Did Obama reject a military rescue for Bergdahl in favor of an excuse to shut down Gitmo?

posted at 10:01 am on June 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Explosive if true, especially given the White House excuse for violating the law requiring 30 days’ notice before releasing any detainees from Guantanamo, let alone the worst of the non-9/11 bunch. The Obama administration argued that Bergdahl’s health had deteriorated so rapidly that they had no choice but to take this deal. At least one source in the Pentagon tells the Daily Mail that the military actually had several choices for a rescue — but the White House had no interest in them:

The Obama administration passed up multiple opportunities to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because the president was dead-set on finding a reason to begin emptying Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a Pentagon official.

‘JSOC went to the White House with several specific rescue-op scenarios,’ the official with knowledge of interagency negotiations underway since at least November 2013 told MailOnline, referring to the Joint Special Operations Command. ‘But no one ever got traction.’

‘What we learned along the way was that the president wanted a diplomatic scenario that would establish a precedent for repatriating detainees from Gitmo,’ he said.

The official said a State Department liaison described the lay of the land to him in February, shortly after the Taliban sent the U.S. government a month-old video of Bergdahl in January, looking sickly and haggard, in an effort to create a sense of urgency about his health and effect a quick prisoner trade.

‘He basically told me that no matter what JSOC put on the table, it was never going to fly because the president isn’t going to leave office with Gitmo intact, and this was the best opportunity to see that through.’

This has yet to be substantiated, but given the leaks to The Daily Beast and Time Magazine about “forcing the consensus,” it certainly fits the pattern. In the latter, senior officials at the Pentagon told Time that “there was no conversation” in the end about options, and pressure brought to bear on the military to “suck it up and salute” rather than try to keep the conversation open. Both pieces made it clear that political benefits for the White House outweighed strategic or tactical considerations in the war when it came to the Bergdahl swap. This just makes it even more plain that the White House was determined to “force the consensus” to its liking.

But if Bergdahl’s health was the motivating factor, wouldn’t a rescue make more sense? It would — as long as it was feasible, not excessively provocative, and wouldn’t create so many American casualties as to negate the value of Bergdahl’s retrieval. The Daily Beast’s Kimberly Dozier provided a splash of cold water on the military-rescue options yesterday, reporting that it was the Pentagon that ultimately passed on the rescue:

The Pentagon rejected the idea of a rescue mission for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because he was being moved so often by his Taliban captors that U.S. special operators would have had to hit up to a dozen possible hideouts inside Pakistan at once in order to have a chance at rescuing him.

That’s according to U.S. officials, who also say the Obama administration also did not want to risk the political fallout in Pakistan from another unilateral U.S. raid, like the Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape, so the militants guarding him had stepped up their numbers, further complicating any potential rescue attempt.

“A rescue mission would have been fraught politically as well as tactically,” according to a senior defense official briefed on the Bergdahl case.

That situation grew more difficult in 2014, not less so. After the two escape attempts, Bergdahl’s captors were moving him so frequently that the Pentagon had little hard evidence of where he was. Dozier’s source reports that they would have had to hit perhaps a dozen locations simultaneously in order to find it, all of them in Pakistan, which would have had repercussions with the Pakistani government in Islamabad that was still angry over the Osama bin Laden raid.  The odds of success would probably be low, and the odds of something going wrong and losing men in order to bring back a suspected deserter would likely have pushed the idea well past the “not worth it” threshold, if Dozier’s source is correct.

Even so, the Pentagon would still have been drafting and war-gaming rescue options right up until Bergdahl’s release. Without a doubt, the DoD would have been sharing those options with the White House. Whether they were realistic, and what the motivations were for declining them, will be debated for a very long time.


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That is what I’ve been hearing, and it ain’t good.

If he did…

cozmo on June 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

a month-old video of Bergdahl in January, looking sickly and haggard

So they knew he was sickly in January, but they couldn’t provide 30 days’ notice between then and June?

Math is hard.

notropis on June 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

that U.S. special operators would have had to hit up to a dozen possible hideouts inside Pakistan at once in order to have a chance at rescuing him.

The war is winding down…

So we have been told…

So there shouldn’t be dozens of hideouts…

No?

Electrongod on June 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Obama only cares about Obama. I would be pretty pissed if I found out my son was left in enemy hands till a more favorable political outcome could come about for the president. This loser need to be impeached, not that would ever happen with this lame senate.

major dad on June 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Valerie Jarrett……all you need to know.

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

When do we put our president on the terrorist watch list?

crrr6 on June 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

If Bergdahl wasn’t available as a pawn in some trade game, what would Bark have done with the Gitmo 5 otherwise. The question the media jackholes will never ask.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Obama is such a narcisstic punk on the tube…

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

How will the WH dovetail the 70th D Day memorial into their pro military charade..?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Wait, he tried to escape twice? Where is that coming from?

Maybe he realized life among the Taliban would not be all sunshine and lollipops. This doofus didn’t deserve a rescue that risked additional American lives. Nor, if it’s all true, did he deserve to be the “prize” we traded five terrorist ringleaders for.

TarasBulbous on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Did obama reject a military rescue for Bergdahl …

Well, actually, there was never any “rescue” planned – the Army issued ‘kill on contact’ orders for Bergdahl and recognized him as a deserter, a traitor and a defector:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/shock-claim-army-wanted-to-shoot-bergdahl/

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

If Bergdahl wasn’t available as a pawn in some trade game, what would Bark have done with the Gitmo 5 otherwise. The question the media jackholes will never ask.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Moved them to the American embassy in Kabul.

Steve Eggleston on June 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Dear Leader is lying to the press as we speak in Brussels….

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I think the real driver was Obama’s desire to make a deal with the Taliban that, in his view, would pave the way to improved relations. A ransom, even assuming the Taliban accepted it, would not have made the Taliban as happy as getting its commanders back. Therefore, it would not “open the door for broader discussions. . .about the future of [Afghanistan] by building confidence” with the Taliban, as Obama has said he hopes the prisoner swap will.

Obama’s desire to make deals with America’s worst enemies is a unifying theme of his presidency. He made one with Iran over its nuclear program; he made one with Assad over chemical weapons (brokered by our adversary Putin); he brokered a ceasefire deal with Hamas (through Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood man). Indeed, Obama has long sought deals with the Taliban. The five commanders at Gitmo were the main stumbling block. No longer.

Accordingly, Obama didn’t need to hear an intelligence assessment of the security impact of releasing the commanders. No matter what threat they pose, Obama was going to release them. In his mind, he’s playing chess while the likes of Panetta and Clapper are playing checkers. In the game Obama imagines himself playing, Afghanistan enjoys a satisfactory future thanks to the confidence and trust Obama engenders through his deal making.

The release of the commanders may not be the only “confidence building” gift Obama has bestowed upon the Taliban. According to Fox, since Obama opted to pursue the prisoner swap at the end of last year, the U.S. has cut back significantly on operations against the Taliban, including the drone strikes our enemy so dreads. And now, of course, Obama has assured the Taliban that we will be out of Afghanistan before long.

All of this should give the Taliban plenty of confidence.

Powerline

Add to this the “reset” with Russia that was also supposed to give the Russians confidence. And it did…that they could take the Crimea without opposition and encourage the Russian puppet Assad to ignore the “red line.”

Now the Iranians are confident they can play Obama for a patsy in nuclear negotiations.

For all their odes to “multiculturalism,” lefties don’t seem to understand that what might be a conciliatory gesture in a Western democracy is a sign of weakness in a non-Western autocracy.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

How will the WH dovetail the 70th D Day memorial into their pro military charade..?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Bark has ordered the U.S. soldier reenactors to storm ashore on Omaha Beach yelling “Allahu Ackbaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr!”, and the landing craft will by flying the Islamic black flag.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape

So he grew “disillusioned” with life with the Taliban, too?

Can this guy ever be happy?

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape . . .

Seriously? Seriously?

Does anyone really believe he tried to escape even once?

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

‘He basically told me that no matter what JSOC put on the table, it was never going to fly because the president isn’t going to leave office with Gitmo intact, and this was the best opportunity to see that through.’

Obama will set his brethren free.

Stop him.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Obama only cares about Obama. I would be pretty pissed if I found out my son was left in enemy hands till a more favorable political outcome could come about for the president. This loser need to be impeached, not that would ever happen with this lame senate.

major dad on June 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I agree. Absolutely everything is calculated and done for the outcome desired for Obama at a particular moment, no matter the cost to anyone else.

hawkeye54 on June 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Did the CIA station chief in Kabul disagree with the Bergdahl prisoner swap…?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Are we really still a democratic, constitutional republic when the president begins deciding unilaterally, without the consent of Congress and the people?

This has become about one man with autocratic tendencies and a proclivity to lie regarding his true intentions. It is also about a press that has kept truth from the public because they support his politics, which won’t end well for anyone.

How long will Congress sit back and watch as he usurps their power and undermines our country?

There seems to be a fair degree of cowardice abound.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape, so the militants guarding him had stepped up their numbers, further complicating any potential rescue attempt.

Prove it, Obama. Prove that he tried to escape.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape . . .

Seriously? Seriously?

Does anyone really believe he tried to escape even once?

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Nope – because clearly, Bergdahl was NOT being held captive.

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I find it hard to believe that this hippy tried to escape. He wanted to find himself and turning his back on his brothers and country was the cure.

crosshugger on June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Did the CIA station chief in Kabul disagree with the Bergdahl prisoner swap…?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Is the CIA Station Chief in Kabul still alive?

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Did Obama reject a military rescue for Bergdahl in favor of an excuse to shut down Gitmo?

This does not compute for me. I will maintain until it is proven otherwise that there was no need to rescue, return, save or any other description of reasons why 0 did this.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Did Obama reject a military rescue for Bergdahl in favor of an excuse to shut down Gitmo?

Hmmm, Bergdhal is a deserter and a traitor, the odds, being that the Military fully knew this, were very high that Bergdhal would have been shot while fighting his rescuers. That if he wasn’t shot, that he would have been brought home to face a court martial and because he actively fought alongside the Taliban/Al Qaeda would be the first American military personal given the death penalty for desertion/cowardice in the face of the enemy and treason since the Vietnam war. Yea, there was no way in hell Obama was going to allow that to tarnish his Administration reputation.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Seriously? Seriously?

Does anyone really believe he tried to escape even once?

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Nope – because clearly, Bergdahl was NOT being held captive.

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

How did they know he wanted to escape? I don’t believe this for a minute given Pa Taliban’s beard and pashtu announcement.

That White House Rose Garden “ceremony” was Obama giving our White House to his Taliban Brethren. How shameful, how despicable, how utterly “in your face Murca” can he get before he’s thrown out of office?

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Man o man I love the commenters here. Great comments!!!

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Drip

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Man o man I love the commenters here. Great comments!!!

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Back atcha

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Drip

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Back atcha

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

; )

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

How did they know he wanted to escape? …

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Exactly. And, they don’t “KNOW” it, because it is simply not true – everything ‘team obama’ has said about Bergdahl has been an outright lie. Bergdahl was never a “prisoner” – and the Army recognized this from day one.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/shock-claim-army-wanted-to-shoot-bergdahl/

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Yes, yes he did.

FUBO

Naturally Curly on June 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Where the hell is Mom Bergdahl in all of this?

“Hey Janice, we got a letter from junior, he says he wants to desert to the Taliban. I’m going to tell him to follow his conscience.”

-Oh that’s nice, dear. What would you like for dinner, chicken and rice or an egg bake?

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Wy strategy in play…..blame the Gop on phony scandal…..strawman cometh

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

His is father looks like Dubai Dynasty.

Oil Can on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

-_-

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Why a military mission to rescue a deserter and traitor? Risking good mens’ lives to save the scum on a rat’s anus makes as little sense as exchanging him for 5 terrorists who will definitely kill again and again and again.

The only exchange that makes any sense. We get Bergdahl. You get 3 terrorists–Obama, B, Obama, M and Jarret, V.

MaiDee on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Chuck. Will approve that response

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Nope – because clearly, Bergdahl was NOT being held captive.

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I agree. And for the five we traded, you’d think we were getting the return of a hero.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

His is father looks like Dubai Dynasty.

Oil Can on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Don’t laugh. The show is in pre-production to help MSNBC fill its weekend hours when not even the loony left watches.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Wait, he tried to escape twice? Where is that coming from?

TarasBulbous on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Maybe he was just trying to finish his hike to China.

CJ on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Impeachment looks like too kind an option at this point.

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Yup, this controversy was “whipped up” by Valerie Jarrett’s decision to release her comrades.

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

, you’d think we were getting the return of a hero.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Well, to Obama and company we were.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape, so the militants guarding him had stepped up their numbers, further complicating any potential rescue attempt.

If they knew this about Tali-Bowe and had limited it to a dozen possible hide-outs, why the need to swap all of the terrorists the Taliban wanted to get back this miserable deserter?

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape…

Sez who?

“A rescue mission would have been fraught politically…”

In other words: Abdullah Bergdahl is a deserter. Real Americans don’t like that.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Impeach this traitorous dhimmi. Now.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Berggie’s did try and escape because it does make sense.

He never went to the Taliban to help kill soldiers. He went to “open a dialogue” and see if he could help them. They conned him into giving up details under the belief that if they could only put a real resistance to the US Soldiers, the US would look for a way out.

Then, Berghdal realized that wasn’t the case, just as his walkabout was over.

Berghdal never thought he would be treated as a captive. Neither did his father. They honestly thought the Tali’s were fighting a cause the West simply can’t understand because we’re imposing on them.

It’s going to be interesting when Beau tells his dad the reality of the situation.

It’s the only way to explain Beau’s health and the patronizing way The Taliban treated him. He’s a naive ass, and the Tali’s got what they wanted from him.

Think of it like prison. When the fresh meat walks into the lion’s den, they become someone’s btch. That’s the constant look in Beau’s eyes.

budfox on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Yes, yes he did.

FUBO

Naturally Curly on June 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Obama is the type of guy that just cannot accept his own failures.

The question to be asked is this: Is this ‘failure’ or is this intentional? I’m thinking intentional infliction of harm on our Nation and this SUMB needs to go. And he can take his stinkin beard with him as far as I’m concerned.

Obama? Don’t you f*ck with our Military or Veterans. You sniveling weasel – you’ve gone too far and you know it. Now you just sit your bony azz behind the Resolute Desk. Keep your knarly feet off of the top of that desk and shut up for the next two years.

Everyone hates you, man. It’s over. Step down.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.

“It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”

Yes, Obama has built up Taliban confidence. The Taliban are even giving interviews to TIME magazine now.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

For all their odes to “multiculturalism,” lefties don’t seem to understand that what might be a conciliatory gesture in a Western democracy is a sign of weakness in a non-Western autocracy.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Leftists are incredibly provincial and ignorant when it comes to dealing with foreign cultures. Most think they’re experts due to being “politically enlightened,” or that they’re experts because of that spring break vacation to Mexico they took once.

When the left is given a rude awakening about foreign cultures (like 9/11), they go into paroxysms of “Why do they hate us?!” and then conclude, inevitably, “Because Republicans,” and fail to learn anything.

Doomberg on June 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

‘What we learned along the way was that the president wanted a diplomatic scenario that would establish a precedent for repatriating detainees from Gitmo,’ he said.

This makes zero sense. The enemy had exactly one card to use for negotiation. How is that going to empty out GITMO? Why can’t the gutless wonder just close it? He certainly doesn’t have any trouble sh!tting on the country any other time he wants. Is he hoping for more “kidnappings”? That won’t look good.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

budfox on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Dude. My respect level for you just dropped to minus 10. Seriously, not that it matters but … still. Wow

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Everyone hates you, man. It’s over. Step down.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Sadly, it is not over. there is still an enormous amount of damage he can do, and damaging America is and always has been his goal.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Jeffrey Lord has a pretty good comparison on The American Spectator comparing Sgt York, who was an objector and bergdahl.

crosshugger on June 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Everyone hates you, man. It’s over. Step down.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Well said, KWR

Naturally Curly on June 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.

“It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”

Yes, Obama has built up Taliban confidence. The Taliban are even giving interviews to TIME magazine now.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AMj

Now are diplomats are bigger targets along with the military that will be staying. UNF@CKINGBELIEVABLE! Aiding and abetting the enemy.

Patriot Vet on June 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I would love to know if orders restricting military movements in country are being issued at the same time. Extra precautions against being taken captive and sticking with your unit being reemphasized by every command. What a jackazz!

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I thought Barry’s first act when sworn in would be to close Gitmo.

If he suddenly wants to do it now is true, why wait so long?

Frankly, I think this speculation is just a false flag to pour a little more high octane on the raging inferno that once was the Second Coming.

formwiz on June 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Hey, just a thought…….

In all the defense the rat-eared bastard has made for this deal. For all the lies about Tali-Bowe being in bad medical condition, Congress being notified, etc. For all of that where is one comment for the families of the soliders killed trying to find this worthless pile of crap from his captors?

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Obama’s silence toward them speaks volumes.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

How would they know he tried to escape twice?

albill on June 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Dear Leader just answered a question in Brussels calling this “a whipped up controversy”…

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

And? Everything is a whipped up controversy.

There isn’t a smidgen of corruption at the IRS
The unofficial waitlists at the VA were rare instances
Benghazi is a made-up controversy
The NSA snooping isn’t as awful as people are claiming.

Etc.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I thought Barry’s first act when sworn in would be to close Gitmo.

If he suddenly wants to do it now is true, why wait so long?

Frankly, I think this speculation is just a false flag to pour a little more high octane on the raging inferno that once was the Second Coming.

formwiz on June 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Closing GITMO was a priority for Obama. Because he wanted to free his brethren.

The man is a menace and is not fit for the office he currently holds. Biden would be a much better stand in at this point. He might be stupid, but at least he’s a patriot. Obama? No. He has proven himself to be on the side of the enemy and therefore must either step down gracefully or be thrown out of office.

Expect Bill Clinton to come out very very soon, to criticize the actions of Obama. Not so much for Hillary’s apparent run, but for the sake of our Nation.

Obama must go. We cannot survive two more years of his “executive actions”.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

How will the WH dovetail the 70th D Day memorial into their pro military charade..?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Bark has ordered the U.S. soldier reenactors to storm ashore on Omaha Beach yelling “Allahu Ackbaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr!”, and the landing craft will by flying the Islamic black flag.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Wait ’til The One gets to the part where he went back in time to be the first one to jump into Sainte-Mère-Église, and then ran back down to the beach to lead the Rangers up the cliff at Pointe-du-Hoc.

He’s The Messiah. He can do that sort of thing, you know.

//////The only comment I can make on this thread, because anything else I might say about The One’s behavior here probably wouldn’t get past the filters

clear ether

eon

eon on June 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

How would they know he tried to escape twice?

albill on June 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Susan Rice said so. She’s the most credible Obama SpokesPerson.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Well said, ma’am.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bubba say something, too.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

“War on Vats”

Sven on June 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

“Vets”

Sven on June 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

albill on June 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Probably the same way they knew he was being moved from place to place. Radio chatter.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Why escape? Perhaps it’s not easy being everyone’s “girlfriend”.

Tough to believe the eye-in-the-sky happened to see escape attempts.

It would typically take someone on the inside to be informing that.

Although, it seems TIME has an inside track to the TALI. Two birds of a feather.

Carnac on June 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Bergdahl had also twice tried to escape…

His lagging behind on a Taliban patrol was probably misconstrued as an escape attempt.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bubba say something, too.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Even better would be Clinton and Bush making a statement against Obama.

IMHO, this has little to do with politics but everything to do with the safety and security of our Nation.

I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton and I did not like his politics or his wife. But this issue transcends politics. This is about survival.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

My theory is still that Obama is doing whatever he can to get the GOP to impeach him.

It’s the surest way to remedy his current state of unpopularity.

Bigbullets on June 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Wait, he tried to escape twice? Where is that coming from?

TarasBulbous on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

They ran out of CocoPuffs and hash?

katy the mean old lady on June 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Seriously? Seriously?

Does anyone really believe he tried to escape even once?

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I don’t think the word escape means what they think it means.

Capitalist Infidel on June 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

So he grew “disillusioned” with life with the Taliban, too?

Can this guy ever be happy?

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

…when he finally gets to meet…his 72 virgins.

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

All of this should give the Taliban plenty of confidence.

And plenty of time to plan their next attack on the U.S.

It’s astonishing that this idiotic administration believes, or claims to believe, that these terrorists are just going to go back to being goat herders or opium growers, and forget all about their past decade in confinement, or their desire to take down the Great Satan that confined them.

It’s just a matter of time now.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I don’t think the word escape means what they think it means.

Capitalist Infidel on June 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

It was probably one of those “look at me!” moments.

Obama has those often.

The wincing at the gym was horrific. With 8 pound weights. Wincing.

/What a fag.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Berggie’s did try and escape because it does make sense.

He never went to the Taliban to help kill soldiers. He went to “open a dialogue” and see if he could help them. They conned him into giving up details under the belief that if they could only put a real resistance to the US Soldiers, the US would look for a way out.

Then, Berghdal realized that wasn’t the case, just as his walkabout was over.

Berghdal never thought he would be treated as a captive. Neither did his father. They honestly thought the Tali’s were fighting a cause the West simply can’t understand because we’re imposing on them.

It’s going to be interesting when Beau tells his dad the reality of the situation.

It’s the only way to explain Beau’s health and the patronizing way The Taliban treated him. He’s a naive ass, and the Tali’s got what they wanted from him.

Think of it like prison. When the fresh meat walks into the lion’s den, they become someone’s btch. That’s the constant look in Beau’s eyes.

budfox on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Rethink this. The truth is, Abdullah Bergdahl left the U.S. to help the Afghans. He thought his unit would be delivering peace and love. When he was asked to act as a soldier, he didn’t like it, wasn’t good at it, and left his unit.

He became a collaborator. His captors learned from him how better to kill Americans and, when he was no longer of any tactical use to them, they let him hang out until Obama made him of political use.

Face it, for the last four years or so, he’s just been sitting around waiting for Obama to give him a ride home.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

They must have hard evidence he collaborated. WOW

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

You nailed it. Zero needed some plausible excuse to free the Gitmo Five.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I posted this on another site but it seems relevant to this subject.

If the POTUS says the most beautiful sound he’s ever heard is the Muslim call to prayer. If the POTUS while on a junket a few weeks ago in a middle east country asks the Imam to pray for him. If the POTUS has a Muslim middle name and idolizes his Muslim father. If the POTUS were to practice taquiyya (the Muslim practice of lying to further the advance of Islam). If the POTUS were to back the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt when even the Egyptians didn’t want them. If the POTUS seemingly looks the other way while Muslims are murdering Christians all over the middle east. If the POTUS trades 5 of the most dangers Muslim leaders in all the world in exchange for a defector sympathetic to the Taliban. If the POTUS then invites the defectors pro-Taliban parents to the WH and smiles and hugs the dad of said defector while he has just spouted off anti-American, pro-Taliban rhetoric in Pashtun. If all this is true (and it is) it is reasonable to assume that the POTUS is at best a Muslim sympathizer and at worst a closet Muslim himself practicing taquiyya. The proof will be in the next few months when the POTUS continues to drain GITMO of its prisoners and release them back to their country of origin. If the POTUS acts like a Muslim then he most probably is one.

neyney on June 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

As much as this administration loves using drones, seriously, why not just take Bergdahl and his captors out? Deserting during wartime and aiding the enemy are punishable by death. Would anyone have even missed Bergdahl besides his nutjob parents? They wouldn’t even have to be told. This administration lies to the parents of soldiers all the time. Classify him MIA. Cut them a check for their favorite charity.

ezspirit on June 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Seriously? Seriously?

Does anyone really believe he tried to escape even once?

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Since Bergdahl left the safety of his base voluntarily to look for the Taliban, why would he try to escape from them later?

Early in the war in Afghanistan, American soldiers captured an American citizen (I think his name was Johnny Lintz) fighting for the Taliban. Bergdahl seems to be like him–a naïve dreamer who felt sorry for the Taliban without realizing their brutality.

Steve Z on June 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Then, Berghdal realized that wasn’t the case, just as his walkabout was over.

Bull hockey. The same father who ordered him to OBEY HIS CONSCIENCE lobbied for Gitmo to close and said we would pay for every Afghan child killed. Junior echoed those sentiments with his anti-American screed before he deserted — and it wasn’t just a walkabout. He was seen leaving with Afghan security personnel before he was led to the Taliban. He taught them how to dismantle a cellphone to be used as a remote detonation device for IEDs. Bergdahl was a traitor.

The only reason he tried to run away was because he realized a couple of times, probably after they raped him mercilessly, that the Taliban has no respect for traitors. Once his usefulness had worn off, he became expendable. Until we stepped in and offered the unthinkable. This deal was years in the works. Now you know why.

ezspirit on June 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

And when Obama says “We look after our own,” he meant HIS own, the left’s own, not our military.

ezspirit on June 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

My theory is still that Obama is doing whatever he can to get the GOP to impeach him.

It’s the surest way to remedy his current state of unpopularity.

Bigbullets on June 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Then I hope this plan backfires as spectacularly as the rest with this imbecile administration.

ezspirit on June 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Helping Muslim Terrorist on their world wide Jihad.

ama on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Explosive if true, especially given the White House excuse for violating the law requiring 30 days’ notice before releasing any detainees from Guantanamo, let alone the worst of the non-9/11 bunch.

C’mon, Ed…that wasn’t the ONLY law zero violated!

Yes, he DID violate a law HE made valid by signing it–signing statement notwithstanding. An impeachable offense.

He also provided aid and comfort to the enemy–a felony. Also an impeachable offense, as well as a civil felony punishable by either death, imprisonment of not less than five years and a fine of not less than $10,000–ineligibility of holding any public office notwithstanding.

He also committed dereliction of duty in his capacity as Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces. (Article 2, Section 2) An impeachable offense.

He further violated the Take Care clause in Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution (multiple times, I might add…): …he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed… Did I mention this was also an impeachable offense?

And then there’s his Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

No matter how you pick apart what he did, how he did it or the rationale used for what he did, he’s toast and Congress better step up to the plate to get him OUT of office.

Need I say more?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

OK…why did my post not?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

If they knew where he was they should have just liberated him and his new buddies with a sidewinder.

faol on June 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Thank you, Ed!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

OK…why did my post not?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Too many links. Three at a time on a comment. ; )

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Thank you, Bmore!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Plus I think this

C’mon, Ed…that wasn’t the ONLY law zero violated!

could have read, C’mon, c’mon. ; )

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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