It barely took a day for the Obama Administration to go from trumpeting the release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in exchange for five terrorist leaders to tucking tail and making excuses for what appears to be yet another illegal, not to mention amateurish, move by the president and his staff.
At the White House press conference May 31, President Obama proudly announced the deal, saying, “(Bergdahl) wasn’t forgotten by his country. The United States of America does not ever leave its men and women in uniform behind.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said, “Today we have back in our ranks the only remaining captured soldier from our conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Welcome home, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”
So why aren’t Bergdahl’s former squadmates and their families happy to have Bergdahl back?
Well, it seems to have to do with the apparent fact that Bergdahl wasn’t captured but had abandoned his post willingly and deserted his unit.
According to the Washington Post and the Associated Press, the Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl had simply walked away from his unit, which led to the decision to curtail any high-risk operations to recover him, but not until after six Americans had already lost their lives searching for the deserter.
The Pentagon kept tabs on Bergdahl over the next few years via spies, drones and other information sources as he was moved around.
He is currently recovering in a German hospital after his “captivity.” But many officials, including some troops who knew him, are questioning whether he was truly a captive.
During his sojourn with the Taliban, Bergdahl’s military benefits continued to accrue, including automatic rank increases that have elevated him to sergeant.
An unidentified senior Defense Department official told Fox News that Bergdahl may have been an active collaborator with the enemy, that intelligence officials have an extensive file on him that has not yet been shared with Congress, and that Bergdahl will have a lot of questions to answer.
Andy Andrews, whose son was killed in 2009, was not told by the military that his boy had died while searching for Bergdahl. After Bergdahl’s release, however, members of his son’s unit emailed to tell him what really happened, explaining that they had been forced to sign nondisclosure statements and not discuss Bergdahl as long as he was a captive.
“The soldiers said they had to sign a letter saying that they would not discuss this,” Andrews said. “I have no way of proving that apart from what they said. We cannot tell you how devastated we are that the government would do this. They lied to us. It’s a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out,”
Sgt. Evan Buetow, who served in Bergdahl’s platoon in Afghanistan, said Bergdahl made a “premeditated” decision to desert his unit and join the enemy.
“I don’t want him treated as the example soldiers should look up to, because he’s the exact opposite of that,” Buetow said.
Meanwhile, the White House crowd was defending the decision to let five Taliban terrorist leaders go in exchange for Bergdahl. Outgoing press secretary Jay Carney, who must be counting the minutes, was badgered about the latest scandal (for a change) and defended the president’s not giving Congress the legally required 30 days’ notice of a prisoner swap, saying there was only a small window of opportunity to get our traitor (Bergdahl, not Obama) back from the Taliban.
Carney also dared to say that the release of the Taliban Five was not a security threat, and he referred to Bergdahl as a prisoner of war, despite the fact that the Taliban has never kept prisoners of war, routinely murdering any captives they find.
Presidential wannabe and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also gave a rather pathetic defense of the exchange, saying that some of our allies have made similar deals in the past.
This whole deal smells, from start to presidential press conference finish. Rather than a hero, as the White House and its media sycophants would have it, Bergdahl appears to have been an outright traitor. At the very least, it appears certain he deserted his post and should be facing time behind bars.
So why glorify him, unless it’s to distract from the release of five black-hearted villains.
In his State of the Union speech, Obama said that he would empty Gitmo by the end of this year. Perhaps that’s the real plan we’re about to see unfold.