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Statement by the President on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

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statement-president-sergeant-bowe-bergdahlWhite House :

Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in America’s past wars. Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield. And as we find relief in Bowe’s recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue.

 

For his assistance in helping to secure our soldier's return, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Amir of Qatar. The Amir’s personal commitment to this effort is a testament to the partnership between our two countries. The United States is also grateful for the support of the Government of Afghanistan throughout our efforts to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release.

 

This week the United States renewed its commitment to the Afghan people and made clear that we will continue to support them as they chart their own future. The United States also remains committed to supporting an Afghan-led reconciliation process as the surest way to achieve a stable, secure, sovereign, and unified Afghanistan. While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground.

 

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Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive

THOMAS JOSCELYN

3:42 PM, May 31, 2014

 

The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors. Reading the stories of his newfound freedom it is impossible not to feel joy for Bergdahl and his family. NBC News reports that Bergdahl held up a sign once he was on board an American helicopter that read, “SF?” The operators quickly confirmed that they were in fact U.S. Special Forces: “Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time.”

 

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The Obama administration says that security measures have been put into place to make sure that the Gitmo 5 do not pose a threat to American national security. Let’s hope that is true; it certainly has not been the case with many ex-Gitmo detainees in the past.

 

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has profiled these jihadists previously on multiple occasions, and what follows below is culled from these accounts.

There are good reasons why the Taliban has long wanted the five freed from Gitmo. All five are among the Taliban’s top commanders in U.S. custody and are still revered in jihadist circles.

 

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This is very bad not good terrible thing!

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Implanted GPS chips with drone strike in near future?

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McKeon, Inhofe: Prisoner Trade With Taliban Puts American Soldiers at Greater Risk

MICHAEL WARREN

5:48 PM, May 31, 2014

 

wo top ranking Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees released a joint statement on the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo Bay. From Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services committee, and James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services committee:

 

 

Like all Americans, we celebrate the release of Sergeant Berghdal from terrorist captivity. When one of our own comes home to us, we all rejoice. We are relieved that the ordeal and sacrifice of the Bergdahl family has come to a happy conclusion.

 

In the days ahead however, we must carefully examine the means by which we secured his freedom. America has maintained a prohibition on negotiating with terrorists for good reason. Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdals release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.

 

In executing this transfer, the President also clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated. Our joy at Sergeant Berghdals release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.

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Holy cow this is blowing up on twitter. The father of this kid tweeted today that he would continue to get all Gitmo prisoners freed. Turns out this young man was troubled and walked away from his unit, which in turn got several killed looking for him.

 

This is turning really ugly really fast and it appears that it may have been a blatant move to fight off the perception the president doesn't like or support our troops. If you look at his frantic activities regarding the military and foreign policy, I would be inclined to agree...but we shall see.

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The venality of Obama & ilk is stupendous.

 

Can you imagine how this came to fruition?

 

They were blame-storming & complained that Obama's negative to positive numbers needed a kick in the arse.

 

"Let's see"....someone said...."we really got some mileage out of the Bin Laden thing...hey what's the name of that kid that they're still holding prisoner?"

 

"Yeah....we get rid of some Git-Mo slugs....and if we get him back....Dear Leader can fly his parents out & get a good Rose Garden picture for some distribution....there's no downside!"

 

As a culture.....Islamic Jihadists/Taliban feel no compunction about strapping explosives on retarded people or children to blow up some objective. They cut your head off for dancing in the rain...playing music at your wedding...or because you believe in Allah....but not enough like they want.

 

America has always put some value on life.

 

At least until these God-less Progressives came to power.

 

They actually have a plan for exterminating American's to get down to their optimum populations for sustainable communities [Holdren?] They are succeeding in killing Americans at birth....at old age....and now as sick & disabled vets.

 

Babies have no voice.

 

Seniors have no money or power.

 

Vets are enslaved to a health care system that would rather ignore them to death, than provide the care that they are charged to provide....and Obamacare will be worse, because it will impoverish you before you get your thumbs-down from their death panels.

 

Welcome to the 7-level hell of Progressive goverment. [/rant]

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Holy cow this is blowing up on twitter. The father of this kid tweeted today that he would continue to get all Gitmo prisoners freed. Turns out this young man was troubled and walked away from his unit, which in turn got several killed looking for him.

 

This is turning really ugly really fast and it appears that it may have been a blatant move to fight off the perception the president doesn't like or support our troops. If you look at his frantic activities regarding the military and foreign policy, I would be inclined to agree...but we shall see.

The problem is any public person saying these things will immediately be....shunned...cast out into the outer darkness....be treated as a pariah.

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I'm still scratching my head over something. Didn't this soldier get captured by the Taliban because he "walked off his post?" Did we trade dangerous prisoners for a deserter?

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GOP lawmakers: Prisoner exchange violated law

 

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE 18 hours ago

 

The White House agreed that actions were taken in spite of legal requirements and cited "unique and exigent circumstances" as justification. Scissors-32x32.png

 

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the U.S. facility. Scissors-32x32.png

 

my thoughts They can spin this any way they want but Obama still broke another law.

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Barack Obama hides behind signing statements to justify #Bergdahl / Taliban swap.taliban-bergdahl-620x398.jpg

By: Moe Lane (Diary) | June 1st at 10:06 AM | 4

So, it turns out that the Obama administration was legally required to at least notify Congress before it actually traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorist commanders*: Lawmakers were ...

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is Coming Home – But at What Price?

Dean Garrison

 

3 hours ago

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is coming home after nearly five years of being incarcerated by The Taliban. That is very good news and I do not want to diminish the importance of bringing every one of our soldiers home. No one left behind! However, Barack Obama has drawn harsh criticism already for the move and I believe it is […]

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/#tjJL4uXd0w9HRZs1.99

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Obama Consorts with the Enemy to Free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl – All for Political Grandstanding

Ed Wood

 

3 hours ago

Well, he did it again. Exploited the lives of others for personal aggrandizement. Of course, anyone with a "smidgeon" (to use a familiar term) of decency would have to be elated over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban for more than five years. Anyone, especially any Republican, who in any way questions the terms of his release, would have to be considered heartless and cruel.

But anyone with that same smidgeon of decency would have to be disgusted at the grandstanding of the President as he paraded the mother and father of Sgt. Bergdahl on national television. According to experts in the psychiatric field, it was just another classic example of the actions of a psychopathic narcissist.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/obama-consorts-enemy-free-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-political-grandstanding/

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Hmmm. The more I read about this "prisoners exchange," the dirtier it gets.

  • We rescued a deserter.
  • We gave up the most dangerous of the Gitmo prisoners.
  • Obama did it in defiance of an established law covering this activity (that he signed).
  • It's suspiciously timed to draw attention away from a bad scandal involving Vets.
  • Obama even praised Allah for the transaction.

Meanwhile, a genuine hero Marine continues to rot in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn in the dark.

 

It's official: This is a typical Obama clustergrab.

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American Soldier Who Served With Freed POW Casts Doubt on Official Story; Fears Reprisal From Obama Administration
Soopermexican
6/1/14

Early Saturday it was announced by the administration that the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan was released in exchange for 5 Guantanamo Bay terrorists being set free to Qatar. [Explicit language below.]

 

The circumstances of the capture of Bowe Bergdahl had been in question long before his release – supposedly he had wandered off and captured by the Taliban.

 

But a soldier on Twitter is claiming that the official story is untrue, and has posted his version of the events that led to Bowe’s capture as I originally posted on my blog.

 

Towards the end of his story, he says he fears reprisal from the Obama administration, and asks for legal help. It must be noted also that he has a avatar that bears a picture of Bowe with the word “traitor” posted over it.

 

After stating that “F[***] what you I heard. I was there.,” here are the tweets telling his version of the story so far:

 

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* Afghanistan Raises Objections to Swap of Taliban Prisoners for American

Maria Abi-Habib and Nathan Hodge

 

KABUL--Afghanistan raised objections over the swap of five high-profile Taliban detainees for a U.S. soldier, saying the Afghan prisoners should have been freed without conditions.

 

* * American officials said the Taliban prisoners released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be required to remain in Qatar, which brokered the deal, for at least a year to ensure they don't return to Afghanistan and resume fighting.

 

"The Afghan government protests and seeks the unconditional freedom of its citizens and demands the governments of the U.S. and Qatar treat them like free individuals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, adding this was required by international human-rights law.

 

The protest underscored the mistrust between Kabul and Washington amid a deal that could advance peace efforts.

 

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* Behind Paywall, try Google

 

* * Its a good thing there is no way they can communicate with the Tailiban fighting in Afghanistan from Qatar.

 

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@clearvision

 

I have a feeling this is going to be very very bad when the whole story comes out...and it will come out.

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Initially I thought this was going to be a 'feel good' story. It has certainly taken a turn for the worse. This guy has a good chance of going to prison for what he actually did. Ol' dad may end up in a cell next to him.

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@Valin @Casino67

 

Your reactions are NOT what Obama wanted from this. He wants you to celebrate and forget the VA, Benghazi, IRS, O'care, Gunrunning, Immigration... Oh hell I'm tired of typing the scandals. Just forget them and celebrate this like you did Osama (read the letters carefully) being taken out.

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What is the big deal on the gentleman released? Choir boys....

 

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.

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