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WHD Exclusive: White House Offered Biden for Bergdahl

White House Dossier has obtained an exclusive transcript of a conversation in the vice president’s West Wing office in which White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough informed Vice President Biden that Biden would be going to Afghanistan as part of a trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban. We present to you here the transcript in full. ******* McDONOUGH: Mr.

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Hillary: “It Doesn’t Matter” if Bergdahl Deserted

Because WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?? Former Secretary of State and future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that whether Bergdahl was a deserter – or even a traitor – should not affect the price we pay for his release. A snippet of the interview was broadcast this morning, with the rest to follow on ABC this

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Obama in 2008: No Signing Statements for Me

As you are probably aware, one of the justifications the White House is using to explain it’s failure to consult Congress before releasing five Taliban murderers for an American army deserter is that Obama didn’t think the law requiring him to talk to Capitol Hill was constitutional. His misgivings were expressed in a signing statement. The very kind of signing statement the wicked George W.

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Video || The Bergdahl Handoff Analyzed

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

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Obama: “No Apologies” for Bergdahl Swap

A defiant President Obama today said he is making no apologies for arranging the release of Sgt. Bowe Berdahl by freeing five bloodthirsty Taliban leaders who may soon be working on plans to attack American soldiers. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama claimed he was right to act – and to act fast, without telling Congress.

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It Wasn’t the First Time Bergdahl Went AWOL

CNN’s Barbara Staff reports that a 2010 fact-finding mission determined that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his unit “of his own free will” and that in fact he’d done it before. “He did leave the base of his own free will . . . he walked out,” said Starr. “Troops that were interviewed for this fact finding investigation say that there were previous instances when Bergdahl left

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Video || Koffler Quizzes Carney on Bergdahl-for-Taliban Deal

I thought you might want to see this video of me tangling with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday. Jay had been repeating his prepared talking points that the threat to national security of having five nasty Taliban leaders out of Guantanamo Bay had been sufficiently “mitigated.” I thought this was strikingly casual and provided precious little information about such a serious issue, so I tried to

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White House Misinformation on Bergdahl?

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

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Taliban Video Shows Bergdahl’s Transfer

Hopefully these are the final guys to risk their lives for Bergdahl. How did they know they weren’t walking into an ambush? Here’s the handoff. Below is the longer version, in which you can see many interesting things, including the aircraft involved in the transfer and the Taliban spreading out on the hills in case things go bad. According to the Wall Street Journal: An

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Video || Chuck Todd: WH Caught Flat-Footed by Bergdahl Hostility

The White House was shocked at the criticism it has gotten for the way it went about freeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, apparently thinking there would be joy that their Herculean efforts to free a possible deserter would be met with gratitude and joy. According to NBC’s Chuck Todd: What’s caught the White House off guard here – they were expecting criticism of Gitmo, criticism of

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Obama Admits Taliban May Resume Harmful Activities

President Obama acknowledged today that five Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may resume “activities” harmful to the United States, even as he continued to defend the deal. “Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” Obama said in a news conference with Poland’s president in Warsaw. “There’s a certain recidivism

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