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Timing Is Everything, Especially for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

At any other time in America’s history, Bergdahl’s story would have ended very differently.

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Juliette Turner

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June 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm
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Most Americans will agree that rescuing a prisoner of war is the right and patriotic thing to do; however, when this prisoner of war apparently converted to Islam and declared jihad while in captivity, the action turns from one of heroics to one of controversy and doubt.

Regardless of the reason behind Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s conversion and change (whether he did so to ease his captivity or out of free will), his actions while in captivity along with the release of five of the most dangerous Gitmo detainees drastically increase the security threat toward America.

This controversy is further muddled by the fact that Obama bypassed the law by not giving Congress a thirty-day notice before releasing the inmates from Guantanamo Bay.

Having just finished my second book, Our Presidents Rock!, it is interesting to contemplate how previous presidents would have acted if they were in President Obama’s shoes today. Would George Washington have negotiated the release of Sgt. Bergdahl? Would Franklin Roosevelt have released five of the most dangerous Taliban members in Gitmo? Would the military experience of Andrew Jackson and Dwight Eisenhower have influenced them toward compassion or chastisement for Sgt. Bergdahl?

First, George Washington — the general — would never have allowed Sgt. Bergdahl to walk off his base unarmed in the first place. Known for his military leadership and tight control and regulation of his army, Washington would have ensured that his men stuck to their positions and refrained from wandering into enemy range. Furthermore, Washington never tolerated any form of desertion, going so far as shooting men who attempted to desert during battle. Needless to say, Bergdahl would never have been a POW were George Washington still the chief commander of the U.S. Army today.

George Washington — the president — would have acted in the same manner as George Washington, the general: carefully contemplating, to the full extent, Sgt. Bergdahl’s actions on the day of his capture and his overall conduct while serving in the war before negotiating his release. Had Washington read the emails Sgt. Bergdahl sent to his father about being “ashamed” to be an America followed by his subsequent declaration of jihad, Bergdahl would have received great chastisement (to say the least).

Andrew Jackson would share Sgt. Bergdahl’s pain, in that he served as prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War. And that’s exactly where Jackson’s sympathy would end. Although both men experienced the same terrors of war, their responses to the situation differed greatly. Jackson, only a boy at the time of his imprisonment, refused to be intimidated or swayed by his British captors and instead displayed courage (or recklessness) far surpassing his young age. When a British soldier asked Jackson to shine his shoes, Jackson refused, receiving a large cut across his face from the soldier’s sword. Thus, upon hearing of Sgt. Bergdahl’s acquiescence to the request of his Taliban captors, Jackson would have shown no mercy.

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In the same way invaders are "undocumented citizens" I suppose.
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Deserted and defected, aka turncoat. If he keeps with his conversion to Islam and/or then announces he is gay, he'll be on the fast track for Sergeant Major for sure! And then in about a decade or so, Senator from Massachusetts.
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But Bergdahl was NOT "rescued." He was exchanged for the Taliban Five, actually a much worse bargain than had he been rescued.

Obama did not want to run the risk of a rescue. Rescue of a man who had almost certainly deserted would also have been somewhat controversial, but nowhere near as outrageous as the handover of five notoriously dangerous enemies has turned out to be.
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This author is makng various accusations and conclusions without the benefit of any proven facts or the conclusions of an Army Courts Martial. As are so many others, mostly on the right. The so-called "secret report" from Fox News was presented to the US Southern Command - the guys in charge of Afghanistan - and according to an interview with Marine General Mattis at http://tbo.com/list/military-news/mattis-no-evidence-of-bergdahl-collusion-20140606/, the military discounted these unvetted unauthorized reports and their conclusions.

Now readers can and will choose to believe whomever they will, mostly here at pjmedia.com on the basis of ideological blinders, of course.

But we don't convict anyone in America based upon unvetted reports and rumors that are not subjected to vigorous cross-examination and the rules of evidence. It is clear that, as more and more information comes out, such as Bergdahl's final two years in solitary confinement in a 6x6 metal box, without human contact, that he wasn't conducting Jihad. We know he attempted escape at least five times while a captive of the Al Haqqani. He may well have deserted, and if that is what a Courts Martial determines he did, then he will be punished according to the UCMJ and applicable sentencing guidelines.

Bottom line - forget Bergdahl ... he is not a political issue to be batted about. The Army will deal with him as with any other soldier charged with a violation of the UCMJ.

If we have a political argument, it is not with Sgt. Bergdahl or his father - our argument is with Obama and the Dems who are screwing up our nation's interests both abroad and at home.
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Where is the proof that he was kept in a metal box for 2 years? This is contrary to anything islam. A prisoner is given one choice. Convert or die. Islam is bent on world domination and that is all they understand. Second: obama made this issue the political one that it currently is by parading the parents into the Rose Garden. The father then began by greeting all present with an Arabic greeting "“bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” which translates to“in the name of allah the most gracious, the most merciful.” So, we do have an issue here with both bergdahl's father and with obama. It has now been 2 weeks. What is the current state of affairs with Private bergdahl? I will not allow that he be called Sergeant because he deserted. Who has the ideological blinders on?
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“But we don't convict anyone in America based upon unvetted reports and rumors that are not subjected to vigorous cross-examination and the rules of evidence.”

And you’re from…… FLORIDA?!

Two words for you, pal.
George. Zimmerman.

Funny how The Left has such High Ideals of Slow and Steady Justice THIS time, isnt it DT.

Democrat Turncoat?
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You mean THESE previous Presidents. This site (http://www.scribd.com/doc/48856102/All-U-S-Presidents-Eligibility-Grandfather-Clause-Natural-Born-Citizen-Clause-or-Seated-by-Fraud ) lists ALL the American Presidents and their CONSTITUTIONAL Legitimacy. You will see that EVERY ONE OF THEM passed the Constitutional tests for NATURAL Born Citizen or being part of the 'FIRST BORN' Generation for whom the Founders made a 'SPECIAL CASE' in the Constitution.

The only exception apart from OBOZO the USURPER being :-
Chester A. ARTHUR - He was born circa1829, allegedly in VT.

Not an NBC or original Citizen . He was NOT an Article II NBC since he was born before father's naturalization. Seated due to assassination of President Garfield. But based on the facts uncovered in later history,he was unconstitutionally seated due to the falsified nativity story and fraud by Chester Arthur which was not fully discovered and proven until long after his death. He burned all his early family records to cover up his lies and fraud.

SOUND FAMILIAR? JUST LIKE OBAMAS HIDDEN DOCUMENTS
TODAY.

Barack Obama is an unconstitutional resident of the people’s White House
But he did not become America’s first unconstitutional president alone, he had help.
While most of the criminal cabal are CORRUPT Democrats, some are inept , incompetent Republicans
Every member of congress knew Obama was ineligible for the office of President
Every member of the U.S. Supreme Court knows that Obama is unconstitutional
Every intelligent member of the press knows the truth, but won’t dare tell this story
Numerous people tried to remove NATURAL born citizen from the constitution
They all know the correct definition of NATURAL born citizen and applied it to Panama born John McCain
None of these people wants to apply the SAME definition to Barack Obama
Nobody in the Federal Government is going to do anything about the greatest constitutional crisis in American history, because all of them are complicit on one level or another
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Lets put the release of the 5 TALIBAN LEADERS in to perspective shall we. Imaging if in WW2 we had Himmler, Goebels, Guderian, Speer and Rommel in a POW camp then BEFORE D-Day we declared 'The war is over' and released them in exchange for ONE Allied DESERTER. Then Roosevelt paraded the DESERTERS Daddy and Mummy at the White House in celebration and while he inappropriately 'groped' the Mummy the TRAITORS Daddy all dressed up in an SS Uniform and wearing a Hitler moustache declared 'Deutchland über alles' 'Sieg heil meine Führer'
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I might approve an exchange of five goats for his freedom.
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Should we have made some effort to get Bergdahl back? Without any doubt.

My problem is with the means and motives for recovering him from his captors. We paid far too high a price, and the reasons were (from all appearances) more political gamesmanship than humanitarian.

From all reports, Bergdahl made some very bad decisions and may have quite intentionally deserted. It remains for the military justice system to determine his guilt. It also remains for that system to determine what is an appropriate punishment for his actions, if he is found guilty. Considering that he was quite possibly very badly treated by his captors, punishment of dishonourable discharge and loss of back pay during his time away might be justice enough in these circumstances.
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Deserted and defected, aka turncoat. If he keeps with his conversion to Islam and/or then announces he is gay, he'll be on the fast track for Sergeant Major for sure! And then in about a decade or so, Senator from Massachusetts.
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How can he be a prisoner of war if he joined the enemy of his own free will? He walked away from the US Army.
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In the same way invaders are "undocumented citizens" I suppose.
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