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June 7, 2014 - 7:23 am
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I find the notion of ransom entirely plausible. It’s also plausible that the administration would fight tooth and nail to keep that part of the deal secret.

Can you imagine the “optics” of paying terrorists cash so they can go out and buy weapons and explosives to kill Americans?

The theory, as reported in the Free Beacon, is that the Haqqani Network who was holding Bergdahl are more like a mafia family than terrorists. They would be far more interested in cash than Taliban commanders being held at Gitmo.

The Taliban acted as a go-between, using their influence to help free Bergdahl. But might the pot have been sweetened with a million dollars or so?

The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner.

The Obama administration reportedly considered offering cash for his release as late as December 2013. The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment.

The ransom plan was reportedly abandoned, but the intelligence official insisted that there is reason to believe that cash changed hands as part of the deal.

“The Haqqanis could give a rat’s ass about prisoners,” the official said, referring to the Haqqani Network, a designated terrorist group in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

“The people that are holding Bergdahl want[ed] cash and someone paid it to them,” he said.

The theory relies in large measure on a distinction that has been lost in much of the press coverage of the Bergdahl deal. A number of news reports on the circumstances surrounding the prisoner exchange have used “Haqqani” and “Taliban” interchangeably.

Experts say that obscures very real differences between the two groups that are key to understanding the deal that freed Bergdahl.

The Taliban is an ideologically committed group, they say, while the Haqqani Network is better understood as a tribal crime syndicate using unrest in the region not to advance an Islamist agenda but to further own financial and political interests.

“When Westerners talk [about the] Taliban, we tend to use it as a generic term,” said American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin, a former Middle East advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. “Afghans are more likely to talk about the Haqqani Network versus the Quetta Shura [also known as the Afghan Taliban] versus the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”

Four of the five prisoners released from Guantanamo were top Taliban commanders. One western diplomat said their release was “like moving the whole Quetta Shura to Qatar.”

If we did pay a ransom for Bergdahl to Haqqani, what sorts of stuff would they buy with it? On the next page is a partial list via Wikipedia of terrorist attacks thought to have been carried out by Haqqani:

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"The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment." Which means that the deal involved a cash payment.
27 weeks ago
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Where are our Generals in all this? 'Shuttingup
and saluting' while a rogue stealth jihad leftist commander
In chief delivers America into Dhimmitude?
Are there no Pattons or MacArthurs in the military
Brass anymore to stand up and object, or resign in
Disgust and protest? Or, like the nazi generals, are
They only 'following orders'? Bravery on the battlefield
Is one thing but valor or cowardice aren't always about
Charging up a hill against gunfire. Sometimes it means
Risking a military commission by Standing up and protesting
Against reckless idiocy.
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Funny, I thought it might have gone the other way. If the Qataris were willing to pay 5 million for the World Cup why wouldn't they be willing to pay folks in the Bam administration several million to get these five guys back?
Bergdahl was "extra," a sleeper Muslim operative reintroduced into US culture to help coordinate actives of Muslim terrorists who've crossed the border from Mexico and are looking for guidance in the US culture.
Wouldn't the bad guys been willing to pay administration folks cash to get their guys back while getting rid of Berdahl with a good cover.
27 weeks ago
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Yeah you can say it all day long that the Haqqanis are just a bunch of gangbangers and the whole group is like a crime syndicate. They are more interested and concerned about ransom money than their Taliban mates. But that's exactly the problem man, if this story comes out true, then they would have got their money and the men too. Then what we got on our own hands is just a deserter whose innocence has yet to be proven.
27 weeks ago
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Its also possible the Taliban paid them so they could get their prisoners. Basically a barter chain.

27 weeks ago
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You don't understand this administration. At all.
27 weeks ago
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"The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment." Which means that the deal involved a cash payment.
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
Where are our Generals in all this? 'Shuttingup
and saluting' while a rogue stealth jihad leftist commander
In chief delivers America into Dhimmitude?
Are there no Pattons or MacArthurs in the military
Brass anymore to stand up and object, or resign in
Disgust and protest? Or, like the nazi generals, are
They only 'following orders'? Bravery on the battlefield
Is one thing but valor or cowardice aren't always about
Charging up a hill against gunfire. Sometimes it means
Risking a military commission by Standing up and protesting
Against reckless idiocy.
27 weeks ago
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They've already been purged.

The number of high ranking military officers fired by the Obama administration is astonishing. Well worth the research to find out for yourself.
27 weeks ago
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When duty reared it's head
They fled ... ... bravely fled
When a call to honor cried out
They turned about and chickened out ... ... gallantly chickened out

Derelict, more like depraved indifference, officers also sent 16 men (6 + 8 apparently) to their deaths on a worthless, other than political, mission of "Saving Private Bergdahl".
27 weeks ago
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Barack Corleone wants to make peace with the five families of radical Islam. Paying the Haqqanis in untraceable bills so that they can advance their muscle racket and put all the politicians and judges in their pockets like so many nickels and dimes is a Chicago tradition.

When I say untraceable bills, for those who have not taken the Woodstock Civics class, I don't mean the phantom legislative amendments to Obamacare, the invisible passage of the Dream Act, or any Republican response to amnesty.

(Please note: this is not sarcasm for anyone who has finished paying the prostitute and is searching for some)

Don Obama has already gifted the Mullahfia in Iran a few billion and a clear path to nukes, so releasing the capos for the Taliban buys the peace until the Muslim Brotherhood settles all family business.

The Teflon Don has his Siblings and Spouses media plant a few slanderous stories about Bowe The Wanderer's unit mates being psychopaths who are actually to blame for him going round and round and round.

In Chicago, Cubs fans rejoice. Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio is no longer the gold standard for the worst trade in history.
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I wonder if this was a way to get more money to the Haqqanis after FCMABBHO finally cut them off in 9/12.
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