This much I agree: I too am ashamed that the Bergdahls are American!

by 1389 on June 2, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Afghanistan, Barack Hussein Obama, military, Taliban, treason

CBS News: Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held by Taliban, was “ashamed to be American,” emails show

(AP) WASHINGTON – Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting.

Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American” and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine.

Bergdahl, a 26-year-old Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was taken prisoner on June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan.

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American lives were lost in the search for Bowe Bergdahl:

CNN: Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

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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.”

Many soldiers on the ground at the time said insurgents were able to take advantage of the intense search for Bergdahl.

“A huge thing in-country is not building patterns. Well when you are looking for a person everyday that creates a pattern. While searching for him, ambushes and IEDs picked up tremendously. Enemy knew we would be coming. IEDs started being placed more effectively in the coming weeks. Ambushes were more calculated, cover and concealment was used,” Cody tweeted.

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.

Moreover, other operations were put on hold while the search for Bergdahl was made a top priority, according to officers who served in Afghanistan in that time. Manpower and assets — such as scarce surveillance drones and helicopters — were redirected to the hunt. The lack of assets is one reason the closure of a dangerous combat outpost, COP Keating, was delayed. Eight soldiers were killed at COP Keating before it was ultimately closed.

One soldier with the 509th Regiment, a sister unit of the 501st, told CNN that after Bergdahl disappeared, the U.S. Army essentially was told to lock down the entire province of Paktika. He described sitting in the middle of a field with his platoon, vulnerable, with capabilities and personnel mismanaged throughout the region. Different platoons ran out of water, food, and ammunition.

Two mortarmen — Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn and Pfc. Justin Casillas — were killed in a July 4, 2009, attack.

“It was unbelievable,” the soldier said. “All because of the selfish act of one person. The amount of animosity (toward him) is nothing like you’ve ever seen before.”

That Bergdahl was freed in an exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay is a further source of consternation.

“I don’t understand why we’re trading prisoners at Gitmo for somebody who deserted during a time of war, which is an act of treason,” Vierkant said.

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US troops refuse to cheer Bowe’s release

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Questions persisted, too, about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture; Hagel declined to comment on earlier reports that the sergeant had walked away from his unit, disillusioned with the war. Such matters “will be dealt with later,” Hagel said.

Hagel was met with silence when he told troops in a Bagram hangar: “This is a happy day. We got one of our own back.” It was unclear whether the absence of cheers and applause came from a reluctance to display emotion in front of the Pentagon chief or from any doubts among the troops about Bergdahl.

In weighing the swap, U.S. officials decided that it could help the effort to reach reconciliation with the Taliban, which the U.S. sees as key to more security in Afghanistan. But they acknowledged the risk that the deal would embolden insurgents, perhaps encouraging them to grab U.S. troops or citizens as bargaining chips for the release of others in U.S. custody.

Republicans pressed that point. “Have we just put a price on other U.S. soldiers, asked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists?”
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That is an excellent reason NEVER to take jihadis as prisoners.

BizPac Review: POW’s dad praises Allah at suspicious Rose Garden press conference with Obama

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Appearing with President Obama in a brief Rose Garden event, Robert Bergdahl, the father of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, recited “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahm,” according to the Daily Caller. In English, that means, “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

When he finished reciting, the president hugged him.

Bergdahl’s words echoed the Taliban’s official reaction to the prisoner swap. In a statement, the group that has been at war with the United States since 2001 announced that five of its members who had been held at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay prison had been released, “due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahadin of the Islamic Emirate.”

Bergdahl’s use of a Muslim prayer and the Taliban’s portrayal of it as a clear victory for their movement – Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Sunday called the release from Gitmo a “big win” in the Pakistani news outlet Dawn.com – is sure to increase the controversy around Obama’s prisoner swap, helped by a tweet posted to Berdahl’s Twitter account last week vowing to work for the release of the rest of the prisoners at the prison. (That tweet has been deleted.)

Already, top Republicans have said Obama broke the law by releasing five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay without notifying Congress. The president is required by law to give Congress 30 days’ notice before transferring any prisoner out of Gitmo.
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Treason

I cannot precisely say that I am ashamed that Barack Hussein Obama is an American, because it is not entirely certain that he is one. The probable reason why his academic records are sealed is that he had acquired an Indonesian or Kenyan passport and fraudulently used it to gain financial and other assistance as a foreign student. That said, I am deeply ashamed that a collaborator with our Muslim enemies is our president.

The US Constitution specifies treason as grounds for impeachment. Article Three defines treason as follows:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

I suggest that witnesses to Obama’s giving of aid and comfort to the Taliban are plentiful.

What we lack at this time is the political and popular will to impeach. Nonetheless, political winds can change. After Obama is out of office he can indeed be tried in the criminal justice system for treason and other crimes, and in addition he may be subject to civil penalties for damage resulting from his open collaboration with America’s avowed enemies.

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1 Gramfan June 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

This was yet another disgusting incident to add to the ever-growing long list.

I won’t list them all as we are too familiar with them already but is it any wonder people suggest BHO is a Muslim?

Is this another “Cass Sunstein nudge”?

After Benghazi and Cliven Bundy etc are they waiting for someone to fire the first shot so they can declare martial law? Or do they really want another civil war?

My guess is martial law and a civil war.

2 Jeffrey Ray Hardin June 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

We have released 10 terrorist not 5 as this administration is claiming for this deserter…

In August of 2013 the Obama administration to open up a dialog for Sgt Bergdahl’s release, turned over 5 Wahhabi insurgents to the Saudis as a good will gesture for the Taliban…..
We recently added another 5 Wahhabi Leaders for Bergdahl’s final release!

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