Report: Bergdahl suggested he wanted to renounce his citizenship in note he left before disappearing; Update: Sought Taliban for talks?

posted at 5:21 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

Sure would be nice to have some actual text from the note to judge. Saying that he “suggested” he might renounce his citizenship could mean anything from “I’ve booked an appointment at the embassy” to something as vague as “I’m sick of America,” depending upon how charitable you want to be about his intentions.

Also, while damning evidence of his intent to desert, I’m not sure this would fundamentally change the legal case against him even if it’s true.

Sources who had debriefed two former members of Bergdahl’s unit told Fox News Bergdahl left behind a note the night he left base in which he expressed disillusionment with the Army and being an American and suggested that he wanted to renounce his American citizenship and go find the Taliban. U.S. military officials would not confirm the existence of the letter, but if it does exist, it would likely be part of the original file on the investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance.

He wrote to his father more than once that he was ashamed to be an American but that’s not a renunciation. If it was, half the country would lose its citizenship on election night. In order to formally renounce, you need to follow these three steps; Bergdahl could conceivably have followed the last two, but if he didn’t appear before a diplomatic officer, his renunciation is ineffective. In fact, the Fox report quoted above doesn’t even assert that he did, in fact, renounce his citizenship. It says he wanted to, which is circumstantial evidence supporting the desertion theory but would mean that he was still an American citizen when he went missing. Maybe not a very good one, which makes the high price paid to get him back seem that much higher, but a citizen nonetheless.

What about the bombshell yesterday, though, about Bergdahl possibly having collaborated with the Taliban? Doesn’t expressing an intent to renounce his citizenship provide some support for that? I’m not sure. It’s possible to imagine him being disgusted with the U.S. and its war effort but not necessarily wanting to help the Taliban. The detail on renunciation could be useful supporting evidence of intent on a treason charge if you have other evidence that he joined the Taliban willingly and/or waged war against American troops. But even there, you hit a snag: A person can be charged with treason only if he owes allegiance to the United States. Arguing that Bergdahl owed that allegiance even though he meant to renounce it but was unable to simply because he couldn’t set up a meeting with a diplomatic officer first might be hard for a jury to digest.

Question for legal eagles: Is there any way under U.S. law to constructively renounce your citizenship in extraordinary circumstances, even if you haven’t complied with the three statutory steps? I’m guessing no, just because lawmakers would naturally want to make the bar for renunciation high. That’s the point of forcing people to appear before a diplomatic officer to do it — having an agent of the state there solemnizes the act so that the renouncer fully understands how grave his decision is. The law wants you to think, very hard, before you do something this drastic; following proper procedure proves that you have. I can imagine an argument in Bergdahl’s case, though, that nothing concentrates the mind about the solmenity of renunciation quite like doing it in the middle of a war zone, with jihadi savages ready to pounce one you’re outside the wire. If the goal of the statute is to ensure due deliberation and clear evidence of intent, it’s possible by virtue of his note that Bergdahl satisfied both of those conditions. Which is not, however, to say that I think a court would find that way. No one wants to start writing exceptions into the law governing renunciation to make it easier for people to do it.

Exit question: What are the odds that Bergdahl would be tried for treason even if they had a bunch of evidence showing that he assisted the Taliban? Given that doing so would amount to a catastrophic admission by Obama that he traded away five dangerous prisoners for a traitor, the odds are absolute zero. Not even a tiny bit higher.

Update: Deeper and deeper. Jake Tapper lands an interview with Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s team leader the night he disappeared:

Within days of his disappearance, says Buetow, teams monitoring radio chatter and cell phone communications intercepted an alarming message: The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He’s looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.

“I heard it straight from the interpreter’s lips as he heard it over the radio,” said Buetow. “There’s a lot more to this story than a soldier walking away.”…

“The fact of the matter is, when those soldiers were killed, they would not have been where they were at if Bergdahl hadn’t left,” says Buetow. “Bergdahl leaving changed the mission.”


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So we released a few terror warlords, brought back a treasonous fuk, but at least the gheys can marry, amirite?

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

What are the odds that Bergdahl would be tried for treason even if they had a bunch of evidence showing that he assisted the Taliban?

Maybe if we remind him that he’ll get better medical care in Leavenworth than at any VA hospital, he’ll ask to be charged.

CJ on June 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Guy being interviewed moments ago by Greta Van Susteren on FOX just described Bergdahl’s dad as “conservative.”

Said he was “a libertarian, conservative.”

What’s that that AP says? Oh, right, “it’s on.”

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Obama is a Libertarian Conservative.

/Lourdes, for Heaven’s sake get with the program!

Key West Reader on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

IF he is convicted of treason, then…

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

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Girl, I love you no end, but the Marxist’s running America aren’t going to convict anyone (outside of Tea Party Patriots) of treason.

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Notice the caps for emphasis.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Obama had to get Bowe out of there real fast because there was a rumor of a new anti-Islam video that was posted on YouTube.

(well… it worked once)

Walter L. Newton on June 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Anger is an emotional response. It is not necessary- or particularly helpful- when “fighting” for something.

The left gets angry. And they win.

We dither and have ‘concerns.’ And we lose.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

When do the impeachment hearings commence?

Corporal Tunnel

About 2018 when dems control the House and a republican is in the White House .

xblade on June 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

What no one is talking about is Obama’s perversion of the “leave no man behind” ethos.

“This administration doesn’t leave Americans behind.”

Oh really …

This is what I see …

I see an administration that DID leave two former Navy SEALS “behind” to die on the roof of our consulate in Benghazi.

Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

What difference does it make?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

What does the enemy care about more, a goofy American traitor or their five highly motivated commanders?

“Listen Bowe, we have a mission for you…” -Abu Haqqani

Akzed on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

If they didn’t know the problems with Bergdahl while trying to use him to get 5 Taliban released, a couple of them wanted for war crimes elsewhere, then if the plea is ‘incompetence’ then they are not competent enough to be trusted with anything but a spoon at a dinner table. That is drooling moron level as all someone had to do was ASK ANYONE in DoD about the status of Bergdahl.

Not doing that points to pure inability to actually THINK.

Period.

And yet this Administration gets DEFENDERS who also seem to have an inability to THINK AT ALL on their own.

This is called ‘intelligence’ by the Left.

Tells you much about how they judge everything in life, that does.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

When do the impeachment hearings commence?

Corporal Tunnel

Your comment is both RACIST and SEXIST.

Shame on you. I’m calling Sandra Fluck. And Barbara Streisand.

Key West Reader on June 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

What difference does it make?

Steve Z on June 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

So are the MIA in Vietnam.

Gotta love that selective memory on the part of Obama. It is like he doesn’t know American history or something.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Obozo is so proud of his actions, I’m sure he’ll follow his own protocol by awarding the deserter the Medal of Honor…

stacman on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Susan Rice
Lying to the American People So Obama Doesn’t Have To

spiritof61 on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

A person can be charged with treason only if he owes allegiance to the United States.

Surely someone already mentioned this:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

BKeyser on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He’s looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.

I’m guessing that was before Bergdahl forgot how to speak English …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

BKeyser on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Merely abandoning his post was a crime.

He didn’t just desert like some farm boy private vanishing into Paris in 1944, he went over to the Nazis after declaring his contempt for the US after studying German in his spare time.

Imagine FDR trading such a one for five SS officers, and then his father shows up in the Rose Garden with FDR quoting Mein Kampf sporting a Hitler ‘stache.

And when he quotes Mein Kampf, FDR gives us that wry smile we all know and love.

Akzed on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Obama just released 5 mini Osama Bin Ladens for a deserter / traiter. Insane. Many Americans will die because of it.

anotherJoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Careful with your comments, this (Bergdahl) man could be a Senator, and SecState, some day.

Another Drew on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Akzed on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

All of that. Yes.

Takes a lot to get me really angry -politically- any more. Mostly because the scandals have been so frequent with each one seemingly topping the other, combined with the tepid, cowering, water-carrying responses from the GOP establishment, it just seems like wasted energy between now and November 2016. But this? This pisses me off.

BKeyser on June 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Careful with your comments, this (Bergdahl) man could be a Senator, and SecState, some day.

Another Drew on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Or President. Barky’s little jaunt to Pakistan did wonders for him. He probably even used an Indonesian passport to get there … All Bergdahl needs to do is eat some dogs and aspire to be the strongarm leader of some muslim country and he’ll be following the Barky path to success.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Another Drew on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Drew – and everyone else – what’s the over/under on how long before Bergdahl gets politically rewarded with plum position?

Perfesser on June 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I don’t think it was a fair trade. We got only one terrorist. They got 5

Brock Robamney on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

anotherJoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

That’s feature, not a bug, because it will happen on someone else’s watch.

If that happens to be a Dem administration, then it will be Bush’s fault for botching Afgan/Iraq wars.

If that happens to be anything other than a Dem admin, then it will be the incompetence/beligerence/etc. of that administration that caused it. Not the release of top Taliban leaders who then return to waging war against the U.S. and Civilized, Western people.

Perfesser on June 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Sources who had debriefed two former members of Bergdahl’s unit told Fox News Bergdahl left behind a note the night he left base in which he expressed disillusionment with the Army and being an American and suggested that he wanted to renounce his American citizenship and go find the Taliban. U.S. military officials would not confirm the existence of the letter, but if it does exist, it would likely be part of the original file on the investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance.

On Greta’s show tonight, it was reported that the Pentagon had a large folder on Bergdahl’s leaving and no note or letter was mentioned in the folder.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I just don’t get the political bullsh*t.

Should we not have gotten him back?

What would have been a viable cost to the exchange, objectively recognizing that it has to be a trade?

I agree completely that he shouldn’t be trumpeted as a positive asset. We should have been getting him back in order to investigate and reprimand his actions. He should have been presented as what he is.

But again, the political bullsh*t. The administration tried to use it as some sort of political win. The opposition, as always, is determined to never allow such a thing during his time in office and therefor has to make a political argument that leads absolutely nowhere but casts a controversial shadow over it and provides tangible political resistance.

But to what? Send him back? Where does all of this lead?

Let me tell you. It leads nowhere. It IS the game. Look over here!

We should just be saying, “Great! Last American still held in Afghanistan! Glad we got him back! Now, about that whole episode that got him captured in the first place. What are your plans for addressing that now that he’s back in our custody?”

Instead your chasing crappy arguments, frames of the debate, and ratholes of pointless resistance and annoying the American people even more so than they’ve already been after the last decade and a half.

You always do choose genius strategies though I suppose. Guess we should always be ready.

Genuine on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

On Greta’s show tonight, it was reported that the Pentagon had a large folder on Bergdahl’s leaving and no note or letter was mentioned in the folder.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

The NYT and WaPo have both reported on the letter.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

On Greta’s show tonight, it was reported that the Pentagon had a large folder on Bergdahl’s leaving and no note or letter was mentioned in the folder.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

The NYT and WaPo have both reported on the letter.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

All I can tell you is what I heard (actually, read on the closed caption). It was a report by the woman reporter with the short cut hair that covers Pentagon matters.

Let me try to find the transcript.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Fake on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

(drum roll)

F-

Oh, and wipe your chin off and readjust your O’bama Kneepads, Cultist!

Del Dolemonte on June 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

All I can tell you is what I heard (actually, read on the closed caption). It was a report by the woman reporter with the short cut hair that covers Pentagon matters.

Let me try to find the transcript.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Catherine Herridge? She reported on the letter a couple of hours ago.

Jennifer Griffin? She reported on the letter last night and all today.

There are numerous reports all over the MSM citing Pentagon sources that say not only does the letter exist, but a file, i.e., an investigation, was opened on Bergdahl BEFORE he even deserted. Apparently, he went AWOL not too many days earlier and had engaged in questionable contacts with the Taliban.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

The government betrays us.

And we let it.

PappyD61 on June 3, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Catherine Herridge? She reported on the letter a couple of hours ago.

Jennifer Griffin? She reported on the letter last night and all today.

There are numerous reports all over the MSM citing Pentagon sources that say not only does the letter exist, but a file, i.e., an investigation, was opened on Bergdahl BEFORE he even deserted. Apparently, he went AWOL not too many days earlier and had engaged in questionable contacts with the Taliban.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

It was Herridge and was at the start of the show at 6 p.m. (CT). She said she had talked to one or two people who had actually seen the file and he or they said that there was no letter mentioned in the 25 or 26 page file.

It is different than what she said earlier today, but it looks like she now has someone who has seen the file.

Can’t find the transcript but expect this will be reported by others shortly.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

From a Soldier’s perspective, here’s a couple angles that immediately occur to me that you might want to explore:

1. A common saying among the enlisted joes is to call themselves “mushrooms” – meaning “fed a bunch of sh*t and kept in the dark.” It’s generally pretty true. What could this E-3 possibly have known or seen to make him decide to repudiate his country and abandon his uniform? I suspect the answer is – nothing. Which leads to point 2.

2. He was a PFC. He’d been in the military about seven minutes. He’d raised his hand and sworn an oath a matter of months, at most a year or two, prior to this desertion (unless he was truly a sh*tbag, of course, which might explain a few things …). So again, how does he go from joining a wartime military to becoming … whatever he is. Again, I suspect he didn’t – I suspect he joined up to cause trouble. I’d like to know the whens and hows of that.

3. What’s his MOS? I haven’t heard. When an intel weenie like Manning pulls this crap, I halfway get it. If this guy was an 11B, I am perplexed. Unless, again, his intent all along was to join a combat arms branch and a deploying unit, and get sent to the Sandbox with the premeditated intent to pull something like this.

And based on his father’s comments, it doesn’t seem that unlikely.

4. Why the hell didn’t he just gripe a lot, get himself stuck in some slot on a FOB somewhere, spend his time at the DFAC and the MWR tent playing video games like the rest of the d-bags, wait to rotate home and then get out and move to Portland, grow a beard, and date a vaguely smelly womyn opposed to armpit shaving? Isn’t that the traditional path for guys likes this? WHY on Earth would he walk of an outpost like this …

… unless, once again, this was all planned ahead of time.

None of it makes a bit of sense for anyone who’s deployed. I saw all sorts of unhappy Soldiers over there. They got stuck in some crap job just doing their time, or got pregnant, or got drunk, or did something else to get sent home and discharged. It’s common.

But this? It seems like only two possibilities:

1. It was the plan all along.
2. He’s seriously mentally ill.

Professor Blather on June 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Obama is a Libertarian Conservative.

/Lourdes, for Heaven’s sake get with the program!

Key West Reader on June 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

For Pity’s sake, I hope you don’t assume I agree with that.

What I wrote early this morning, here and elsewhere, was that I expected that the Left would soon start calling Bergdahl and his father “conservative” (because the Left is clueless and hapless and have exhausted the “racist” smear so now they’re grabbing at anything to associate Bergdahl and his father with the Right).

And look what happened by this afternoon: chirpy Leftwing Talker guy being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren referred to Bergdahl’s dad as “a conservative.” Said, “he’s a Libertarian, a conservative.”

Presto, Leftwing talking point now achieved.

They’re so predictable, one can estimate their talking points in a morning as to yet another Obama crises and by afternoon, the Left is deploying that Talking Point.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Well, other media outlets are quoting sources that HAVE seen the file, too, and they speak about a letter.

Furthermore, there are FOUR PRIMARY SOURCES that have reported that Bergdahl called his base the next day and said that he was not returning. Two were fellow soldiers on the base, who either were on the phone or overheard the conversation, and the other two are Pentagon officials, who were part of the 2010 investigation that concluded that it was ‘incontrovertible’ that Bergdahl had ‘walked away’ from his post. Moreover, Special Ops commanders decided that they would not attempt a rescue ‘risking the lives of SFs’ for Bergdahl, who ‘was just not worth it.’

I have not heard a single troop, who either served with him or looked for him, that has defended his actions. Not one.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Didn’t the Rolling Stone article from 2 years agoemtuon the letter?

anuts on June 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

*ago mention

anuts on June 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Just saw Jennifer Griffin. She said that members of the military on the post the night that Bergdahl disappeared saw the letter and reported it up the chain of command. She said that people involved in the 2010 investigation that concluded that Bergdahl ‘incontrovertibly walked away’ abandoned his post did not present the letter to the 15-6 heads. BUT, the military is relaunching the 15-6 investigation and has sent out requests to current and former military. They are seeking all relevant information, including what Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers witnessed that night and following (including what they heard come out of the translator’s mouth as conversations on the radio concerning an American seeking Taliban members that speak English were broadcast). They also want to know exactly what was said and/or written by Bergdahl.

Here’s the bottom line:

We KNOW that Bergdahl was not captured on the battlefield because he lagged behind on patrol, as he claimed. We know this because there was no patrol that evening. Bergdahl had been posted to the sentry and was supposed to go to bed after he was relieved. This is when he left.

We also KNOW that Bergdahl did NOT breach the post’s perimeter nor was he carried out by the Taliban or anyone else.

They believe that he hid in a contractor’s vehicle and was transported out of the base in that manner.

He was not captured. He was not abducted. He left of his own volition and caused untold deaths and injuries.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Some people know matter how much evidence is presented will call Abdullah a hero, but will call a patriot a traitor

Brock Robamney on June 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

A person can be charged with treason only if he owes allegiance to the United States. Arguing that Bergdahl owed that allegiance even though he meant to renounce it but was unable to simply because he couldn’t set up a meeting with a diplomatic officer first might be hard for a jury to digest.

You must be a lawyer AP. That was some first class gobble dee gook!

Vince on June 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Question for legal eagles: Is there any way under U.S. law to constructively renounce your citizenship in extraordinary circumstances, even if you haven’t complied with the three statutory steps?

There are other ways that you can lose citizenship, including:

(3) entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if (A) such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States, or
(B) such persons serve as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer; or

(4)(A) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years if he has or acquires the nationality of such foreign state; or
(B) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years for which office, post, or employment an oath, affirmation, or declaration of allegiance is required; or

(6) making in the United States a formal written renunciation of nationality in such form as may be prescribed by, and before such officer as may be designated by, the Attorney General, whenever the United States shall be in a state of war and the Attorney General shall approve such renunciation as not contrary to the interests of national defense; or

(7) committing any act of treason against, or attempting by force to overthrow, or bearing arms against, the United States, violating or conspiring to violate any of the provisions of section 2383 of title 18, or willfully performing any act in violation of section 2385 of title 18, or violating section 2384 of title 18 by engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, if and when he is convicted thereof by a court martial or by a court of competent jurisdiction.

blammm on June 3, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Just saw Bowe Bergdahl’s former roommate and ballet partner. While she – some degree – defended Bergdahl, she said that there was no question that he abandoned his post. None. Further, she said that he should face whatever consequences the military deems necessary.

I don’t know why we are even arguing at this point whether Bergdahl was ‘captured on the battlefield’, a ‘POW’, etc. He abandoned his post.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Well, other media outlets are quoting sources that HAVE seen the file, too, and they speak about a letter.

Furthermore, there are FOUR PRIMARY SOURCES that have reported that Bergdahl called his base the next day and said that he was not returning. Two were fellow soldiers on the base, who either were on the phone or overheard the conversation, and the other two are Pentagon officials, who were part of the 2010 investigation that concluded that it was ‘incontrovertible’ that Bergdahl had ‘walked away’ from his post. Moreover, Special Ops commanders decided that they would not attempt a rescue ‘risking the lives of SFs’ for Bergdahl, who ‘was just not worth it.’

I have not heard a single troop, who either served with him or looked for him, that has defended his actions. Not one.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I’m not arguing that he left. Just saying that, from what I saw at the start of Greta’s show tonight, Herridge (sic) reported that the 25 or so page file on him said nothing about a letter.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM

He was not captured…..

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I don’t think you can make that blanket statement, RWM. The question is when and how he fell into enemy hands, and that’s not clear yet.

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 11:37 PM

What I wrote early this morning, here and elsewhere, was that I expected that the Left would soon start calling Bergdahl and his father “conservative” (because the Left is clueless and hapless and have exhausted the “racist” smear so now they’re grabbing at anything to associate Bergdahl and his father with the Right).

And look what happened by this afternoon: chirpy Leftwing Talker guy being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren referred to Bergdahl’s dad as “a conservative.” Said, “he’s a Libertarian, a conservative.”

Presto, Leftwing talking point now achieved.

They’re so predictable, one can estimate their talking points in a morning as to yet another Obama crises and by afternoon, the Left is deploying that Talking Point.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

It’s not clear if he or his father is a conservative or not. The churches his father belonged to were “mainline Protestant”, but the son was homeschooled and some articles claim he grew up in a conservative household. Do you have any facts one way or another?

jim56 on June 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM

But this? It seems like only two possibilities:

1. It was the plan all along.
2. He’s seriously mentally ill.

Professor Blather on June 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Or both!

Perfesser on June 4, 2014 at 1:31 AM

But this? It seems like only two possibilities:

1. It was the plan all along.
2. He’s seriously mentally ill.

Professor Blather on June 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

No, no. You aren’t thinking this through.
Bergdahl was a spy, sent by Obama himself to infiltrate the enemy (Taliban, al-Haqqani, whoever), and the prisoner exchange was initiated to bring him in from the cold with his intel.
Come on, you guys, can’t you recognize a brilliant stratagem when you see one?!

AesopFan on June 4, 2014 at 3:01 AM

I am extremely confused by all of this. I do not like the President, however despite my hate of him I have always found that he takes all his actions with great political calculation. In other words he does whatever it takes to come out smelling like roses.

eski502 on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I beg to differ with part of your comment.
He has a consistent tin ear for how his “political calculations” play outside the Beltway and the Dem-Left enclaves.
Without cover from the Media, Obama would have had to face the consequences of his actions years ago.
What he would smell like then isn’t roses.

AesopFan on June 4, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Remember how this thing works before we all pop the corks. The media gets pissy at Obama for lying, then he tells more lies and they are happy.

I fully expect the Obama slime to leak to friendly reporters that Bergdahl was a spy who infiltrated the Taliban.

chadlands on June 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Great minds, etc, but I didn’t see yours until after I posted mine.

AesopFan on June 4, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Merely abandoning his post was a crime.

He didn’t just desert like some farm boy private vanishing into Paris in 1944, he went over to the Nazis after declaring his contempt for the US after studying German in his spare time.

Imagine FDR trading such a one for five SS officers, and then his father shows up in the Rose Garden with FDR quoting Mein Kampf sporting a Hitler ‘stache.

And when he quotes Mein Kampf, FDR gives us that wry smile we all know and love.

Akzed on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Good analogy.

davidk on June 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

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