If Sargent Bowe Bergdahl, the recently released POW of the Taliban, was serving with “honor and distinction on the battlefield,” as National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, portrayed him on Sunday’s ABC talk show with George Stephanopolis, an apparent fiction rivaling her 5 repetitions about the video causing the attack on the Benghazi facility; which Bergdahl almost certainly fails in every respect, the “deal,” 5 senior Taliban commanders for one soldier, might seem compassionate, but it is not only unprecedented, but so in violation of US national interests. First, negotiating with terrorists has been and should be a no-no. Secondly, the precedent of capturing/kidnapping (forget that Bergdahl may have sought and surrendered to the Taliban) an American uniformed military person and holding him/her for ransom, endangers our military personnel worldwide at all times. Let’s not ignore the unsolicited and overwhelming disdain of Bergdahl’s fellow GIs, both officer and enlisted accusing him of “desertion.”
Michael Ledeen, suggests more insidious connections including payoffs to Afghans and Iranians. The Daily Mail asserts $8Million was paid to the Iranians via release of frozen assets.
then there’s the assertion that Obama violated the law with respect to release of POWs, the Gitmo 5, without any notice to Congress, the law stipulating 30 days notice. Andy McCarthy, quoted in the Mail link, above, asserts that Obama’s act is an impeachable offense, adding to a laundry list of same, without which action on the part of the House of Representatives’ motion to impeach, is a list no different than that tossed in the trash exiting the supermarket.
This piece is the most scathing indictment of the Bergdahl affair I’ve seen.
The Congressional call for investigations into every aspect of this trade must go forward, but, unfortunately, Congress is taking another week off to blab to, or avoid, their consituents, so who knows whether we ever learn more about this unsettling case.