has, no doubt, already decided who’s going under the bus for this.

CurtZHP on June 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

According to InstaLink, Hillary is now distancing herself and saying we need to wait for “all the facts” or something.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

C’mon, Hillary. What difference does it make?

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Is this why they outed the CIA station chief in Kabul…?

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

It was one of the Taliban’s negotiated dictated terms.

freedomfirst on June 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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