Bergdahl release video published by Taliban

posted at 8:01 am on June 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal describe this as a “propaganda video,” but other than the oddly high-quality singing (presumably in Pashto) in the final half of the clip, there doesn’t seem to be anything on this that has much value as propaganda at this stage. The video shows a dazed-looking Bowe Berghdal getting instructions while sitting in a pickup, and then waiting to be handed over to US forces that arrive by helicopter as the singing begins in the background. It’s not much more than a home movie with better-than-average production values:

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday released a propaganda video showing the handover of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years, to U.S. Special Operations Forces in a remote part of eastern Khost province.

The video, posted on a Taliban website, shows Sgt. Bergdahl with a shaved head and no eyebrows. He is wearing Afghan clothing, looking gaunt and dazed, rapidly blinking his eyes.

In the footage, Sgt. Bergdahl sits in a white Taliban pickup truck in an open field, as a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter prepares to land. …

In the video, an Afghan insurgent, his face hidden by a scarf, tells Sgt. Bergdahl menacingly in Pashto moments before the release: “Don’t come back to Afghanistan. Next time we catch you, you won’t leave here alive.” Armed insurgents surrounding the pickup truck laugh as Sgt. Bergdahl bows his head, looking confused and scared.

The US has not certified the video as authentic, but told the media that they have no reason to doubt its authenticity, either. The Taliban fighters complain afterward (apparently in a longer version) that the Americans didn’t stick around to chat a bit and let them say goodbye to Bergdahl, which … is apparently a propaganda coup of some sort. If the translation is correct, Bergdahl got the all the goodbye he needed in the pickup truck anyway.

The value of this as propaganda at all seems elusive. The real propaganda win was the release of the five Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay, not the handover of Bergdahl back to the US. Actually, that’s not even the full truth. The big propaganda coup will be every time those five get interviewed by media outlets from their cushy exile in Qatar to discuss their Gitmo experience and scoff at US efforts to keep them from the fight. The Bergdahl release is just a sideshow.


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Were they like “Bro, don’t come back to Afghanistan *wink* *wink*”

p0s3r on June 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

They were just glad to be rid of him finally. He was like the house guest who never leaves. But they got their friends released in exchange and probably all hit Bergdahl’s soft white bottom like a hookah.

ezspirit on June 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

The big coup will be the next attack by these guys….with a big I told you so

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Actually – part of the video shows a very sturdy looking Bergdahl (he is hardly emmaciated – he looks well fed to me – his neck is thick and his face well filled out) smiling and laughing with his Taliban captors. I wonder if the blinking was an attempt to dispel tears. I think they put this out in response to the Obama administration going on and on about Bergdahl being in a tenuous health condition. They know he looks perfectly healthy. This whole thing is like the cherry on top of the Obama administration’s rancid milkshake…

djl130 on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Surprised he wasn’t wearing an t-shirt with Obama’s photo on it and the slogan “Yes, We Can!”

albill on June 4, 2014 at 8:13 AM

In the footage, Sgt. Bergdahl sits in a white Taliban pickup truck

Wow! White Toyota pickups are what they usually drive. Seriously, look at rebels and terrorists in any part of the world and you’ll find white Toyota pickups.

I would suggest that this is really designed for internal consumption. The message: We got everything we wanted and all we had to give up was this idiot who thinks the Army is the armed branch of the Peace Corps.

I would also point out that Bergdahl doesn’t look gravely ill to the point that the rat-eared wonder had to act without notifying Congress.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Looked like a teary-eyed farewell to me.

iceman1960 on June 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Bergdahl gets around remarkably well for somebody who was supposedly so deathly ill that he could die at any minute (which was the WH explanation for why they didn’t notify congress — had to move fast on the deal because Bergdahl might die from his unspecified, but rapidly deteriorating, condition).

Bergdahl is now reportedly chugging down power shakes in the hospital. Apparently has a pretty good appetite for a “terminal” patient.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Good thing Obama broke the law to get him out immediately. He looks nearly as frail as Hillary Clinton.

forest on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Looks healthy enough to me. Maybe crying a little, or sand in his eye?

petefrt on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

The Taliban fighters complain afterward (apparently in a longer version) that the Americans didn’t stick around to chat a bit and let them say goodbye to Bergdahl,

Odd, wasn’t it, that the Talibani terrorists were upset that they didn’t get more time to say goodbye to their friend . . . er, I mean prisoner.

Looked like a teary-eyed farewell to me.

iceman1960 on June 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Yep.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM

And the liberal media has settled on a course to save Hillary’s presidency:

The story will now be that Hillary was against this prisoner swap from the beginning…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html

So… Hillary in 2016!

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Now I see how critical it was to get him back because he was near death. Good thing he got that medical attention just in time.

It looked to me like they were giving him last minute instructions on how to commit homegrown jihad.

Capitalist Infidel on June 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Looked like a teary-eyed farewell to me.

iceman1960 on June 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

He was blinking Morse code, in Pashtun, saying “Death to America, Praise Allah”.

TXUS on June 4, 2014 at 8:26 AM

So they HAD to do this because of Bergdahl’s health, right?

Bullshiite. They did this for the health of Obama getting the blame of nearly 80% for the VA. And had an even worse stinkbomb blow up in their faces…

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

If they take him to a VA hospital will he get put to the top of the waiting list? If not he could die in the years it would take to get treatment.

mechkiller_k on June 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

No doubt getting some last minute instructions “Allah Akbar, kill the infidels and make us proud my brother”

iceman1960 on June 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

He would look better thru the peep sight of an M-4.

docflash on June 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

You betcha roc …..save Hillary

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I have a better deal: Let’s trade 20,000 illegal aliens for an American Marine in a Mexican Jail.

…and then, we can send Bowe Bergdahl to Iran for Pastor Saeed.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Translation:

“no, Bowemudeen, YOU do the Sheep”

ToddPA on June 4, 2014 at 8:32 AM

How did this guy stay clean shaven this whole time? When have we seen hostages/pows afforded that luxury?

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

How did this guy stay clean shaven this whole time? When have we seen hostages/pows afforded that luxury?

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Er… you don’t suppose that they cleaned him up for the transfer? Nah… it couldn’t be that.

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

So Hillary was OK with the swap when she was SOS she just wanted stricter conditions on the five terrorists who would have gotten released but the deal fell through for unknown reasons in 2012.

Lucky Obama got to this guy in time to save his life. I am sure it was touch and go for quite awhile just by looking at the horrible shape he was in. He looks like he wouldn’t have lasted five more minutes without serious medical attention in that video./

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

He is wearing Afghan clothing, looking gaunt and dazed, rapidly blinking his eyes.

Huh?

He looks pretty good for all that time in “captivity”. In fact, he looks in better physical shape than the terrorist next to him. And his “blinking” is due to the dust.

Honestly, who writes this stuff- 8 year olds?

Marcus Traianus on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Er… you don’t suppose that they cleaned him up for the transfer? Nah… it couldn’t be that.

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

And injected Botox under his skin to give the impression that he was well fed…

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I can’t think of the last time I’ve seen a POW who could get a change of clothes and be ready to go to the bars to meet women. Good for him for defying his captors and staying well fed and healthy.

rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

How did this guy stay clean shaven this whole time? When have we seen hostages/pows afforded that luxury?

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Er… you don’t suppose that they cleaned him up for the transfer? Nah… it couldn’t be that.

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

He probably wanted to keep his long beard, but was told the optics would be better if he at least appeared to be an American soldier, rather than an Islamist militant.

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

One observation…..

For all the angles of the story (way too much unconfirmed stuff swirling around) one aspect is definitely missing.

Tali-dad has clearly gone to ground.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Were they like “Bro, don’t come back to Afghanistan *wink* *wink*”

p0s3r on June 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

IOW, “Make sure you detonate yourself Stateside and take as many infidels with you as you can.”

CurtZHP on June 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM

The Bearded Five are back in Pakistan in 3..2..1…

vnvet on June 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

The propaganda is–it looks like the Taliban are reasonable nice folks…

No head chopping, no guns above the head yelling for death to America, they are releasing an American who deserted the American military to seek a better life with the Taliban…

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

He probably wanted to keep his long beard, but was told the optics would be better if he at least appeared to be an American soldier, rather than an Islamist militant.

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Yeah, it really looked more like Bowe was leaving summer camp than anything else.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I’m sorry, but the more I read about this the angrier I get…

This is a video of Bergdahl’s release. Do we have one of the Taliban Five? I have to admit, the first time I heard about the T5, I hoped that hovering somewhere above the release point was an helicopter w/a sharpshooter in it and each of the Five were greeted by a bullet to the forehead.

Okay…I’m not sorry. Just angry.

Sue Doenim on June 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Than God we got to him in time!!! The guy was damn near skin and bones, mere millimeters ahead of the Grim Reaper.

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The real propaganda video happens sometime in the next two weeks when the Taliban 5 are seen wandering around the mountains along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

Sgt Steve on June 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

And the liberal media has settled on a course to save Hillary’s presidency:

The story will now be that Hillary was against this prisoner swap from the beginning…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html

So… Hillary in 2016!

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Not really, that would be Hillary leaking her disagreement with the deal… aka… the Hillary bus takes a test drive over the Obama administration and leaves a mark. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of the Hillary bus if things continue to spiral in the last moments of the Obama presidency.

msmveritas on June 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I have a better deal: Let’s trade 20,000 illegal aliens for an American Marine in a Mexican Jail.

…and then, we can send Bowe Bergdahl to Iran for Pastor Saeed.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

This…

Why Kerry (and we all know why), just doesn’t say, release the marine or we are going in and release him ourselves…this has gone to far.

Instead, they bargain for the release of a traitor, deserter…unbelievable.

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Is it just me or did I see Carrie Mathison on the helo?

NavyMustang on June 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

So… Hillary in 2016!

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

And it gives us the real reason Hillary bailed out…even she knew this administration was on a path of destruction as a “lame duck”.

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

maybe the next coup will be when our mil goes full sissi after being spat on enough by potus. the congress doesnt have the guts to uphold the constitution.

t8stlikchkn on June 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Than God we got to him in time!!! The guy was damn near skin and bones, mere millimeters ahead of the Grim Reaper.

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

We all know that Dear Leader will parse his words and say that Bergdahl was at RISK of lead poisoning, that he wasn’t really sick at all.

NavyMustang on June 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Considering every video i have seen of him during his captivity has him clean shaven, even during just random walks in the mountains, its not just this instance.

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Honestly, who writes this stuff- 8 year olds?

Marcus Traianus on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

come on, it cant all be boffo like “the demostration was spurred by outrage at a video”. sometimes you hit a homer. sometimes you wiff. pajama boys arent known for consistency.

t8stlikchkn on June 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Watching that video is the ending to a really f***ed up episode of MASH.

abobo on June 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Kelly had someone on her show last night who said the group that held Bergdahl is “80% Sopranos and 20% Al Qaeda” and, as a result, that there must have been money involved too. He said the administration needs to be pressed on this.

I continue to be amazed that American voters elected a president who is so decidedly un-American.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Considering every video i have seen of him during his captivity has him clean shaven, even during just random walks in the mountains, its not just this instance.

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I wonder if we shaved the T5 before releasing them?

Seems like the right thing to do..:)

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Considering every video i have seen of him during his captivity has him clean shaven, even during just random walks in the mountains, its not just this instance.

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

If that’s the case, I stand corrected. I’ve never even heard of this guy until the last week or so.

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

We all know that Dear Leader will parse his words and say that Bergdahl was at RISK of lead poisoning, that he wasn’t really sick at all.

NavyMustang on June 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

The “health concerns” bit was thrown up there to deflect anger that Obama broke the law and didn’t notify Congress before swapping terrorists for traitor. The expected theme was going to be one of how immoral it is to question doing whatever necessary to save a dying war hero captured by the enemy. It’s part of this suddenly sacrosanct idea that Americans don’t leave anybody in uniform behind (a complete and utter lie).

The administration simply doesn’t know what to do now that the real focus (aside from the circumstances) is on the freeing of terrorists and not the well-being or status of the traitor.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Aside from the squinting and blinking (which I can understand. I have had people ask me if I was Chinese because I squint so bad when I am in bright sunlight)he looks pretty healthy to me. The liberal media say he looks shaky walking to the helicopter, I don’t see it. Let’s hope there is a republican out there with the cajones to stand up to the administration and make sure this is fully and openly investigated and charges are brought if appropriate.

I’m not holding my breath, though. Even now karl rove is probably telling someone that lingering on this will be a bad pr move.

peacenprosperity on June 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’ve never even heard of this guy until the last week or so.

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

All by design…

Living in Idaho, I have heard of Bergdahl for years…
On all the local talk radio shows..
Interviews with the family and all…

What surprised me in the last couple of days is how chummy the family is to Obama and vise verse…..when for years Obama has ignored them about their son….

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I was surprised the Taliban there wouldn’t try to shoot down the copter. Nothing would surprise me by that evil bunch. Off topic but I am going to be sick with Obama representing the USA on the 70th anniversary of DDay. That idiot has no idea what the Allies had to do to preserve freedom. After all he is the one taking our freedoms away little by little daily.

garydt on June 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

So, let’s get this straight.

Obama’s VA scandal was overwhelming and was affecting his poll numbers pushing them further into the toilet. So, Obama decides to change the subject for purely political reasons by freeing 5 of the worst, most dangerous and deadly al quaeda terrorists in exchange for an American coward who defected to the Taliban and renounced his American citizenship.

This POTUS had a ceremony in our Rose Garden, praising the father of the coward and clearly daddy is a terrorist sympathizer and likely an islamic convert.

All because his polls were sinking. All because he wanted to change the subject from the VA, thinking he would get accolades and praises. This man needs to go, and he needs to go NOW. His actions were not only stupid but they were lawless. Impeach his white half.

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

What surprised me in the last couple of days is how chummy the family is to Obama and vise verse…..when for years Obama has ignored them about their son….

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

He only ignored them because it wasn’t politically expedient at the time. I’m glad this blew up in his face.

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Nice take off on Saving Private Ryan.

http://ricochet.com/trading-private-bergdahl/

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM

other than the oddly high-quality singing (presumably in Pashto)

everyone knows the taliban speak parsi.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Looks pretty well fed to me, for a ‘POW’ of 5+ years. Nothing a few pork chops wouldn’t fix…wait…does Bowe eat pork??

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

US should have double crossed these animals had pulled a minigun on them from the chopper.

jaywemm on June 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

trollcot

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Can’t remember who said it yesterday but this is a classic case of a political magic trick, while you’re watching one hand (Bergdahl) you’re being distracted from following the real trick, the five Taliban terrorists that were freed.

President Obama decided to release those five Taliban terrorists only after they rejected his first offer of making them tenured professors at a public university in Illinois. – Dan Proft

Fallon on June 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Considering every video i have seen of him during his captivity has him clean shaven, even during just random walks in the mountains, its not just this instance.

MikeInBA on June 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

No.

It seems that he got cleaned up from time to time, probably to make him more easily identifiable.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_OR8dKL3XDN8/TCv9dJsuQZI/AAAAAAAAFsU/6TIdH9JNEeE/s320/alg_taliban_bergdahl2.jpg

http://media.kmvt.com/images/KMVT_nergdhal.jpg

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Trollcot.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

everyone knows the taliban speak parsi.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

You beclown yourself, yet again. What in hell is ‘parsi’? Taliban is a multinational movement and has no single language. In Afghanistan, many of its supporters would have spoken Pashto. In Pakistan, many speak Pashto (or Pakhtun) or Urdu.

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The reason Begdahl was released is simple. He had been away from his platoon for so long that his info was no longer useful

ConservativePartyNow on June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

TROLLCOT… TROLLCOT

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Bergdahl looks reasonably steady on his feet. Walks under his own steam. He is not at death’s door or very frail.

The Obama administration wants us to view this video as propaganda because “propaganda” tends to inspire a negative connotation towards who released the video. When in my opinion, it exposes another lie from the Obama administration. It’s a tragic day when you have to at least consider the possibility that the Taliban might tell more truth than your own President.

texas toast on June 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

You’re one of the few other people who seem to see this exchange as tied to changing the conversation on the VA. I’m convinced that Obama had this deal in the pipeline for a while and was just waiting to pull the trigger. Notice that it took Obama a month to speak about the VA. It got really bad the last week on a signature campaign issue of his, so he fired Shinseki, benefited from a three-day weekend, and put the finishing touches on this deal.

The left couldn’t care less about vets. The VA was hurting him with independents. But independents are probably agnostic or opposed to anything having to do with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. So I think Obama probably feels he doesn’t lose anything with this deal in their eyes. Of course, the right hates this deal, but they hate Obama anyway. What Obama needs is Harry Reid and that means Democratic turnout in some key senate races. The left’s LIVs don’t turn out for midterms. So I can’t help feeling that Obama feels he gets a twofer in this. First, it’s one more stake in the heart of traditional America. Second, he gets to look like the president persecuted by the right so that the left’s LIVs–especially blacks–get out to vote in November.

I’m bracing for an extraordinary move on immigration that will be sure to enrage the right, which Obama, in turn, will use to drum up Hispanic turn out.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

You beclown yourself, yet again. What in hell is ‘parsi’? Taliban is a multinational movement and has no single language. In Afghanistan, many of its supporters would have spoken Pashto. In Pakistan, many speak Pashto (or Pakhtun) or Urdu.

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bowe’s whackjob Dad thanking Allah in Parsi, was the first clue.

kingsjester on June 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

‘parsi’ is the name of an indian ethnic group descended from persians. if you were refering to the language it is ‘farsi’.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

also the taliban speak pashto not farsi.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Uh no they don’t. The common language for them is Arabic. What the US calls Modern Standard Arabic. The Taliban operates in quite a few different countries all with different languages. They communicate in MSA. Get your “facts” straight.

Johnnyreb on June 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Point defeated in other thread.

Trollcot.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I’m bracing for an extraordinary move on immigration that will be sure to enrage the right, which Obama, in turn, will use to drum up Hispanic turn out.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Many of these “children” are young men. Something’s up.

Fallon on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

TROLLCOT… TROLLCOT

Walter L. Newton on June 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

What? And ruin my fun???

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I can read lips and understand Paschto. Bergdahl is saying….. “I don’t want to go back! No, you can’t make me go back!”

Herb on June 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Point defeated in other thread.

Trollcot.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

how do you say that in parsi?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

“illegitimi Non Carborundum”

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

as ive said before shouldnt any word that takes its ending from ‘boycott’ have two t’s?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

What difference does the language makes Koch,,, its not English and its no spoken but by only the enemies of the USA, By the way has Obama mentioned the Marine in Mex? He said about as much about him as he does about all the Christians killed in Nigeria, Syria and Egypt. Total silence by the one who says the Muzzie prayer is the most beautiful sound he ever hears. Man I detest this man.

garydt on June 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

What difference does the language makes Koch,,, its not English and its no spoken but by only the enemies of the USA, By the way has Obama mentioned the Marine in Mex? He said about as much about him as he does about all the Christians killed in Nigeria, Syria and Egypt. Total silence by the one who says the Muzzie prayer is the most beautiful sound he ever hears. Man I detest this man.

garydt on June 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

They all sound the same, anyway…like snorting, rutting camels…

bimmcorp on June 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

What difference does the language makes Koch,,, its not English and its no spoken but by only the enemies of the USA,

garydt on June 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

translation: if you dont speak english you are probably an enemy of the usa. if you speak pashto you are definately an enemy of the usa.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

He probably wanted to keep his long beard, but was told the optics would be better if he at least appeared to be an American soldier, rather than an Islamist militant.

ROCnPhilly on June 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Abu Bowe didn’t get the memo.

Ben Hur on June 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’m bracing for an extraordinary move on immigration that will be sure to enrage the right, which Obama, in turn, will use to drum up Hispanic turn out.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Many of these “children” are young men. Something’s up.

Fallon on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Who says they have to be “Mexican” anyway? Does obama know that there are tunnels leading into the US from Mexico that can accommodate young middle eastern men who blend in with the rest, or will he find that out on the news?

Impeach this basta*rd now.

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Looks healthy enough to me. Maybe crying a little, or sand in his eye?

petefrt on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It’s likely sweat falling into his eyes that’s causing him to blink. We have eyebrows to prevent that from happening. His eyebrows were shaved off. Therefor, he’s got nothing to prevent sweat from falling into his eyes.

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The big coup will be the next attack by these guys….with a big I told you so

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

That’s like saying it will get dark tonight.

formwiz on June 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“So Achmed, its been great visiting you. If you ever make it to the States on a suicide mission look me up. Here is my address…..”

tommer74 on June 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I have a better deal: Let’s trade 20,000 illegal aliens for an American Marine in a Mexican Jail.

…and then, we can send Bowe Bergdahl to Iran for Pastor Saeed.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

…ok!…I want you to take Horseface’s job!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

LOL!

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Get some pictures of POWs back in the Viet Nam era and put them side by side with this traitors. Doesn’t look like he suffered much….wink wink…..

crosshugger on June 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’ll bet the Taliban wanted to get rid of that little POS. They realized he is a loser and this was about the only way to get rid of him.

TulsAmerican on June 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Seems like the kind of blinking and squinting that would be caused by sensitive eyes….not being out in the sun for a long time.

captainkate on June 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Desperado time for the latrine colony

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

He doesn’t look sick to me. Someone I know asked “did we get played by the Taliban?” I think not, we got played by Hagel, Obama, Rice et al.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I’ll bet the Taliban wanted to get rid of that little POS. They realized he is a loser and this was about the only way to get rid of him.

TulsAmerican on June 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Remember that old M*A*S*H episode where Frank “Ferret Face” Burns willingly gets into a jeep and drives off with a couple of North Korean soldiers because he thinks they’re South Koreans? After about 10 minutes of listening to his babbling, they threw him out of the jeep and said they didn’t need a hostage that bad!

Del Dolemonte on June 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I hope there was some enterprising and patriotic agent at the CIA that made sure the Taliban 5 got all of their “vaccinations” before being released…including a polonium-210 booster.

ReaganWasRight on June 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

“Don’t come back to Afghanistan. Next time we catch you, you won’t leave here alive.” Armed insurgents surrounding the pickup truck laugh as Sgt. Bergdahl bows his head, looking confused and scared.

Perhaps the laughter was due to the comedy routine they were witnessing as the “captor” makes bogus future threats to the more than willing five year accomplice.

Carnac on June 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Hey Kock guy or whatever your name is. I meant the Taliban , they are the nation’s enemy whatever language they are using.

garydt on June 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The biggest propaganda video that I’ve seen in the last few days has been the one from the White House Rose Garden

DrStock on June 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

So, let’s get this straight.

Obama’s VA scandal was overwhelming and was affecting his poll numbers pushing them further into the toilet.

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I tend to doubt this. This is all about the Obama legacy and his failure to close GITMO. Today, Harry Reid crowed about releasing the GITMO scum too. The “activist” father is campaigning to close GITMO.

The reason for not telling congress is that they would have prevented it.

This may be hard to hear, but Zero cares nothing about the VA issue since his fingerprints aren’t on it. The VA is in his rear-view mirror, this is all about his leftist legacy on GITMO and he’s been working on this for some time.

virgo on June 5, 2014 at 1:08 AM

He’s crying because they shaved his mujahideen beard, meaning that he’s been symbolically castrated and is no longer a member of the terrorist boy’s club. He started smiling when his pal whispered to him not to cry, everything will grow back when you get home and kill a few Americans.

AppraisHer on June 5, 2014 at 1:29 AM