WASHINGTON, January 28, 2015 — “He wasn’t forgotten by his community in Idaho, or the military, which rallied to support the Bergdahl’s through thick and thin,” said President Obama at a Rose Garden photo-op last June concerning the negotiated release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bow Bergdahl by Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents. The Obama administration released five high-ranking Taliban leaders in exchange for the American soldier.
“He served the United States with honor and distinction,” said Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice to ABC’s This Week. “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield.”
Since the 2012 Al Qaeda attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya killing four, Rice has been the administration’s pipeline for deceitful “talking points.” Shortly after Bergdahl’s release, it came to light the soldier was not “captured on the battlefield,” but deserted his post.
In a note he left behind in his tent in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province, Bergdahl said he had grown disillusioned with the Army and its mission, and he was off to start a new life. He stuffed his backpack with water, a notebook and pens, and headed for the Taliban-occupied mountains.
The only truthful statement uttered during the president’s Rose Garden photo-op was that the U.S. Army never forgot Bergdahl. Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a military analyst for the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, “The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl… will be charged with desertion.”
Shaffer added that a “titanic” struggle between the White House and Pentagon is raging because the swap of top Taliban generals for an American deserter doesn’t fit Obama’s “political narrative,” which the “White House does not want to have come out.”
Shortly after Shaffer’s statement, a U.S. Army spokesman denied the information, saying that it was “patently false” and that no actions or decisions have been made regarding Bergdahl.
Oh, and Shaffer added that Obama’s prisoner exchange cost U.S. taxpayers $5 billion; a bribe to the Persian Gulf state Qatar to help facilitate the prisoner swap.
The tiny emirate serves as America’s primary air and naval base in the Gulf. Qatar is also a major facilitator of terrorism against the West.
Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last September. “Just because the country has enormous wealth and it invests that wealth in the West does not mean that the country is Western-leaning. Qatar is a Wahhabi country. Its brand of [Islamic] Wahhabism is not the same as the Saudis, but it is just as alarming, in my view. Ideology, coupled with a drive to be relevant, has driven the country’s leaders to support al-Qaida figures such as Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, Taliban figures through the establishment of an embassy, and Hamas through safe haven and financial contributions.”
According to the BBC, “Taliban representatives and their activities in Qatar have gradually increased. There are now more than 20 relatively high-ranking Taliban members who live here with their families. Over the past two years, they have sent representatives from Qatar to conferences on Afghanistan in Japan, France and Germany – most recently sending a delegation to Iran. Those in Qatar represent only the Taliban in Afghanistan, the main insurgent group led by Mullah Mohammed Omar.”
According to a report released last September by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, “Qatar has eclipsed Saudi Arabia as the single biggest source of private donations to radical groups in Syria and Iraq such as the Islamic State.”
The media storm that will follow the official announcement of Sgt. Bergdahl’s court martial for desertion will be a sideshow to the greater issue.
Since 9/11, the American people have degenerated to such an extent they elected leadership that thinks nothing of funding terrorism, to the tune of $5 billion, under the pretext of leaving no man behind.
Radical Islamists, no doubt, call it “hope and change.”