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Incomprehensible

By trading very senior and very dangerous Taliban leaders for a single U.S. soldier, President Obama has created grave peril for every American, and he has branded a “K” of the forehead of every U.S. serviceman and woman serving overseas. The “K” stands for “Kidnap me.”

Because kidnapping gets results.

Obama was correct to take vigorous steps to save the life of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was seized in June 2009 by the Taliban, even though the circumstance of how Bergdahl got separated from his unit – and whether he deserted – are unclear. But Obama was not correct to take any step.

Let me introduce you, via the Washington Post, to the people Obama has set free from Guantanamo:

Wali Khairkhwa, 47, was once the Taliban’s interior minister. He helped create the Taliban movement in 1994. He was a “hard-liner in his support of the Taliban philosophy” and “was known to have close ties to Osama bin Laden,” according to his Guantanamo case file, released by WikiLeaks.

Mullah Mohammad Fazl was a senior commander in the Taliban army in the 1990s, rising to become its chief of staff. He is thought by many to have supervised the killing of thousands of Shiite Muslims near Kabul between 1998 and 2001. According to WikiLeaks documents, he was also present at the 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann, the first U.S. citizen killed in the Afghan war.

Mullah Norullah Noori, another of the detainees, was also present during Spann’s killing. He was a provincial governor in several key areas during the Taliban regime. He is also suspected of involvement in the Shiite massacre.

Abdul Haq Wasiq, 43, was deputy chief of intelligence for the Taliban. According to his Guantanamo case file, he “utilized his office to support al Qaeda” and was “central to the Taliban’s effort to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups.” His case file, like Khairkhwa’s, calls him a “high risk,” saying that he is likely to “pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.”

Mohammad Nabi Omari, 46, was a member of a joint al-Qaeda-Taliban cell in eastern Khost province, according to his case file, and “one of the most significant former Taliban leaders detained” at Guantanamo. He has ties to the Haqqani network, the group that was believed to be holding Bergdahl.

Over and over, each detainee received a “recommendation for continued detention” by a military board at Guantanamo.

Whatever the conditions of their release, whatever guarantees we have received from the Qataris, who took them, these people who are now out from under our purview will eventually be back at work trying to kill Americans, who imprisoned them, perhaps tortured them, and overturned their rule.

Let me introduce you to Sgt. Bergdahl. From an email he sent his parents three days before his capture, as reported by Rolling Stone:

The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting . . .

In the US army you are cut down for being honest . . . but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank . . . The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools . . . I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks.

I want to emphasize that no American serviceman or woman should ever be left behind, and we should do what we can to retrieve them, alive or dead. I relate this email to you only to demonstrate that Sgt. Bergdahl may have had more personal responsibility for his unfortunate circumstance than the average American taken while on assignment overseas.

President Obama said the other day at West Point that he was “haunted” by the deaths of servicemembers he had sent to Afghanistan.

Four of the servicemembers who stood in the audience when I announced the surge of our forces in Afghanistan gave their lives in that effort.  A lot more were wounded.  I believe America’s security demanded those deployments.  But I am haunted by those deaths.  I am haunted by those wounds.

I am haunted by Obamas remarks.

A commander in chief should be saddened by deaths that occur under his watched. He can even grieve. But he cannot be haunted by these deaths and effectively do his job, which involves making terrible decisions that could result in the deaths of many more brave American boys and girls.

I understand something about history. History is a long struggle in which leaders must make horrifying decisions in order to safeguard their nations. War is to be avoided at all costs. But it is also a fact of life.

That’s why leaders must be made of steel. But the alloy, for me, includes both compassion and ruthlessness. That is true strength.

Obama, by trading away his nation’s security, has made a stupendous mistake. He may also, given that he didn’t notify Congress of his intent, have done something illegal. And he has once again signaled to our enemies that he may lack the strength to oppose them.

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89 Responses to Incomprehensible

  1. My husband always says this President hates this country and wants to destroy it. I blow him off like he is wearing a tinfoil hat,but now I really am wondering.

  2. This is from the comment section in response to an article about Berdahl’s father’s deleted tweet of May 28:

    From the men of this so called Hero’s unit…..

    “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

  3. I am deeply troubled by this negotiation and prisoner swap. It really does appear that he wants to destroy this nation and put our military in a dangerous position.

  4. Keith, thanks for taking time away from your honey-do day to give us these critical details.

    This president will have more blood on his hands with the release of these murdering terrorists. Mark my words. And the thought of that prospect does not haunt him? God help us.

    • We can be sure BO will take “full responsibility” for anything that happens at the hands of these five terrorists, and then live out the rest of his life in luxury and adulation from the Left.

    • Thank you for the providing the article.
      I will await for this not to be presented on the MSM.
      If anyone sees it on the MSM, please let me/us know.

  5. Keith, thanks for taking time away. Thanks to your wife as well.
    I just made comment on the previous thread:
    http://www.nytimes.com
    Hagel did not notify Congress 30 days ahead.
    When O signed a bill containing the latest version of the transfer restrictions into law, He issued a Signing Statement claiming he could OVERIDE them under his Executive Order.
    When time allows, please give me your imput, knowledge on this.

    • x2. Keith obviously thinks this is another major scandal. I had trouble coming back to this post so that my husband could read it. Monkey business?

  6. When does enough become enough? When does “no” have meaning?

    If this is not adhering to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, nothing is.

    This man needs to be removed from office at once, tried and convicted for treason, and his punishment needs to be swift and severe.

    • I think this prisoner swap sets up another unintended consequence. I worry that they Mexican government will offer to free the jailed Marine in return for several dangerous drug cartel members. What’s Obama going to do then? He has set a very bad precedent here.

  7. Oh, and a memo to John Boehner:

    You pass those articles of impeachment NOW. LET those scum-sucking Democratic Senators vote to let this Manchurian walk.

    Because WHEN these terrorists pull off a blockbuster attack, their careers in the Senate will be finished.

  8. Dictator Obama is the most dangerous and deadly enemy our country has ever faced. He is waging relentless war against our Republic and before he is through he will have caused the deaths of millions of Americans. Beware.

  9. Great commentary, Keith. The libs are damned by their own words: the WaPo revealing the background of the five released from Gitmo and then, even worse, Bergdahl’s words from Rolling Stone.

    • Seriously, Keith, I wish you would try to place your post on other sites, Politico or RealClearPolitics for example. Don’t they “owe you”? I’ve been surfing and haven’t come up with more hard hitting commentar than yours..

      • The WH Press needs to get a good night sleep. Start fresh in the morning and START asking all the questions we are asking here. If the question is answer in a circle. The next reporter needs to take responibility for the citizens of the U.S. and ask the same important question.
        By the way, I am still waiting for the heros. The people who have bit their tongue up untill now. I don’t care if it is a polotician, or a cab driver. They need to help save this Country.
        The parents of BERGDAHL are on Fox now.

  10. This article has Pulitzer written all over it–in a fair and balanced world that is. The most incisive piece of writing I’ve seen on the Internet Keith. Thanks for all your efforts in conveying truth to your readers.

  11. I had also not heard anything about the 4 KIA – wonder how those parents feel.

    And I also understand this kid received two promotions while he was in custody. Is that standard practice, to give a promotion just because time passes?

  12. I give up. I have worked for this country for over 30 years. 25 in the USN, and the remainder as a GS. I am sick of the idiocy that is our federal government. I am taking steps to get the hell out of the government and, particularly if Clinton is elected, to move out of the country. I can’t stand to watch the country I defended for so many year turn into the country I struggled against during the Cold War.

    The Communists didn’t go away after the Soviet Union disappeared. They just became Democrats.

    • Jeez -makes me weep.
      I also have to wonder when my kids will come to their senses. …not even going to try for my sibs.
      Try to hang in there (sorry for Pollyanna here, BUT) – as someone said, there are some pluses: for one thing, this is a golden age of information. We are no longer held captive by whatever folks at the NYT, WaPo think we should know. For one thing, we have Keith – and the Keiths.
      Think I’ll let it go at that.

  13. “And he has once again signaled to our enemies that he may lack the strength to oppose them.”
    Rather than opposing them, everything Obama does indicates that he wants a long term relationship with them, of the cosiest kind.

    • Wait – who’s gonna sleep with the enemy? I don’t want to be coarse here, but it does seem as if this might be where this is leading?
      Can I buy a vowel?

  14. From some other places I go on the internet there is a lot of F this from guys in the military who are in , have been in, and were in the area when Bergdahl “walked”. The consensus seems to be that he should be “debriefed” in and left in one of those recently vacated Gitmo cells. And there is ill will toward the Bergdahl’s CiC in this as well.

    But I do believe the media is going the– hero, let’s throw him a parade meme. I don’t know. I can’t watch it. And I sure as heck am not going to be watching Bergdahl’s father.

  15. By trading very senior and very dangerous Taliban leaders for a single U.S. soldier . . .

    Not just a soldier, Keith. We are talking about a deserter who gave intel to our enemy. At least a half dozen soldiers have been killed already because of Corporal Bergdahl.

    Read this account from one of the soldiers Bergdahl sold out:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bo_8L7KCYAE3Fi_.png

    • Thanks for the link Owen_Kellogg. If you have not read this yet. Pull: http://www.nytimes.com
      When o signed a bill containing the latest version of the transfer restrictions into law, he issued a Signing Statement, claiming he would overide them under Executive Power.

    • Owen, this deserter should be subjected to a court martial. Ironically, the word on the street in Washington is that the administration believes that he has suffered enough being held as a POW for all this time. Our military friends are beside themselves about this. The bottom line is that Obama made a deal with terrorists. His over-reach is stunning. When will it stop?

      • Officially, January 20, 2017.

        There’s a remote chance it may be sooner, if enough members of the military decide that they’re sick of getting raped by their commander in chief.

      • Is the word on the DC streets coming from politicians or military? I cannot see how the military would not prosecute him under court martial. It would set a terrible precedent and undermine military discipline.

          • It’s up to the military, not Obama or Holder, but my question is will the military be bullied into NOT prosecuting?

  16. As others have commented elsewhere 30 years of counter terrorism work and policy gone overnight. We now negotiate or worse with terrorists.

    There are a lot of good men and women who worked valiantly against terrorists bent on attacking this country and our people, knowing one tenet that we would never negotiate. And in one minute, to preserve his special snowflake image the Narcissist in Chief, threw them and their work and this country under the bus.

    And now, he is scurrying out of reach, to Poland. That’s the kind of stand up Commander in Chief he is. /sarc

    People I know are just sick about this. Gobsmacked.

  17. After reading all the links provided on this fiasco, it seems Obama traded 5 known terrorist, evil men all, for someone who may be a mole, or worse.
    Smart diplomacy?
    Not one iota of this info on any of the MSM I watched today.
    Wonderful work by MrKoffler and all the WHD “auxiliary reporters”.
    That truth IS out there, you just have to know where to look.

    • I would like to thank Keith again as well and everyone on this web.
      The MSM did not put any bit of the important information I found here on the news today.

  18. I would like to say I’m neither Republican nor Democrat, right or left. I’m liberal on some things, conservative on others. I think what I think. I’m a veteran and this situation has had me thinking a lot. I’m pretty convinced that he most likely deserted, but the question would be why? It’s one thing if he had severe PTSD or was unstable mentally in some way… It’s another thing entirely if he was out looking for the Taliban. Believe me, I know firsthand that being over there it is easy to become disillusioned with war and devastation and what you are fighting for… but, at least for me, you don’t lose your sense of duty or love for country and more than anything you stay and you fight for the soldier next to you! What speaks volumes to me is the anger of his fellow soldiers. It’s like family, for them to be so angry, well it came from somewhere and not just on a whim or a “maybe”. The soldiers who fought with him are where the real story will come from.

    • I don’t understand how he forgot how to speak English. If he was tortured and brainwashed, etc. I could see him be emotionly unable to just sit back and chit chat in English.
      I just cannot recall prisoners in history, who had trouble going back to their home language.
      I cannot understand as well why the MSM is not bringing up:
      O signed a bill containing the latest version of the transfer restrictions into law, He issued a signing statement claiming he could overide them (Congress) under his Executive Power.
      http://www.nytimes.com

    • There are new threads so I don’t know if you will come back to this one, but I just want to thank you for your unique perspective.

  19. Didn’t the people understand what Obama meant when he said he was going to fundamentally transform America? Obviously not.

    Everything he has proposed or done has been designed to destroy the U.S. as a world power with influence and destroy the very backbone of what America is. He is for our enemies and for everything that will destroy us, especially our Constitutional rights and our freedom.

    Obama is simply a tyrant, as demonic in his own way as they all are. He is a man full of hatred and spineless. A coward and a traitor.

  20. Here’s the list from his own unit of those who died trying to find Bowe when he deserted his post:

    PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews

    There are others, from other units.

  21. Bergdahl did not “lag behind on a patrol,” as was cited in news reports at the time. There was no patrol that night. Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon—including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night.html

  22. […] (by Keith Koffler, White House Dossier) — By trading very senior and very dangerous Taliban leaders for a single U.S. soldier, President Obama has created grave peril for every American, and he has branded a “K” of the forehead of every U.S. serviceman and women serving overseas. The “K” stands for “Kidnap me.” […]