To begin with let’s look at the facts and not what everyone is saying. First things first and that would be that there is no evidence that Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in the middle of the night. There is no evidence that soldiers looking for him were killed. The five men he was traded for were not the worst of the worst and not “bin Laden’s cabinet” as a friend of mine describes them. And last but not least there is no evidence he’s been hiding out with the Taliban giving them a wealth of information as to how America can be brought to her knees.
Now, Bergdahl may very well be a deserter. I have no idea if he is or if he is not, and neither do you. We do know that, of course, he was looked for, but there is no factual evidence that anyone was killed looking for him. It may very well be true that someone was, but I’m saying we simply do not know at this point.
Good luck with that treason thing. It very rarely sticks.
Take a very deep breath and take a look at what we absolutely do know to be true here.
Of the five men freed, and please don’t tell me they aren’t actually freed because they haven’t taken the next flight home to Afghanistan, only one of them is truly and honestly frightening. But then again, in this case, it’s like saying that only one of the five sharks in the pool is dangerous.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl, is that one dude. He’s wanted for war crimes and apparently, every news source I’ve read lists him as a unrepentant- straight- ahead- kill- them- all type terrorist that we really do not want released back into the wild.
The first thing we do know for certain is the swap was illegal. The President has to notify Congress a month in advance before he does this sort of thing and there isn’t anyone anywhere they knew it was going to happen until it hit the news.
Let me say that we do indeed negotiate with terrorists and we’ve been doing it since we paid the pirates in Libya to leave us alone back a couple of hundred years ago. This does not set a precedent. Trades like this have been par for course. We swap spies and the like all the time, Gary Powers comes to mind, easily.
Here’s the thing;
The swap was illegal and such things are illegal for a variety of reasons, most of all because you really don’t want one branch of government making all the decisions. Secondly, given the very and truly scary nature of the people in the swap, in particular Fazl, you’d think that you’d want a lot of people doing a little thinking before he sets foot on earth without a drone coming down on him.
But I don’t have all the facts and I know it. Our president either knows a lot more than anyone else or he’s winging it.
How’d that thing in Syria come out? How’s the Ukraine situation? Yeah, uh huh.
I am all for bringing the man home. If there is evidence against him then let him be tried just like anyone else. He ought to welcome the chance to explain what happened. We owe him an impartial jury. We owe this man the benefit of the doubt. We ought to be happy for him, his family, and the country as a whole, right now. Let the facts be presented before we make a decision that isn’t based on all the evidence. That’s Obama’s thing.
And while we’re at it, and we are, how’d dealing with those pirates turn out two hundred years ago? We paid them off and they kept attacking us. And until we sent the Marines in they weren’t about to stop.
We simply do not have enough facts here to say what Bowe Bergdahl is or isn’t, or what he did or did not do.
The President’s record speaks for itself as far as recent foreign policy goes. And this one goes too far.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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