Defending The Indefensible Bowe Bergdahl

“The U.S. Army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies. I am ashamed to be an American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting”.

These were the words written by Bowe Bergdahl to his family on June 27th 2009, three days before he deserted his post in Afghanistan and into the hands of the Taliban.

Fast forward five years to May 31st as news headlines broke informing the public that President Barack Obama, acting unilaterally, had made a deal to trade five high-ranking Taliban officials held in Guantanamo Bay for a deserter, Bowe Bergdahl.

While the adminstration attempted to spin the truth of the deal, the fact remains that the deal was actually the result of a culmination of negotiations that first began in January 2013 in Washington under a Joint Statement on Peace and Reconciliation.

The Joint Statement came at the invitation from President Obama to President Karzai and his delegation.

According to the official statement issued by the White House, President Obama and President Karzai “reaffirmed that Afghan-led peace and reconciliation is the surest way to end violence and ensure lasting stability of Afghanistan and the region”.

The statement further notes the following:

Through the High Peace Council, the Afghan Government will intensify its efforts to promote the peace process. The Leaders said that they would support an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the High Peace Council and the authorized representatives of the Taliban.

In this context, the Leaders called on the armed opposition to join a political process, including by taking those steps necessary to open a Taliban office. They urged the Government of Qatar to facilitate this effort.

The 2013 talks confirmed by DOHA News led to the establishment of the Taliban bureau office in Qatar for the facilitation of a prisoner exchange.

DOHA News notes the following:

One of the primary gripes of the Taliban negotiators has been that the US has failed to take practical steps to release its members from Guantanamo Bay.

Last year, a potential prisoner exchange was discussed, in which five Afghan prisoners would be sent to Qatar in exchange for a US solider held captive in Afghanistan. According to media reports, the Taliban favored the idea, but the US had not agreed to it yet.

At the time, a Taliban official said that the Qatari government would take measures to ensure these Taliban figures will not use Qatar soil to organize and conduct attacks against anyone”.

It is vitally important to understand that the five high-ranking Taliban officials released came not from Qatar’s “willingness” to secure the conditions outlined in the deal, but from the Taliban themselves and our President was more than happy to oblige them.

When Barack Obama released these five-high ranking Taliban officials for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office – safeguarding national security.

Moreover, by using the government of Qatar as an intermediary in negotiations with the Taliban, the president committed treason in the highest form.

Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution specifically states that, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort”.

According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, “the higher law that he [Obama] broke is the law that prohibits providing material assistance to terrorist organizations. What Napolitano is arguing is simply this:

Barack Obama is the sole responsible party whom broke the law by providing material assistance in the form of the terrorists themselves.

In essence this is treason in regards to materially aiding our enemies by providing our enemies their materials in the form of five high-ranking Taliban officials.

The repercussions for such illegal actions on behalf of the President cannot be refuted and they cannot be undone.

Obama defended the indefensible and made a spectacle over it in his Rose Garden announcement while having his national security adviser, Susan Rice, take to the Sunday talk shows to proclaim that Bergdahl had served his country with “honor and distinction“.

There was never any mention nor was there any Rose Garden ceremony for the soldiers of his unit, the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, that died looking for Bergdahl following his desertion.

“Apparently being a deserter is Obama Inc’s idea of serving with honor”, notes Daniel Greenfield of Frontpagemag. “Instead of telling the truth”, writes Greenfield, the Obama administration has “tried to smear his platoon members”.

By labeling those who served in Bergdahl’s platoon as “psychopaths“, officials within the Obama administration like Brandon Friedman attempted to justify Bergdahl’s desertion by assassinating the character of his platoon mates.

Statements by those like Friedman and Rice have never been retracted for they epitomize the view held by the president.

After all, Obama had gone to great lengths in praising Bergdahl’s release as a victory for the American people and he was not about to let any comments to the contrary expose the treason he had just committed.

Therefore, statements by Bergdahl’s platoon members that countered Obama’s narrative were immediately dismissed, politicized, and attacked.

Yet, in the wake of the announcement today that Bergdahl will indeed face desertion charges, the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that the deal was “absolutely worth it”.

Psaki stated, “we have a commitment to our men and women serving overseas, or in our military, defending our national security every day, that we will do everything we can to bring them home, and that’s what we did in this case.”

It is disgusting for the State Department at this point to refer to Bergdahl as deserving of the respect that is entrusted in our military. It is a betrayal of our President to negotiate with terrorists for a deserter knowing that multiple lives had been lost in attempts to find him.

Doing this while making a mockery of those who served with honor by welcoming home a deserter in a Rose Garden ceremony is despicable.

The belief that our military is self-righteous and full of arrogance is a belief that is shared by both Bowe Bergdahl and Barack Obama. They hold in contempt those that serve in our military with actual honor and distinction.

When you continue to defend the indefensible as this administration has done, it is no longer surprising to see the President of the United States act in a way that solely benefits our enemy.

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