Trading Sergeant Bergdahl

June 5, 2014
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Barack Obama has a habit of pretty much doing as he damned well pleases. He selects which laws he’ll enforce and he selects the laws he wishes to follow. How else can one account for his total disregard for the law that requires him to consult Congress with 30 days’ notice prior to releasing any Gitmo detainees?

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl

 

However, he circumvented Congress once again and made a deal with the Taliban, our enemy, which is bound to culminate in more American blood being spilled. Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five prisoners, described as being the worst of the worst, being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The five are now in Qatar, where they are supposed to remain for one year, after which it is highly likely that they will return to the battlefield. These aren’t just five ordinary prisoners. CNN profiled them two years ago, when their names first surfaced as candidates for a transfer as part of talks with the Taliban:

 

Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa

Khairkhwa was an early member of the Taliban in 1994 and was interior minister during the Taliban’s rule. He hails from the same tribe as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and was captured in January 2002. Khairkhwa’s most prominent position was as governor of Herat province from 1999 to 2001, and he was alleged to have been “directly associated” with Osama bin Laden. According to a detainee assessment, Khairkhwa also was probably associated with al Qaeda’s now-deceased leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. He is described as one of the “major opium drug lords in western Afghanistan” and a “friend” of Karzai. He was arrested in Pakistan and was transferred to Guantanamo in May 2002. During questioning, Khairkhwa denied all knowledge of extremist activities.

Mullah Mohammad Fazl

Fazl commanded the main force fighting the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001, and served as chief of army staff under the Taliban regime. He has been accused of war crimes during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s. Fazl was detained after surrendering to Abdul Rashid Dostam, the leader of Afghanistan’s Uzbek community, in November 2001. He was wanted by the United Nations in connection with the massacre of thousands of Afghan Shiites during the Taliban’s rule. “When asked about the murders, he did not express any regret,” according to the detainee assessment. He was alleged to have been associated with several militant Islamist groups, including al Qaeda. He was transferred into U.S. custody in December 2001 and was one of the first arrivals at Guantanamo, where he was assessed as having high intelligence value.

Mullah Norullah Noori

Noori served as governor of Balkh province in the Taliban regime and played some role in coordinating the fight against the Northern Alliance. Like Fazl, Noori was detained after surrendering to Dostam, the Uzbek leader, in 2001.Noori claimed during interrogation that “he never received any weapons or military training.” According to 2008 detainee assessment, Noori “continues to deny his role, importance and level of access to Taliban officials.” That same assessment characterized him as high risk and of high intelligence value.

Abdul Haq Wasiq

Wasiq was the deputy chief of the Taliban regime’s intelligence service. His cousin was head of the service. An administrative review in 2007 cited a source as saying that Wasiq was also “an al Qaeda intelligence member” and had links with members of another militant Islamist group, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. Wasiq claimed, according to the review, that he was arrested while trying to help the United States locate senior Taliban figures. He denied any links to militant groups.

Mohammad Nabi Omari

Omari was a minor Taliban official in Khost Province.According to the first administrative review in 2004, he was a member of the Taliban and associated with both al Qaeda and another militant group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. He was the Taliban’s chief of communications and helped al Qaeda members escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Omari acknowledged during hearings that he had worked for the Taliban but denied connections with militant groups. He also said that he had worked with a U.S. operative named Mark to try to track down Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

The White House has downplayed the fact that overwhelming evidence points to Bergdahl as a deserter. Overwhelming evidence shows that he left his unit of his own volition, so how can he be classified as a Prisoner of War? He’s not. He’s a deserter. What is so great about him that Barack Obama feels he must trade five Taliban officials to secure a deserter’s release? One is that Fox News reports that Bergdahl has converted to Islam and declares himself a “warrior for Islam,” and another is that Obama told the nation in his book, Dreams From My Father, that when the winds of change turn ugly that he would stand with his Muslim brothers. Not hard to figure.

Obama tried to rationalize to the nation that the trade for Bergdahl’s release was necessary because America does not leave a man behind. Seriously? I think that Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods would beg to differ with this Leftist administration. Washington won’t lift a finger to help an ambassador, but moves Heaven and Earth to secure the release of a deserter. Politically, it gets the VA, IRS, EPA, Obamacare, and the BLM land grab scandals off of the front page. But, I think the Obama administration has jumped the shark this time.

In releasing five of the most dangerous men in the world upon the world, I think Obama is one step closer to bringing America to its knees. He has weakened our military strength, so much to the point that soon it will be acceptable for any soldier to walk off from military service if Bergdahl walks. It won’t surprise me if he does. The terrorists will be free to plan and execute more attacks on America and Americans, and Obama will always side with his “Muslim brothers.” That’s always been the game plan of the Left. Why do you think he’s getting ready to release another one from Gitmo? And…who’s guilty of treason here?

Remember, keep ’em poor; keep ’em dependent; keep ’em voting Democratic.

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One Response to Trading Sergeant Bergdahl

  1. Tom on June 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Bush and Cheney released 171 prisoners who eventually returned to the battlefield. Obama: 7.
    Dumbass.
    See Jake Tapper's CNN blog on this.

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