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The Face of Defeat

June 2nd, 2014 - 12:59 am

“Bergdahl deal could be first step to emptying Gitmo,” writes Josh Rogin in the Daily Beast. “Now that President Obama has proven Congress can’t stop him from releasing terrorists, the administration could be primed to empty out the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”

Roger Kimball notes:

“The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.” “The law requires.” Ha, ha, ha. This is King Obama we’re talking about, not you or me.

But there’s a deeper reason why the law may not matter. The prisoners in Guantanamo must inevitably be released because Obama has lost to the Taliban. That fact drives the prisoner release, and informs the so-called negotiations with the victors.

The way defeat works is the winner gets to impose the terms. It’s as simple as that. They even get to write the script at the surrender ceremony. The Daily Caller noted that after Obama’s announcement that Bowe Bergdahl had been freed, “the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — ‘Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim’ — which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate”:

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

The Taliban echoed Bergdahl, saying the trade happened “due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.”

Did the Taliban require the utterance of the Koranic phrase as a condition for release? If so, what choice did Bergdahl have? Obama wants to “negotiate” with the Taliban, wants it with an intensity born of desperation. Therefore he must do what they want. The duress under which Obama operated was described by the administration itself.

White House officials acknowledged that the sudden trade violated a federal law requiring a 30-day notice to Congress before prisoners are transferred.

“The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement,” officials told media outlets.

It’s been a year since Obama essentially decided to stop fighting the War on Terror:

 … in a speech at the National Defense University within Washington, D.C.’s Fort McNair. Al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan is on a “path to defeat” … “We must define our effort not as a boundless ‘Global War on Terror,’ but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America,” Obama said … “Deranged or alienated individuals — often U.S. citizens or legal residents … ” So that’s the current threat.

In the words of Roberto Duran, “no mas.” The Justice Department would handle the loose ends. The inmates of Guantanamo would be released as soon as practicable, Obama said. “To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries.” And so it will be. The Taliban five swapped for Bergdahl are going to Qatar, to be feted like conquering heroes. 

These are no ordinary prisoners. They are the “kitchen cabinet” of Mullah Omar, their first team.

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From Jammie Wearing Fools:

"The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him — veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose “selfish act” ended up costing the lives of better men.

“I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”

Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

According to first-hand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl, while on guard duty, shed his weapons and walked off the observation post with nothing more than a compass, a knife, water, a digital camera, and a diary.

At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdahl, and many soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika Province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.

How about we hear the stories of those six men who lost their lives thanks to Bergdahl?

Former Pfc. Jose Baggett, 27, of Chicago, was also in Blackfoot Company, and said he was close to two men “killed because of his (Bergdahl’s) actions.”

“He walked off,” Baggett told CNN. “He left his guard post. Nobody knows if he defected or he’s a traitor or he was kidnapped. What I do know is he was there to protect us and instead he decided to defer from America and go and do his own thing. I don’t know why he decided to do that, but we spend so much of our resources and some of those resources were soldiers’ lives.”

On August 18, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen and Pfc. Morris Walker were killed by an IED in the search for Bergdahl. Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss was killed on August 26; 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews and Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek were killed after being attacked in Yahya Khail District on September 4; Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed September 5 by an IED at the Forward Operating Base, Sharana."

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Compare and contrast.

Ten years and six weeks ago Fabrizio Quattrocchi was kidnapped by the Islamists in Iraq. Forced to dig his own grave he yelled out, "Adesso vi faccio vedere come sa morire un italian." Translated: "Now I will show you how an Italian knows how to die!" The Italian government honored his memory with a gold medal, and the Italian Left complained.

In April - May 2007 an Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo was kidnapped by the Taliban and with two Afghans who were subsequently killed. Five prisoners were released to obtain his freedom. The US then tracked down and killed at least two of them.

What is amazing about the White House ceremony and the invocation of Islam is that the witnesses stood there and accepted it. How short a time is it since any such demonstration, under either a Democrat or a Republican, would have resulted in catcalls and thrown objects at least? If Jimmy Carter had tried that, and it is now proven that bad as Carter is he is a better man than Obama, the Secret Service would have had to drag him to safety. In fact it would not have been sure that any prior President would have trusted the Secret Service and the military assigned to the White House to protect him if he behaved so treasonously. Even Bill Clinton must have been stunned by the spectacle.

Hagel's agenda still has the full inclusion of trans-genders into the armed forces to accomplish. The intension was to fundamentally change America. That is to inject changes that prove to be irreversible.

For 240 years the Armed Forces of the United States were almost uniquely apolitical. America was always a special place. It was both a Democracy and yet strangely less ideological than other societies. Politics was something that all but a few ignored except for a few weeks every two or four years. The biggest transformation that the Democrats under Obama may have achieved is that everything is now political. "The personal is political" was a slogan and the belief of every dormitory bull session poseur, but it was viewed with tolerant condescension as an adolescent phase. Now America is like other places where everyone, including the police and military, are viewed and view each other through skeptical political lenses. The Left has unleashed a tiger that may consume us all.
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Bob Bergdahl was Charlie McCarthy to Obama's Edgar Bergen.

Those were Obama's words, but he couldn't say them without a puppet. The signal was sent.

The hug was informational, not emotional. The lessons from the dinners with Rashid Khalidi, the thunderings from the pulpit of Wright feting Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, the living room of Bill Ayers, the mentoring at the knee of Frank Marshall Davis....all came to a head in one symbolic moment.

Five men replenishing the enemy for one man who sides with them, from one man who has spent a lifetime raging against us.

Obama can start an unprovoked war, dismantle our defenses, abandon our allies, surrender to our enemies...and he cannot be stopped. He can attack those who dissent, use the IRS as a weapon and take away religious, political, speech, and purchasing rights. He can take land, money, property.

He is on a rampage.

And the Siblings and Spouses, sometimes known as the media will not only not investigate, report, ...they will fire anyone who has the temerity to try.

We are under siege.

Woodstock Jihad is in full fury. We are two nations. And those two nations are mortal enemies.
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What would Obama do differently if he were an ally and supporter of Totalitarian Islam?
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In his God awful, painfully empty, poorly received speech at West Point last week Barack Obama announced that his plans to end the 12 year-long war in Afghanistan "would begin a new chapter in the story of American leadership around the world." But we saw this week from the prisoner exchange between the US and Taliban that this "new chapter" is the same old Obama appeasement run amuck with implacable foes.

Indeed, the most narcissistic, self-serving, politically driven president in US history traded an America-hating, radical leftist, AWOL deserter (responsible for the deaths of six soldiers) for the five most dangerous, bloodthirsty, mass murdering jihadists in Gitmo (responsible for killing thousands) as a weak, pathetic appeasement move to achieve an impossible peace with the the supremacist (al-Qaida linked) Taliban before we leave Afghanistan and end "the good war"...without winning it.

Desperate men do desperate things and Obama is a desperate man at his wits end as his time in the White House grows short. For underlying this insanely dangerous, lopsided exchange is Obama's failure to achieve anything of note and significance in diplomacy and foreign earn him his Nobel Prize and imagined high place in history (as our fourth greatest President). After five years of reckless, relentless reset and butt-kissing outreach to Russia, China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, the Moslem Brotherhood, Palestinian Authority, the Taliban, and Islam in general, what has Obama achieved? What does he have to show for all the bowing and scraping and wanting our enemies and Moslems to love him? The loss of American power, credibility and prestige that's what..with friends and foes no longer respecting, fearing or trusting us. Our standing in the world is sinking to historical lows as we frighten our friends and embolden to our enemies who advance as we retreat on the chaotic world stage. But more concessions are coming as the Desperate One madly doubles down trying to appease his way (with fingers crossed) out of a terrible destiny of failure, disaster and dust.

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I think we are hearing Obama's death rattle. His followers will desert him as they find he is dragging them down too.
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Obama's prisoner swap if made in 1943 would look like this:

"It was announced today that President Roosevelt convinced the British government to return Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuhrer, to the Third Reich in exchange for a US army private who previously deserted to the Wehrmacht by leaving his post. The Roosevelt administration assured the public that Adolf Hitler promised that Herr Hess would in no way rejoin the war effort against the United States and that it was more important to reunite the army deserter with his family than to keep Rudolf Hess in detention.”
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I just realized, I need a bigger gun.
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The guns fine...more ammo, and a better foxhole....

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Obama is doing so much damage. There will great amounts of tears and blood shed to repair it.
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And we allow the prospect of moderate discomfort to keep us from acting against that utterly predictable tragedy. "Can't write articles of impeachment -- that might reduce the number of Senate seats the Republicans take!"

Does anyone really think that if Republicans took every single seat that's up for election they'd be any more likely to act against Obama? Do we know that if they take the W.H. in 2016 and own both Houses of Congress they won't pass an amnesty as a matter of priority? Embrace just about every extreme action Obama has taken as long as the benefits can flow to Republicans?

The time to hang back and wait is when your situation is likely to greatly improve in the future. Is that really where America is today?
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There is a silver lining in Wretchards post in the Churchill speech. We have been beaten back from a position of authority in the last 5 years by a Satan worshiping, hateful and evil man. They have diminished the power of the USA abroad in order to provoke a war at home and sooner rather than later, they will be swept from office, reigned in by the courts, made to operate within the robust guidelines of the rule of law or they will get their war.

I'd imagine when the point comes that there will a 10 to 1 ratio of freedom loving Americans willing to do what it takes to restore the republic versus the Left who will fall back on law and structure that in a lawless land is no longer relevant. Maybe Left and Right can all agree on one thing. The cowards in congress should be the first that are frog marched onto the streets and strung up.
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"I'd imagine when the point comes that there will a 10 to 1 ratio of freedom loving Americans willing to do what it takes to restore the republic ..."

That's a pretty common view and it may be correct. What I'm afraid of, however, is that loss of American freedoms will motivate far fewer people than loss of government checks. We already have no true freedom -- that is, the right to be yourself in the public square so long as you don't interfere with the rights of another. If you make someone powerful mad, you may be right forever but you will be in trouble for just as long.

Where's that revolt of 'freedom loving Americans'?

Furthermore, when/if Americans do revolt, what will we demand? "Eliminate the IRS" but there won't be a statement about where the money comes from. "Stop spending more than the government takes in" but you won't hear whether that should be done by eliminating the military and federal courts or would cutting Social Security and Medicare by something like half be better. "Just stop foreign aid and get us out of the UN" with no clue that those numbers are a nickel to our dollar of borrowing. (I am making up the math but it's not that far wrong.)

In other words we have lots of determined patriots who have not a clue how realistically to govern if they should win. Paul Ryan is an exception: Would we do it his way or at least use that as a starting point? Well ...

I think there's a reasonable chance that men now in our government WILL be strung up. What will come after that is very likely to be worse than what they are doing right now because most of the people who seem to favor that approach have no clue what's actually wrong or how -- as a matter of practical action -- to fix it.

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True enough. Tomorrow, Ledeen will write an article on America's inevitable comeback. Roger Simon will declare the imminent impeachment based on Andrew McCarthy's encyclopaedic legal knowledge. Young Swindle will release America 4.0.

In the real world, the dead-brained masses will support Obama, and the next Obama (who may be worse than the current Obama).
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If Obama had been president in 1941 we would be wearing leiderhosen and eating raw fish.
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Gee, I was in a sushi restaurant just last night singing "On a Wing and a Prayer".
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For the first time in my life I'm ashamed to be American. Not the America
Ms Obama was ashamed of, but the one it has become thanx in large part to
The Islamo-leftist leanings of her husband and the millions of clueless American
Sheeple who voted for a radical bumper sticker. Goodbye America. I don't know
You any more.
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