I thought you might find this analysis of the Bergdahl transfer interesting. Mission accomplished in under a minute.
In addition to the analysis you’ll hear on the video, I’ve heard others say that the white flag and open trunks of the Taliban vehicles were both signals to the Americans that they were in the right place and things were on track.
It’s hard for me not to be angry at Bergdahl and his parents when I witness how these special ops guys risked their lives to go get someone who had apparently deserted. This would have been an obvious moment to take out a lot of our best service members.
Sure, the mission was the right things to do. We shouldn’t leave people behind, though Five-Taliban price paid was too high. And I get that Bergdahl’s dad went a little native a desperate effort to get his son back, though it’s hard to excuse his reaction to the message his son sent just before he went AWOL, when he told Bowe, “Obey your conscience.”
Given the awful price we paid – five dangerous Taliban back on the loose – and the circumstance of Bergdahl’s capture, President Obama should not have celebrated his release with a Rose Garden event.
Unless he simply wanted to toast the special forces who probably knew Bergdahl’s history and went and got him anyway.