Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

posted at 6:41 pm on June 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Can’t be true. Ransoms are paid for hostages, and Jay Carney assured me Bergdahl was a prisoner, not a hostage.

This isn’t out-of-left-field speculation. Fox News reported two days ago that a ransom for Bergdahl was on the table inside U.S. intelligence circles as recently as December. The key point to grasp here, writes Lachlan Markay, is that the Haqqani Network, which was holding Bergdahl, and the Taliban are two different outfits. The Taliban are true jihadis, bent on reconquering Afghanistan. The Haqqanis are more of an Afghan mafia, bent on enriching themselves. Both have killed lots of American soldiers but only the Haqqanis are a terrorist organization designed by the State Department. The Taliban should be designated, but if we do that and then keep pressing ahead with “peace talks” with them on our way out of the country, Obama will be accused of negotiating with terrorists. (Like he did here, in negotiating with the Haqqanis.) So, voila — the Taliban technically aren’t “terrorists.”

The important thing to understand is the oddness of trading four Taliban to the Haqqani Network. Why would they want the Taliban’s guys out of Gitmo instead of their own guys? Or, to put that differently, did they want these guys out of Gitmo at all?

“The Haqqanis could give a rat’s ass about prisoners,” the official said, referring to the Haqqani Network, a designated terrorist group in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

“The people that are holding Bergdahl want[ed] cash and someone paid it to them,” he said…

Only one of the freed terrorists, Nabi Omari, was part of the Haqqani Network. But the presence of other more senior Haqqani prisoners at Guantanamo has observers wondering whether the network’s goal in the exchange was actually the release of Gitmo prisoners.

“One of these things doesn’t belong,” the intelligence official said. “If you were to put one of these [freed Taliban prisoners] with Haqqani in a room together, they’d beat the shit out of each other.”…

Haqqani, he said, “benefits zero from the prisoner exchange. … Based on 10 years of working with those guys, the only thing that would make them move Bergdahl is money.”

“We just funded them for the next 10 years is my guess,” he told Markay, which explains why the White House might have wanted to frame this deal as a straight prisoner swap for a missing POW while omitting any details about a big payday.

But that doesn’t answer the key question — namely, if the Haqqanis didn’t care about prisoners and if they really didn’t care about Taliban prisoners specifically, how on earth did four Taliban bigwigs end up being part of the handover? If you believe that O’s prime motive in all this was unloading some weight from Gitmo in preparation for closing it, you already know the answer. If Markay’s source is right, it may be that the U.S. was more eager to include the Taliban Five (or four) in the deal than the Haqqanis were. Obama wanted them gone but he was afraid of the political backlash if he simply released them to Qatar’s custody having gotten nothing in return. So he constructed a deal for Bergdahl which he knew he could kinda sorta defend using the principle “leave no man behind.” Seeing that Obama was willing to free people from Gitmo as part of the deal, it could be that the Haqqanis asked for some of their own men back first but were rebuffed because those guys belong to a “terrorist organization,” which would be harder to defend than letting Taliban “POWs” go. So they accepted the Talban instead. And maybe, given their knack for ransoming, they got something on that end of the deal too: Imagine what the Taliban might have paid them to negotiate the release of degenerates like Mohammed Fazl on the Taliban’s behalf. All speculative, but all worth thinking about.

Exit quotation from Ben Domenech: “This is more about Barack Obama realizing he made a politically beneficial promise in 2008 without thinking it through than the government pursuing the national security interests of Americans.”


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This just keeps getting better

LeftCoastRight on June 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Obama’s cronyism knows no bounds.

Harbingeing on June 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM

but only the Haqqanis are a terrorist organization designed by the State Department

?

DarkCurrent on June 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

but only the Haqqanis are a terrorist organization designed by the State Department

I have no doubts about that !

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I’ve heard Ollie North thinks our Regime forked over about 6 or 7 million to “free” the collaborator.

viking01 on June 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

LeftCoastRight on June 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

If by better, you mean worse, then yeah.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

We shall never know the truth.

Tard on June 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Ya know, I do make snarky one-liners about this and bash Obama, but I am stunned at what my country has become. Where are the torches and pitchforks? Why are people defending this crapola? It’s like I’m watching a bad movie.

307wolverine on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Why would they want the Taliban’s guys out of Gitmo instead of their own guys?

Now the Taliban is indebted to them. Haqqani is probably ransoming these four back as well.

rbj on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Well both the CIA and State have very large slush funds. We will most likely never really know the truth unless someone squeals.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

“The people that are holding Bergdahl want[ed] cash and someone paid it to them,” he said.

If Obama paid it or reimbursed, say, the Qataris, then he violated another Federal law by providing material support to a terrorist organisation.

Not that he cares.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

So he traded 5 Maseratis for a Yugo (heard/read this somewhere) AND he also paid his brothers in the Haqqani network?

/How low can he go? What a shameful, horrid man Obama is. He should be impeached. NOW.

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Why not…

BigGator5 on June 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM


If Obama paid it or reimbursed, say, the Qataris, then he violated another Federal law by providing material support to a terrorist organisation.

Not that he cares.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

This….

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

If Obama paid it or reimbursed, say, the Qataris, then he violated another Federal law by providing material support to a terrorist organisation.

Not that he cares.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

He is like Bill Clinton and what the meaning of “is” is. In his mind all negotiations went through Qatar a neutral party and they are a legitimate government, so, he wasn’t negotiating with or paying terrorists.

See how easy that is?

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Well both the CIA and State have very large slush funds. We will most likely never really know the truth unless someone squeals.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

From the way-back machine… $6B goes “missing” at State Dept April 2014.

/Ya don’t say….

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

He should be impeached. NOW.

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

It worked so well with Clinton, and there was more evidence against Clinton.

At this point, 0bama is praying for impeachment.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Now all we need is to find out that Obama gave them weapons too and he has the trifecta.

myiq2xu on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

So we got rid of prisoners who want to kill us and gave money we don’t have to terrorists?

All for what appears to be deserting traitor.

2016 cannot come soon enough.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It is clearing out some prime exclusive real estate in Cuba. Just right for a private presidential golf course.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Just want to remind everybody that while Obama will negotiate with the worst of the worlds terrorists there is NO WAY he will negotiate with the republicans over the budget or debt ceiling.

Remember that in November…and make all of the people you know remember that.

Also I wonder if while being super smart and an ultra body builder did Obama remember that he LOCKED OUT WWII veterans from their memorial to make IT AS PAINFUL AS POSSIBLE on American citizens when he and Harry “suspected pederast” Reid’s government shutdown. That cost hundreds of thousands to lock the WWII veterans out of THEIR memorial.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

As someone who knows a little something about how the kidnapping industry works in Islamic world,
here is how I think it went :

TaliBowe went looking for tollybons, but he ended up with hakkany kids instead because A. he still hadn’t forgotten English and
B. he didn’t check their IDs before getting on their donkey.
Then the hakkani kids called the talis and said ” hey do we have a deal for you” and the talis purchased TaliBowe for a later sale.
Now , when vallery called the talis to get ready to welcome their leaders back home, the talis said OK but we also need money to pay off our initial investment on TaliBowe + interest and penalties. So , very reluctantly, vallery had to take TaliBowe back just so Hussein could get rid of the big 5 talis.
Poor Bowe, the talis didn’t want him and vallery didn’t want him either , but she was forced to accept him .

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

The auditor recommended that the State Department establish a centralized system to track, maintain and retain contract files.

The department responded and said it concurred with the recommendations to address the “vulnerability” in its contracting process.

Before Linick took office last fall, the State Department had been without an inspector general position for five years—the longest IG vacancy in the government’s history, as noted in The Washington Post.

Top Reads from The Fiscal Times:

- See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/04/04/6-Billion-Goes-Missing-State-Department#sthash.5V8cbcCx.dpuf

By all means, Hillary… Do run for POTUS. You’re perfectly qualified for CEO

Imagine that… No IG at State for the last 5 years. Why?

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Not sure this changes the dynamics for me. He broke the law; everything beyond that is just gravy. Not that anyone is going to do anything about it anyway.

BKeyser on June 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM

At this point, 0bama is praying for impeachment.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

At this point, I’m praying for something a bit more severe…

Harbingeing on June 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Is the new media keeping track of the lies from this ‘phony scandal’ alone?

Heard Oliver North also say that earlier in the year, Haqqani was ‘only’ asking for money for the exchange of the Good Sergeant.

socalcon on June 6, 2014 at 7:05 PM

At this point, 0bama is praying for impeachment.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

At this point, I’m praying for something a bit more severe…

Harbingeing on June 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I’d put money on him feigning illness in the immediate future. But then again… we’re talking about a Marxist so perhaps I am too hopeful.

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

It’s called ‘the boot’.
http://www.u-exchange.com/barter-terms

mrt721 on June 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Remember the days when a stained blue dress was all that was needed….

Good times…

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Look for Biden to be replaced first.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I’ll bet Obama looks forward to getting his “Thanks for buying all the IEDs for us” Ramadan thank-you card.

It’s not just a greeting card it’s a Goatmark card….

viking01 on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

So we got rid of prisoners who want to kill us and gave money we don’t have to terrorists?

All for what appears to be deserting traitor.

2016 cannot come soon enough.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

They got their jihadies,
we got ours.
What is a few hundred million dollars between Hussein and his brothers ?

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Marco Rubio was on Megyn Kelly the other night. Rubio said he asked at the closed door session if money was exchanged and the Obama people said no. Now the Obama people wouldn’t lie, would they? :-}

chadlands on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Can we impeach Obama already?

joekenha on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

It is clearing out some prime exclusive real estate in Cuba. Just right for a private presidential golf course.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I honestly think if someone offered him enough money to step down – he would do it.

He doesn’t want to be President anymore – he just wants to be rich.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The Haqqanis would have preferred cash. Obama was determined to use Bergdahl to bust the worst thugs out of Gitmo before anyone knew what he was up to and could stop him.

Obama violated the law and kept Congress in the dark so he could do something we had passed a law to prevent him from doing. Then he lied to the entire nation to pass off a cover story.

Completely lawless and utterly untrustworthy. What will he dare to do next?

Because he will take power into his hands again. And again. Until he is stopped.

novaculus on June 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM

They got their jihadies,
we got ours.
What is a few hundred million dollars between Hussein and his brothers ?

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I watched Reagan’s D-Day speech last night and cried. Look at how far we’ve fallen.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The White House and Air Force One is a powerful intoxicant for a man couple who likes to party and travel.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

He doesn’t want to be President anymore – he just wants to be rich.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

And bang groupies and give speeches to adoring crowds.

307wolverine on June 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I watched Reagan’s D-Day speech last night and cried. Look at how far we’ve fallen.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

” Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall ”

” Mr tollybon , please accept your leaders and our money, pleeeeeese “

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Ya know, I do make snarky one-liners about this and bash Obama, but I am stunned at what my country has become. Where are the torches and pitchforks? Why are people defending this crapola? It’s like I’m watching a bad movie.

307wolverine on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

It’s called decadence. When a society lacks even a minimal quantity of civic virtue, scoundrels can get away with anything. It’s how democracies fail, constitution or no constitution. Eventually the price in blood and treasure becomes too high and the people demand a dictator to rescue them from the consequences of their own folly. We’re running out of time and options.

spiritof61 on June 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

They got their jihadies,
we got ours.
What is a few hundred million dollars between Hussein and his brothers ?

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

We got ours…

Hailey, Idaho…

Overrun by Hollywierd leftists…

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

The White House and Air Force One is a powerful intoxicant for a man couple who likes to party and travel.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

That’s true. Of course you know they are going to end up on Oahu after all of this and ruin Hawaii forever.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

So much for Bush driving the car off the road. This administration is turning into a slo/mo train catastrophe at high speed.

Better get that XL pipeline open fast…

Willys on June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

It’s called decadence. When a society lacks even a minimal quantity of civic virtue, scoundrels can get away with anything. It’s how democracies fail, constitution or no constitution. Eventually the price in blood and treasure becomes too high and the people demand a dictator to rescue them from the consequences of their own folly. We’re running out of time and options.

spiritof61 on June 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Well there really is only one option still left. The political options are no longer possible.

bgibbs1000 on June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

…Show Me the Money!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I think about that. But I don’t think so.

The relatively young ex presidential couple will have a really hard time adjusting to life after 2016. Hawaii is just too far removed from the limelight for either of them.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Tomorrow will be about the millions paid to the Haqquanis, for the 5 terrorists. It’s the untold story.

Blues At Sunrise, for the night-owls :)

Nite HA.

Nite America…tide.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:26 AM

(reason number 47 why he’s so well respected..)

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Look for Biden to be replaced first.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

No way…

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

He doesn’t want to be President anymore – he just wants to be rich.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

How could you forget his high aspiration to work at ESPN?

Obama: I Want to Host ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ When I Retire

If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale.

At the end of the conversation — which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran — Obama revealed what’s at the top of his bucket list post-White House: “At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list,” Obama quipped as he turned to Disney’s Robert Iger, whose empire includes ESPN.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I’ll bet Obama looks forward to getting his “Thanks for buying all the IEDs for us” Ramadan thank-you card.

It’s not just a greeting card it’s a Goatmark card….

viking01 on June 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Signed by Islamic Rage Boy!!

/Icing on ObamaCake

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

No way…

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Biden has been a loyal foot soldier in the 0bama administration with zero chance of holding the office in 2016. If 0bama has to go and knows it, somebody with the perceived ability to hold the office will be brought in.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Off topic:

Now the French are complaining how rude Obama is

Chuck Schick on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The White House and Air Force One is a powerful intoxicant for a man couple and his beardwho likes to party and travel.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

There.

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Off topic:

Now the French are complaining how rude Obama is

No way!!

I have been to France and they mostly were rude…

Obama worse then the French…

Get out of town…..

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Ooops…forgot to include who I was responding to….

Chuck Schick on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Biden has been a loyal foot soldier in the 0bama administration with zero chance of holding the office in 2016. If 0bama has to go and knows it, somebody with the perceived ability to hold the office will be brought in.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

So are they going to “out” Biden as a Defcon 12 Retard? How else could they get rid of him?

/

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

You have to know it’s getting bad for the left when Eugene Robinson, (just now) says Susan Rice “put her foot in her mouth” (paraphrased but close).

Rovin on June 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Here you go, here are 5 of your top leaders plus some extra cash to buy more weapons with. I know you must be sick of the crappy old 1970′s era Soviet equipment. Our soldiers often talk about how inaccurate your weapons are, we thought you can use a pick me up. Happy hunting!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

What’s going on on the GOP side of all this?

Is it my imagination, or have they gone freakishly quiet, outside of a few (Cruz, McCain, Miss Grahamnesty)?

Has anyone on the GOP side really made any kind of objection to all this?

Or is it just us out here among the serfs that are complaining and saying “the king is a fink?”

theotherone on June 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Given that Beckel (and several other liberal pundits) are pointing out that O and the WH screwed the pooch on this one, politically, the upcoming November shellacking has been upgraded to (insert your favorite disaster movie here).

Rovin on June 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

No way!!

I have been to France and they mostly were rude…

Obama worse then the French…

Get out of town…..

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Eau Bama Oui Oui!

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Ya know, I do make snarky one-liners about this and bash Obama, but I am stunned at what my country has become. Where are the torches and pitchforks? Why are people defending this crapola? It’s like I’m watching a bad movie.

307wolverine on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I’m with you, my friend.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Has anyone on the GOP side really made any kind of objection to all this?

Or is it just us out here among the serfs that are complaining and saying “the king is a fink?”

theotherone on June 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

There’s an old saying… Don’t interrupt your enemies while they are destroying themselves..

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Oh, I put the odds of this happening in the single digits.

However, the way things have been going with even Ginsberg preferring her successor to be picked by a republican rather than 0bama, the democrats need something, other than the ability of republicans to self destruct, to avert disaster this November.

Bringing in some new blood in a top position could do that.

cozmo on June 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on June 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I heard he threw in a 12-pack of Michelle’s tamales.

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM

We PAID?

I think I’ll destroy some drywall now, we’re led by buffoonish jackholes.

Anyone want to come over, we’re listening to Robert Plant and drinking wild turkey.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

This is the most disgraceful, reprehensible administration, in the history of the country. Something akin to if we had elected Benedict Arnold, president.

kjatexas on June 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Or is it just us out here among the serfs that are complaining and saying “the king is a fink?”

theotherone on June 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I’m guessing/hoping that the GOP is still observing Obama and the left continue to dig this huge hole, possibly since even some of the liberal media is still hammering the WH on this “deal”. (I’d also throw in that the powers might be a little gunshy and making sure there’s no “Bundy effect”) That said, I hope they’re loading the guns for some great air-time ads that could bury the Democrats and their “willie horton” moment.

Rovin on June 6, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Obama has been in Europe all week. Why hasn’t he popped over to Landstuhl for a photo-op with Bowe Bergdahl and other wounded soldiers at the military hospital??

myiq2xu on June 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

There’s an old saying… Don’t interrupt your enemies while they are destroying themselves..

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I like the idea of throwing gasoline on the Demoncrats’ suicidal pyres in the abstract, but since the GOP would probably screw it up, I’d agree it’s probably better for them to remain silent for now. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Ya know, I do make snarky one-liners about this and bash Obama, but I am stunned at what my country has become. Where are the torches and pitchforks? Why are people defending this crapola? It’s like I’m watching a bad movie.

307wolverine on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I’m with you, my friend.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Make that three of us.

Years ago, the Fat Dude, Michael Moore, wrote a “book” called “Dude, Where’s My Country?”

He didn’t know the half of what he was mumbling about. What’s happening NOW is more apropos of that title than any drivel he wrote.

theotherone on June 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I watched Reagan’s D-Day speech last night and cried. Look at how far we’ve fallen.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I hear ya. I fear that Ronald Reagan may wind up being our “last” great leader. I hope and pray it’s not the case.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

If Obama paid it or reimbursed, say, the Qataris, then he violated another Federal law by providing material support to a terrorist organisation.

Not that he cares.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

We kneww before he was elected that he committed felonies and had no respect for the law, but he was elected and re-elected anyway. There certainly could have been many irregularities in how that happened and there could have been a lot of illegal acts committed on his behalf by his campaign and supporters and donors.

Until Congress steps up Obama will not stop. He will attempt to impose his ignoarant and unworkable ivory tower vision of utopia on the United States, blindly disregarding reality. Perhaps it is best to wait until after the midterms. If the Republicans take the Senate, it might be possible to impeach and convict him.

talkingpoints on June 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

kjatexas on June 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

“Benedict Arnold served with honor and distinction.”
Miss Rice, commenting on behalf of the Continental Congress with regard to the deplorable intelligence from West Point

spiritof61 on June 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I’m sure Susan Rice will appear on a Sunday chat show and explain exactly what happened so Americans will learn the real truth once and for all, no worries. Snort.

Philly on June 6, 2014 at 7:57 PM

After digesting the full text, Dog Eater paid money and released Taliban savages that he didn’t have to and all because of political expediency?

What’s worse than bright hatred because I’m there.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I just want to say, it’s been peaceful and quiet here today without any trolls around-quite enjoyable. Where have they all been? I foresee more of their absence in the near future lol

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Crony corporatism terrorism at it’s finest.

can_con on June 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

That’s true. Of course you know they are going to end up on Oahu after all of this and ruin Hawaii forever.

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Nope, they will head to New York. Mooch will take a cue from Shillary and will run for a Senate seat, and BO will start lobbying to become UN Secretary-General. Which in his eyes, would make him ruler of the world.

climbnjump on June 6, 2014 at 8:01 PM

cash to the enemy
is aid and comfort..

no other way to look at it..

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

From the way-back machine… $6B goes “missing” at State Dept April 2014.

/Ya don’t say….

Key West Reader on June 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Exactly my first thoughts.

onlineanalyst on June 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

How would the administration have access to millions of dollars of taxpayer money to wire transfer without Congressional approval? This would be scary to know they have access to an account that would be untraceable.

tej on June 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

for 5 million I’ll take 5 git-mo’s..
a couple 22L behind their left ears..
and 4,999,982 dollars left over for g2m…

(yeah I charged em for a box of ammo,
I used 22′s to help keep costs down..)

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Jun 06, 2014 at 8:03 pm going2mars
cash to the enemy
is aid and comfort..
no other way to look at it..

Bingo

kjatexas on June 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me one bit

Brock Robamney on June 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Oh KERRRRRY, where are you Kerrrry….come out, come out, wherever you are…

right2bright on June 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

@ going2mars,
I have a hammer. That would save us 18 more bucks…

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

How would the administration have access to millions of dollars of taxpayer money to wire transfer without Congressional approval? This would be scary to know they have access to an account that would be untraceable.

tej on June 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I assume they have a number of accounts for just such emergency’s…maybe a “relief account”. With billions of dollars and probably tens of thousands of accounts, I can imagine a few million is mostly untraceable.

right2bright on June 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I was in the airport at Oakland yesterday and even the “diverse” population there were shaking their heads in disgust watching the reports on “saving” a deserter for cash and 5 terrorist all stars..
This was Oakland. I pray the country is waking up..

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

schoouch ,, and I own a couple nice hammers too..
what was I thinking…

since you’ll have more cash the first round is on you..

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Now all we need is to find out that Obama gave them weapons too and he has the trifecta.

They just needed US money to buy Russian weapons.

reaganaut on June 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Report: Obama Regime Guaranteed 5 Released Taliban Commanders “Would Be Safe From Arrest By Any Country For A Year”

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Hmmm, but not safe from drones:-)

bluefox on June 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

We need to start very loudly asking the dems why they are not moving toward impeachment.

Why do they insist on hitching their wagon to this dangerous moron?

How much damage does he have to do before they decide to do something about it?

Or are they complicit?

CurtZHP on June 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Going2Mars

It would be my pleasure to buy the first and following rounds..

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Who is this “high level official” that Lachlan Markay of the Free Beacon wrote that AP cited? This article is dated today, 6/6/14. It contains almost everything that Brad Thor wrote on June 1st for the Blaze. Free Beacon is 5 days late.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/negotiating-with-terrorists-inside-the-capture-and-release-of-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/

I mentioned drones a minute ago also. I wonder who used drones on members of the Haqqani Network? From Brad Thor’s article:

On or about September 5, 2013, Mullah Sangeen was killed in a drone strike. Though he was Siraj Haqqani’s chief of operations, tensions between the two men had been mounting for some time and there are those who suggest Sangeen’s location was purposefully leaked in order to get him out of the way.

(Leaked to who?)

(Who used a drone on Mullah Sangeen?)

It was expected that Siraj Haqqani would now consolidate things and move to take tighter control of Sgt. Bergdahl. He did so by putting Bergdahl under the control of one of his deputies, Ahmad Jan – while Sangeen’s brother, Bilal still maintained custodial control and saw to the day-to-day details of guarding Sgt. Bergdahl and moving him from place to place.

Not longer after taking over for Sangeen, Ahmad Jan was droned.

(Who used a drone on Ahmad Jan?)

One would get the impression, someone wanted to take out top Haqqani leaders. Who and why would be interesting to know.

bluefox on June 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

We might also throw in the notion — though it seems ludicrous — that the Administration actually believes the nonsense that releasing the Taliban killers would bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with big smiles and bouquets of roses.

Silly as it might sound on the ground, it would be another reason why the U.S., rather than the Haqqani, wanted the Taliban superstars in the swap.

IndieDogg on June 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The only way this could ever make sense is if they microtagged these guys while at Gitmo and will use the GPS tracking data to drone more of these clowns..Is this administration that cunning or is it the old “it is what it is?”

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

In other news..

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN EXECUTED FOR THEIR RELIGIOS BELIEFS

FEMALE STUDENTS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN FOR DARING TO LEARN HOW TO READ.

ISLAMIC PURISTS STORM THE VATICAN.

MOST POPULAR NAME IN CHICAGO FOR NEWBORN MALES IS MUHAMMED..

DOG BITES MAN

tstar44 on June 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

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