Video: Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but … Update: NBC confirms charges

posted at 8:41 am on January 27, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Whatever happened to the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban? Last year, the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders to get Bergdahl back, but men in his former unit immediately objected to the trade, accusing Bergdahl of having deserted before his capture. Months later, there still has been no final determination of Bergdahl’s status — at least none made public. Last night, retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Bill O’Reilly that the Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but that the White House — and specifically Ben Rhodes, the national-security adviser/speechwriter to Barack Obama — has pressured the Pentagon to delay the release of that news (via Jeff Dunetz):

Shaffer’s key point is that the charges will embarrass the White House all over again for coughing up five big fish for one deserter:

SHAFFER: This is shaping up to be titanic struggle behind the scenes. Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. Factually there is no way they cannot do the right thing regarding Bergdahl, and the White House because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because of he, President Obama, releasing five Taliban — by the way those five Taliban were never briefed to senior leadership to the Pentagon before it happened. The narrative is White House does not want to have —

O’REILLY: Of course they don’t want it. Look, the White House can’t tell the Army not to charge him with desertion. If what you say is true, they’re going to charge him with desertion.

SHAFFER: He has been– he has been charged.

O’REILLY: They got it. So now, what good does it do, for Ben Rhodes or anyone else, to say, “Don’t tell anybody”?

Yeah … that’s a pretty good question. If the Army has presented a charge sheet to Bergdahl’s attorney, the process is already underway. A hearing will soon take place to determine whether the Army has enough evidence to proceed to a court-martial, and that will be at least somewhat public, especially since there doesn’t seem to be much connection to top-secret operations under way more than five years after Bergdahl’s capture. That can only be kept bottled up for so long; it’s going to come out sooner rather than later, if Shaffer’s sources have the story right. Why drag it out any longer?

That’s not to say that it’s not true. Politicians and administrations do strange things to avoid the unavoidable. No one would consider Shaffer’s scenario to be unthinkable, certainly not in this most transparent administration evaaaah Hopenchangeland. It’s just that the risk-reward ratio is so far off that most rational people would choose to rip the Band-Aid off cleanly at this point than to have people keep talking about it. No matter what happens, this administration will still be the one that gave up the biggest bargaining chips they had with the Taliban to get nothing strategic in return, and suddenly reset expectations around the world that the US will bargain with terrorists for hostages. That wouldn’t change even if Bergdahl doesn’t get charged with desertion. If Shaffer’s correct, it just makes the foolish nature of the trade slightly more obvious.

Update: NBC News confirmed the desertion charges:

So the cat’s out of the bag.


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It will vanish like vaporware.

Walter L. Newton on January 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM

If only you would do the same.

Deano1952 on January 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Ben Rhodes , speechwriter / national security adviser .
Background…….fiction writer .

Lucano on January 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM

And I accept your explanation on reading comprehension. You understood me perfectly, you just thought I was lying.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

You have not yet convinced me otherwise. I understand how politics works. It is closely related to how the legal system works. It is all based upon setting the definition of the words and phrases upon which all decisions will be predicated.

Whomever can set the definitions determines where the dialog goes and what the eventual outcome of the debate will be. It’s called setting the tone of the agenda.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Obviously the WH did not want this to happen, so how did it happen?

NotCoach on January 27, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Have you seen the polls showing the level of support Obama enjoys amongst the US Military?

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Whatever tribunal that has decided to charge Bergdahl rather than whitewash it like Obama wanted them to do…

It wasn’t a “tribunal” that made the decision to charge Bergdahl, it was whatever officer was put in charge of the Article 32 investigation. Most people not in the military, would likely be surprised to learn how independent that investigative process is. I’m not at all surprised he was charged.

Now will come the Article 32 hearing, which is somewhat similar to a civilian grand jury, but unlike the civilian equivalent, in the military, a single commanding officer, known as the convening authority, will decide whether or not to actually convene a court-martial – a general court-martial in this case because of the severity of the crime.

Under US law (10 U.S. Code § 164), that convening authority lies with – and only with – the responsible Unified Combatant Commander. It was announced several weeks ago by Martin Dempsey that Southern Command would be the UCC. Currently, the commanding officer of SoCom is a Marine Corps General named Kelley, who is a “Mustang” officer with a sterling reputation.

At this point, the only way Obama can halt this is to pardon Bergdhal.

Atlantian on January 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM

And I accept your explanation on reading comprehension. You understood me perfectly, you just thought I was lying.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

You have not yet convinced me otherwise. I understand how politics works. It is closely related to how the legal system works. It is all based upon setting the definition of the words and phrases upon which all decisions will be predicated.

Whomever can set the definitions determines where the dialog goes and what the eventual outcome of the debate will be. It’s called setting the tone of the agenda.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Okay. My bad. Verb tense is off:

And I accept your explanation on reading comprehension. You understood me perfectly, you just thought think I was lying.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

I didn’t know he was still alive. Remember the WH reason for bypassing Congress was his failing health that created an emergency that needed immediate action.

rjoco1 on January 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM

It’s just that the risk-reward ratio is so far off that most rational people would choose to rip the Band-Aid off cleanly at this point than to have people keep talking about it.

These are the folks who lie automatically, as their first option, whenever they are presented with anything uncomfortable.

GWB on January 27, 2015 at 11:25 AM

I just tuned in to MSNBC to catch the administration spin. Sources are telling them that they believe if convicted, Bergdahl’s years of “captivity” will be counted towards his possible 5 year sentence, and he will serve no time. The other possibility is that he could accept a dishonorable discharge and avoid count martial. Officers in charge of his reintegration describe him as harmless and just a mixed up kid. I swear I’m not imaginative to make this sh*t up.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

imaginative enough, that is.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 11:29 AM

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Okay. My bad. Verb tense is off:

And I accept your explanation on reading comprehension. You understood me perfectly, you just thought think I was lying.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Watch the Benghazi hearings. You will see a perfect example of why I doubt you. The Democrats are doing everything in their power to shift the definitions and to avoid answering direct questions.

The behavior seen in the Benghazi hearings is seen here at HotAir every single day by people claiming to be republicans or conservatives.

Since the creation of the internet, political policy and agenda’s are fought over online before they reach mainstream media outlet’s. It is all about setting the public’s train of thought on various subjects.

It is a practice known as poisoning the well, and what it means is leading people to hold a preconceived idea of what a definition means or what actions were taken by whom and when.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Such as, “What is truth?”

Deano1952 on January 27, 2015 at 11:37 AM

I just tuned in to MSNBC to catch the administration spin. Sources are telling them that they believe if convicted, Bergdahl’s years of “captivity” will be counted towards his possible 5 year sentence, and he will serve no time. The other possibility is that he could accept a dishonorable discharge and avoid count martial. Officers in charge of his reintegration describe him as harmless and just a mixed up kid. I swear I’m not imaginative to make this sh*t up.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

I like the scare quotes here. I don’t think the guy was even captured, let alone held in captivity. Heck, he was trying to find Al Qaeda, and succeeded, and then he helped the enemy kill his former comrades.

I don’t think he should have been retrieved — notice, not “rescued” as the media is saying — in the first place. He should have been left there. But now that he’s back in custody, oh wouldn’t it be great if a Court-martial could make the White House choke on their own BS.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:40 AM

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Okay. Maybe I can’t help you.

I lurked here for, oh, about six years before registering — sometime last year, it was. Almost every day. As for posting, though, I don’t have much time to post. (It’s early Wednesday morning here.)

Anyway, maybe you can look at some of my future posts. If you do, I’m sure you’ll detect my leanings soon enough. You could also look at past posts, but I don’t know how/if that can be done.

Last effort.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Last year, the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders* to get Bergdahl back…

… and if recent stories are correct, also traded a considerable amount of ransom money?

Midas on January 27, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Last year, the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders* to get Bergdahl back…

… and if recent stories are correct, also traded a considerable amount of ransom money?

Midas on January 27, 2015 at 11:49 AM

In excess of 5 million dollars.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM

obama is in Saudi Arabia, with huuuuge contingent, bowing to the new and mentally gone King.

Meanwhile they had the first beheading under him, and he continues to finance terrorism, left and right.

But, “Israel and Netanyahu”.

obama supports the terrorists until he proves otherwise.

“Aujourd’hui je suis Abdullah” and

“France, you can kiss my azz” — obama

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Don’t forget the others who lived but were badly mangled, like the poor soldier now confined to a chair and unable to do anything for himself, I mean anything after he got hit by an IED.

Bishop on January 27, 2015 at 9:18 AM

12 were killed or mangled for this traitor.

All who don’t get it, may you all end up in Hades, slow-sizzling.

The oaf in chief will have a hard time with the rose-garden background playing while covering this.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Dempsey is in on the delay and cover up.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Have any trolls shown up on this topic?

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Somebody shoulda ordered the code red on this backstabbing pu$$y.

stout77 on January 27, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Dempsey is in on the delay and cover up.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Yeppers. Donning my shiny tin foil cap for a moment, I’d say Dempsey is a prime stooge in the reverse Seven Days in May plan that’s been ongoing for the past 6 years.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Then there in front of all of US, Lt. For. Life John F. Kerry , fake by his own hands awards and citations in a combat zone.

Met with and aided and gave comfort to the North Viet Army and the south Viet Commies in Paris France while still a commissioned officer in the U S Navy Reserve.

He and this Bergdhal are a blood stained blot on our souls.

A time comes for a reckoning.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Court Martial is probably appropriate. Does the court have discretion on sentencing? Could they give him a life sentence?

virgo on January 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Court Martial is probably appropriate. Does the court have discretion on sentencing? Could they give him a life sentence?

virgo on January 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Desertion in time of war carries a death sentence.

ConstantineXI on January 27, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Does the court have discretion on sentencing? Could they give him a life sentence?

virgo on January 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Presuming the accused doesn’t waive his right to have a panel (jury), the panel will immediately sentence the accused if they find him guilty. They aren’t constrained by sentencing minimums, but they do have sentencing maximums. Depending on what sentence the panel chooses, they may have to have a larger percentage of the panel agree (sentencing doesn’t have to be unanimous unless it’s death). In the absence of a jury panel, the Military Judge (trial judge) will decide sentencing.

After sentencing at trial, the convening authority will then approve or amend or even commute the sentence. He enjoys absolute sentencing authority, unless of course he is overruled by SecDef or POTUS.

The accused could also negotiate a plea deal, called a pretrial agreement in the military. Under such an agreement, the convening authority agrees to a specific sentence when the accused pleads guilty. The panel would then be dismissed, much like a civilian jury is dismissed.

Atlantian on January 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Desertion in time of war carries a death sentence.

ConstantineXI on January 27, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Article 85, UCMJ

c) Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, but if the desertion or attempt to desert occurs at any other time, by such punishment, other than death, as a court-martial may direct.

”

Trafalgar on January 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Looks like Bergie will have to wait a while before he gets his “Hero of The Motherland” award

BobMbx on January 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

I have no doubt that the Obama administration sincerely regrets this blunder.

blink on January 27, 2015 at 12:43 PM

They’re probably figuring out which General needs to lose his stars as we speak.

antipc on January 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Lolo:
I wonder if you realize that this is the Hawaiian word for “crazy” or sometimes “stupid.” Often used in a sentence as, “Oh, don’t worry about anything he says, he’s lolo.”
Might want to re-think the handle.

mongoose on January 27, 2015 at 12:57 PM

obama wants this forgotten and for the traitor to keep his paid salary for all those years.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Latest from MSNBC: A “highly placed military official” is telling them that the most likely outcome is that Bergdahl will accept a less than honorable discharge, not dishonorable, forfeit his back pay and lose his rank. And that will be the end of it. Just like all this administration’s disgraces, it will go away, and anyone who cries foul will be labled partisan, Islamophobic, looneytoons, etc.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Could Obama pardon Bergdahl, or does he have the authority in UCMJ cases?

Ward Cleaver on January 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Obamas mistake was trading away the five big fish, cash and mostly having a ceremony at the WH Rose garden INSTEAD of bringing the man home, getting him into shape, determine his infraction(s) without all of the public fanfare.

Obama will leave no political opportunity untouched and in this case has underscored once again, just how bad his decision making is.

In WW II, Pvt. Eddie Slovik was charged, tried and executed for desertion without the public fanfare. Now, imagine trying to execute this man if’s guilty of desertion. It won’t happen. Why? Because Obama will intervene on his last day of office and pardon him.

DevilsPrinciple on January 27, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Lolo:
I wonder if you realize that this is the Hawaiian word for “crazy” or sometimes “stupid.” Often used in a sentence as, “Oh, don’t worry about anything he says, he’s lolo.”
Might want to re-think the handle.

mongoose on January 27, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Thanks for the heads up.

All my grandchildren call me Lolo. They always have, they always will. In this house, it’s just who I am. Grandfathers all over this country are called Lolo. (English is rarely used for the designation of family members, even by very good English-language speakers.) So “Grandfather” is a family-bestowed title and can’t be shirked. I mean, it’s my actual name.

I can’t in good faith change it — even in the face of an obscure usage elsewhere.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Just like all this administration’s disgraces, it will go away, and anyone who cries foul will be labled partisan, Islamophobic, looneytoons, etc.

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

How could you forget the totally meaningless by now “racist”?

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Could Obama pardon Bergdahl, or does he have the authority in UCMJ cases?

Ward Cleaver on January 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

POTUS enjoys absolute pardon authority, over both federal civilian criminal convictions and military convictions at court-martial.

Atlantian on January 27, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Coming soon to a theatre near you…..

Finally a war movie and war hero the left can embrace:

American Deserter: The Beau Bergdahl story.
“He points, they shoot”

———————————————————————

Starring:

Lena Dunham as Beau Bergdahl.

Sean Penn as Papa Bergdahl.

Cher as Mama Bergdahl

Recently released radical jihadists from Gitmo playing newly acquired and battle ready Al-Qaeda terrorist hostage takers who were recently released from Gitmo.

Michael Moore as Large IED #1

Valerie Jarrett as Valerie Jarrett

and Samuel L. Jackson as Michelle Obama

——————————————————————-

“It’s like a warm fresh splash of acid all over a subjugated Afghani womens skin.” Code Pink Today

“Shows fans of American Sniper how the left partays. Winner!”Matt TaibbiPopular Meth Labs and Gardens Mag. (Vol.# whatever)

“If I had a son, he would look like…..”WH. org.

——————————————————————–

Rated O for …well…….it’s O because the messiah wanted it rated that way OK!

StubbornGreenBurros on January 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM

mongoose on January 27, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Thanks for the heads up.

All my grandchildren call me Lolo. They always have, they always will. In this house, it’s just who I am. Grandfathers all over this country are called Lolo. (English is rarely used for the designation of family members, even by very good English-language speakers.) So “Grandfather” is a family-bestowed title and can’t be shirked. I mean, it’s my actual name.

I can’t in good faith change it — even in the face of an obscure usage elsewhere.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Ah… You’re a Filipino. That explains a lot.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Ah… You’re a Filipino. That explains a lot.

oscarwilde on January 27, 2015 at 1:32 PM

I was born in Indiana, the second son of a man born in Indiana.

My father was the first son of a man born in Indiana, the second son of my great-grandfather. And him? Born in Indiana to a man born in Indiana. The family has records pretty far back — basically, to the beginning of Indiana — and as far as we know, nearly all the mothers and maternal-side contributors were in (or very near) Indiana, as well. None were foreign born.

I got a passport, and it’s blue. I’m an American.

Lolo on January 27, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Latest from MSNBC: A “highly placed military official” is telling them that the most likely outcome is that Bergdahl will accept a less than honorable discharge…

polly2150 on January 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

That is certainly a possibility, but it’s not a possibility without and Article 32 hearing from which a court-martial is convened.

Pay & allowances, of the magnitude we’re speaking about, may not be forfeited with non-judicial punishment (Article 15). So, they’re going to have to convene a court-martial and then, possibly, negotiate a pretrial agreement (plea deal) with the accused.

Essentially, even MSNBC’s “source” is conceding that Bergdahl will be charged with desertion and will then enter negotiated plea on one of the lessor included charges. This, of course, will affirm the (now proven) belief that Obama traded five terrorists for a deserter.

Atlantian on January 27, 2015 at 1:42 PM

If Shaffer’s correct, it just makes the foolish nature of the trade slightly more obvious.

That really explains the bankrupt efforts of the WH to stall / block any announcement or actual filing of charges (if the Article 32 hasn’t been kicked off yet).

And it highlights, yet again, the absolute fecklessness of the core of the WH’s National Security Team. National security? They’re primarily interested in Obama CYA when it comes to foreign policy / national security.

And yes, count me in on those who think that Obama will issue Bergdahl a pardon if / when convicted.

Athos on January 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM

There’s only one way that a trade like this makes sense: if you then kill the prisoners you released while prosecuting — and executing, if possible — the deserter you get back.

Anything else rewards the terrorists.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Absent a pardon by the President, once charges of this severity are sworn to, the case goes forward through the accused’s chain of command, with their recommendations, to the general court-martial convening authority. Normally that officer orders an Article 32 investigation, which resembles a preliminary hearing in the civilian world. The officer who presides over that hearing forwards his report and recommendations as to the charges and the level of court-martial that he or she deems appropriate. The convening authority then has total authority to determine whether the case should go forward and if so, at what level and what charges. Only after that commander convenes the court-martial does the case move toward trial.

At this point plea bargaining can occur. One possibility would be what is called a Chapter 10, wherein the accused can request discharge in lieu of court-martial. If accepted by the convening authority, the accused is discharged with an administrative discharge, usually under other than honorable conditions. If the case goes to trial the punishment if the accused is convicted could be up to life in prison (if death is off the table), forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and either a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable discharge, though the sentence does not technically require a discharge.

The key point is, it is the convening authority who is in charge once the case reaches this stage and no one above that individual is supposed to interfere with his or her decision, or try to influence it. Thus the administration’s ability to involve itself at this juncture would be limited to a presidential pardon.

chileristras on January 27, 2015 at 2:17 PM

and Samuel L. Jackson as Michelle Obama

StubbornGreenBurros on January 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Too skinny. And not masculine enough.

ConstantineXI on January 27, 2015 at 2:18 PM

One hundred years ago, fifty years ago, this utterly shameful affair would have brought down any Western government in disgrace. Look at us.

As a veteran, I am ashamed at what our military has been forced to do by the leftist scum of the Obama Administration. Men died to try to rescue a traitor who intentionally deserted to the enemy. Who knows how many Americans will die at the hands of the jihadis released to swap for Bergdahl, with weapons purchased by ransom monies paid for him. But Obama and his team know no shame, because they have no honor. He’ll pardon Bergdahl before you can say Allahu Akbar, and probably get him a job too.

spiritof61 on January 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

It is treason to free terrorists during warttime.

And insanity to trade 5 for 1.

And idiocy on top of treason to trade them for a deserter.

Impeach Obama, traitor and fool.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Who knows how many Americans will die at the hands of the jihadis released to swap for Bergdahl, with weapons purchased by ransom monies paid for him. But Obama and his team know no shame, because they have no honor. He’ll pardon Bergdahl before you can say Allahu Akbar, and probably get him a job too.

spiritof61 on January 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Their blood is on Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s hands. And their weight will be added to his soul on judgement day.

Obama may escape Earthly judgement. But God won’t care about his skin color or “brilliance”.

ConstantineXI on January 27, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Too skinny. And not masculine enough.

ConstantineXI on January 27, 2015 at 2:18 PM

and Sheila “Samuel Jackson” Lee as Michelle Obama

-or-

and introducing Michael Sams as Michelle Obama. :)

StubbornGreenBurros on January 27, 2015 at 2:51 PM

It is not just Onama and his commie punk pigs who are guilty herein.

Every last one of U S share the guilt as do I. Not active duty now left in 1970 got let go from the critical skill hold in 1980.

But the oath to serve and protect the Constitution and my fellow fighting men is still real , yet here I sit in my pickup looking at my old cows and the river bottom wondering what happen to me.

Time was when I did not eat commie shit.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Why hasn’t Obama pardoned Bergdahl?

A quick, unannounced pardon would derail any legal actions against Bergdahl, and the media would scurry away after minimal coverage. This story appears that the Pentagon is pushing back against the CIC.

pilsener on January 27, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Time was when I did not eat commie shit.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Hang in there, bro.

Being showered with it by the Complicit Media and Quisling Political Class is not technically “eating”.

For that you have to swallow.

And I don’t think many here do that.

I would suggest getting some “business” cards printed up saying simply:

IS IT NOT TREASON TO FREE TERRORISTS DURING WARTIME?

and just leave a few everywhere you go.

The thought must be slipped into he popular subconscious somehow.

Since the Media is essentially corrupt and useless, a little grass roots “suggestion” can start to plant the question in peoples’ minds.

Even if they throw the cards away the idea will simmer.

(And give your cows a salt lick on me.)

profitsbeard on January 27, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One hundred years ago, fifty years ago, this utterly shameful affair would have brought down any Western government in disgrace. Look at us.

As a veteran, I am ashamed at what our military has been forced to do by the leftist scum of the Obama Administration. Men died to try to rescue a traitor who intentionally deserted to the enemy. Who knows how many Americans will die at the hands of the jihadis released to swap for Bergdahl, with weapons purchased by ransom monies paid for him. But Obama and his team know no shame, because they have no honor. He’ll pardon Bergdahl before you can say Allahu Akbar, and probably get him a job too.

spiritof61 on January 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Best summary.

A lot of what has been done by elected and other officials during and since Clinton would have brought down the government in times past.
If they keep shifting the window, Nixon is eventually going to be on the “good” side of the median.

AesopFan on January 27, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Flora Duh on January 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

The Vacuous Cipher?

petefrt on January 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Coming soon to a theatre near you…..

Finally a war movie and war hero the left can embrace:

American Deserter: The Beau Bergdahl story.
“He points, they shoot”

———————————————————————

Starring:

Lena Dunham as Beau Bergdahl.

Sean Penn as Papa Bergdahl.

Cher as Mama Bergdahl

Recently released radical jihadists from Gitmo playing newly acquired and battle ready Al-Qaeda terrorist hostage takers who were recently released from Gitmo.

Michael Moore as Large IED #1

Valerie Jarrett as Valerie Jarrett

and Samuel L. Jackson as Michelle Obama

——————————————————————-

“It’s like a warm fresh splash of acid all over a subjugated Afghani womens skin.” Code Pink Today

“Shows fans of American Sniper how the left partays. Winner!” – Matt Taibbi – Popular Meth Labs and Gardens Mag. (Vol.# whatever)

“If I had a son, he would look like…..” – WH. org.

——————————————————————–

Rated O for …well…….it’s O because the messiah wanted it rated that way OK!

StubbornGreenBurros on January 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM

And starring Bradley (Chelsea) Manning as “The Beaver”!

tanked59 on January 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM

In the ‘Fifties there was the Revolt of the Admirals.

We are now seeing the Revolt of the Generals. Hagel and Dempsey began to show spine when O decided he was going to dictate, very dangerous tactics, with Daesh (ISIL). Hagel was fired as a result, but he’d come to the point where he couldn’t play politics anymore.

Well, this is another point for other flags.

Desertion is one of the highest crimes in the military. O can’t understand that. He thinks disobeying the C-in-C is.

However O is a lameduck and Congress will likely side with the Pentagon on this one. Congress now has greater power over the Pentagon than O has.

O is going to find himself being increasingly sabotaged by subordinates when he attempts to do increasingly unconscionable things.

Limpet6 on January 27, 2015 at 4:32 PM

spiritof61 on January 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

I agree and see the world has turned upside down.

AesopFan on January 27, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Nixon was a choirboy compared to the scum that inhabits the White House and Congress these days.

dogsoldier on January 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

UPDATE: Now Pentagon says no results on Bergdahl yet.

Maybe it’s more serious than simple desertion.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2015 at 5:14 PM

UPDATE: Now Pentagon says no results on Bergdahl yet.

Maybe it’s more serious than simple desertion.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Pentagon was sent dead horse-head from Saudi Arabia today.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM

If only you would do the same.

Deano1952 on January 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

I second your motion.

Neitherleftorright on January 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Whatever happened to the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl

Whatever happened to the Ft Hood Jihadist?

Whatever happened to the Boston Bomber?

Anything that is going to nail a serious jihadist in the USA is going to be stretched out as long as Obama’s forked tongue

On the other hand, the cop in ferguson, is going to be nailed first, and questioned later

entagor on January 27, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Could be an interesting predicament if he is given the death sentence: Obama would have to commute it or even pardon him, because he doesn’t believe in the death penalty. He could not stop himself from interfering but if he didn’t, Bergdahl could be executed. Any of these outcomes underlines the foolishness and lawlessness of the so-called swap he did. 5 dangerous savages for 1 deserter.

His only way out would be to be angrier than anyone when he reads in the paper that Bergdahl was droned on his way to the medical marijuana depository.

virgo on January 27, 2015 at 9:40 PM