Monday, June 2, 2014


Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Calls Bowe Bergdahl Swap "Victory"
After five detainees from Guantanamo Bay were swapped for the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar delivered a rare statement Sunday calling the trade a “great victory.”

“We shall thank almighty for this great victory,” said the statement. “The sacrifice of our Mujahedin have resulted in the release of our senior leaders from the hand of the enemy.”
We TRADED five Taliban commanders for an American soldier? Now, I understand that we want all of our soldiers to come home safe, but I shudder to think of the precedent this sets. Especially considering the five Taliban released are, from the video in the link, among the worst of the worst.

And why does the name ring a bell?

Oh, yeah, there's a question of whether or not he deserted.

Regardless of the circumstances under which Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban, I seem to remember an American President in my lifetime who came under fire for negotiating the release of American hostages. Reagan was the subject of a 7-year, $50 million dollar investigation over the selling of US arms to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages.

Obama does it - without notifying Congress within 30 days of action like he's supposed to - and everything is great...

That is all.


MIggy said...

obody is talking about the even worst precedent set: You do prisoner exchanges with an enemy that conducts itself under the rules of regular warfare. The Obama administration just accepted that the Taliban is a legitimate fighting force as if it was from a country. The label of terrorists has been dropped.

Anonymous said...

The Israelis have done this for years. They have even traded for the remains of their troops.
I don't like or support Obama. But I think he made the right call on this one.

Roger said...

The questions are swirling around the intarweb that not only was he a deserter but that he had gone over to the enemy. That is called Treason. Since he was in a war zone, he should face the firing squad.
Alan West noted that all US captives have been executed by the taliban by decapitation. This one grew a beard and survived.
Something is VERY smelly in this whole mess, from start to present.

lelnet said...

Well of course. After all, this president is a Democrat, this hostage is a traitor, and those prisoners were Islamic terrorists.

What's not to love? Unless, of course, you're some kinda crazy wingnut teabagger who actually gives a crap about the United States.

Cargosquid said...

Should have left him there. He deserted.
He wanted to go live with the Afghanis. People died looking for him.

Obama should be impeached.

notDilbert said...

Obama is starting to lose the Main Stream media.

Diane Sawyer didn't lead with the "Hero Returning" spin - She had full coverage with 2 correspondents and his Squad leader calling him a deserter, showed Bowe in his Ballet costume and the Released Taliban arriving to the "Hero's Welcome."

Nixon knew it was over when he lost Cronkite's support after the Tet Offensive.

Will Obama realize the same now that he's lost Diane

Anonymous said...

I sure hope somebody had the forethought to implant five time bombs in a certain five torsos before they left. But probably not.

Geodkyt said...

I'm thinking we should have taken a clue from Putin, and given the five releasees some Polonium-210 tea before turning them over to Qatar.

"Oh, they got sick and died in Qatari custody? So sad. . . "