According to our President, the United States is still on schedule to hand over security to the Afghan government authorities in 2014.
Many Americans do not know, or have forgotten, American POW Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl. Sgt. Bergdahl's capture was not the media event we experienced like the highly publicized rescue of Jessica Lynch during her 30 day capture/imprisonment. However, it has been over four years since Sgt. Bergdahl's June 30, 2009 capture and imprisonment in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group. It is time America demanded his release and return to his family.
At the September 20, 2013 Pentagon ceremony commemorating Americas POW/MIA's, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proclaimed, "Our hearts today are with the Bergdahl family. Using our military, intelligence, and diplomatic tools, the United States is continuing its strong efforts to secure Sergeant Bergdahl's' safe release." US Central Command confirmed, "we are still actively looking for him and following leads wherever we can get them."
After four years of Hillary Clinton and a changing of the guard to John Kerry, the State Department is less vocal about its efforts to secure Bergdahl's release. Apparently, State is still miffed by the Bergdahl Family decision to go public about their son's ongoing imprisonment. My guess is---much like Benghazi---the Obama administration wanted this all kept within the federal family.It has been widely reported that the Taliban affiliated Haqqanis holding Sgt. Bergdahl have demanded the release of Guantanamo detainees before they will agree to returning the 27 year old Bergdahl to his family in America. On May 23, 2013, President Obama lifted a moratorium on Gitmo detainees transfer to Yemen. Currently, ninety detainees at Gitmo are cleared for release. To date, none have been released or transferred.
Many in Congress including Senator John McCain oppose a prisoner exchange to bring Bowe Bergdahl home. Apparently, McCain feels a better deal can be struck with the Taliban. A deal that does not release dangerous terrorists out into the world community. Perhaps McCain forgets the deal he struck with his captors to secure his release.
America has Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the White House and the Department of Homeland Security. The US Justice Department is actively protecting Islamic insurgents here in America. Recently, it was announced that the Obama administration would move forward with $1.6 billion dollars in aid to the Pakistan Taliban, the party responsible for untold US military casualties. However, securing the release of one soldier, a man that has upheld his oath---unlike Senator McCain also his honor---and defended his country is not a priority for the President.
President Obama has yet to publicly acknowledge and commit to bringing Sgt. Bergdahl home. Where is Senator McCain on that?
Yet last month, a sealed plea deal was accepted by the US Department of Justice in the case of one Eric Harroun, a US national and army veteran. Harroun, a Muslim covert had been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and faced life in prison for fighting alongside an al-Qaeda affiliate group in Syria. He pled guilty to an obscure law regulating munitions exports, was sentenced to time served, a nominal fine, and still maintains---as part of the plea deal--his voting rights and right to bear arms. All to cover President Obama's butt.
Harroun considers his prosecution and conviction a betrayal by his government. Really? I wonder how Sergeant Bergdahl is feeling about his government's loyalty and dedication to HIS rights.
The war in Afghanistan continues to wind down. For years, the United States has been releasing Afghan detainees from military prisons in Afganhistan. This has been going on periodically, every year, since Sgt. Bergdahl was captured. So why is Bergdahl not home today? My very real fear is---like so many others---Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be left behind.
This is one of those occasions that I feel great shame for our country. Great shame. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is our son, America. He deserves better than a politically correct quote form the Secretary of Defense. He sure as hell deserves more attention than President Obama and his press gave to Trayvon Martin.
Bring Sergeant Bergdahl home now.