Recently I posed the question as to whether the release of the identity of the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan was an act of consummate stupidity or just plain out and out Treason.
I believe that today's announcement of a prisoner exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, who, until now, were being held in Guantánamo Bay, answers that question beyond any and all possible extremes of "reasonable doubt."
First let's examine just why it is that we as a nation do not negotiate with terrorists. The concept of "prisoner exchange" is as old as is the Art of War itself. But under the doctrine of "prisoner exchange" there is a long history of "gentlemanly rules of engagement." Specifically, uniformed members of one military force of opposing forces have always been exchanged for uniformed members of the opposing military force. Although there are no hard and fast rules in such "horse trading," such exchanges have typically been "more or less balanced"; i.e. one hundred of our prisoners for one hundred of your prisoners.
However, today's announcement is an affront to our nation and has opened the door to unlimited dangers piled on top of already horrendous dangers to our men and women being left behind as sacrificial lambs in this God forsaken land.
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Let's get real here. It has been reported by some sources that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was "off base for some unknown reason." Other sources (FNC) suggested that Sergeant Bowe Berdahl was attempting to defect to the Taliban because he felt the American mission in Afghanistan was "wrong" in some way.
At the very best, this young man had something going with a young lady in the local village which is not unheard of in any war zone OR he was a coward looking for an easy way out of his role as a combat soldier OR he was attempting to defect which would make him a traitor. You pick the scenario that you are most comfortable with and hold that thought.
Now let's look at what our Deranged-Socialist-In-Charge (DSIC) put on the table in exchange for this individual of dubious character and or a total lack of common sense.
(Follow the hyperlinks for each to view U.S. Government classified documents on each.)
Not much is known about Mullah Mohammad Fazl, except that he served as the Deputy Defense Minister under the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban Rule).
Mullah Norullah Noori was the Taliban's Governor of the Balkh Province which is one of the north-most provinces in Afghanistan strategically located on the trade routes in and out of the country. This man is suspected of war crimes; i.e. massacre of hundreds of civilians.
Abdul Haq Wasiq is the Former Deputy Minister of Intelligence for the Taliban. His job consisted of directing investigations involving espionage, bribery, internal affairs, and anti-corruption.
Khairullah Khairkhwa was a senior Taliban Official, serving as the Minister of Interior, Governor of Herat, and a Military commander.
Mohammed Nabi Omari was a senior Taliban Official who served in multiple leadership roles, with strong operational ties to Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) groups including al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG); some of whom remain active in ACM activities.
These five men represent battle hardened general officers and Taliban "cabinet members." I have met men who were held as Prisoners of War (POWs) during the Vietnam War and I have no illusions as to just how horrific the treatment of our POWs has been at various times and places (Only America adheres to the Geneva Convention).
However, if I was a POW anywhere at any time, I would pray to God for my own merciful death before I would ask that I be swapped for five enemy detainees such as these. I am but one man. These men have been in the past and will again in the very near future be directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths and maiming of countless American men and women.
So why did the Deranged-Socialist-In-Charge (DSIC) decide to (illegally) side-step Congress (AGAIN!) to gain the release of this one soldier? Because of his failing health?
U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi, a decorated multi-tour combat veteran, is still being held in Tijuana Mexico and the DSIC and his minions will not lift a finger to assist him even though his health is failing as well.
The DSIC violated the law (NDAA), side stepped Congress, and made a political decision in hopes of "upping" his justifiably falling popularity numbers.
In so doing he has once again shown his absolute disdain for our men and women in uniform with a callous disregard for their safety.
But more seriously, given the close proximity of his "error" in releasing the identity of the CIA Chief of Station in Afghanistan and this "prisoner swap," it would appear to this author that he is stepping up his efforts to bolster the abilities of his much beloved Muslim Brotherhood to such an extent that after his final departure from the White House, by whatever means, he will not be blamed for the carnage to be directed against our military members.
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