Jun. 5, 2014

Bergdahl Deal is Just the Beginning

"We don't leave our soldiers behind"
President Obama

What has happened to America?

Long gone are the days of ticker tape parades for returning soldiers. With this recent Bowe Bergdahl fiasco, the Republicans are managing to politicize something that should be a non-partisan issue.

I find it reprehensible that Sgt. Bergdahl is being vilified when he is in a hospital being debriefed after five years in captivity. These swaps have happened throughout the history of our country. Many Gitmo prisoners (more than 500) during the Bush administration were released without political fanfare. It has been estimated in news reports that 30% of those released prisoners returned to the battlefield.

The Obama administration has released an underwhelming 60-or-so prisoners during the five years in office.

Why are the Republicans making political hay out of this one?

Here is what I think:

They lost the White House. They are losing Benghazi. They have lost the IRS. The NSA is too confusing for most Americans. Fast n Furious was a no go.

Shame on John McCain for saying on Anderson Cooper's AC360 in February that the swap of THESE 5 Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl was “I would be inclined to support such a thing, depending on a lot of details,” and NOW AFTER that very deal was struck: “It is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to re-enter the fight, and they are big, high-level people, possibly responsibly for the deaths of thousands,”

This kid was a disillusioned deserter, but we don't leave personnel either on the battlefield or in captivity. The 5 Taliban bad guys were not going to be prosecuted in our courts, thus were going to be released at the end of the year anyway. Our WAR ends at the end of the year and these guys were going to be returned.

Look. President Obama has not always communicated very well with Congress or the Press, but we really need to let the Commander in Chief do his damn job. We gave Bush and Cheney cart blanch getting us into Iraq and Afghanistan.

I really hope the general public sees through the bullshit McCain, Ayotte, Graham, McConnell, Rubio and the rest of these GOP hacks are spewing and the press gladly reprints, etc. The press has turned a blind eye to the facts of these prisoner exchanges, BECAUSE they need to sell ad space and fill up their papers with stories of what the politicians do and say.

I really believe WE THE PEOPLE need to see through this and understand that these Taliban guys were going to be released after December 31, 2014 when OUR war in Afghanistan ends. Obama used the common "Signing Statement" that Bush and Clinton used many times to justify the procedure.

The mistake Obama made was not including Feinstein, McCain, Graham, Chambliss and the gang in the operation. If they had been informed, they would have been part of it and we wouldn't be in this "Berdalghazi" Scandal.

One last thing. The Taliban is NOT Al Qeda. The Taliban is alive and a big part of the equation in Afghanistan. We are likely negotiating much bigger deals with them right now. That is why Obama has been very quiet, right?