Latest excuse for not following law: The devil made us do it; Update: Taliban proposed deal in June 2013 AP interview

posted at 1:21 pm on June 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

If Democrats worried about the incompetence of the White House in the Taliban swap, they should be in full-fledged panic attack after the latest attempt by the Obama administration to spin their violation of the law. Statute signed by Obama required 30 days’ notice to Congress before releasing anyone from Guantanamo Bay’s detention center, let alone the five worst non-AQ Taliban figures being held. The AP issued a “breaking” report five days after the deal was announced with no notification at all that the White House was told by the Taliban not to tell anyone, or they would kill Bowe Bergdahl:

First, let’s parse this on its merits. By Saturday, we had Bergdahl back, and the Taliban had … five of the worst mass murderers and terrorist leaders back in the open. By Sunday, at least, people were already pointing out that the White House had violated the law with this release, and the two intel committee chairs didn’t even get their calls until Monday night. It took five days to go public with this and let everyone know that the White House had agreed to that condition?

And if this is true, it means that Obama allowed the Taliban to dictate whether the US follows the rule of law or not. It also flies in the face of a long tradition of Congressional leadership acting with care in covert situations when the lives of men and women serving abroad are at stake. That’s even more insulting to Congress than the initial arrogance shown after the complaints about their failure to notify them.

But let’s face it — this is sheer nonsense, and everyone knows it. Bergdahl was kept alive for five years because he had value as a trading chit to the Taliban. Why would they kill him on the cusp of getting exactly what they wanted, just because it leaked to the press? They’d possibly have had some internal resistance, but after five years of negotiating with Bergdahl, no one would have been surprised by a deal.

As Rep. Justin Amash says, this just doesn’t add up:

And as our friend Morgen Richmond pointed out on Twitter, the AP itself reported six weeks ago that the Taliban was agitating to make a deal:

Critics of the U.S. government’s nearly five-year effort to seek the release of the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan claim the work suffers from disorganization and poor communication among numerous federal agencies involved, leaving his captors unclear which U.S. officials have the authority to make a deal.

The shrinking U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan has refocused attention on efforts to bring home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009.

About two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military’s U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and FBI are working the case — most of them doing it alongside their other duties, a defense official said.

Bergdahl’s captors are anxious to release him, according to a defense official and a military officer, who both spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

“Elements in all echelons — from the top of the Taliban down to the folks holding Bergdahl — are reaching out to make a deal,” the defense official said.

So the Obama administration can leak to the press about how the Taliban want to make a deal, but Congress can’t be trusted to keep a deal secret? Is that how this works?

Update: Heck, even if the Taliban didn’t get the wire services, they could have read about the deal in the New York Times in 2012, as Allahpundit points out. It even came from the Bergdahls themselves:

The parents of the only American soldier held captive by Afghan insurgents have broken a yearlong silence about the status of their son, abruptly making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.

The negotiations, currently stalled, involved a trade of five Taliban prisoners held at the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of the Army, who is believed to be held by the militant Haqqani network in the tribal area of Pakistan’s northwest frontier, on the Afghan border. Sergeant Bergdahl was captured in Paktika Province in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. His family has not heard from him in a year, since they saw him in a Taliban video, although they and the Pentagon believe that he is alive and well.

The family’s decision to end its silence could free up the Obama administration to discuss the case publicly and reframe the debate in Washington about releasing the Taliban prisoners, which is seen as a crucial confidence-building measure in efforts to strike a political settlement with the Taliban. American officials believe that a peace deal would help ensure Afghanistan’s stability after 2014, when most American and NATO forces will have left the country. In the absence of a prisoner exchange agreement, those talks are “moribund,” one Western official said.

So the idea that the Taliban needed strict operational security or else is sheer nonsense. It’s yet another horribly incompetent attempt to get Obama out from under an avalanche of well-earned criticism for his ineptitude and arrogance.

Update: Twitter reader ConservativeLA made an interesting observation:

I wonder how Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) interprets this spin. Certainly seems to be a pretty good definition here.

Update: Yeah, it was the Taliban who wanted this deal kept secret – riiiiiiiiiiight:

The proposal to trade U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the Taliban detainees was made by senior Taliban spokesman Shaheen Suhail in response to a question during a phone interview with The Associated Press from the militants’ newly opened political office in Doha, the capital of the Gulf nation of Qatar.

The prisoner exchange is the first item on the Taliban’s agenda before even starting peace talks with the U.S., said Suhail, a top Taliban figure who served as first secretary at the Afghan Embassy in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad before the Taliban government’s ouster in 2001.

“First has to be the release of detainees,” Suhail said Thursday when asked about Bergdahl. “Yes. It would be an exchange. Then step by step, we want to build bridges of confidence to go forward.”

The Obama administration was noncommittal about the proposal, which it said it had expected the Taliban to make.

“We’ve been very clear on our feelings about Sgt. Bergdahl and the need for him to be released,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We have not made a decision to … transfer any Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, but we anticipate, as I’ve said, that the Taliban will all raise this issue.”

That was almost exactly a year ago, by the way.


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BULLCRAP!

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

D-latrine-rats, this is for your happiness.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Charming!!!….ok this just got bigger then it was already a feat most impressive….

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

How’s our soldier that called 911 right before he crossed the border with guns doing in that Mexican prison, btw?

rogerb on June 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

So the Obama administration can leak to the press about how the Taliban want to make a deal, but Congress can’t be trusted to keep a deal secret? Is that how this works?

You don’t think it had anything to do with that “sharing credit” concept, do you? ;-)

In all honesty, zero already knew that Congress was dead set against ANY swap of Bergdahl for terrorists. Methinks that sentiment hasn’t changed one whit…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

BREAKING: Officials: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if it leaked .

— The Associated Press (@AP) June 5, 2014

It’s sad when you can believe the Taliban over the Obama Administration.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Couldn’t find a scapegoat on YouTube this time?

Flange on June 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Is that how this works?

Why of course it is. Who is there to oppose him?

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Sorry, but only Flip Wilson gets away with that line. Treat yourself to three hilarious minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SLifea3NHQ

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

One sure way to tell if someone is lying is that their story keeps changing. However, you can tell Obama is lying because his lips are moving.

iceman1960 on June 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Doubling down on the logically absurd already is kind of now to the point incoherent flailing pants wetting egoism…O really screwed the pooch big time.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

obaka will be in China soon, with the hole he’s digging himself…

ladyingray on June 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

They are just lying. The taliban blackmailed the president not to talk? Lying, lying, lying. We are seriously screwed.

warmairfan on June 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Wait a sec, after the deal had been consumated and Bergdahl was out of danger, Obama justified his secrecy and behavior with the claim that Bergdahl’s health was at issue and he may not have survived for the 30 day notice period. Once that excuse evaporated when everyone saw video showing a completely healthy Bergdahl they suddenly come up with this excuse out of nowhere? And we’re supposd to believe it?

tommyboy on June 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

obama is not on the Nov. ticket.

The D-rats, who are, are in desperado mode. He is not helping them. Even Biden and Hillary are distant on the Bergdahl boomeranggate.

obama acts out of fear until Nov.

After that he’ll act out of desperation.

Get yourselves ready. It’s gon’ be very ugly. Think Hitler in his latter days. He was elected too, recall.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Horse chit. The Taliban would be justified calling bs on this one.

Southernblogger on June 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

How’s our soldier that called 911 right before he crossed the border with guns doing in that Mexican prison, btw?

rogerb on June 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

obama and Kerry left him behind. Period.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I dare say the devil does not have to do much to get O to lie it comes naturally even if it’s absurd.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Looks like obozo got stuck on the Sit & Spin again.

Flange on June 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Lying liar lies…again. If true this lie would have been out on the first day. Obama and his merry band of idiots were, once again, caught flatfooted. No real surprise because a nonworking website that took longer than WWII is going to look like one of his greatest accomplishments.

King Barky the Liar will keep on lying until on of them sticks. So the law means nothing and Obama can do whatever he wants whenever he wants.

jukin3 on June 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

The Taliban would have done the US and the ‘free’ world a favor if they’d have sent Bergdahl to Allah.

Brigitte Gabriel (who is well-versed in this subject) says that what Bobhammed Bergdahl said in Arabic at the White House is the EXACT phrase Muslims use historically to CLAIM the land upon which it is uttered – think about that.

PJ Emeritus on June 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Whoa!
So the scenario was:

“If you leak this swap, we’ll kill our prisoner, thereby making certain we will never get our generals back.”

And the best and brightest in the WH fell for that?!
????!!!

They’ll be wanting to retract this one in 3..2..1..

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Sorry, but Bergdahl was not worth 5 4-star generals.

Obama would have traded Goring, Goebbels, and Himmler to Hitler for Pvt Eddie Slovik, if the latter had captured him after he deserted.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

King Barky the Liar will keep on lying until on of them sticks. So the law means nothing and Obama can do whatever he wants whenever he wants.
jukin3 on June 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM If that’s the case the other branches can do what they want,when they want.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

It’s yet another horribly incompetent attempt to get Obama out from under an avalanche of well-earned criticism for his ineptitude and arrogance.

This might be the scandal that sinks him. And having an administration official smear the guy’s platoon-mates on the eve of the 70th anniversary of D-Day is so incredibly tone deaf.

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Pathetic. But this does set up Obama’s next straw man speech.

NotCoach on June 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Bring in the “big guns”—send Valarie Jarrett out to the Sunday talk shows! That’ll shut them dang cons up!

(Meanwhile, poor Susan Rice has been relegated to cleaning the Oval Room bathroom.)

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Throwing spaghetti

bazil9 on June 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

BULLCRAP!
gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Er, agreed, except that Bull or most any other stuff like it is useful…

http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/cow-manures

RL on June 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It’s yet another horribly incompetent attempt to get Obama out from under an avalanche of well-earned criticism for his ineptitude and arrogance.
This might be the scandal that sinks him. And having an administration official smear the guy’s platoon-mates on the eve of the 70th anniversary of D-Day is so incredibly tone deaf.
rbj on June 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM
That to is logically absurd actions have consequences and he is getting a flood gate openings worth of them.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

OT – obama’s USA

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Obama trusted the Taliban, but not Congress, to keep negotiations secret?

aquaviva on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

These guys aren’t even good liars, for crying out loud.

drewwerd on June 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

So in other words, the taliban controls our government?

…well, actually, I can believe that one.

But on another note; why would they kill one of their own.

Sterling Holobyte on June 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Throwing spaghetti
bazil9 on June 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

[hands B9 one Very Large Platter of Lasagne, complete with Never Empty Spell...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

It’s yet another horribly incompetent attempt to get Obama out from under an avalanche of well-earned criticism for his ineptitude and arrogance.

It’s as if this arrogant, contemptuous, narcissistic, petulant, mendacious Administration thought it was immune from violating the first rule of hole digging….

Athos on June 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

OT – obama’s USA
Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I was thinking “amnesty incentive–for the children”…

Pitiful photo-op on his part…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This scandal has more landmines then a Vietnam battlefield it’s like everything they try just sets off another set of traps. It’s really quiet amazing while he is in Europe things are literally going up in flames in his administration.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

This is getting more foolish than when you catch a kid with his hand in the cookie jar. The adults are in charge now….rrrright!

Deano1952 on June 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

BREAKING: Officials: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if it leaked

.

Yeah ok, but he wasn’t being held by the Taliban. Were the guys who HAD been holding him for 5 years going to let the Taliban just come in and off his head w/o payment of some sort or other?

climbnjump on June 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

They have clearly run out of material and desperation has set in. No wonder Jay Carney abandoned ship. He must have seen this for what it would become.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

madsenc ‏@madsenc 1m

@EdMorrissey BHO will lie to voters about ACA, violate law to notify Congress, but keep word to the Taliban?

BOOM.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

complete with Never Empty Spell…]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

? :)

bazil9 on June 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Maybe it’s time the FEC review the whole “no prior (relevant) experience needed” on that presidential job application.

can_con on June 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

They just can’t help themselves.

Lie even if the truth would be the best option to justify their existence.

Mind-numbing.

tru2tx on June 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Bergdahl’s captors are anxious to release him

As I wrote in the other thread, here’s what some lieutenant is telling his terrorist shiek about nabbing another soldier to trade:

“Are you crazy? They had him for five years!”
“So what, it is only one more mouth to feed. And he might be useful.”
“Have you not heard what is being said? He was always complaining, ‘Is this falafel organic?’ ‘The cream in this coffee tastes funny’ ‘My cheeks hurt.’”
“That is just hooka talk.”
“OK, shiek, but I’m warning you that somebody is going to shoot you and the prisoner if that’s the crap we have to put up with.”

GWB on June 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Obama trusted the Taliban, but not Congress, to keep negotiations secret?

aquaviva on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Well yes, of course. Harry Reid says Republicans are terrorists – which is probably why BO feels he can’t negotiate with them.

climbnjump on June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Figurative landmines turning the pen and phone into tools of scandal :) ahhh the irony :)

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

It doesn’t matter how many holes the blanket has, the media will wrap themselves up in it and take comfort that their leader is majestic after all.

If it takes a paragraph to explain that the excuse is phony, than the excuse will stand because most of the public won’t read the paragraph.

Here is the bumper sticker that Obama is relying on: Leave no man behind…

and now…Don’t leak or we kill him…

See? Two simple sentences…anything more and it gets too confusing for the public.

Complexity is to their(the administration) advantage…

If it takes a hundred words to explain that he is wrong, that is too much information. Even for the press to understand, they are simpletons.

So the simple: Bergdahl is a traitor and deserter is our bumper sticker. And that is what we should stick with…and:

The 5 Taliban leaders will come back to kill us…

right2bright on June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-army-sgt-bergdahl-held-captive-in-afghanistan/

US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed

Taliban
10m
Officials:

Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill Bowe Bergdahl if news leaked – @AP
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Obama trusted the Taliban, but not Congress, to keep negotiations secret?
aquaviva on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM
Well yes, of course. Harry Reid says Republicans are terrorists – which is probably why BO feels he can’t negotiate with them.
climbnjump on June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM
I don’t even think Harry Reid forsaw this going nucealer.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Harry Reid was told, but not Dianne Feinstein?

Because Harry was so high on Koch that he wouldn’t talk about anything non-Koch?

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Don’t these mentally ill leftists get tired of telling lies?

Ta111 on June 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

How long until a Taliban spokesman refutes this latest lie? My prediction is by tomorrow, if not today.

Sadder still is that I will believe the Taliban over POTUS. Very, very sad.

Mayday on June 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Rut Row! Even the NYT’s is getting into it:

The New York Times ‏@nytimes 2m
Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says http://nyti.ms/1rOLQCl

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/world/asia/bowe-bergdahl-walked-away-before-military-report-says.html

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

this is all just a waste of time, i mean i spend so much time to write something whitey for the current dumb move only to refresh my web page to find out this administration has just out did it self from the previous dumb move. i just can’t take it anymore.

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Katty Kay @KattyKayBBC · 9h

Interesting that Hagel even raises time frame of 24/48 hrs in reference to ? about imminence of Bergdahl’s health and life being in peril.

Katty Kay @KattyKayBBC · 9h

Hagel “It was our judgement, based on the information that we had, that his life, his health, were in peril.”

Katty Kay @KattyKayBBC · 9h

I asked Hagel if threat to Bergdahl’s life was imminent – “it’s easy for us to sit here and look behind and say 24 hours? 48 hours?”

Katty Kay @KattyKayBBC · 9h

Secretary Hagel tell me the decision to get Bergdahl out now was unanimous in the WH and they believed his life was in peril.

https://twitter.com/KattyKayBBC

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I’m guessing that Dianne Feinstein and other members of the intelligence community aren’t going to like being told that the President had to break the law because they couldn’t be trusted.

This guy is digging himself in deeper with every press release.

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Taliban made me do it!!…this on its face is just absurd to begin with but attacking our fighting men and women? Again absurd but they are doing.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The Fact Pattern was in jeopardy!!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

First rule of holes, King Putt.

They are trying everything from attacking the men from his unit to this crap. What’s next? Will Zero stand on the WH lawn and go Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah?

And raspberry the cameras?

Seems about the right age behavior for him.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

*committee* not community. sheesh…

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Obama has no problem defying Congress and the will of the American people.

But he shrinks in fear at threats from the Taliban.

Leadership!

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Saw that yesterday and nearly gagged my coffee up my nose. Jeez Louise.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

If only this over-zealousness was applied to Benghazi while it was
under attack, fighting for their lives!!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

And if this is true, it means that Obama allowed the Taliban to dictate whether the US follows the rule of law or not.

I’ve been pointing this out for awhile.

If the Taliban set the conditions, then Obama is following THEIR TUNE and the Administration thought they could spin their way out of it.

Instead it is spinning out of control… so no matter which way they go, they find that they only add to the Charlie Foxtrot, the dance this Administration is raising to new levels.

ajacksonian on June 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

If only this over-zealousness was applied to Benghazi while it was
under attack, fighting for their lives!!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

+100 Canop!

bazil9 on June 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

At this rate they will be to the center of earth soon I mean damn.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

So have we given up on the whole “Bergdahl was so sick he was about to die” thing?

These people are like little children. They lie their ass off, it doesn’t work so instead of telling the truth they tell another lie that makes no sense in light of the last lie.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Yeah those Taliban types get all wee-weed up about leaks and all.

If they can force the US govt to adjust its behavior -including forcing POTUS into breaking laws- by threatening to kill one prisoner, then I guess the jig is up.

Soon they’ll use that threat in the same way the threat of a filibuster has taken the place of an actual filibuster.

Akzed on June 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Update: Taliban proposed deal in June 2013 AP interview
=========================================================


DeadLocked,……and then, a DEAL?????:

War in Afghanistan
5d
US soldier taken hostage by Taliban in 2009 released in exchange for 5 Guantanamo detainees, officials say – @washingtonpost
see original on twitter.com
===========================

War in Afghanistan
3mo
Afghanistan’s Taliban says it has suspended ‘mediation’ with the United States over captive US soldier – @AP
Read more on abclocal.go.com
=============================

War in Afghanistan
3mo
US not in active talks with Taliban over missing soldier in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, White House says – @Reuters
End of alert

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-army-sgt-bergdahl-held-captive-in-afghanistan/

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The Brit’s have a knack for writing headlines:

Another shabby day for the marshmallow President: As his Taliban hostage swap sours, why Obama is a pygmy compared with the wartime leader Roosevelt, says MAX HASTINGS

Quote from the article:

He is not a bad man, nor a stupid one, but he has shown himself tragically weak. And in a world occupied by Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Putin, Nigeria’s Boko Haram kidnappers, and a terrifyingly ambitious China, that is no way for the occupant of the White House to be.

The best Barack Obama can hope tomorrow, when he evokes the spirit of June 6, 1944, on the Normandy shore, is that no cruel listener laughs.

climbnjump on June 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

So he doubled down and this comes out? Stupid is as stupid does….

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Treason? U.S. Intel: Bergdahl May Have Been An ‘Active Collaborator’ With The Taliban At A Level That Is ‘As Serious As You Can Imagine’

Fox News reporter James Rosen claimed intelligence sources have told him not only that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terrorist group may be “as serious as you can imagine.”

Rosen spoke with Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night about his ongoing conversations with intelligence and Pentagon officials regarding both old and new investigations into Bergdahl’s likely desertion and possibly treasonous activities.

“My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate [from the Army] investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl,” Rosen explained, “both his final period of active duty that culminated in that mysterious evening, and also his conduct over the past five years, which is said to have been a period of captivity.” [...]

“Well, with greatest proximity, because they were tasked with doing so,” Rosen responded cagily. “But my reporting on this is that there are many inside the intelligence community who harbor outstanding concerns not just that Sgt. Bergdahl may have been a deserter, but that he became an active collaborator with the enemy.”

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

It will be interesting to see how many mutually exclusive explanations they come up with. They are always a sure sign of lying.

rlwo2008 on June 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

So, the Taliban proposed this deal in 2013 but also advised Obama that if he followed the legal requirement to give them what they wanted they would kill Bergdahl? Really?

tommyboy on June 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM Actually I hope that comes out then it really would blow up in his face more then has already again a impressive feat.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I’d like to know just how “sick” he really was….

PatriotRider on June 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Were it possible for this administration to feel shame, now would be a good time.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

BREAKING: Officials: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if it leaked

The Taliban wasn’t holding Bergdahl. The Haqqani Network was and the Obama administration designated it a terrorist organisation in 2012.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Because an organization that thrives on publicity and propaganda is suddenly publicity-shy?

Seems legit.

Rufus Wilson on June 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

First, let’s parse this on its merits. By Saturday, we had Bergdahl back, and the Taliban had … five of the worst mass murderers and terrorist leaders back in the open. By Sunday, at least, people were already pointing out that the White House had violated the law with this release, and the two intel committee chairs didn’t even get their calls until Monday night.
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https://twitter.com/KellyO

Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · Jun 3

WH & @SenatorReid not on the same page regarding notification of the Bergdahl swap

Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · Jun 3

Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid told about Bergdahl mission ahead of other Hill leaders? Why?
===========================

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · Jun 3

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

Retweeted by Frank Thorp V
Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · Jun 3

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

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The fact that it appears that no one in the decision making team spoke up and questioned the deal, or voted not to go through with it, highlights the reason they went through with this folly.

The White House was shocked by the backlash and questioning of the behavior of Bergdahl and his parents. Seeing how Obama operates and given his arrogance, it is not surprising he was blindsided.

Obama has surrounded himself with yes-men/women, and so when the course of action he plots is heading for disaster, nobody is there to say ‘you might want to steer away from that sir’. So the ship of state flounders on the rocks again.

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The only thing left for Obama to do is give him the Medal of Honor…

PatriotRider on June 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

So the Obama administration can leak to the press about how the Taliban want to make a deal, but Congress can’t be trusted to keep a deal secret? Is that how this works?
======================================

Yes, thats how it rolls, er, works,…

….its a Social InJustice Progressive MindSet!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It will be interesting to see how many mutually exclusive explanations they come up with. They are always a sure sign of lying.

rlwo2008 on June 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Despite that, there will be NBC News, MSNBC, and so many other ideological driven unethical apparatchiks and sycophants busy trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube for the Administration….

Athos on June 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

To quote the Late Great Sam Kinnison:

“Just when you thought the joke couldn’t…get…any…fu*king…worse…”

jbspry on June 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

his platoon mates have been saying that as soon as he went over the Taliban attacks became more effective, and our tactics were being countered.

So we traded five Tweedledees for a Tweedledum, basically.

Akzed on June 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I wonder how Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) interprets this spin. Certainly seems to be a pretty good definition here.
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https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · Jun 3

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein on #Bergdahl swap: The White House is unilateral about what they do and whey they want to do it.

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · Jun 3

Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein says Dep Nat’l Sec Adviser Blinken told her not telling Congress about #Bergdahl was an “oversight. ” Her term.

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · Jun 3

Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein says Dep Nat’l Sec Adviser Blinken called her last night to “apologize” for not telling Congress about #Bergdahl

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · Jun 3

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein: It’s very disappointing there was not a level of trust to tell us #Bergdahl

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · Jun 3

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

Retweeted by Frank Thorp V
Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · Jun 3

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

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Harry Reid is lying, me thinks.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Just read Time article linked on Drudge.

Taliban is both thrilled to be recognized as legitimate group and is also inspired to take more hostages to free more terrorists. Nice job Obama. I can’t wait to hear how shocked he is when the first hostages are taken.

Ellis on June 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Why won’t anyone call this what it IS?

The Obama administration has committed treason. They have aided and abetted the enemy.

They have caused this country, which they swore to protect, increased vulnerability to enemy attack.

Doesn’t that mean anything any more?

bigbeachbird on June 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Hmmmmmmm,….:

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 6h

Interesting observation: “@mfa_russia: #Lukashevich: Danger of terror networks expanding to CIS after #ISAF withdrawal from #Afghanistan

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Harry Reid is lying, me thinks.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

ROCnPhilly: Correct!:)

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Just read Time article linked on Drudge.

Taliban is both thrilled to be recognized as legitimate group and is also inspired to take more hostages to free more terrorists. Nice job Obama. I can’t wait to hear how shocked he is when the first hostages are taken.

Ellis on June 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

If it happens, we’ll never hear about it. The captors and captives will be immediately droned out of existence.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

It keeps getting deeper. State Dept: Gitmo Detainees Probably Going to Be Released Anyway

Southernblogger on June 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Why won’t anyone call this what it IS?

The Obama administration has committed treason. They have aided and abetted the enemy.

rregardless of what you think about this trade treason is a pretty high hurdle.

They have caused this country, which they swore to protect, increased vulnerability to enemy attack.

Doesn’t that mean anything any more?

bigbeachbird on June 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

a case can be made that lots of presidential actions..by both parties..have caused increased vulnerability. context and intent are important. just because this exchange may have be unwise or gave away more than we got doesnt make it treason.

im not defending it..just pointing out that it probably falls far short of treason.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Yet another balloon lunched, only to pop! Nice try though.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

…has JugEars eaten the dog in the picture yet?

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

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