Nets Forget Obama Admin Championed Bergdahl as a ‘Hero’ Coming Home

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by Nicholas Fondacaro

In a military courtroom in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina on Monday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and faces up to life in prison. Back in 2014, President Obama traded five dangerous terrorists to get Bergdahl back. And in a flawed political calculation, the administration championed him as a ‘hero.’ But considering the massive blowback that followed the ill-advised move, the Big Three Networks omitted that from their Monday evening reports.

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Following the trade, Obama held a flashy press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents to commend the man who left his post to enter the arms of the Taliban. During that time, now infamous National Security Advisor Susan Rice told ABC that:

That is really not the point. The point is that he’s back. He’s going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction and we’ll have the opportunity, eventually, to learn what has transpired in the past years, but what’s most important now is his health and well-being. That he has the opportunity to recover in peace and security and be reunited with his family, which is why this is such a joyous day.

And on Monday’s World News Tonight, ABC’s Brian Ross complained about how Bergdahl was treated by the public. “…The homecoming celebration for Bergdahl was short lived. Bergdahl was attacked for risking the lives of fellow soldiers who went searching for him,” he bizarrely bemoaned. Ross then pushed Bergdahl’s claim that President Trump was the reason he couldn’t get a fair trial. “Bergdahl says a fair trial would have been impossible given the words of Donald Trump.

We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted,” Bergdahl said in an interview. “The people who are to the point of saying, yeah, just shoot him, you can never convince those people to change their minds.

By entertaining Bergdahl’s claims, Ross was aiding the suggestion that the military court couldn’t possibly be impartial and operates at the whim of the president.

Bergdahl’s desertion to the Taliban was devastating to the members of his platoon who risked their lives to find him. And when Obama finally made the trade they spoke out against it and led the charge against the administration’s false claims that he was a hero. The only mention of them came from NBC who found one who said: “The fact that he’s admitted that he did desert and misbehaved in front of the enemy has brought a lot of vindication and peace to me.

And when it came to reporting about the efforts to find Bergdahl in the wake of his desertion, the networks asserted that only two soldiers were wounded in the search. “At least two American service members were seriously wounded while searching for Bergdahl,” reported Anchor Anthony Mason on CBS Evening News.

But according to a CNN report from 2014, written by Jake Tapper, there may have been six soldiers killed in the process. “Interviews with soldiers familiar with the specific missions in which the six died suggest the charge is complicated — but not without merit given how much the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment became focused on “PR” — personnel recovery — after Bergdahl vanished from his guard post on June 30, 2009,” Tapper wrote.

Despite how unfavorable the trade for Bergdahl was, the liberal networks clearly would do anything to protect the image of the Obama administration.

Bergdahl case: U.S. Army as Obama’s political lapdog?

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On the night of June 30, 2009, then Army Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl went missing. On July 2, 2009, the Pentagon said that Bergdahl had walked off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts and was believed to have been taken prisoner. Bergdahl’s commanding officers said that a vigorous, but unsuccessful 45-day search for Bergdahl put soldiers in danger. During his nearly five years as a captive of the Taliban, the Army twice promoted Bergdahl, first to the rank of specialist in June 2010, then to the rank of sergeant in June 2011. On May 31, 2014, Bergdahl was released from captivity in exchange for five senior Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay in a controversial deal negotiated by the Obama Administration.

In June 2014, Major General Kenneth Dahl was assigned to lead the Army’s investigation into the 2009 disappearance and capture of Bergdahl. In August 2014, Dahl interviewed Bergdahl. In December 2014, after a comprehensive legal review, the Dahl investigation was forwarded to a General Courts Martial Convening Authority, Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command.

On March 25, 2015, the Army announced, based on Gen. Milley’s recommendation, that it was charging Bergdahl with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion, carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

On May 13, 2015, Gen. Mark Milley was nominated to be the next Army chief of staff.

In April 2015, an Article 32 hearing of the Bergdahl evidence was scheduled for July 8. 2015. An Article 32 hearing is similar to the civilian evidentiary or probable cause hearing to determine, after a criminal complaint has been filed, whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. In June 2015, at the request of the defense, the Article 32 hearing was postponed until September 17, 2015.

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Gitmo Five Traded For Bergdahl Set To Be Free To Leave Qatar June 1

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Free to go right back to join the terrorists. Thanks Obama!

Via Chicago Tribune:

Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.

The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.

He recently was charged with desertion.

U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.

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Bergdahl Teammates Asked to Stay Quiet About Desertion With Non-Disclosure Agreements

Free Republic

According to a new report from Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, teammates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements years ago after discussing his desertion with the Joint Chiefs Chairman in Afghanistan.

According to Herridge’s reporting and General Bob Scales, asking soldiers to sign non-disclosure agreements is unprecedented.

“I can’t remember, ever, have an enlisted soldier sign a non-disclosure agreement for anything. This is completely unprecedented,” Scales said. “These non-disclosure agreements have got nothing to do with military justice.”

Further, new information shows Bergdahl not only deserted, but started planning for his departure by sleeping on the floor and prepared himself for life outside of the military.

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Earlier this week, General Stanley McChrystal admitted he knew Bergdahl had deserted immediately after leaving his post in June 2009. The White House maintains officials weren’t and still aren’t sure about the circumstances surrounding his capture by the Taliban.

Bergdahl will stand trial at Ft. Sam Houston later this year.

ENOUGH…I’M TIRED AND YOU SHOULD DAMN WELL BE TOO

Independent Sentinel

By John Velisek USN (Ret)

I think back on the days of my childhood, days when all the kids in the neighborhood I lived in would get together for a game of stickball. All colors, all nationalities, everyone would play. Some better than others, but everyone would play until our mothers called us home at dark for dinner. The only break would come when the ice cream truck came by, and if someone didn’t have the dime for ice cream, someone else would buy it for them.

Times have changed, but the basic principles of how I was brought up have stuck with me. It doesn’t make for a tranquil way of life these days. There is a choice which must be made by every one of our citizens. Do we keep those old values, or do we toss them to the side for a more modern way of living our lives?

For me, I’ve had enough. There are certain things I am tired of:

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Breaking: Report: Bergdahl Allegedly Committed Treason, According To NCIS Investigation

Weasel Zippers

This report comes from a segment on the O’Reilly Factor. While there have been reports indicating this, this is the first indication of a formal report from the military as to treason.

NCIS became involved in investigating Bowe Bergdahl back when he went missing. According to Lt. Col. Tony Schaefer, who had been in contact with two people involved in making the NCIS report, there was clear evidence that Bergdahl was going over to the other side. Among other questionable actions, Bergdahl had made contact with Afghans and that he was trying to offer himself up to the Taliban. NCIS tracked down the Afghans that Bergdahl with whom he had contact, according to Schaefer.

This report is part of a larger report, which is the information behind the misbehavior charge presently against Bergdahl. This NCIS portion was supposedly done in 2009.

So how did the Obama administration not know about this, and if they did, why did they disregard this in their actions in making a trade? Even going so far as to claim that Bergdahl ‘served with distinction’ and having his parents to the Rose Garden? Lt. Col Schaefer says there is no way that the administration would not have known about this report.

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Chuck Hagel Admits He Felt Pressure from Obama White House to Release Gitmo Terrorists

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Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel admitted today on CNN that the White House pressured him to increase the pace of release of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.

CNN reported:

White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN’s Barbara Starr in an interview Friday.

Those comments come just one day after reports surfaced that a Guantanamo detainee released as part of the deal that freed American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have sought to return to militant activity.

“Not everyone at the White House has agreed with me,” said Hagel of his methodology for deciding on detainee releases.

Disagreements between Hagel and officials in the President’s inner circle have been widely reported during his short tenure as secretary of defense. But in his interview with CNN, Hagel spoke with uncharacteristic candor about that friction.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations,” Hagel said.

“With the White House?” Starr pushed back.

“Yes,” said Hagel.

Earlier this week, one of the “Taliban 5 Dream Team” that Hillary Clinton once said was “not a threat to the United States” returned to the battlefield, according to CNN.

WIth each passing day, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy continues to unravel.

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Hillary Clinton said The Taliban Five Are “Not A Threat To The United States.”

CLINTON: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States. They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try to rescue everybody.”

The Gitmo terrorists celebrated their release with a few “Allahu Akbars” when they arrived in Qatar last year in a sway for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.