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Did Obama’s Bergdahl Move Help Doom Kayla Mueller?

The brother of Kayla Mueller, the American ISIS hostage who was killed under circumstances that remain unclear, says her situation became worse after President Obama traded five senior Taliban commanders for alleged Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

At that point, the militants increased their demands, her brother said.

Kayla Mueller“That made the whole situation worse because that’s when the demands got greater,” Eric Mueller told NBC’s “Today” show. “They got larger. They realized that they had something.”

Mueller’s father, Carl Mueller, said that the United States’ willingness to swap for Bergdahl but not pay ransom or allow ransom to be paid for his daughter “was pretty hard to take.”

“I actually asked the president that question when we were in the White House,” he said. It’s not clear what the answer was.

Obama’s exchange for Bergdahl was a prisoner exchange in name only. The five Taliban he offered up for Bergdahl were so disproportionately senior – and dangerous – compared to Bergdahl that the exchange is effectively a ransom payment.

Of course we should try to get all our service members back, even deserters. But we cannot get them back at any cost. Particularly deserters.

Setting those five bad guys free jeopardizes many, many lives. It diminishes the efforts of those who fought and died to capture them. And surely it would be natural for terrorists to perceive, after such a trade, that we negotiate for hostages.

And that appears to be exactly what happened and what may have helped seal the fate of the brave young idealist, Kayla Mueller.

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31 Responses to Did Obama’s Bergdahl Move Help Doom Kayla Mueller?

  1. But, Obama WAS able to free 5 Bad Guys and send them back to their Violent (nothing to do with Islam here. Move along!!!) Extremist pals. Guess he felt it was worth the effort (and Kayla Mueller’s life). What a guy!!!

  2. Why did Obama ignore the Taliban’s $1M ransom demand shortly after he was captured? Five years later, did he suddenly remember that there was a deserter stuck in Pakistan? No, his approval ratings were plummeting and he needed another ‘success story’….no matter how high the price.

    The WH policy is to never leave a soldier behind. Mueller was a private citizen. According to the Mueller and Foley families, Obama dilly-dallied and precious time was lost in the rescue attempt for their loved ones. This, to me, is the problem with Obama. He just doesn’t give a damn unless there is something in it for him.
    The sooner Americans realize that Obama is not here to help them, the better off everyone will be. My advice…just stay the hell out of the ME.

    • The MILITARY never leaves a fallen soldier behind, NOT the WH.

      Benghazi ring a bell ?

      This is just another indication that Obama is unfit for the office he holds, and the fact that the congress has not restrained him says the same about them.

      • Yesterday, the official word was that the WH does not leave soldiers behind…just sayin’. Someone, Josh Earnest?, was asked about Obama and Bergdahl…and that was the response.

        • Another lie.
          During Benghazi both the Navy and the Army had troops at the ready to support them and were told to stand down.
          The Admiral and the General that were involved were dismissed.

    • I so totally agree. Idealism aside, no American should be so altruistic to think their honor & God-loving lifestyle can make one smidgen of difference by their presence in the ME; At this time, or any time in the violent history of that area of our world…Americans are not safe anywhere in the ME.

      • My daughter travels everywhere and is fairly savvy and cautious, but if she ever suggested going to the ME ( which she says she values her life too much, thankfully), I would honestly lock her in a room until she wised up and moved past the idea. And the worst thing is that they don’t just kill people over there, they rape and torture first. It is just a nightmare to think about what happens to people that are taken hostage there. Breaks my heart and frustrates me at the same time (bc people are foolish enough to put themselves in the situation as well as put our govt/country in an unnecessary bargaining dilemma.

  3. I have a class that meets each week. Full of obots. They don’t get it and whats worse they do not want anyone telling them that O is not the absolute wonder of the world.

    In spite of all the evidence they do not want to get. Ever !

    They are the TV zombies and most have advanced degrees! Smart but insane!!!!!

  4. Here’s the truth: Obama went to great lengths to free Bergdorf because if Obama had a son, he’d hope his son would act like Bergdorf.

    Bergdorf was a soldier after Obama’s heart: began to have emotional conflict, learned some of local language, was opened to being turned against his own military, finally wandered off to make friends and win hearts with the enemy.

    Poor guy! Wasn’t HIS fault that the enemy hadn’t evolved to see him as the heart ambassador of The One.

    So the Obots got all sad and traded killers for this fine, young, upper class, sheltered American. His own Dad grew a beard and learned Arabic and his Mom appeared on camera under the Islamic black tarp.

    Who could not want to help them? If Obama had a son, he would have acted like Bergdorf.

  5. Here’s the truth: Obama went to great lengths to free Bergdalh because if Obama had a son, he’d hope his son would act like Bergdalh.

    Bergdalh was a soldier after Obama camp’s heart: began to have emotional conflict, learned some of local language, was opened to being turned against his own military, finally wandered off to make friends and win hearts with the enemy.

    Poor guy! Wasn’t HIS fault that the enemy hadn’t evolved to see him as the heart ambassador of The One.

    So the Obots got all sad and traded killers for this fine, young, upper class, sheltered American. His own Dad grew a beard and learned Arabic and his Mom appeared on camera under the Islamic black tarp.

    Who could not want to help them? If Obama had a son, he would have acted like Bergdahl.

  6. Obama just wants to clear the decks at Guantanamo(spell?). Does anybody really think that Obama cares if these guys killed our troops trying to arrest them? Does anyone think that Obama cares if we get killed by these religious Islamic nuts? Its all about Obama,so he can get votes for his communist democratic party and wipe the Republicans off the face of the earth, so that we have a one party dictator system and not be the United States of America anymore. God damn Obama.