Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

posted at 8:01 pm on June 3, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

I want you to go over to The Weekly Standard for John McCormack’s and Mike Warren’s work on this, but here’s a taste:

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

“All I’ve heard is what I’ve read in the press,” said Vermont’s senior senator Pat Leahy.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who crowed about the deal on the Sunday shows, is now very interested in the intel briefing she’s to receive tomorrow. That’d be the briefing she should have gotten some 32 days before she went on the Sunday shows to make grand pronouncements with no information. #YesAllWomen have to go on national news shows to laud their male party bosses’ grand accomplishments with incomplete and willfully inaccurate information, apparently.

As of now, The Reid stands alone in his continued vocal support of the Bergdahl deal.

Some on the Left have gone from cheering Bergdahl’s return as the homecoming of a hero to saying his questionable behavior at the time of his disappearance shouldn’t be at issue. Sure, I argued on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night that Bergdahl is entitled to a trial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and he should go through a normal process to determine his status. Meanwhile, the men who served with him are entitled to voice their concerns (despite their non-disclosure agreements) and point to evidence for their claims.

But, as Phil Klein notes, it’s hard to argue Bergdahl’s status and actions shouldn’t matter to Americans when his status and actions as a hero were integral to the White House pitch for this deal. If Bergdahl’s not a hero, there’s far less political cover to get rid of the Taliban Five, which Allahpundit suspects was the whole point of this endeavor.

“Regardless of circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American prisoner back,” Obama said. “Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that.” Now, it’s fair to argue that whether the prisoner exchange was a good deal or not is a separate issue from whether Bergdahl was a deserter. In other words, there’s a case for bringing him back and handling evidence of desertion under American laws and procedures rather than simply letting him rot in the custody of the Taliban.

However, the argument that the nature of his service is irrelevant to the discussion was made less convincing because the White House initially attempted to turn Bergdahl’s release into a public relations victory and presented Bergdahl to the American people as a national hero.

On the bright side, at least maybe we’ve finally found something Obama knew about before the media told him about it?


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Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

As the trolls here should as well

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

“Searching for a handle on the moment…”

Still searching.

Still searching.

Maybe tomorrow morning.

What does MSNBC have to say about this, quick…

/Leftwing.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Whoops, Obama flubbed it. Senator Feinstein is even angry.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

As the trolls here should as well

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Nah, they show up and attack other commenters. That’s all they know how to do.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

As of now, The Reid stands alone in his continued vocal support of the Bergdahl deal.

OK, I walk back my earlier statement. Bergdahl didn’t desert based on a YouTube video, but was lured away by The Koch Brothers.

Reuben Hick on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

Surprising???

Hey trolls…

Attach yourself to this deserter…..

Since you deserted Freedom with your vote for Santa Clause…

Electrongod on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

One ringy-dingy.

Two ringy-dingies.

Say do these idiots ever pick up the phone to talk about how great a deal this is now that we know what it actually is starting to look like?

ajacksonian on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

And here I was thinking that Obama was about to earn another second Nobel Peace prize and all.

parke on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Anyone think he’s going to hug dad in the Rose garden, and then throw his son in leavenworth?

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Harry Reid is still 1000% behind Obama. When is he checking into the nursing home?

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM

As of now, The Reid stands alone in his continued vocal support of the Bergdahl deal.

Pretty sure Hillary is still shooting dust into her Depends over the whole thing.

BigWyo on June 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Keep voting that Socialist in, Vermont! He only hears stuff on the news just like you and Barack.

jdpaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

“All I’ve heard is what I’ve read in the press,” said Vermont’s senior senator Pat Leahy.

Printed words talk to you, do they? Maybe it’s time to cut back on the Imodium A-D, yes?

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Anyone think he’s going to hug dad in the Rose garden, and then throw his son in leavenworth? – wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

How this goes forward may be out the control of the White House. This soldier is at this time toxic.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Sorry that’s Leahy not Sanders. Disregard my rant re: the VT Socialist.

jdpaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Printed words talk to you, do they? Maybe it’s time to cut back on the Imodium A-D, yes?

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hey, it’s works for President Pant Load…why not???

Following his Boss’s lead….

BigWyo on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

In other words, there’s a case for bringing him back and handling evidence of desertion under American laws and procedures rather than simply letting him rot in the custody of the Taliban

If Bergy boy is found to be a traitor causing the deaths of our guys in AfCrapistan, will Hussein bring the 5 talis back into gitmo ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

On the bright side, at least maybe we’ve finally found something Obama knew about before the media told him about it?

Weelllll, maybe. Except that the referenced Time article is very cagey about who within “the White House” and “the administration” actually called the shots. The only time Obama is specifically identified as doing anything is when:

In January 2009, Obama ordered a Justice Department-led review of all 240 Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Article goes on to explain that some 82 detainees have been released by “the administration.”

So there may be some wiggle-room left of the Commander in Chief. “Nobody told me we exchanged the 5 worst detainees possible!” “We (not I) were acting on the best intelligence available at the time.” “Nobody is madder at my administration than I am, and I want to know whose in the White House’s ass to kick!”

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Printed words talk to you, do they? Maybe it’s time to cut back on the Imodium A-D, yes?

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

That’s so funny Bish.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

On the bright side, at least maybe we’ve finally found something Obama knew about before the media told him about it?

No, I think he knew about the IRS harassment and Fast and Furious. He didn’t care to look into the VA mess or the situation at Benghazi as it was happening.

J.B. Say on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Both President Obama and Ms. Rice (and The Left, in general) seem to think that the crime of desertion in wartime is kind of like skipping class. They have no idea of how great a sin desertion in the face of the enemy is to those in our military. The only worse sin is to side actively with the enemy and kill your brothers in arms. This is not sleeping in on Monday morning and ducking Gender Studies 101.

But compassion, please! The president and all the president’s men and women are not alone. Our media elite — where it’s a rare bird who bothered to serve in uniform — instantly became experts on military justice. Of earnest mien and blithe assumption, one talking head after another announced that “we always try to rescue our troops, even deserters.”

Uh, no. “Save the deserter” is a recent battle cry of the politically indoctrinated brass. For much of our history, we did make some efforts to track down deserters in wartime. Then we shot or hanged them. Or, if we were in good spirits, we merely used a branding iron to burn a large D into their cheeks or foreheads. Even as we grew more enlightened, desertion brought serious time in a military prison. At hard labor.

This is a fundamental culture clash. Team Obama and its base cannot comprehend the values still cherished by those young Americans “so dumb” they joined the Army instead of going to prep school and then to Harvard. Values such as duty, honor, country, physical courage, and loyalty to your brothers and sisters in arms have no place in Obama World. (Military people don’t necessarily all like each other, but they know they can depend on each other in battle — the sacred trust Bergdahl violated.)

President Obama did this to himself (and to Bergdahl). This beautifully educated man, who never tires of letting us know how much smarter he is than the rest of us, never stopped to consider that our troops and their families might have been offended by their commander-in-chief staging a love-fest at the White House to celebrate trading five top terrorists for one deserter and featuring not the families of those soldiers (at least six of them) who died in the efforts to find and free Bergdahl, but, instead, giving a starring role on the international stage to Pa Taliban, parent of a deserter and a creature of dubious sympathies (that beard on pops ain’t a tribute to ZZ Top). How do you say “outrageous insult to our vets” in Pashto?

Nor, during the recent VA scandal, had the president troubled himself to host the families of survivors of those vets who died awaiting care. No, the warmest attention our president has ever paid to a “military family” was to Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl.

- Col Ralph Peters

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

If Bergy boy is found to be a traitor causing the deaths of our guys in AfCrapistan, will Hussein bring the 5 talis back into gitmo ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Of course. All 5 promised to only sell balloons during their 1 year Qutari vacation and will be ready for any reconfinement in Gitmo if the preznit demands it.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Calling all Trools, calling all Trools.

You must defend King Talibama Putt even if the line from Firesign Theater applies: ‘Why, this is nothing but a bag of shiite.’

Missilengr on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

If Bergy boy is found to be a traitor causing the deaths of our guys in AfCrapistan, will Hussein bring the 5 talis back into gitmo ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Nope, because Qatar has already said they have no idea about any deal that Obama supposedly made with them. They are probably already back in Afghanistan by now.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Rats deserting the king rat who traded five snakes for a weasel.

Conservchik on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

If Bergy boy is found to be a traitor causing the deaths of our guys in AfCrapistan, will Hussein bring the 5 talis back into gitmo ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Rhetorical question I know, but about tomorrow Qatar will have completely lost track of The Fab Five.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Here, trollies, come out to play ee ay. We’re ready . . .

Conservchik on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

Maybe they’ve forgotten how to speak English? It’s going around. Happens all the time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I think they didn’t think it mattered what this kid did. I don’t think they are able to understand right and wrong. In their minds there is no such thing. And of course rules don’t matter either.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

And here I was thinking that Obama was about to earn another second Nobel Peace prize and all.

parke on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The Red Cross has won it three times, the UN Commission on Refugees, twice. People don’t win it more than once, so Obama has no where to go but down.

Wait a minute. We are talking about Obama here, Lightworker, Healer, and First Black President. He might be the first to win it twice.

LashRambo on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Who wants touch something as toxic as this it’s almost as toxic as the VA.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Maybe they’ve forgotten how to speak English? It’s going around. Happens all the time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Ratso’s got their tongues.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

#YesAllWomen have to go on national news shows to laud their male party bosses’ grand accomplishments with incomplete and willfully inaccurate information, apparently.

Yes, if there was still any doubt, it’s now gone. Setting up the women to do the dirtiest of dirty work is part of the Regime’s scandal mitigation MO.

forest on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I argued on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night that Bergdahl is entitled to a trial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice

I can see Obama trying to get around that for this guy.

vcferlita on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Shocker. Leading by poll only works if you poll before you act. In other words, you have to extract the cranium from the anus before you act to find out what your constituents think, if you even care.

I’m sure they don’t anyway, if it weren’t an election year with possible dire consequences for the libtards.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

– Col Ralph Peters

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

And he smiled as Bergdahl of Mecca started his speech in Arabic praising Allah.

I’m going to be patching drywall for months.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Here, trollies, come out to play ee ay. We’re ready . . .

Conservchik on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

*clink clink clink*

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I’m going to be patching drywall for months.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

You drywalled a bunker?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

What does MSNBC have to say about this, quick…

/Leftwing.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I was flipping through channels. Chris Matthews had a platoon mate and the writer from the NY Times. Neither had anything good to say about this deal.

monalisa on June 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Well,..this inexplicably popped up,.so I’m going with it:

Warner Todd Huston ‏@warnerthuston

Mad Magazine TOTALY slays Obama on this disastrous Bergdahl deal… pic.twitter.com/9cLU7V0all

https://twitter.com/warnerthuston/status/473966402714341376/photo/1

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

So about that American minister being held in Iran for apostasy – you know – the one that they’ve tortured and is in severe medical distress.

Or that guy being held in Cuba – his family doesn’t expect him to make it to his next birthday….

Or the American woman in Sudan and her American children who has been sentenced to death – oops… apostasy again.

Isn’t there another American contractor that’s also being held hostage in Afghanistan?

2nd Ammendment Mother on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

You drywalled a bunker?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

No, I keep sheets of drywall in the shop for anger management. I used to keep liberals out there for the same reason but they left stains on the concrete.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I’m thinking Obama is going to send a drone to Libya, blow up a few guys, then claim he got the guys responsible for Benghazi.

It appears Obama desperately wants another Bin Laden moment where he’s the hero.

bailey24 on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

If I were a consultant to this tribe of retarded misfits, I would request a couple HALO certified pilots fly a soon to be retired C-130* full of all the guests of Gitmo shackled up in the cargo hold on a direct non-stop unsupported flight from Cuba to Afghanistan.

(*) Yes, I know an old C-130 can’t go over 1000 miles without refueling.

Reuben Hick on June 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I would have been willing to let the five Taliban scum go if they took Barky with them. Honestly, THAT would have been a good deal for our security. Drones away!!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

You drywalled a bunker?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Nothing wrong with making it nice.

KCB on June 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Here, trollies, come out to play ee ay. We’re ready . . .

Conservchik on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

*clink clink clink*

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

non-nonpartisan on June 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I’m thinking Obama is going to send a drone to Libya, blow up a few guys, then claim he got the guys responsible for Benghazi.
It appears Obama desperately wants another Bin Laden moment where he’s the hero.
bailey24 on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM
Yeah the good old days,he isn’t getting those anymore sh!t has hit the fan.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Whoops, Obama flubbed it. Senator Feinstein is even angry.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

…it lasts one day with her…then she “clarifies” her anger the next.

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 36m

When were Congressional leaders notified of Bergdahl swap? Boehner – Sat. Pelosi – Sat. McConnell – Sat. Reid – Friday

Replied to 0 times

Retweeted by Frank Thorp V
Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · 37m

.@SenatorReid says he was notified FRIDAY before Bergdahl swap for Taliban detainees.Other Hill leaders told Saturday after operation.

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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 2h

House Armed Services Cmte Chair @BuckMcKeon has invited Defense Sec Chuck Hagel to testify on June 11th RE: the transfer of GITMO detainees

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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 3h

Sen Intel Cmte Chair Dianne Feinstein tells reporters “it’s obvious the law was broken” RE: lack of… http://instagram.com/p/oy6myAkzsw/

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canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I used to keep liberals out there for the same reason but they left stains on the concrete.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Ah. Hence the purple shag carpet?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I used to keep liberals out there for the same reason but they left stains on the concrete.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

You should have bought them a junk car to cr@p on. You have to know the natural habitat and behavior of your leftists.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Not even the HA trolls have defended obama today.

He is treacherous and should be tried for it.

Mortified, as they s/b…and this article is not even all-encompassing.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Ah. Hence the purple shag carpet?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The SHOP, the place with all the heavy machinery; you might be surprised what a lathe can do.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Nor, during the recent VA scandal, had the president troubled himself to host the families of survivors of those vets who died awaiting care. No, the warmest attention our president has ever paid to a “military family” was to Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl.

- Col Ralph Peters

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

That’s so mean Col Peters.
You forget all those times Hussein paid his warmest attention to military families when he campaigned for this job , TWICE,

when he campaigned with military families using 4 flag draped coffins as props,

when he read all those magnificent speeches in Ft Hood, TWICE,
and not only that , even the Mooch luvs military people,
she lets them play Jail to the thief when she walks by them ,
and also… also she got a whole bunch of them of every color mind you , to stand behind her when she bestowed the Oscars .
Col Peters, how could you forget ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

AP Politics @AP_Politics · 1m

Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012, reports @donnacassataAP and @bklapperAP http://apne.ws/1mPRnl7
======================================================

Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA
— Jun. 3, 2014 8:01 PM EDT
**************************

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior Democrats and Republicans said Tuesday.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner said lawmakers raised serious concerns that were never satisfactorily answered about the potential swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and received assurances from the Obama administration that if a deal were more likely, Congress would be contacted.

Lawmakers weren’t informed until word came this past Saturday of the exchange.

“There was every expectation that the administration would re-engage with Congress,” Boehner said. “The only reason it did not is because the administration knew it faced serious and sober bipartisan concern and opposition.”

Boehner’s sentiment was echoed by Republican and some Democratic senators, who questioned the Obama administration’s suggestions that Bergdahl’s deteriorating health posed an imminent risk, requiring fast action.

“There has not been even the weakest case, in my opinion, made that he was suffering from a health standpoint to the degree to which a decision had to be made,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“He was undernourished, not necessarily malnourished,” echoed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s Democratic chair, citing an assessment from a few months ago. “Unless something catastrophic happened, I think there was no reason to believe he was in instant danger. There certainly was time to pick up the phone and call.”

Both senators slammed the administration’s disregard for Congress after attending a classified briefing with intelligence officials Tuesday.

Feinstein said she and Chambliss wrote classified letters to President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in late 2011 and early 2012 expressing their opposition to the transfer of high-level detainees to Qatar as part of the proposed deal to free Bergdahl. The top House Republican and Democrat for intelligence also signed on.

Clinton responded by promising further consultation before making the exchange, Feinstein said, but no subsequent talks or notification ever occurred. Feinstein said the administration knew it must notify Congress at least 30 days in advance.

“Our views were clearly translated,” Feinstein told reporters. “So it comes with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following the law.”

The White House insists it acted lawfully. Officials said delaying Bergdahl’s transfer in order to comply with the congressional notification rules would have interfered with two of the president’s constitutional authorities: protecting the lives of Americans abroad and protecting U.S. soldiers.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/boehner-leaders-told-2-years-ago-possible-swap

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I called leftists marxist fascist thugs, D-latrinerats.

If any of them defend this, they are latrine slush.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The trolls have had an uncharacteristically quiet day here.

verbaluce made a weak attempt to shill for Obama, but was quickly chased out.

Thisisyourbrainonkoch muttered something about being concerned it didn’t look good for Obama and then vanished.

Haha

Chuck Schick on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Paging Susan Rice. Susan Rice, please clear your plate for another round of next Sunday talks shows……talking points will be forthcoming.

Rovin on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

there’s a case for bringing him back and handling evidence of desertion under American laws and procedures rather than simply letting him rot in the custody of the Taliban.

Wait….what? He willfully joined the Taliban. He wasn’t “rotting” anywhere. He was exactly where he wanted to be. He’s most likely on his next task of being a leader of a homegrown sleeper cell now.

Capitalist Infidel on June 3, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Can we trade Obama for someone the Taliban doesn’t want?

GarandFan on June 3, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Oh, btw Mz. Rice……drop the “honor and distinction” crap.

Rovin on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

The SHOP, the place with all the heavy machinery; you might be surprised what a lathe can do.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Got it. Liberals are pretty good at twisting themselves out of shape, too.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Hillary: “And you thought I had brain damage”

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Whoops, Obama flubbed it. Senator Feinstein is even angry.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

She’ll be fine,
Hussein will throw a few multi billion dollar contracts at her hubby Richard Plum and she’ll shut up and go back to singing for Hussein again !

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

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

“All I’ve heard is what I’ve read in the press,” said Vermont’s senior senator Pat Leahy.

…There ^ are two reasons I hate the east coast as much as the west coast!…and I come from a state with Debbie StabUback and pond scum Carl Levin…(I have a lot of hate in me!)

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Thisisyourbrainonkoch muttered something about being concerned it didn’t look good for Obama and then vanished.

Haha

Chuck Schick on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

So are we now convinced that kochhead is really a troll and not fishing? I think he revealed that yesterday.

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Whoops, Obama flubbed it. Senator Feinstein is even angry.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

…it lasts one day with her…then she “clarifies” her anger the next.

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

No, she forgets..symptom of her dementia ..FIFY..:)

Bakokitty on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Got it. Liberals are pretty good at twisting themselves out of shape, too.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

That’s what the lathe is for.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

He’s the New Koch

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

…There ^ are two reasons I hate the east coast as much as the west coast!…and I come from a state with Debbie StabUback and pond scum Carl Levin…(I have a lot of hate in me!)

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

But you take it out on bluefish which alleviates my anger for a time; ;)

Judge_Dredd on June 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

What has Hooooaaan said about this issue ?
Once we know that, we’ll know what the trolls have been told to say.
Guess we’ll have to wait for Hannity’s show :O

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

That’s what the lathe is for.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Crap… I was using the band saw.

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Col Peters, how could you forget ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Dog Eater made sure a Marine got properly hydrated on a hot day while he held an umbrella over him in the rain.

Argue with THAT, homophobe bigot Peters.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Bergy Boy. If I comment further on this I’m stealing that!

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Oh, btw Mz. Rice……drop the “honor and distinction” crap.

Rovin on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

More from Col Peters:

Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military.

I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops.

Exhibit A: Ms. Rice. In one of the most tone-deaf statements in White House history (we’re making a lot of history here), the national-security advisor, on a Sunday talk show, described Bergdahl as having served “with honor and distinction.” Those serving in uniform and those of us who served previously were already stirred up, but that jaw-dropper drove us into jihad mode.

But pity Ms. Rice. Like the president she serves, she’s a victim of her class. Nobody in the inner circle of Team Obama has served in uniform. It shows. That bit about serving with “honor and distinction” is the sort of perfunctory catch-phrase politicians briefly don as electoral armor. (“At this point in your speech, ma’am, devote one sentence to how much you honor the troops.”)

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Sorry that’s Leahy not Sanders. Disregard my rant re: the VT Socialist. jdpaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

There’s a difference?

Akzed on June 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Susan Rice? Again? LOL!

Leave no American behind? Paging Ambassador Stevens….paging….

Who is John Galt on June 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

So are we now convinced that kochhead is really a troll and not fishing? I think he revealed that yesterday.

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Koch doesn’t try hard to cover-up that he’s a troll, at least not that I’ve seen. He blames those he successfully trolls for falling for his schtick. He’s an a$$hole.

non-nonpartisan on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Good thing we have all this archival video footage.

Will make great additions to commercials for November elections.

“XYZ supported the return of the traitor…trading the five of the most dangerous terrorists for him. Way to go, XYZ. … with skills like XYZ’s, you need to send me to D.C. because…”

I hope that no terrorist event occurs as a ‘celebration’ of the return of these terrorists. But if it does…does Obama skate again because he just heard about it on the news?

ProfShadow on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Have they ever announced what bergdahls life and death disease was that he needed to be exchanged for.

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Dog Eater made sure a Marine got properly hydrated on a hot day while he held an umbrella over him in the rain.

Argue with THAT, homophobe bigot Peters.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

See, I told y’all that Hussein’s magnificence is boundless !
He never forgets the Corpsemen , rain or shine . Never .

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Susan Rice? Again? LOL!

Leave no American behind? Paging Ambassador Stevens….paging….

Who is John Galt on June 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

She makes me want to puke……..but then so do all of the other scumbags in this administration.

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

Too bad it took the deaths of (up to fourteen) good men, trying to save the life of a deserter, and the swap of five murderers for an America-hating collaborator, in clear violation of the law of the land, signed into law by the one who broke it.

Honestly, how does anyone who voted for this clown look at themselves in a mirror with ANY sense of self-respect? HOW??????

xNavigator on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Nope, because Qatar has already said they have no idea about any deal that Obama supposedly made with them. They are probably already back in Afghanistan by now.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

And probably already plotting to murder more Americans, just like the 1/3 of low-level Gitmo detainees have been caught doing after their release.

What happens a year (or less) from now, when these five high-level Talibani terrorists are caught killing Americans again? Do we bring them back to Gitmo, and start this whole kabuki theater of “justice” all over again, or do we just hand them their visas and EBT cards and Obamaphones, like we did with the Boston Marathon terrorists, and stop even pretending that we give a shit when these freaks attack and murder and maim our people?

AZCoyote on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Obama doesn’t care about the Dems in the Senate. As this little episode proves, he doesn’t need them anymore.

So what if the GOP takes over the Senate, it doesn’t matter to him. He’ll still release all of the prisoners in Gitmo. He’ll declare a general amnesty for illegals whether comprehensive reform happens or not. He’ll appoint Holder to the Supreme Court without any confirmation and dare the Republicans to do something about it.

No one is doing anything to stop him or hold him accountable now. Why should the next 30 months be any different. He knows he can get away with it, so he’s gonna do anything he wants.

PetecminMd on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

#YesAllWomen have to go on national news shows to laud their male party bosses’ grand accomplishments with incomplete and willfully inaccurate information, apparently.

Instant Classic!!

Meanwhile, the men who served with him are entitled to voice their concerns (despite their non-disclosure agreements) and point to evidence for their claims.

Oh wait, some of them can’t, because they were KIA looking for this deserter.

OccamsRazor on June 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Once again, I find myself disagreeing with Dr. Charles Krauthammer, who actually just defended this nauseating decision by the rat eared, Dog Eater. I don’t disagree often, but Chuck got this one wrong on O’Reilly.

bimmcorp on June 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Have they ever announced what bergdahls life and death disease was that he needed to be exchanged for.

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Flea bites and an anal rash.

AZCoyote on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Koch doesn’t try hard to cover-up that he’s a troll, at least not that I’ve seen. He blames those he successfully trolls for falling for his schtick. He’s an a$$hole.

non-nonpartisan on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Folks here thought he was fishing and was just bad at it. It seemed that he purposefully misspelled words and was over the top. I guess he is just an idiot…….and an a$$hole!

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Daily Mail reporting battle in hunt for Bergdahl left 8 (EIGHT) dead, 22 wounded, and produced two MOH. Army opens formal investigation

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Daddy signed a Code Pink petition some time ago so he’s been a p**sy for a long, long time.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Have they ever announced what bergdahls life and death disease was that he needed to be exchanged for.

RickB on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

They were askeered that the muzzies were going to slit his traitorous throat from ear to ear. True that they’ve had five years to do that, but that’s their story and they’re stickin’ to it…for now.

bimmcorp on June 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Honestly, how does anyone who voted for this clown look at themselves in a mirror with ANY sense of self-respect? HOW??????

xNavigator on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Barky supporters never had any self-respect, to begin with. They are all America-haters and suicidal nihilists. They do, however, love the way Barky has killed America and been abusing the corpse.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Honestly, how does anyone who voted for this clown look at themselves in a mirror with ANY sense of self-respect? HOW??????

xNavigator on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Barky supporters never had any self-respect, to begin with. They are all America-haters and suicidal nihilists. They do, however, love the way Barky has killed America and been abusing the corpse.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

May they all go to hell.

VegasRick on June 3, 2014 at 9:01 PM

So I guess the means that none of these Senators will be showing up for the big Welcome Back Bowe bash planned in his hometown in about 3 weeks. With Carole “It’s too late, baby” King!

Last year the Bring Back Bowe event drew “1500 motorcycles from across this country.” I expect this one will draw another 5000 hog-riding vets.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
June 3, 2014

AFGHANISTAN / QATAR

Sergeant Bergdahl
Qatar
Taliban / Specially Designated Terrorist Organization
Need for an Afghan-Led Reconciliation
Upcoming Classified Interagency Congressional Briefing

TRANSCRIPT:

2:24 p.m. EDT

QUESTION: Just going back yesterday to our discussion about Sergeant Bergdahl.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: Doesn’t the deal to free him further legitimize the Taliban?

MS. HARF: No.

QUESTION: You don’t think you’ve made them a power broker in the region?

MS. HARF: No. Not at all.

QUESTION: I thought the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

MS. HARF: I think Jen was very clear yesterday that this was a situation of an exchange of prisoners during a time of war. Sergeant Bergdahl was a combatant who was obtained in the course of an armed conflict. We have done this throughout our history. You heard the President speak to this today. From Revolutionary times, we exchange prisoners of war in times of war. The Secretary of Defense, as we always do, undergoes a process in coordination with the interagency to determine the risk factors associated with Guantanamo releases, as we’ve done with every detainee who’s been released.

QUESTION: But the Guantanamo –

QUESTION: Can you explain, though, real quick – Arshad, real –

QUESTION: — detainees are not prisoners of war, correct? They’re enemy combatants, specifically excluded from all of the protections and rights that are normally given to prisoners of war. They’re not prisoners of war, correct?

MS. HARF: The exchange of prisoners in a time of war, whether or not technically we use that term or we use the term enemy combatants, has a deep historical context and is one we’re comfortable with using those diplomatic means to make the exchange. We believe that was the right approach. Again, this is a long-accepted standard in international times of –

QUESTION: Can I –

QUESTION: Can you – one more real quick?

MS. HARF: Yeah. We can all – we can do more than one.

QUESTION: Can you explain to me how this deal to free five Guantanamo detainees does not set up the Taliban to be a power broker?

MS. HARF: Explain to me how it does.

QUESTION: I think it’s pretty self-evident.

MS. HARF: I don’t. I would disagree with the premise. Look, we’ve said that in Afghanistan the process forward here needs to be Afghan-led reconciliation, Afghans talking to Afghans, between Taliban, between the government. We’ve long talked about that being the path forward here. The bottom line here is they had an American citizen – an American serviceman – in captivity for five years. And as you heard the President say today, we have a responsibility to bring these people home. We had a short window here. This is the situation that we were able to undertake to get him home.

QUESTION: And is there a reason your counterpart in the Taliban issued statements rejoicing about the freeing of these prisoners?

MS. HARF: I don’t think that I want to comment on my counterpart in the Taliban.

QUESTION: Why are you calling the –

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

MS. HARF: Let’s wait, Lucas gets –

QUESTION: One more real quick.

MS. HARF: Uh-huh.

QUESTION: Do you – has the State Department since yesterday – I noticed yesterday, you said that Sergeant Bergdahl was taken captive during an armed conflict.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Yesterday, Jen said, “during combat.” Do you – does the State –

MS. HARF: There’s no difference.

QUESTION: There’s no difference?

MS. HARF: Uh-uh.

QUESTION: Walking off the base without a weapon on his own accord, that’s not combat.

MS. HARF: Well, I think you need to be careful before you get ahead of the facts, Lucas, because one, this – he hasn’t even been reunited with his family yet. He’s undergoing treatment. I don’t know if some of you saw General Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, comment on his Facebook page today. He said, “As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts.” So I would really caution people from jumping to conclusions based on hearsay or third-hand discussions about what the facts might have been.

But also, I would point out my counterpart from a different place, from the Pentagon. Admiral Kirby made a good point in an interview yesterday where he said – he’s an admiral in the Navy and he said: Look, whether someone jumps, is pushed, or falls off of a ship, if someone falls off of it, you turn the ship around and you get them and you bring them home. Doesn’t matter why.

QUESTION: But you don’t – you usually don’t have to give five Taliban detainees to turn the ship around, just a rudder order.

MS. HARF: I would point to previous wars, the – and prisoner exchanges. If you want to go back and look at the numbers of prisoners exchanged in Vietnam for American POWs or in World War II, they’re actually much, much higher.

QUESTION: Does the State –

MS. HARF: So the historical precedent is actually very different.

QUESTION: Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?

MS. HARF: The State Department – no, Lucas. Look, what we said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here. We said very clearly in a statement from the Secretary on Saturday that Sergeant Bergdahl was a member of the United States military who volunteered to serve his country. We don’t know the facts about what happened yet on that day.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) according to those around him, his platoon mates, his squad mates, company mates, they said he walked off the base.

MS. HARF: Lucas, some of them – other – there are conflicting reports out there about this. Look –

QUESTION: Are there?

MS. HARF: There are. Go Google it on the web and you’ll find a ton of conflicting reports. The fact is we’re still establishing a fact pattern about what happened, how he ended up in Taliban captivity. So when he is able to share those, as Chairman Dempsey said today, he will. He also said, like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family.

So I think people need to be really careful about believing every second or third-hand report out there, and also what the President, what the Secretary, what Chairman Dempsey have said: Regardless of how he went missing, it is our responsibility to him to bring him home, period.

QUESTION: And when you say second- and third-hand reports, when his squad mates who served with him overseas said he walked off the –

MS. HARF: Lucas, I’m sure some of them – I mean, look, there’s a lot of rumor and telephone game that’s being played here about what happened. Not all –

QUESTION: So you’re saying that the guys on television last night – his squad mates, platoon mates – were not correct?

MS. HARF: I’m saying we don’t know the fact pattern yet here. We don’t. Nobody knows exactly what happened that night. As the facts emerge, as he’s able to discuss them with the Department of Defense, we will see where that takes us.

QUESTION: Going back to –

MS. HARF: That happened five years ago. This is a situation –

QUESTION: So you’ve had all this time, five years, to determine whether he was a deserter or not. That’s a long time.

MS. HARF: He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows best what happened on that night.

QUESTION: But – well, I think that his squad mates have the best indication what happened that night.

MS. HARF: I don’t think that that’s the case.

QUESTION: Can we move – can we try something else? On the five –

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: — on the detainees that were released to Qatar, can you talk a little bit more about what gives you the assurances that these Taliban will not re-enter the battlefield? Our understanding is that they are not under any kind of house arrest, that they’re able to move freely without – within the country. And so what gives you that –

MS. HARF: Yeah, so a couple points on that. The first – and the President spoke about this today as well – but the first is, obviously, we’re not going to get into the specifics of the agreement. But this is an agreement between the head of the Government of Qatar and the President of the United States, a very high-level agreement about working to mitigate the notion that these five guys will be able to return to the battlefield.

So we always undertake a threat assessment, we attempt to mitigate that in the best way possible. In this case, we certified that we had mitigated sufficiently that risk because of the assurances, again, given at the highest levels of the Qatari Government to the highest levels of our government. And the President spoke to it today where he said, and I quote, “We’ll be keeping eyes on them.”

Is there a possibility some of them trying to return to actions that are detrimental to us? Absolutely. There’s always that possibility with everyone we release from Gitmo, but we would not have undertaken this if we did not believe it was in the national security interest of the United States to do so, period, starting with the President and the Secretary on down.

QUESTION: And some of the detainees that have left to go to their – to be expatriated to third countries or to go to their home countries have been put under some kind of house arrest or under detention –

MS. HARF: We’re not going to get into specifics –

QUESTION: — are they able to roam free throughout Qatar?

MS. HARF: We’re not going to get into the specifics of what the agreement with Qatar looks like in any way.

QUESTION: Do you still consider them for the next year or however long – can you say how long this agreement is in effect?

MS. HARF: The Government of Qatar – for a year, and the Government of Qatar has been very clear, again, to the highest levels of this government, that there are going to be severe restrictions in place on them. I’m not going to outline what those are.

QUESTION: Marie –

QUESTION: Are they – are you saying whether you consider them “detainees” for the next year? Or do you consider them free from detention?

MS. HARF: Well, they’ve been released from Guantanamo Bay –

QUESTION: They’ve been released to the custody of Qatar, but I don’t think it’s been made clear whether they’re still be detained or whether they’re – they’ve, in fact, been released.

MS. HARF: I’m not going to go into the details of their situation in Qatar in any way.

QUESTION: What about some kind of rehab center? The Administration has spoken about that for Yemenis going –

MS. HARF: No details on this case specifically.

QUESTION: But there’s reports –

QUESTION: But you can say they’re under strict restrictions.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: But there’s –

QUESTION: And – sorry. And after the year, it’s not clear yet whether they’ll be able to return to Afghanistan or not?

MS. HARF: I don’t have any more details about what the agreement looks like. As we said, we received sufficient assurances from the Government of Qatar that mitigated the risk here and that we believe led to the fact that we would be able to bring our one American POW in Afghanistan home. The President said very clearly yesterday there’s always a risk. But we have all of these guys in Guantanamo Bay; we need – we have said it is our goal as an Administration to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. That’s why we take a very – in some cases – very slow, methodical look at who we release, where we release them, and what the restrictions are in place.

QUESTION: Is that why it’s five to one deal?

MS. HARF: Lucas, you’re trying to boil this down to something that it’s not. Look, in previous wars we’ve exchanged prisoners of war in vastly different ratios. That’s not the point here, right? The point here is that we had an opportunity and a very small time window to get our American serviceman home with his family.

QUESTION: But I think the Taliban also probably realized there was this fire sale in Guantanamo.

MS. HARF: I’m sorry?

QUESTION: I think –

MS. HARF: Is that a technical term?

QUESTION: No. When you said that you’d been wanting to close Guantanamo –

MS. HARF: Yes, we do want to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

QUESTION: So was that negotiating from strength when we were negotiating with the Taliban?

MS. HARF: Look, we got our one American POW in Afghanistan home. He will be home with his family. The Taliban don’t have him in captivity any more. They don’t have control of him. They can’t use him for any kind of purpose they would want to use someone in captivity for. So I think that that is an important step, yes. It was in our national security interest to do so. Look, there’s not much more I can say on it than that.

QUESTION: But when Susan Rice on Sunday said that he served with honor and distinction, clearly that was not the case, based on many accounts on this –

MS. HARF: I think we need to wait to see the fact pattern here. I really do. I think people need to be cautious about assuming everything – no offense – they read in the paper or see on TV. This is a man who signed up to serve his country, who went to battle wearing the uniform of the United States. We don’t know what happened in the time he was there. We don’t know what happened.

QUESTION: Allegedly he changed his mind.

MS. HARF: There are –

QUESTION: Isn’t there an investigation going on?

MS. HARF: There is. There is an investigation going on. We’re looking into the fact pattern right now and we need to get all the facts before we make assumptions about this guy who’s been in captivity by the Taliban for five years. Let’s remember that.

QUESTION: I’ve got a follow-up going on Dana’s – I’m just curious, and if you can’t answer this, maybe you can take the question. Why wouldn’t the State Department or the Obama Administration be public about the terms of the agreement with the Qataris? I mean, there’s no Privacy Act requirement or something with the detainees, and it’s –

MS. HARF: Matt told you to say that about the Privacy Act, didn’t he?

QUESTION: No, he did not. (Laughter.) Contrary to popular belief, I –

MS. HARF: I know you don’t – Matt doesn’t tell you what to say.

QUESTION: Matt doesn’t tell me everything.

MS. HARF: I know. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: But it would also – I think people would agree it would assure the U.S. public that their safety is – has been assured.

MS. HARF: So I think, to counter that a little bit – look, this obviously involved very sensitive diplomatic negotiations here involving the Government of Qatar, who was the one negotiating with the Taliban, and getting to a place in a very short time window – as I’ve said, as General Dempsey said, the last best opportunity to save his life – where we could get an agreement here. So there are reasons not to put out all of that, I think, for probably very good reasons. But as more details are able to be shared, we will. But we as an Administration looked at the agreement and certified – as we have in many other cases of Guantanamo detainees being sent home, both in this Administration and last, that the threat had been mitigated.

QUESTION: But surely if everything was on the up and up, the Qataris wouldn’t care if the details, at least some of the details –

MS. HARF: That’s not a fair assumption to make. We don’t talk about the details of many detainees we send back to their countries for a variety of reasons.

QUESTION: But these aren’t as high-profile cases as this one was.

MS. HARF: Again, we feel assured by the agreement we’ve put in place.

QUESTION: Sorry. As a follow-up, do you have any comment on the reports that the Afghanistan Government has filed a complaint – or lodged a complaint about this agreement and not being made aware in the terms?

MS. HARF: So as we said in the statement Secretary Kerry released on Saturday, he had a call with President Karzai where he discussed this with him, talked to him about it. In general, the Afghan Government, of course, knew that we were working through the Government of Qatar to negotiate the return of Sergeant Bergdahl, broadly speaking, right? And as we’ve all said, as Secretary Hagel said, this was an operation that had to be very closely held for very good operational security reasons. We wanted to get this American home.

QUESTION: And I have a second question that’s more technical. Does the State Department consider the Afghan Taliban to be a terrorist organization?

MS. HARF: They are not designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. They are designated as a Specially Designated Terrorist Organization under an executive order, which is different. That is a technical question. I think that’s probably as far as my technical knowledge takes me.

But in this case, we were negotiating – in a prisoner of war situation, people that have been taken during armed conflict, and that’s the basis under which we were negotiating here. And we were not directly negotiating with the Taliban either. The Government of Qatar was.

QUESTION: Can you talk a little bit about what the difference is between being the FTO and – is it sanctions or –

MS. HARF: I’m happy for our folks to get you some details on that.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. HARF: It’s my understanding that the Specially Designated Terrorist Organization refers mainly to funding and financing within the United States and cutting off the ability for people to finance. I’m happy to check.

QUESTION: Thanks.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Afghanistan (inaudible).

MS. HARF: Yeah.

QUESTION: Is this leading to direct talks with the Taliban, the contacts that you maintained during these talks?

MS. HARF: Well, again, we didn’t negotiate directly with the Taliban; the Government of Qatar did.

QUESTION: But do you consider holding direct talks with the Taliban?

MS. HARF: The Taliban, as people know, suspended direct –

QUESTION: Because you have said this is leading to a political opening, the talk –

MS. HARF: Well, they suspended direct talks in 2012 and we have not resumed them. Obviously, we appreciate the support of the Government of Qatar in playing a mediating role here.

Look, we’ve been very clear that if this could open the possibilities for Afghan-led reconciliation, Afghans talking to Afghans, that that would be a good thing for the future of Afghanistan, but nothing new to update on direct talks.

QUESTION: And Congressman Mike Rogers in an interview this morning said that the sergeant was under the custody of Haqqani Network and he was not under the custody of Taliban. Would you –

MS. HARF: Well, it’s my understanding that the Taliban –

QUESTION: Is that your understanding?

MS. HARF: — is the one who gave him back. That’s not my – I’m happy to check. That’s not my understanding. On the congressional side –

QUESTION: Because he’s head of the House Intelligence Committee.

MS. HARF: I’m aware of the positions he holds. We will be briefing all members of the House and Senate in the coming days in a classified session, so – we – interagency team, not just the State Department on this, just to update folks.

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

QUESTION: I have one more Afghan related –

MS. HARF: I know. We’re still trying to schedule it.

QUESTION: I have one more Afghan –

MS. HARF: The House is out of session, I think, right now.

QUESTION: Yeah. I have one more Afghan related. Are you aware of the – an Indian aid worker being kidnapped in the Herat Province?

MS. HARF: Let me see what I have on that. I believe we’ve seen those reports. Let me see. Hold on one second. Sorry. I need to clean out this book a little bit. Let me see afterwards if I can get you something.

QUESTION: Okay.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/06/227073.htm
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Daily Press Briefing – June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014: U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf in Washington, DC.

VIDEO:(1:00:07)

http://video.state.gov/en/video/3604027165001

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Well I hear there are some vacancies in Guantanamo if he’s looking for a place now….

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

QUESTION: I thought the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

We don’t “negotiate” with terrorists.

We just roll over and give them whatever they want.

It’s not negotiation; it’s capitulation.

AZCoyote on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

There’s a good chance that none of this will matter.
The stunted attention span of the general population and the LIV will have this down the same memory hole that F&F, IRS, Benghazi, etc, and have been turned into a vague memory..remember the GM transfer of shares to the unions?..the IG that was investigating was lied about and dismissed?..Holder calling all of you a “nation of cowards”?…Obamacare technically maneuvered into a position and then jammed down your throats?..Obama declaring certain laws “unconstitutional” on no more than a whim?..forcing people to fund “green energy” boondoggles?..etc, etc?

These things are so outrageous and obvious..yet no one cares..well they may, until the MSM changes the LEDE. If this Republic is going to survive, it’s going to be by the grace of God or just dumb luck.

Mimzey on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

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