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White House Misinformation on Bergdahl?

by Keith Koffler on June 4, 2014, 9:29 am

Oh boy. Here we go again.

The White House said it just had to had to had to act to swap five real bad guys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving notice to Congress because the guy who dropped out of his unit was about to fall off the earth.

Buhhhht . . .

He looks pretty healthy in the video the Taliban inconveniently released today.

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski, one of the most no-nonsense reporters I’ve ever worked with – he spent a short time at the White House giving the Clinton people utter Hell – notes in the video below that Bergdahl looks rather robust.

Meanwhile Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the DEMOCRATIC Chairwoman of Intelligence Committee Chairwoman, said she has seen no evidence that Bergdahl’s health was failing.

They’d better release the report of the doctors who are examining Bergdahl in Germany. Without, you know, full-page redactions. Just to make sure he didn’t simply break a nail playing badminton.

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Michael June 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

Wow! Even the Obama TV Network is turning on them.

It just keeps getting worse for the most dishonest, most incompetent administration ever!

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

Even Mika–MIKA!–had her frowny face on this! She said she just didn’t get it. There is much she doesn’t get, but this was against her heroes.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

The camel’s back is breaking under the weight of the lies.

Obama has given a terrorist organization material aid in violation of the law.

Bergdahl is a deserter iat the minimum and a traitor at the worst.

BOTH should be tried for their crimes.

Langley Spook June 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Good Luck with that.

Sportinlife10 June 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

A cynical guy I know says the frat boyz’ biggest mistake was in buying/trading the release of a white guy.

Uncle Tom June 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

Wouldn’t That be wonderful,,, if this finally brings down the race-baiter-in-chief?

New Yorker June 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

What I want out of all of this is a photo op at the Rose Garden of the President stepping down from office, and the parents of the now dead soldiers who went hunting for Bergdahl standing in the front row cheering.

Julie Brueckheimer June 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

I agree with you about Miklaszewski. He doesn’t appear to be as partisan as the rest of the lot. And even when Bergdahl was examined in Baghram, the initial reports said that he was well. I’d like to hear from the witnesses who took him in, but I suppose they’ve had to sign documents that they would not speak to the press or otherwise discuss him.

It’s interesting that Feinstein has come out swinging and that McCaskill has made a 180 degree turn. They are both big supporters of Hillary Clinton,but SHE “has Obama’s back”. How is she going to wiggle out of this?

srdem65 June 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

It’s the old “I was for it before I was against it” defense.

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

And she is as skilled at that as Su

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

And she is as skilled at that as Sunday Susan is as Cover Up Queen of the talk show circuit.

Aileen June 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

McCaskill made a 180? She lies when it is easier to tell the truth.

anneinarkansas June 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

Right on there! I live just across the state line from Missouri…shop there and have my hair done there.
She is not popular at all…won re-election because the GOP nominated and idiot to run against her.
She turns on a dime.

anneinarkansas June 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

an idiot…sorry…so upset today my usual bad typing is worse.
The constant lies and “suck it up” attitude of the regime are getting to me.

Owen_Kellogg June 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

The White House said it just had to had to had to act to swap five real bad guys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving notice to Congress because the guy who dropped out of his unit was about to fall off the earth.

Too bad they don’t give the same consideration to patients at VA hospitals.

srdem65 June 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

^Point made, and made well.

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:50 am


gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

Good point — But we are going to have to fight hard to right the wrongs of the VA because Mr. One and Done has made it clear that once he makes a pronouncement about something he considers it “fixed” and he moves on.

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

Yeah–that “period, full stop” stuff–so tiresome.

Langley Spook June 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

OR… A US Marine being held in Mexico.

srdem65 June 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

IMO, this was a cynical attempt to blast the VA scandal off the MSM. It worked, that’s for sure, but it didn’t turn out the way they thought it would.
We can assume that frantic calls from the WhiteHouse to every MSM is zinging the airwaves as they try desperately to find someone who can counter all this negative commentary.

We’ve seen all the words: clueless, blindsided, tone deaf, anti-military and worse thrown out by almost every news organization. While most of us approve with an It’s About Time, this dangerous situation would have never happened if the MSM had done their job in the past.

Yes, almost all of the illegal activities and moves that MrObama has made is the direct fault of the MSM failing to oversee his actions so that he felt confident that no detrimental PR would be seen by the public no matter what he did or said.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

The MSM as well as the Dem’s who are Now upset. They should have questioned MANY things in the last several years.
After this last move, their jobs don’t seem to mean much of anything.

Mary June 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

The Dem’s only show to be upset if they are going to gain something from it, Which They will.Democrats along with their leader need to be put out of their -isery they are all about as useless as TITs On a Bore Hog .

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

Well said srdem65. The MSM is as responsible as Obama for the ills that have befallen this country under his reign. And it is up to all good Americans to continue to fight against them and expose their propaganda for what it is.

Julie Brueckheimer June 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

I agree, and also Benghazi. Obama and Clinton now can brag about their never leaving an American behind if at all humanly possible and OF COURSE Benghazi was just an impossible situation, the one and only exceptional case. (sarc)

Julie Brueckheimer June 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

P.S. It’s not working: 80% of Americans hold Obama personally accountable for the VA disaster.

Michael June 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

The latest is that they’re accusing Bergdahl’s buddies of “swift boating” tactics.

That smacks of desperation and will backfire badly.

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

Well, then John Kerry might have some value after all.

Lizzy June 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

Swift away there are several soldiers dead looking for that Taliban

Geoff Caldwell June 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

I couldn’t believe Morning Joe this morning. Devoting almost all of the A block to pointing out the possible lying by the White House and Susan Rice? And doing it w/o Joe being there to prod it along?
I don’t want to get my hopes up that journalism has finally returned but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

If he loses Mika – it’s over! (I love it when Joe’s not there)

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

Yeah–but Donny was. Bad trade there.

Geoff Caldwell June 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

Hey may be rich but his last name pretty much sums him up.

nellas June 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

I watched a fox news video of O’Reilly’s talking points which aired last night. I was good…points well made I thought! Like he stated 60% of the population disagrees with his job performance…anybody at the WH listening?

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

Bill also speculated, though, that Obama does not give a flip what we think anymore. O’Reilly has been doing backbends to be “fair” to the admin, but is getting fired up.

Lizzy June 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

He’s jumped the shark you can tell by the expressions on some of
his regulars that he’s gone to far off the range. Retirement to
write would be nice.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

We cannot forget all those American men and women who were killed in action or wounded in action that were looking for and captured those 5 Taliban.

Obama has assured their families that their sons and daughters DIED IN VAIN!

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

In Obama’s favorite religion, Islam, those who died in search of the Taliban Five, they would be considered martyrs.

Mr. T. June 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

Can’t stand the way Barry says “Tal-eee-bon” like he’s the smartest kid in the room. Dunce cap is more fitting.

anneinarkansas June 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

Yes, and also Pakk-eees-ton!
And someone tell me where they find these snippy young women who speak for the State Department….everyday I want to slap whichever one is speaking.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The one that called serviceman liers?

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

My preference is The Obama Five.

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

Repeating myself but…what makes it even more surreal is the fact that the decision to bypass Congress was based on TWO videos showing Bergdahl’s deteriorating condition. They couldn’t wait 30 days!

This is the crux of the matter, IMO, – not the deserter. It’s the LIES from Obama and Rice. Benghazi redux.

Meanwhile, Obama is in Poland shooting his mouth off in a ‘muscular speech’ about how the US and NATO will stand with and protect the Poles. This, of course, is after Medvednev duped him into cancelling the missile defense shield. Poland had to go it alone and is now in the process of selecting a defense contractor to install the shield.

Is anyone going to hold this arrogant fool accountable? I wish we could throw him in GITMO with the rest of the terrorists.

Darkangel June 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

Is this the spark that starts the fire which burns this Administration down?


ImNoDhimmi June 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

Sadly, this spark may just smolder for a bit, then burn out, like all the rest of the sparks have done, unless someone keeps fanning the tiny flame.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

I think the regime is covered in Nomex!

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

NY Daily News editorial: “It has become ever clearer that President Obama lost his presidential compass in the Taliban swap. In retrospect, his Rose Garden announcement that he was bringing home an American POW appears to have been a cynical act of theater.”

The DN is not a Conservative publication!

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

I hate the use of the term POW for this man who the Pentagon NEVER declared a POW.

As well as the term used “rescued”. He was horse traded, not rescued.

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

Agree. I believe he was listed as ‘missing/captured’.

CiscoKid June 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

Absolutely not a POW! He left his post, “without being properly relieved”. Desertion? In a combat zone? In the face of the enemy?
I don’t know the answers, but I know the questions.
Point is, will those questions be asked.

Star June 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

I think what you said yesterday, Keith, that the WH thought this would be a near pro-vet diversion is at least 3/4ths true–they are so dense you could cry.

Jim June 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

This whole episode reveals the truly craven and vulgar nature of the Obama Administration. Once again they send out Susan Rice to peddle Bergdahl having served with “honor and distinction” just like she did with the video induced attack of our Libyan embassy. Were she and Obama both unaware of the serious issues involving Bergdahl’s desertion of duty or did they think the MSM had their back in telling such an obvious untruth? Did they believe this would paper over the VA deaths due to apparently criminal falsification of wait lists? Did they really think this will help them empty GITMO until they reach a point that it closes by default? Obama and Rice deserve only contempt.

Marcus June 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

At the center of the Obama administration’s playbook on this mess is that Bergdahl was a POW. He was not a “POW” in the common use of that term. He was never listed as a POW by our government. Ever. He, like Benedict Arnold, willingly walked into the hands of the enemy. George Washington never considered Benedict Arnold a POW held by the British.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

He was never listed by the Pentagon as POW.

Marcus June 4, 2014 at 11:29 am


Sally Chuck June 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

I think the best evidence we have yet that Bergdahl was a deserter is Bergdahl himself. Nothing would make the Taliban happier than to gloat on youtube giving a captured American (a soldier at that!) a Daniel Pearl treatment and they wouldn’t waste five years to do just that.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

Now the WH is saying Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers are “swift boating” him and a State Dept spokesliar said they were not credible.


CiscoKid June 4, 2014 at 11:10 am

Didn’t take the -expletive deleted- long, did it.?
Beneath contempt. I don’t think there’s a word to describe the Obama regime.

Mr. T. June 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

Yesterday that high school girl at the State Dept. (not Psaki, the other one) was also implying they weren’t credible – she was so upset I thought she was going to need a time-out in the corner.

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

I saw that and the final dismissive toss of the blonde hair accompanied by a look of disdain so beyond her competence made me want to knock her off her little perch.

It was pretty indicative of a vapid Administration who scorn those who are made of better stuff.

AFVet June 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

I would highly recommend the readers here to visit,
When the site loads, wait for Michelle Malkins’ piece to display.
It is very informative.
She has a lot of information concerning the efforts made to find Bergdahl.

CiscoKid June 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

Read MsMalkin’s AFVet. Shows what a TRUE journalist, not propagandist, can discover and report when doing their job.
She’s a credit to the profession.

AZ Granny June 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Excellent article. Thanks for the link!

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

I failed to find another recent case of our military being forced to sign NON DISCLOSURE agreements as the mates of Bergdahl have been forced to do.

Can anyone remember another time in the past 40 years?

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

NDA’s are only supposed to be used by soldiers who have security clearance to prevent them from speaking about a specific event because it is in the interest of national security – not a CYA for Obama.
He did the same thing in Benghazi with survivors and civilian personnel.

DeniseVB June 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Obviously used to protect his Administration’s ass, not, in this case, National Security. ;)

just-saying June 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Maybe not military, but all of the survivors of Benghazi were required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

These people he let go. Evil.
There is another time to figure out if Bergdahl was guilty.
I am glad he is home, but, Why didn’t they use other tactics to get him home? They were able to surprise and drop in to get Ben Laden.
I don’t understand why we didn’t keep those five enemies under lock and key! The terrorist attacked us!

Star June 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

Just a couple of things–minor. There should have been no Rose Garden dog and pony in the first place. Obama should not have walked out with his hand on the mother’s rear. And he should have told dad to lose the beard and pony tail.

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

The wife had the same fixation with the Queen’s royal posterior.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

I noticed that also, he should have at least walked out with a hand on the shoulder of both parents. As far as the beard, they are claiming he would grow it till his son came home.

Sanchez June 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

If the deserters parents were members of a local Tea Party, they would never have been invited.

Obama KNEW of the issues surrounding this affair and he praises the deserter as his father did.

This is Obama telling us how he feels about America and it’s people.

Lizzy June 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

There were a few suspicions when he first left from those in his group.
But what would they know. Read someplace 14 soldiers died looking for
him. Now to top it off Obama trades 5 terrorist for possibly one who’s
not shown his hand yet. The minute I saw his father that pretty much said
it all Pashto. No wonder Obama golfs he’d stink at poker couldn’t bluff.

CiscoKid June 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

Your generous Lizzy, Obama would suck at poker.
He just gave up 5 ace’s (I know there’s only 4) for a deuce.

srdem65 June 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

lol, so true.
I recall he dared someone to call his “bluff”. I’d love to play a game or two with him, for sure.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

What is Pashto? That word was mentioned on another thread.

Lizzy June 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

It’s the Obama version of a ‘Dead Mans Hand’. Give me Wild Bill
any day we are stuck with Fearless Fosdick. Mixed with his terminal case of Sgt. Schultz disorder.

PBB June 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

No,no,no,no,no,no……….I will not allow one of my favorite TV Characters to be besmirched in such a manner!!!

Schultz knew something but chose to know nothing because his government was bad and this was his way of fighting against the Nazi’s.

Sorry to be defensive. I have always wondered if Hogans Heroes and Mchale’s Navy was Hollywood’s way of repatriating Americans who had German and Japanese heritages. Pretty deep, huh? LOL

Lizzy June 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

Language of some in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Lee June 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Lizzy, I just wanted to know where it area over there that language came from

just-saying June 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

“Pashto is a member of the Eastern Iranian languages group. Pashto is one of the two official languages of Afghanistan (the other being Dari), and is also spoken as a regional language in western and northwestern Pakistan and among the Pashtun diaspora around the world.

Pashto belongs to the Northeastern Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian language family, although Ethnologue lists it as Southeastern Iranian.[16] The number of Pashtuns or Pashto-speakers is estimated to be 40–60 million people worldwide.”

Girly1 June 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

Video – Obama caught on camera working out in posh Warsaw hotel.
Security breach or photo-op?

srdem65 June 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Nothing is ever leaked or allowed to breach security in this WhiteHouse.

re: the Preezy in the gym
LOL! CharlesAtlas he ain’t. C’mon, Mr 98lb Weakling liftin’ dem weights is to counter Putin’s constant manly pursuits.
No one is buying this. lol.

Star June 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

He will be cozying up to a tiger next. Spare me.

Artcat June 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Velour track suit… 5 pound weights… okay, I suppose you *could* call that working out…. Oops… Drudge has a headline that Secret Service requests software to detect sarcasm… maybe I should delete that!!

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm

My thoughts exactly — on the He Man workout and the sarcasm tracking. Pretty sure Mr. Holder is rewriting the law to include this.

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Equally good on Drudge. A few headlines down from the air brushed photo glam shot of Hillary is


If you click on it it is just a blow up of the pix but point made.

And does “fresh faced” Hillary begins press tour.

If Shrillary wins you better believe that Sarcasm thing will be a new big law of the land!

Star June 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hey! I scooped Drudge on the sarcasm software–I read some weird stuff.

Mike D June 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

No matter how you look at this the same conclusion is reached: Facing a VA shambles and worried about how the president may look, the A Team at the WH came up with “Lets release the guy who deserted, have him in a tearful reunion, mom and pop in the rose garden, Pres O omni present, Yeah that will change the narrative and paint our leader as a leader and change focus away form all that bad stuff we only found out about in the media about the Veterns dying whilst paying millions in bonuses to federal employees who were charting the system” Perfect . “Whats that? Who will we get the Taliban to play ball, hmmmm, let me get back to you,, wait Ive got it Lets release their starting line up that we have in Gitmo., got I’m brilliant the Pre will surely see that now, I hope so, i hear there are some Ambasadorships going, perhaps Ill get one or two maybe, Ill be the first Irish, Russian ambassador ” Bad news the CIA said and I quote” No F******* way are you giving those guys back, we lost too many soldiers to catch them. “give them this email form the Why which overrules whatever nonsense they serve up, i want those 5 guys washed, and on a plane asap. Its all about the news line. Meanwhile lets ignore the fact he is a deserter, the Taliban are a terror group non doubt, We did nothing for the soldiers and people in Benghazi and even our own SF guys don’t want to recover this guy. I know but if it changes the narrative i think we should do it then send in Susan Rice to say “no solder left behind etc etc ” it worked last time we asked her to spin the un spinnable. What a joke, and whats is worse they believe it in the WH to the last person. Role on election.

gracepmc June 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Nothing screams Benghazi like “no man left behind”. Fools.

Artcat June 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I think Susan Rice has been punked… twice.

Star June 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

She punks herself–prob gets up and thinks, what can I do today to look like a tool?

Eva June 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm

A Us citizen held in North Korea, another in Cuba. an American
Christian preacher jailed in Iran and a brave Marine in jail in Mexico:
Who cares? This administration’s heroes are Bergdahl and “Chelsea”

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