Did anyone notice that the veteran community hasn’t made a huge deal about Bowe Bergdahl? You know, the POW/MIA organizations – they weren’t beating down doors. Sure, no one wants an American soldier left behind but there was no burning fire when it came to Bergdahl. Perhaps it’s because of what was just recently revealed – which some already knew about from a 2009 classified report on the disappearance of the Army soldier. That report should have been declassified immediately upon the return of Bergdahl, so we wouldn’t have needed another investigation.
Nonetheless, the details of that report are now being slowly leaked out, and they are highly disturbing.
As reported by Foxnews.com, “A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night.”
“Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer and Fox News contributor, said two senior sources told him that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation included a forensic review of his computer, which show Bergdahl’s apparent intent to travel to Uzbekistan. “He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “He had made contact with local Afghans and wanted to be moved to Uzbekistan and then made contact with the Russians because he wanted to talk to Russian organized crime …“Clearly he was not all there relating to what he was doing,” Shaffer told O’Reilly. “I think we’re going to see more and more, as this report is made public that there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl.”
I just have to ask, how widely is this being reported by the liberal progressive media outlets? I for one cannot believe the entire Obama administration knew nothing about this report and investigation, as they proceeded with the exchange of Bergdahl for five senior Taliban leaders.And don’t forge…those five Taliban leaders are free to depart Qatar on or about 26th of May. And reports are rampant that ISIS is expanding its recruiting efforts in Afghanistan – which is where these five will certainly return. There’s no need to debate the charges brought against Bergdahl. They are serious in every manner — especially the misbehavior before the enemy, which resulted in the deaths of six soldiers who were on search and rescue operations for Bergdahl.
The question that has to be answered is why would President Obama go so over the top with the whole Rose Garden ceremony? Why would Susan Rice state that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction?”
Could it be that no one in the White House actually had any clue about the details of the NCIS report? For me it is unbelievable that President Obama would not do the due diligence to learn the complete background on this episode before unilaterally approving this exchange. And why was it that the Obama administration gave the Taliban exactly what they asked for, these five senior leaders?
I could almost understand one – just one insignificant unlawful enemy combatant being held in GITMO, but not five senior leaders. And to think, President Obama actually just told Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that he needs to “bone up” on foreign policy – that is hypocritically laughable.
My assessment is that Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Susan Rice knew exactly everything about the Bergdahl desertion episode – but in their arrogance felt they could just get away with a “feel good” moment. This is the problem when you live in an echo chamber where you have no connection to the American people and certainly not with the warrior code. Furthermore, this gave President Obama an opportunity to release the worst of the worst from GITMO as validation that anyone else could be released. Again, it’s evidence of basing policy not on reality but rather on election cycle campaign promises and rhetoric.
This will be an embarrassing moment for the Obama presidency, but only if it’s widely known. I’d love to see a Media Research Center analysis of time dedicated to the Bergdahl story on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. I’d have thought this would be front page on the New York Times but instead Tom Friedman was dispatched by the Times to the White House to give Obama a platform to convince Americans his bartering with Iran is a noble endeavor – which it is not.
The truth is quite clear, “A military source also told Fox News there was strong intelligence after Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance indicating he was handed over to the Taliban about 10 days after he left his base, and that the group wanted him. The source, who is familiar with the investigation and efforts to recover Bergdahl, said there was an effort to pick up Bergdahl — and potentially block his crossing into Pakistan — but the intelligence was either bad or old and the effort was not successful.”
So the recent false narrative being disseminated on liberal progressive media outlets that Bergdahl left his combat outpost due to issues with his platoon and that he wanted to report them is as valid as “hands up don’t shoot.”
Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. But the greater issue here is whether President Obama was clueless about Bergdahl’s actions – which were documented in the 2009 NCIS investigation — or worse, is he complicit with the return of senior enemy leadership while this enemy still combats our men and women deployed in Afghanistan? Sadly it could be both.