President Obama made another PR gambit today, trying to recover from a string of foreign policy and national security disasters, He appeared in a Rose Garden event with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl and announced the trade-off of FIVE Taliban commanders (who were labeled “high-risk” of resorting to attacking American interests –Washington times story here) for the release of the only US prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who ended up in Taliban hands under questionable circumstances. Reports over the years suggest that SGT Bergdahl may have deserted his unit in Afghanistan and while wandering about he was captured by Taliban insurgents. Here’s the sort of reporting clouding the situation, from the UK Daily Mail (2March2014):
“A transcript of radio intercepts, publicly released through Wikileaks, indicates that Bergdahl, then 23, was captured while sitting in a makeshift latrine.
‘We were attacking the post he was sitting,’ according to a radio intercept of a conversation among insurgents.
‘He had no gun with him. … They have all (the) Americans, ANA (Afghan National Army), helicopters, the planes are looking for him. Can you guys make a video of him and announce it all over Afghanistan that we have one of the Americans?’
Rolling Stone magazine quoted emails Bergdahl is said to have sent to his parents that suggest he was disillusioned with America’s mission in Afghanistan, had lost faith in the U.S. Army’s mission there and was considering desertion.
Bergdahl told his parents he was ‘ashamed to even be American.'”
Instead of acting like this soldier is a returning war hero, it’s imperative that the Department of Defense come clean and tell the truth about how this soldier ended up a prisoner. Did he desert his unit in Afghanistan? The truth matters!
The steady stream of foreign policy debacles and the many actions dubbed “missteps” should make it clear this President marches to a different drummer than the troops he is leading ……… from behind. He is undercutting morale, destroying military readiness, infiltrating the military with far-left activists, intent on turning our US Armed Forces into some sort of equal opportunity freak show. Yes, that is my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Every time he utters the word, “as Commander-In-Chief, I, blah, blah, blah…”, I cringe, expecting another US embarrassment to follow. CNN, as expected, is running this story, like some returning war hero has been recovered (here’s their video of the President and the Bergdahl’s parents).
Here’s my what-if scenario, what if Bergdahl, whom many Hollywood types have been rallying for, starts making the talk-show circuit and riding his 15 minutes of fame? Surely, the Obama administration and someone in the DoD must have considered the backlash against the Obama administration for this prisoner exchange, if Bergdahl decides to turn “anti-war activist”…. Stay tuned, every cheap political gimmick comes with a cost and the Obama administration deserves to be repaid in kind.