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06-05-2014 08:15 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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Five Terrorists For a 'Deserter'?

By Larry Elder June 5, 2014

The Washington Times reports that the Pentagon pretty much knew the whereabouts of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in recent years. So why didn't they rescue him?

Quoting a former intelligence official, the Times said: "Military commanders were loath to risk their people to save this guy. They were loath to pick him up and, because of that hesitancy, we wind up trading five Taliban guys for him. The mentality was, 'We're not going to lose more of our own guys on this.'"


The Times also quoted an anonymous "high-level congressional aide": "Joint Special Operations Command always had the rescue mission on the table and it was entirely under their ownership, but the big question centered on whether Bergdahl was somebody you risk lives for when you still have time and space to maneuver diplomatically. ... The prisoner swap was being built up as the only option that was available. But there's been knowledge of the general vicinity of where Bergdahl was, down to how many guys were guarding him."

The congressional aide, wrote the Times, also said that military officials in Afghanistan had been pushing for a stronger deal, but they were "superseded" by the State Department and the White House. The intelligence official said "the administration wanted to close the door on this no matter what the price was."

While Bergdahl was in captivity, the military barred soldiers from discussing him, possibly because of the questionable circumstances under which Bergdahl was captured, and also to avoid making him an even bigger ransom tool of political value.

Now that he's been released, members of Bergdahl's unit who have spoken out call him a "deserter."

One posted this comment in the Army Times: "Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to 'walk the earth' and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little 'out there.' Next morning he's gone. ... He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife.

"We find some Afghan kids shortly after who saw an American walking north asking about where the Taliban are. ... We come to realize that (Bergdahl) deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban ... to join them."

He then talks about the soldiers killed or wounded in the search for Bergdahl: "PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, SSG Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphy, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. ... Fighting increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him."

Another soldier from Bergdahl's battalion, Nathan Bradley Bethea, writes it's "time to speak the truth." In a piece for "The Daily Beast" in which he, too, calls Bergdahl a "deserter," Bethea says: "Bergdahl failed to show for the morning roll call. The soldiers in 2nd platoon Blackfoot Company discovered his rifle, helmet, body armor and web gear in a neat stack. He had, however, taken his compass. His fellow soldiers later mentioned his stated desire to walk from Afghanistan to India."

The five terrorists released from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl are said to be "the worst of the worst." They were all high-level Taliban, and included two deputy ministers, two Taliban governors and a head of security -- with at least four involved in heroin trafficking and/or drug wars and/or mass murders.

How does the Bergdahl deal affect our enemies? At the very least, they know we will negotiate with terrorists, despite what we say. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says, however, that we did not negotiate with terrorists. The country of Qatar negotiated. Cue the laugh track.

As for President Obama's Rose Garden celebration flanked by Bergdahl's parents, he may come to regret it. Many in the military believe that Bergdahl should face military justice, and may even end up getting court-martialed.

Just days before Bergdahl's father tweeted the following message: "I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen (sic)!" Of even more interest, however, is a person to whom the tweet was directed. He is Abdulqahar Balkhi, with the radical Muslim website Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan, Voice Of Jihad. The site promotes Shariah law and features body parts of "infidels."

Try pairing Bowe Bergdahl's alleged desertion and his anti-American comments with national security adviser Susan Rice's assertion that "he served the United States with honor and distinction."

As a result of this deal, military and civilian personnel posted in dangerous places now have an even bigger price tag on their heads. Nations publicly say they will not negotiate with terrorists. But they do. The question, as always, is whether the benefit outweighs the costs.

This deal stinks.

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06-05-2014 09:36 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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Now all terrorist will try to kidnap anyone for negotiation.

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06-05-2014 09:56 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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What is really funny about all this is the fact that some who served with Bergdahl were made to sign non-disclosure statements about this, but are some of the most vocal because they have said they can't stomach the lies being told by odumbo and his minions.

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06-05-2014 10:11 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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I heard obama had wanted to smoke those militants after they
pick BergDhal but was talked out of it have he would've betray
the trust over future negotiation.

My bro in the white house was ready to hit below The belt

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-05-2014 10:21 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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Obamq is very compassionate the republican has lion heart

BurgDhal platoons are speaking out of hanger and is saying
thing that isn't true.
now one will ever know the whole truth despite what they say.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-06-2014 03:05 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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You are very nieve. He just opened the door for mass kidnappings of americans. You do not negotiate with terrorists!!! You go in and kill them to get your people back so they don't do it again. This is one of the biggest f ups he has done and thats saying a lot!

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06-06-2014 03:49 AM  3 years agoPost 7
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Go GEt Em : ESCO : SAM Ain't Home - Not OUR JOB : They are SAWING villages
Boko Haram militants slaughter at least 200 civilians in Nigeria, witnesses say
Published June 05, 2014
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May 21, 2014: In this file photo, Red Cross personnel search for remains at the site of one of a car bomb in Jos, Nigeria. Boko Haram militants are taking over villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders, witnesses say, as the Islamic fighters make a comeback from a year-long military offensive aimed at crushing them.AP/Sunday Alamba/File

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said on Thursday.

A community leader who witnessed the killings on Monday said residents of the Gwoza local government district in Borno state had pleaded for the military to send soldiers to protect the area after they heard that militants were about to attack, but help didn't arrive. The killings occurred in Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara.

"We all thought they were the soldiers that we earlier reported to that the insurgents might attack us," said a community leader who escaped the massacre and fled to Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

The militants arrived in Toyota Hilux pickup trucks — commonly used by the military — and told the civilians they were soldiers "and we are here to protect you all," the same tactic used by the group when they kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 15.

After people gathered in the center on the orders of the militants, "they begin to shout 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar' on top of their voices, then they begin to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all that gathered were all dead," said the witness who didn't want to be named for fear for his safety.

The slaughter was confirmed by both Mohammed Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno and whose hometown is Gwoza, and by a top security official in Maiduguri who insisted on anonymity because he isn't allowed to speak to the media.

It took a few days for survivors to get word of the massacres to Maiduguri, the provincial capital, because travel on the roads is extremely dangerous and phone connections are poor or nonexistent.

The community leader wasn't shot because "I was going round to inform people that the soldiers had come and they wanted to address us," he said. As people were fleeing, other gunmen lurked outside the villages on motorcycles and mowed them down, he said.

Militants of Boko Haram, which wants to establish Islamic state in Nigeria, have been taking over villages in the northeast, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders as the Islamic fighters make a comeback from a year-long military offensive aimed at crushing them. The death toll from Monday's attacks is among the highest. Thousands of people have been killed in the 5-year-old insurgency, more than 2,000 so far just this year, and an estimated 750,000 Nigerians have been driven from their homes.

Nigeria's military has insisted that the big influx of troops and a year-old state of emergency in three states which gives them the power to detain suspects, take over buildings and lock down any area has the extremists on the run.

But while Boko Haram has in large part been pushed out of cities in the northeast, they have been seizing villages with thatched-roof huts in the semi-arid region where they once held sway, boldly staking their claim by hoisting their black flags with white Arabic lettering, and making large swaths of Nigeria no-go regions for the military.

The villages attacked on Monday are in the Gwoza local government, a regional political center whose emir was killed in a Boko Haram ambush on his convoy last week. Emirs are religious and traditional rulers who have been targeted for speaking out against Boko Haram's extremism.

Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima traveled on Saturday to Gwoza to pay his respects to the fallen emir and was quoted as saying it was a terrifying ride.

"If I say I was not petrified travelling through that ... road to Gwoza I would be lying because that road had been designated a no-go area for about two months now due to the incessant attacks and killings that occur there," the governor was quoted as saying by Information Nigeria, a web site. A local journalist who was in the convoy that was escorted by 150 soldiers counted at least 16 towns and villages that were deserted along the 135 kilometer (85 mile) route, according to the local media report.

{ How about go shopping at Kenya's West Gate mall } 67 dead

Sam just Snored / Something like 566 last week in Iraq

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06-08-2014 06:17 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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My bro in the white house was ready to hit below The belt
Your "bro" does a lot of things below the belt....hitting ain't one of 'em. But then that's why you love him so isn't it???

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06-08-2014 06:41 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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Typical ESCO and his Burtha : Everything below his belt is covered with Strawberry Jelly ---------------------------------

Bada Bing Bada : Boom - Boom : BACKSLIDER

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06-09-2014 06:37 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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So, not only are republicans holding this president and POW to a completely different standard
by politicizing the securing of his release....
but a compliant press is running with GOP talking points
and reporing them as facts....
as usual.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-09-2014 06:48 PM  3 years agoPost 11
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ONE DAY (MAYBE), YOU'RE GOING TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE EVERYTHING YOU'VE SPEWED ON HERE FOR YEARS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

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06-09-2014 07:12 PM  3 years agoPost 12
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ONE DAY (MAYBE), YOU'RE GOING TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE EVERYTHING YOU'VE SPEWED ON HERE FOR YEARS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG.
Ya but.

You have got to get him to wake up first.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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06-09-2014 09:55 PM  3 years agoPost 13
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He will wake up in Jamaica :

Looking at a smiling devious Monkey with a coconut tied on a stick.

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06-10-2014 03:50 AM  3 years agoPost 14
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nitro fun
Now all terrorist will try to kidnap anyone for negotiation.
That's the reason given for not negotiating with terrorists. It only makes it worse.

90% of life is "showing up"

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06-10-2014 04:02 AM  3 years agoPost 15
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Look at it this way : They ARE NOW --NOT our Problem

THEIR PROBLEM --------------call The United Nation's or Ban Ki Moon !

Call John Kerry ! Call Hilliary ! Call Sandra Fluke

They are in Qutar " s.p." One of the world's largest Export of LNG and the required scientific technology -- and its NEW A Beautiful land of Modern Glass / Chrome and Marble and Better !

Think : What a RISK !!!! - THEY OWN EM -- Yike's !!!

Wait : SAM AIN"T COMMING - He is Sequestered do to OBAMA -
Sam is Playing with a Blue Mouse

Karrachi International : Pakistan just went up in a Ball of Soot.

How's the comfort level ???

A Bit Better - or Worse ??

Wrap em ALL : In Bubble Wrap Send em Express Red !!! Hot / Hot !!!
Put a bit of baby powder in their and Clean Sock's - ANY PLACE THEY WISH TO TRAVEL

Get the last laugh Just turn the Fan's on and Post a few Fire watches and DO -NOT PICK UP the Phone : SAM Ain't Here MAN

We Are Going to Hold back Our Super Secret Defense System

Watch at YouTube

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06-10-2014 07:13 AM  3 years agoPost 16
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Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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06-10-2014 01:38 PM  3 years agoPost 17
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Should we same about the Republican that their level of hate doesn't exist? I wanna know?

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-10-2014 02:00 PM  3 years agoPost 18
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esco....you're the most racist person I've ever met and you're black...and I don't "hate" you. I pity you, but I don't hate you.

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06-10-2014 02:11 PM  3 years agoPost 19
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Really I'be glad if I was a whitety so I can ride around on a chariots and give order.
"Well since I M not a wheity then I cannot accept your accusations.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-10-2014 02:58 PM  3 years agoPost 20
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again... I pity you, though I'm not sure you deserve my pity.
I wouldn't be able to get out of bed if I thought like you do.

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