US soldier held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years freed
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, was released Saturday by Taliban captors, an announcement that has Americans rejoicing but also raising questions on Capitol Hill and beyond about â€śnegotiating with terrorists.â€ť
Bergdahl was released from captivity after nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban members being released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bergdahl was taken prisoner after leaving his base in east Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. It was unclear Saturday what, if any, consequences he will face for his actions....
articles such as he was an enemy collaborator, according to soldiers there..... all over the internet. I look at the father, speaking praises to allah in Arabic, and we are supposed to believe he's a Christian? the tweets he sent out? this really stinks.
I see Steve was right in his original post and it all hit that night...the rest if the story, that is. Five more terrorists running free and having a good laugh at the US. What is this nonscense about him forgetting how to speak english? I can't imagine how you forget your first language, but then again, I've never been in his situation. Seems pretty odd to me though.
Please Jim, why politics? A big majority of congress from both parties (not to mention the American people) supported Bush's war in Afghanistan. And I'm not fully convinced if this soldier was indeed a prisoner of the Taliban; I see that his father is sympathetic with his "captors". Bottom line: Unlike Bush this current President did this one-sided (and treasonous) exchange all by himself apart from Congress (a man of lawlessness). If I were you I would be more concerned if these released Taliban commanders will play a part in getting some of our men and women killed in combat before they get a chance to return home. Its shameful enough that the consequences of the soldier who walked away has caused at least 6 deaths of those who were sent to look for him. All of this is going to hurt morale.
Well, Carl, you can blame Baby Bush for the messes in Iraq and Afghanistan, he started them and the Muhammadans will finish them. As a Navy Admiral put it, they go after a man who goes overboard, no matter how he got into the water.
An apology to SteveR on this fellow, he did go AWOL, an the story about that isn't from the GOP propaganda machine, [URL=http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/us/us-soldier-srgt-bowe-bergdahl-of-idaho-pow-vanished-angered-his-unit.html?from=homepage]]]Bowe Bergdahlâ€™s Vanishing Before Capture Angered His Unit[/URL].
A soldier WALKS off base in Afghanistan and we release 5 top AlQaida operatives. A soldier mistakenly drives into Mexico and is imprisoned by authorities. Who should we return for his release? Maybe 6 million illegals. As a vet this is one of a very long list of things that has me angry with our President; add the aforementioned soldier imprisoned in Mexico and the shameful way V.A. is run. Please don't take this wrong but some of you're comments are down right naive. Those 5 AlQaida commanders are more passionate about their cause than we are. Before (and if) any drone strike takes them out they could potentially have taken down several passenger planes, bombed another subway or disco, or even reduced another commercial building in NYC to rumble. And that US soldier who walked away from his post should not only be tried for desertion but also interrogated to see if he was trying to defect to the Taliban. There are plenty of other ways to be a conscientious objector.
Opsrech, hmm, what did you think of the [URL=http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/big-money-the-koch-brothers-and-me-107225_full.html?print]]]Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me[/URL] article?
As the Senator pointed out, we weren't dealing with a nation state, so I suppose this is a gray area, Just think these guys may have had to go through a trial, been jailed for many more years, all at tax-payer expense. The expense now will end with a well-aimed drone strike. I bet that knuckle-headed Bush would have never thought of that!
Jim Lincoln wrote: Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote: This was not a hostage; this was a prisoner of war,...â€śIt is much different when you are negotiating with the enemy for a prisoner of war. We have done prisoner swaps many times in our nationâ€™s history.
Hey Jimmy boyo; Definition of Hostage:- "a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc., by another."
The deal in this case (viz certain conditions) was to release five Taliban murderers in exchange for the one soldier. Thus the POW became a hostage.
DHS has already published who they consider to not be "safe" people domestically. and of course the whole surveillance network of billions of dollars was financed on this speculation beginning in the previous administration. once Christians get wind, will give them a whole new and finally realistic picture of the war on "terror".
From what I hear, he wasnt just a POW. He left his post, kit and weapon to be with the Taliban. Its more of a 'Dances with Wolves' scenerio, than a hostage or POW one.
Anyways, making Americans more valuable than their counterparts perhaps is poor dealmaking rather than dangerous for Americans. They are less likely to kill someone that is valuable. If they are close enough and strong enough to capture a soldier, they could kill him as well.
The talking heads are having a field day with this and the countrys leaders are divided. They say that his release will now give terrorists more reason to kidnap and/or hold onto prisoners; reasons which they didn't previously have. If I was Sargent Bergdahl when being asked (which he will) "considering the questions and potential ramifications related to your release, do you think your release was in the countrys best interest? My answer, I think, would be...No, I shouldn't have been traded for five terrorists, but at the same time, I'm glad I was.
Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote: This was not a hostage; this was a prisoner of war,...â€śIt is much different when you are negotiating with the enemy for a prisoner of war. We have done prisoner swaps many times in our nationâ€™s history.
Unfortunately, this is our enemy now. We donâ€™t have nation-states as our enemies, we have terrorist organizations as our enemies,...If, in fact, this manâ€™s life had been lost, and it came out that we had this opportunity and our commander in chief passed on it, the Republicans would be going crazy right now.
excerpt from, [URL=http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/06/mccaskill-sgt-bergdahl-was-pow-not-hostage-189510.html]]]McCaskill: Bergdahl was a POW, not a hostage[/URL]. She's wrong about one thing, a lot of these Republicans are just plain crazy and God let the voters see how foolish they are. We need more [URL=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/29/sam-s-club-republicans-vs-the-tea-party.html]]]Samâ€™s Club Republicans Vs. the Tea Party[/URL]
This from the same source from what I can see is a conservaive one, [URL=http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/big-money-the-koch-brothers-and-me-107225_full.html?print]]]Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me[/URL].
When you start compromising with terrorists the terrorists win. Sadly this is and always has been the case. The Taliban killers have no sympathy for peace or democracy they are blinded by ignorance and extremist politics fed to them by venomous imam's. The deal made in this case means that five more killers will return to kill. Ultimately the Taliban are biding their time till western forces are out of the way and they can take over the nation again.