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Decoding Bergdahl

June 5th, 2014 - 3:25 pm

President Obama explained that he traded the Taliban 5 for Bowe Bergdahl because it’s what great men do.

“This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said, speaking in Poland. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR.”

He forgot to add “then it is true for me.” Much is plain to those who walk in the footsteps of giants. Except it’s little hard to remember when exactly Washington, Lincoln or FDR sent conquering heroes straight into a mental asylum to shut them up for years. Time magazine explains that “Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is just days into what could be months or years of recovery.” Bergdahl could see the outside of a fence around the time President Obama ends his second term.

You’d think Obama was hiding something. Even MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski notices that nothing about Bergdahl adds up.

The question about his health, it’s a controversy. Why, then, also given his background and everything that we are finding from people who served with him and people who have covered this story and letters that he’s written home — why would Susan Rice be sent out, Susan Rice, be sent out repeatedly to say he served honorably and really push that as one the fundamental reasons behind this swap? And thirdly, with the White House contending they consulted Congress — am I correct, that happened, right? Yes? Yes? They said they consulted Congress. And members of Congress saying they weren’t consulted. What’s going on here? What is going on here? Seriously, I don’t understand it.

“I don’t understand it.” Here, Mika, let me explain.

It’s all about Gitmo, all about sending goodwill gifts to the Taliban and al-Qaeda. In fact, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann of NBC headline their story precisely that way: “What the Bergdahl Story is Really About: Gitmo.”

The real causality runs thus: Obama didn’t use the Taliban 5 to release Bergdahl. Obama used Bergdahl to release the Taliban 5. The false narratives about his poor health, his heroic record and the supposed consultation were all manufactured to fit this requirement. Obama really didn’t give a rat’s a** about Bergdahl.  What he really wanted was to find some way to spring those five Taliban gentlemen.

Obama’s strategy to “bring a fitting end” — in the words of Todd, Murray and Dunn — to the War on Terror has been to pay them off. He never intended to beat the enemy. He never even tried. All the stuff in Afghanistan, well that was just for show, for optics, to look tough.

“Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) transmitted a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday asking if the Obama administration authorized any payment to the Haqqani Network terrorist group in exchange for U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl.”

“The Haqqani Network generally does not release Westerners unless they receive a large payment. It would be hard to believe they would release Bergdahl in an exchange that does not directly benefit them,” said Stockman.

The Taliban don’t do something for nothing. Neither do Boko Haram, the Shababs, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, North Korea and, for that matter, Putin. It’s cash on the nail. The Taliban are certainly acting like they are eager for more. Time magazine’s Aryn Baker reports, “asked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed. ‘Definitely.’” The terms of art for paying off terrorists are “engagement” and “flexibility” or “negotiations.”

You need a derived dictionary to understand the Lightworker. Just put words and actions into one-to-one correspondence. Whenever you hear “engagement,” “investment,” “reconciliation” and “confidence-building” from Obama, remember it means “bribes.” Essentially Obama regarded all the assets acquired in the Bush years — Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo — as liabilities to be liquidated or traded off to pay for his new strategy of “engagement.”

Right now what Obama wants is a “responsible” end to the war, which means he has to offer al-Qaeda a bribe so they won’t give the impression that he’s surrendered to them. He wants a “decent interval.” Clearly Bergdahl is not enough.  For the president to achieve his goal, more bribes are necessary.

Washington (AFP) – Moves to free detainees from the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay are gathering pace as the administration works to close the notorious jail, a top US official said Thursday.

“There are a significant number of transfers in the pipeline at various stages and I think you’re going to be seeing substantial progress this year,” the senior administration official said, amid a furor over the release of five Taliban prisoners for a captured US soldier in Afghanistan.

Congress knows this, and so they want to be in on the consultation, for whatever reason.

Now there’s nothing invalid about surrendering or paying terrorists to leave you alone, just so long as you know that’s exactly what you’re doing. The United States did exactly that to the Barbary pirates in the early history of the nation.  But in those days it was unnecessary to “look tough.” They just paid and hoped for the best.

Obama probably learned this model of doing business from Chicago, where the dictum is treat the “players” with respect (and gifts) and tell the civilians to “suck it up and salute.” How voters thought a Messiah pure as driven snow would arise in the City of the Big Shoulders will always puzzle the thoughtful person. That’s the next conundrum Mika can tackle.  If you grow up in a cathouse, it’s unlikely that you’ll learn Gregorian chants. If you grow up in Chicago Democratic politics, you ain’t going to be no Messiah.

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>>>>Except it’s little hard to remember when exactly Washington, Lincoln or FDR sent conquering heroes straight into mental asylum to shut them up for years. Time Magazine explains that “Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is just days into what could be months or years of recovery”.<<<<

Would it be overbold for me to bring up the subject of Psikhushka? For those who are not familiar with Soviet practice, that is the nickname of the mental hospitals where dissidents were locked away until they "recovered". The Soviets invented a number of diagnoses for such patients; "sluggish schizophrenia" being the primary one. The willingness to sacrifice yourself and your family for a conviction or ideal being the primary diagnostic criteria. The "patient" would usually be in one of the following categories according to studies:

1. advocates of human rights or democratization;
2. nationalists;
3. would-be emigrants;
4. religious believers;
5. citizens inconvenient to the authorities.

It sounds like there is a category for each of us. Mostly, they were charged with crimes under the Soviet Penal Code, usually anti-Soviet propaganda, or defaming the Soviet system. Then they disappeared into the Psikhushka.

Bergdahl falls under #5.

Anybody else see this as a possible test case for State Psychiatry? Remember, they already consider both military veterans and those who own firearms as mentally ill.

Wretchard, you are too good a person. Giving Mika Berzezinski the benefit of the doubt as to whether she has qualms over the exchange, the practical application of Jizya to the United States, or anything that leads us closer to the day she dreams of; the complete implementation of a collectivist, racialist, one-party state with absolute power. That is the dream of all Democrats [we have seen too much proof of their intent and goals, the rank and file cannot claim innocence in supporting them.] and Institutional Republicans. They ALL assume that they will be part of the Nomenklatura ruling over the rest of us. Because they are all so "special".

Mika, and others of the State-controlled media, cannot ignore the blatant holes in the Bergdahl story. So they are pretending to be puzzled. Actually, they share Obama's dream you outlined. TWANLOC, all.

Friend zeprin, your optimism is also misplaced. We are beyond the point where lustration is going to involve legal norms. The rule of law is already gone, deliberately. William Ayers' [whose living room is where Obama's political career started in 1995] said that the 10% of the population who could not be reeducated would have to be killed, he was not kidding. He was, however, underestimating.

Subotai Bahadur

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An open letter to Barack Hussein Obama:

You say you are walking in the footsteps of Washington and Lincoln. If you are, you will need bigger shoes than the ones you’re wearing.

Those footsteps that you’re stepping in
Still glow with radiant light
Still shine to show us all the way
And guide us through the night
Those footsteps made by giants, sir
So deep with blood and tears
Will shine like sunlight for all time
Beyond the misty years
Those footsteps made by giants, sir
Those steps so deeply trod
Will not take kindly to men who
Dishonor man and God

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But on the bright side... there should be room eventually at Gitmo for this entire administration. Plus about half of Congress.
When the Lightworker gives you lemons, make.......
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"Obama didn’t use the Taliban 5 to release Bergdahl. Obama used Bergdahl to release the Taliban 5. The false narratives about his poor health, his heroic record and the supposed consultation were all manufactured to fit this requirement. Obama really didn’t give a rat’s a** about Bergdahl. What he really wanted was to find some way to spring those five Taliban gentlemen."
That comment sums it up perfectly.
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at least r fernandez got it right , and is telling everyone .WAKE UP !
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Full Quad in Flight School!
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Stories that explore the roots of evil or deal with the redemption of evil are interesting. I went to "Maleficent" hoping that those concepts were to be explored. To some extent, the movie did dance around the two concepts. Unfortunately this was another example of what I call the "chocolate covered turd", i.e. it tastes good immediately after you pop it in your mouth but there's a very nasty surprise after you bite into it.

The Federalist movie review was correct in that this movie did have a not so hidden political agenda. I like to think that I'm sensitive to Gramsci agit-prop. I knew as I was watching the movie that I was being shown propaganda but did not realize the full extent of it. I had to read the Federalist movie review before I understood what I had watched. With the movie "Avatar", I immediately saw the anti-American political propaganda but there was nothing subtle about it and it made me furious while watching it. James Cameron was so intent on his political message that it was like getting hit in the head with a 2X4. The people behind "Maleficent" had more sophistication than James Cameron.

It's very disturbing that Gramsci agit-prop is everywhere. It's in the air that we breath, the water that we drink and the food we eat. It's no wonder that Obama was elected and re-elected President with so many people still believing he is the messiah.

If the Soviet Union had not imploded in 1990, we'd be done now. The KGB operatives behind the agit-prop could pretty much stage manage us into any direction that they wanted. We dodged a bullet. The question remains whether we will survive the long term toxicity of the Soviet's agit-prop.
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This is what got Adam & Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden. It's the word a beat behind, in the shadow of the Word of Genesis. The gramsci for the politicals, the illuminati for the arts & entertainment, the occult for the worshipful, Gilligan's Island for the cheerful intro to class consciousness.

Two links for a relaxed weekend's perusal.

http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/jr-nyquist/eternal-recurrence

http://vigilantcitizen.com/
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Pursuing this O/T thread just a little bit further before this thread expires:

It's not widely known that the prototype for Orwell's "1984" was Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon". Arthur Koestler was another disgruntled ex-communist literary genius like George Orwell. In my opinion, Arthur Koestler's best book was "The Sleepwalkers" which described the scientific process leading up to Issac Newton's derivation of the conic section formula for planetary motion.

I have not yet read "Darkness at Noon". It's on my to-do list. The Wikipedia article about it is interesting, refer to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkness_at_Noon

Key quote:

"Both American and European Communists considered Darkness at Noon to be anti-Stalinist and anti-USSR. ... According to Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley in an article published in 2000, the Communists considered Koestler's novel important enough to prevent its being adapted for movies; the writer Dalton Trumbo "bragged" about his success in that to the newspaper The Worker."

A quick search of www.imdb.com indicates "Darkness at Noon" was never made as a movie in the United States. Of course, "1984" has been presented many times so American communists did not succeed in suppressing the main political message from "Darkness at Noon" .

It's interesting that there is this quiet struggle going on in the background amongst the elite of America's entertainment media to control the political narrative. For the most part, it appears that the Left has won.
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Your reference to "The Sleepwalkers" is excellent. I strongly recommend another Koestler book -- "The Call Girls," -- that is an amazing depiction of what goes on with the Davos crowd. Only 167 pages and currently out of print, it is worth getting and reading. If you want a brief account of the mind set of the NGO Intelligentsia crowd this is a great way to get it.
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Wretchard, i wonder if the New Zealand facilty mentioned in the Nyquist link --is operated by Serco.
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This was a bungled reply to the "Maleficent" / Gramsci-AgitProp thread that is two pages down stream. Sorry about the error.
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Long time posters at PJM feel your pain. Remember Belmont after Google rectified Blogger's performance issues? Those were the good old days!
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Pardon me for saying so, but these Bergdahls look like candidates for Mad Magazine's "Family of the Year."
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If I were like anyone in the Bergdahl family, someone in my family would shoot me dead. If I ever become like them, I'd deserve it—please 'no-bill'.
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PJMers
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Another good side on all this

americanthinker.com/2014/06/the_bergdahl_exchange__a_wider_legal_view.html

It is worth a look ...

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Sorry, that article is unbelievably horrible, it appeals to "international law", the author's specialty. It is absolutely backwards. The *reality* of international law is counter to every interest of the US. The arguments made in this article are anti-terrorist, but do you see *anybody* in the world acting on them, except the US? This is "responsibility to protect" writ large. It is the kind of logic under which county magistrates in one-horse Spanish towns issue arrest warrants for US politicians. Rape it.
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Obama's Magnificent Speech included this:

"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions."

Exceptional Norms!

Moron

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/28/remarks-president-west-point-academy-commencement-ceremony

The only fiber in his being is in his intestinal tract, it's not his, and it will stink, contrary to what he believes with every fiber...
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"Right now what Obama wants is a “responsible” end to the war"

Memo to Lightworker: you don't "end" a war -- you either win it or lose it.
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There are a lot of people putting in a lot of effort to ignore the impressive military victory that was achieved within months of 9/11. A complete military route that obliterated the enemy that attacked us.

Recognizing that impressive victory entails the acknowledgement of unpleasant facts.

The incompetence started when George W. Bush went beyond the legitimate military mission of eradicating the training camps of the people involved in the 9/11 attacks, and assigned the troops the illegitimate mission of turning Afghanistan into a suburb of Iowa.

We then went along with certain groups (with ulterior motives) who wished to persuade us that any yahoo in the desert raising the same flag of the enemy that attacked us was a continuation of that enemy.

Bush's predecessor further exacerbated the incompetence with "the surge" in Afghanistan.

And so here we are. An impressive military victory that nobody wants to acknowledge.
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"there should be room eventually at Gitmo for this entire administration. "

No, when it is empty of terrorists, he will give it to Castro lest a subsequent president be tempted to resume the war on terror. For example, after the next attack.
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He can't do that without the agreement of two-thirds of the Senate.
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1) The Constitution and the law being now subservient to the merest whim of the Lightworker; wanna bet?

2) We can assume that the entire Democrat caucus in the Senate would vote in favor of anything, up to and including a Russian nuclear strike on the US, if Obama indicated that he wanted it "for the Children". Looking at the Republican Caucus, and its "leadership"; even if the Institutional Republicans take the Senate can you feel safe if it [either ceding Guantanamo, or the nuclear strike for that matter] came up for a vote that the Republican votes will not be there? I can't.

Subotai Bahadur
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SB, you've been in them history books again, haven't you.Yup, when things start breaking down, anything is possible, and the enemy will do his best, which is the worst.Take a real look at the 'night of the long knives' --it was a score-settling on top of a competition-removing, and included 400, not the 77 victims herr schicklegruber claimed in the official speech he convened the day after, where he fully owned up to the homicidal binge, and said that he had to do it 'for the nation, the future, the children'.Got away with it, obviously. Who was left to oppose? What was left to oppose WITH?

...and this, in living memory, in the heart of Europe, the cultural center of the world.
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Just last week heard someone in the Educational field reporting about seeing a school child's Essay that said maybe Hitler did what needed to be done at the time.

Who are we to judge?
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Don't look now, but there is a big-time Cloward-Piven move taking place in Arizona. Looking at the past couple of weeks: release America's worst enemies by emptying Gitmo, destroy the coal industry, and now punish the Southwest (red) states, one might conclude that there is a major push underway.

We could well look back on these days and see that this is when the destruction of the US, or the chastisement, however you wish to see it, started in earnest.
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--please add the southeast to your list --there were several fronts on the gulf coast attack AKA the BP oil spill that have not yet come to light. Two of them off the top of my head centered on the fisheries and seafood industries, dietary suppliment industry, and regional home loan heavy local banks. The tell on these are the links among the cast of characters, and most of all the speed and alacrity of the moves on the existing structures at the moments of wildest disarry.

The public reaction to the spill cut some of the plan short, and the 2010 elections stopped the grand plan. I don't mean to sound so portentious but comment boxes are small.
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All due respect to the author, no Conservative worth his salt supports a 10 year war. You have a 10 year war because the enemy and the mission were not properly defined.

And when you don't define things properly you get an open-ended conflict with no exit strategy. So any time you leave within the next century or beyond, you have "lost."
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War should be pursued with maximum prejudice. If you want to abstain from nukes, I understand. Because it should be undertaken in such a fashion, it should be employed rarely and with great hesitation. Killing some 3,000+ people on American soil is adequate justification for total war. We should have finished all hostilities by Christmas 2001 because there was no more enemy or those who were left were too scared to fight.
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Oddly enough, and as well-argued academically by Victor Davis Hanson, what you describe is war at its most humane.
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Well, you know, I might support a ten year "war" if it included some major neocolonialism, which I think would majorly benefit the region!

Overall I fully agree, this war *could* have and *should* have been pursued much more expeditiously and we could have had better outcomes in half the time at a quarter of the cost. But if we're not going to do that, then a low-intensity war zapping stuff with drones over many years, is in theory a not entirely unreasonable alternative, the duration of it makes certain points.
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