Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

An internal military investigation found that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl intentionally sneaked away from his forward operating base in Afghanistan just before he disappeared in 2009 — and that may not have been the first time he left the post without permission, according to officials familiar with the probe.

“We have no indication that he intended to leave permanently,” one government official familiar with the investigation told Military Times. Several soldiers in Bergdahl’s unit told investigators that Bergdahl talked about his desire to leave the base unaccompanied and that he may have done so and returned unharmed at least once before the night he disappeared for good, the official said.

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“There were three general orders that we have, and one of them is that I will not leave my post until properly relieved,” Baggett said. “And he obviously did that purposefully and walked off into the night.”

Baggett agreed that Bergdahl should enjoy the presumption of innocence, and that his rescue from Taliban captivity was important.

“But to be labeling him as a hero when all he really did was to just leave his guard post and get real heroes killed, the ones that were looking for him like Lieutenant [Darryn] Andrews, my commander at the time, and [Pfc.] Matthews Martinek, to me those are heroes,” Baggett said.

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With that near-disaster over, the soldier recounted: “We averaged 18-22 kilometers a day on foot, clearing house to house, room to room looking for PFC Bergdahl…We even went as far as rappelling down wells and crawling through tunnels to look for him.” The standard procedure for re-capturing PFC Bergdahl was not “normal,” the soldier noted. “He was very good with knives, and trained to throw and fight hand-to-hand with knives. We did not know the mental state of PFC Bergdahl at the time. All we knew was he left on his own, he caused us lots of hardship, and if we entered a room and saw him we would put him down because he could attack us.”…

The soldier continued: “A few days later we (FTF) conducted a daylight raid on some tents looking for PFC Bergdahl. We took heavy small arms and RPG fire on approach and ran off the CH-47s in contact. Our entire element engaged the enemy, who turned out to be a Taliban shadow governor and his bodyguards…Multiple people died that day…All of this happened because PFC Bergdahl got tired of playing soldier. The remainder of that deployment was focused on recovery efforts. Countless members of the brigade were wounded and we lost good friends, among them PFC Matthew Martinek and 2LT Darryn Andrews. I have no doubt these great men would be alive if PFC Bergdahl did not leave.”

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On Tuesday, President Obama insisted that he had “consulted with Congress for quite some time” over the possibility of swapping Taliban detainees for American hostage Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. That’s news to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, who said it’s been more than two years since she was consulted on the issue, adding that the exchange was greeted by the Senate Intelligence Committee with “surprise and dismay.”…

In late Nov. 2011, Feinstein was first briefed on the Obama administration’s proposal to trade five senior Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for Bergdahl, she told reporters Tuesday.

Alarmed at the prospect, Feinstein and her Republican vice-chairman Saxby Chambliss, wrote two classified letters expressing their views—in Dec. 2011 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and to the president himself in Jan. 2012…

“We spent a lot of time on it. This was not a cursory thing,” Feinstein said. “Given the past briefings and concerns that we had addressed…I strongly believe that we should have been consulted.”

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Boehner was not notified of the exchange until after it happened, when a Department of Defense official phoned an aide in the Speaker’s office at 11:52 a.m. on Saturday and asked the aide to share the news with Boehner.

In that call, according to a GOP aide, the DoD official proactively acknowledged that the exchange was “inconsistent” with the law.

Sources say the lawmakers were concerned by the initial briefing on Nov. 30, 2011, so they wrote a letter to the president to question him on how a potential exchange could impact U.S. national security around the world.

“More than two years ago, members of Congress were briefed on the possibility of such an exchange and the chairmen at the time and I raised serious questions to the administration,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said today. “Unfortunately, the questions and concerns we had were never satisfactorily answered and they remain today.”

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[F]ollowing multiple reports that Bergdahl deserted his post and soldiers died searching for him, McCaskill will no longer say she still supports the deal she was “very proud” of just 48 hours ago. “I’m not going to comment until I look at the brief,” an annoyed McCaskill told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “I’m not going to comment until I look at the brief,” she repeated, referring to a classified briefing senators will receive tomorrow.

McCaskill was not alone in her reluctance to support the deal. More than a dozen Democratic senators questioned by TWS Tuesday afternoon declined to defend it. “I just don’t know enough about it. I really don’t,” said Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “Everything you hear. I’m going to reserve judgment until after we have a secured briefing tomorrow.”

“You know, I think, um, let me hold off on that,” said Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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Let the Army take care of its own. By waffling and insinuating that the Bergdahl episode closed on a high note with his return, the administration has politicized the event. The Bergdahl episode hasn’t finished: It is just getting started. It won’t be over until the Army determines whether Bergdahl deserted his unit, and whether he should be subject to court martial and punished.

By any reckoning, the release of five dedicated Taliban terrorists was a high price to pay for the return of a single American captive. It will be a price worth paying only if the Army is allowed to live up to its own high standards. Left to its own procedures, the Army as an institution will proceed with a thorough judicial investigation. Most probably this will result in a court-martial. The evidence is too compelling to be ignored. If there is a finding of guilt, a judge may mitigate the sentence.

But not to proceed with a judicial course would harm the integrity of the Army. There is a deep anger throughout the ranks about Bergdahl’s behavior. The administration would be well advised not have anything more to do with Bergdahl. Let the Army system work. The Army can be trusted to follow the correct course.

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Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, said by phone Tuesday that the military may want to wait for temperatures to cool on Capitol Hill and for Army leaders to “get their head wrapped around this situation.”…

If the military can prove that he deserted with the intent to shirk hazardous duty, the penalty could be as stiff as five years, either in civilian or military prison, Fidell said. The lightest penalty would be nothing…

There are wrinkles in Bergdahl’s case: He has already spent five years in captivity, and “you typically don’t throw the book at people” who have been prisoners, Fidell said.

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[A] writer who should know better, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman, actually tries to claim that in his prisoner exchange, President Obama stands in the shoes of Presidents Washington, Madison, and Lincoln (and that Washington, Madison, and Lincoln would endorse President Obama’s actions). After all, he notes, Washington and Madison swapped prisoners with the British and Lincoln did with the Confederacy (prisoner exchanges were not unusual in 18th and 19th century warfare). Prisoner exchanges amongst armed forces conducting warfare under the accepted legal rules in force more than 150 years ago are meager precedent for providing ransom to a terrorist entity that has never complied with the laws of war.

But if Lieutenant Colonel Bateman wants to follow Washington and Lincoln’s precedents, is he willing to go all the way? After all Washington sometimes hanged deserters, and dozens of Union soldiers were executed for the same crime during the Civil War…

The military has a long and proud history of enduring great sacrifices to retrieve pilots behind enemy lines and wounded and even dead comrades in the midst of the most intense firefights. In the conduct of those rescue missions, we are doing our best to defeat the enemies who’ve captured, wounded, or killed our comrades. But we — rightly — do not have a tradition of breaking our own laws and empowering the enemy to bring deserters home and then celebrating their return at the White House.

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“Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under the trucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,” said Buetow.

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Via the Free Beacon.

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Poor mika doesn’t know how to defend obama….seems perplexed

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Poor mika doesn’t know how to defend obama….seems perplexed

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 6:12 AM

when she uttered “could susan rice be lying” in regards to bergdals “honorable service” was a priceless moment

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 6:21 AM

mika knows chris mcdaniels is lying everytime he moves his lips.

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Indeed renalin

None of the panel could defend this crapola

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Of course Jefferson had enough of paying tribute to the Barbary Pirates and sent an expedition there to tell them that they would not get one more red cent in tribute.

Obama has decided that instead of pennies he will exchange known war leaders and war criminals for one US deserter.

This now puts a price on the head of each and every American for terrorists now know that Obama will deal terrorists for Americans.

Perhaps Code Pink will be next, if anyone can find the bed they are hiding under, that is.

ajacksonian on June 4, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Perhaps Code Pink will be next, if anyone can find the bed they are hiding under, that is.

ajacksonian on June 4, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Do you write for a living, jacksonian? I like the way you put words together. I wish I were good at it.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Happy sun rising, day walkers. :) May your skin produce millions of units of Vitamin D; may you see bright and vibrant colors; may you feel warmth and enjoy trippy shadows that start out pointing in one direction but point in an entirely different direction by the time your excellent day is complete.

Axe on June 4, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Prisoner exchanges were common during the civil war simply because the facilities did not exist to adequately house or provide for the prisoners and typically an officer for an officer, not a deserter for 5 commanders.

bopbottle on June 4, 2014 at 6:05 AM

It probably depended on where you were and the situation. I’m reminded of Andersonville Prison built by the Confederates that was a real hell hole. A local was there and told his story.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Poor mika doesn’t know how to defend obama….seems perplexed

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Mika is perpetually perplexed. The one that always is trying to push on the door labeled pull.

But seriously, how do you defend the rat-eared wonder when all the tricks of the trade have been expended?

This was supposed to be a feel good narrative about the rat-eared wonder doing whatever it took to get Bowe back. It even came with a rare Saturday Rose Garden event. Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows and said that Bergdahl served with honor and distinction and that he had been captured on the field of battle. The media and left (but I repeat myself) were supposed to spin up in moral outrage if anybody dared suggest that America should have left Bergdahl in the hands of the enemy.

Which is where it all fell apart. Nobody has suggested that America should have left Bergdahl behind. What they have commented on is the steep price of the trade. The legality of the trade. And, of course, just what the circumstances were that put Bergdahl among the enemy in the first place. And the narrative is only getting worse for Obama as more and more facts emerge.

This was a partisan political stunt to get rid of some terrorists that were problematic in closing Gitmo and to look like some kind of champion of the military because he didn’t give up on getting Bowe back. Well, it has completely blown up in their faces and what was supposed to be a story that was old news by Monday afternoon is now dominating news coverage.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

This was a partisan political stunt to get rid of some terrorists that were problematic in closing Gitmo and to look like some kind of champion of the military because he didn’t give up on getting Bowe back. Well, it has completely blown up in their faces and what was supposed to be a story that was old news by Monday afternoon is now dominating news coverage.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

spot on HN

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM

David Gregory and F. chuck Todd are defending the regime. Butt-sniffers to the bitter end.

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Prisoner exchanges were common during the civil war simply because the facilities did not exist to adequately house or provide for the prisoners and typically an officer for an officer, not a deserter for 5 commanders.

bopbottle on June 4, 2014 at 6:05 AM

It probably depended on where you were and the situation. I’m reminded of Andersonville Prison built by the Confederates that was a real hell hole. A local was there and told his story.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Prisoner paroles were more common for the officers. They promised not to fight until they had been officially exchanged. The system broke down toward the end when the North simply wasn’t taking large numbers of prisoners what with the CSA nearly destroyed and all.

As to Andersonville, yes, it was a real hell hole. But the reality is that the Southern troops were not living in much better conditions. One of my relatives died there.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

chuck todd saying republicans are “swift boating” bergdahl.

how pathetic the white house talking points have become.

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 7:20 AM

it boggles the mind….

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

he’s a good lapdog….

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

chuck todd saying republicans are “swift boating” bergdahl.

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

That doesn’t even make sense.

The term comes from the claims Kerry made when he re-invented himself from anti-war agitator to American war hero. I think it a fair assessment to say that Bergdahl did not serve with honor and distinction nor was he captured on the field of battle.

Whatever the circumstances leading to his five-year hiatus, Bergdahl is not being SWIFT-boated by the GOP. In fact, the GOP is more focused on the whole illegal swapping of terrorists for a PFC that (for whatever reason) seemed to think the US Army was a branch of the Peace Corps.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

“The Emperor” has no clue.

My take: The Bergdahl Deal: “Forget Benghazi. We Leave No Man Behind.” Narcissistic-Reality-Denial-Over-Educated-Beyond-Their-Intelligence Syndrome Strikes Again.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

CNN Poll: Obama approval at 43-55 among all adults, dropping to 34-63 among independents. Doesn’t top 50 in any gender, age, or income.

Ooof!

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 7:31 AM

I still don’t get how some people are so focused on race that they give this rat-eared bastard a pass on all that he has done to this country.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 AM

I still don’t get how some people are so focused on race that they give this rat-eared bastard a pass on all that he has done to this country.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Scary, isn’t it?

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

As to Andersonville, yes, it was a real hell hole. But the reality is that the Southern troops were not living in much better conditions. One of my relatives died there.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Oh yeah, there wasn’t food for the troops either. Our guy had to share a blanket with someone else and when the other guy died during the night he went and got his ration too. So he had more to eat that day. He survived and lived to an old age. You wonder how some do it. At some point the confederate troops didn’t have shoes. It’s amazing we came out of that war intact. It was due to Lincoln.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

great diagnosis Dr KJ

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Whatever the circumstances leading to his five-year hiatus, Bergdahl is not being SWIFT-boated by the GOP. In fact, the GOP is more focused on the whole illegal swapping of terrorists for a PFC that (for whatever reason) seemed to think the US Army was a branch of the Peace Corps.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

I thought that was funny. You get the impression Bergdahl thought the military went there to dig wells and build schools. They did some of that too but they were there to shoot bad guys.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

KJ-

Yet again with more strawmen than a Halloween hayride. But this comment from the rat-eared wonder really stuck out.


The United States has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind. And that dates back to the earliest days of our revolution.

The above comment isn’t even true! Yes, we’ve institutionalized such things as the rules governing POWs and other aspects of modern warfare but there has never been a sacred rule that we don’t leave our men in uniform behind.

The other thing that struck a sour note was the comparison of Bergdahl to those returning from Vietnam. I don’t think the residents of the Hanoi Hilton got there by deserting their posts.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

Since our old buddy “Sigmund” has not been around, so one had to do it.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

My take: The Bergdahl Deal: “Forget Benghazi. We Leave No Man Behind.” Narcissistic-Reality-Denial-Over-Educated-Beyond-Their-Intelligence Syndrome Strikes Again.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Our government is being run by a lot of people who shouldn’t have been allowed to graduate from high school let alone college.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

No. They did not. Obama does not relate to the view of average Americans, concerning Loyalty, Patriotism, and American Exceptionalism, at all. And, to him, our Best and Brightest are simply “Political Tools”.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I still don’t get how some people are so focused on race that they give this rat-eared bastard a pass on all that he has done to this country.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 AM

minorities, poor and the super rich will never abandon him.

renalin on June 4, 2014 at 7:56 AM

You get the impression Bergdahl thought the military went there to dig wells and build schools. They did some of that too but they were there to shoot bad guys.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

I heard one of the individuals in his unit interviewed. Apparently Berghdal showed a passion for the goodwill kind of stuff but not so much for the soldiering. He spent his off-duty time hanging out with the local forces on post. He truly would have found his niche IMO had he signed up for a stint in the Peace Corps instead of the Army.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Absolutely. KJ
:)

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Our government is being run by a lot of people who shouldn’t have been allowed to graduate from high school let alone college.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

To be fair, there is no record of the rat-eared wonder ever having graduated from college.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 AM

To be fair, there is no record of the rat-eared wonder ever having graduated from college.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Where is he supposed to have gone, somewhere in Hawaii?

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Can we talk about impeaching this guy now?

ezspirit on June 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Susan Rice is just doing her job. How anybody can work for this bunch is surprising. It’s the regime that should be disposed of.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Susan Rice is just doing her job. How anybody can work for this bunch is surprising. It’s the regime that should be disposed of.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I agree, but you would think she would rather resign than be sent out again to lie for the regime. She must be a true believer. I hate these people.

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I agree, but you would think she would rather resign than be sent out again to lie for the regime. She must be a true believer. I hate these people.

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Yep, she probably is. Sociopaths all of them. If they had any human feelings they couldn’t do what they do.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

i have a confession to make..

i am coolrepublica, pickle, brushingmyhair, frank, ect.

we are one and the same.

i am the main personality..the puppeteer if you will.

whew..feels good to finally get that of my chest!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

You were the banned commenter known as “donabernathy” and you will likely be banned under this name as well.

bluegill on June 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

You were the banned commenter known as “donabernathy” and you will likely be banned under this name as well.

bluegill on June 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

oh yea..forgot about him. i am him too. he is me.

i feel so much lighter and freeer!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Maybe I’ll hate her later.

Axe on June 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Please you must never allow your heart to be filled with hate. That said. Yes.

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

…why is anybody responding to that KochSucker?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

just between you and me..i am also genghis khan, joan of arc, leonardo da vinci and the duke of wellington..and the easter bunny.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

…why is anybody responding to that KochSucker?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

why are half of your comments on hot air about telling people to ignore me? kinda selfdefeating dont you think?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

…why is anybody responding to that KochSucker?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Because they aren’t thinking about his motivation when they read his posts. He’s as worthless a poster as coolrepublica, and should be treated the same way.

He’s already been banned here for his trolling. His MO is not hard to spot. More of his socks need to go.

non-nonpartisan on June 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

He’s already been banned here for his trolling. His MO is not hard to spot.

non-nonpartisan on June 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

that is 100% false. you are delusional and paranoid.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch

non-nonpartisan on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

youve posted that before. are you trying to imply something im not understanding?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

youve posted that before. are you trying to imply something im not understanding?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Did you always remember to post from different IPs? I highly doubt you did lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch
non-nonpartisan on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I thought this one was more apropos… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

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