Objective military assessment: Bowe Bergdahl case

I am writing this because last night I heard Fox News’ Harris Faulkner refer to Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl as a local hero. I just listened to Bergdahl’s father refer to his son’s character.

So, we must have a discussion of the truth here. Army SGT Bergdahl was not “captured” by the enemy in 2009. He abandoned his assigned post on his Forward Operating Base (FOB), leaving his weapon. Several U.S. Army Soldiers lost their lives in search for Bergdahl. His disappearance can only be classified as desertion and the media must not be so giddy about a good news story that they don’t tell the truth — which is apparent to many. The allegation of desertion is serious. It is grave because it occurred during a war, during combat operations.

The U.S. Army must uphold proper order and discipline and this allegation must be investigated — but the truth is already known. I believe the liberal media will attempt to elevate him to some type of status that will cause the Army not to pursue the right direction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). We who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat areas of operation against radical Islamists know they don’t hold our troops — they are savagely and brutally murdered. They exist to kill Americans.

Are we glad that Bergdahl is home? After five years, yes, but there are many unanswered questions that cannot be dismissed because of emotions.

As well, America has now negotiated with terrorists, because the Taliban is not a nation-state, it is a non-state, non-uniform belligerent organization, a terrorist group. This is a dangerous precedent and was done unilaterally by President Obama.

How many of our troops lost their lives and sacrificed to capture those five senior Taliban leaders? All for naught. I must admit, the only way I would have released these barbarians would have been once a tracking chip/device had been implanted — without their knowledge. I believe there are long-term ramifications that will result from the release of these five terrorists — there was a reason why the Afghan Taliban demanded these five.

And why would we enter into brokerage with Qatar, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood? I believe we should see them for who they are and cease our air operations from that country.

We all know how the media works — hence why Obama made this move over the weekend, on Saturday, as a matter of fact. The belief is that we will cease paying attention to the story by middle of this week. But we cannot. Bergdahl is home, but emotions cannot allow us to abandon our senses, as he abandoned his post.

Some of you may have forgotten something similar happening during the Clinton administration in the Balkans. I went back and found this in the New York Times by Susan Sachs, May 2, 1999:

Three American soldiers held captive for more than a month were released today and handed over to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson for their trip home. On Saturday President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia agreed to free the Americans after a lobbying effort by Mr. Jackson that was not sanctioned by United States officials.

The soldiers, who were captured March 31, said they had no ill will toward the Yugoslav people and were treated well. Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone also said he was thankful for the gesture of goodwill. He and the other soldiers, Staff Sgt. Andrew A. Ramirez and Specialist Steven M. Gonzales, then joined Mr. Jackson for the trip home. After winning Mr. Milosevic’s promise on Sunday to release the men, Mr. Jackson urged NATO to reciprocate by immediately halting further air strikes and opening negotiations on Kosovo.

Of course, the question back then by those of us in the military was, how did these guys get captured and not fire off a single shot or make a radio call for reinforcements? They were taken along with their HMMWV gun truck. The dirty little secret was that they were somewhere they should not have been.

Bottom line, there is always more to the story than what some want you to know — but in the case of Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl, there is a lot to know. The question is, will we allow the typical sound bite liberal media to direct us away from seeking the truth?

1217 COMMENTS

    • We needed to start impeachment hearings long before now. Obama has committed at least 8 confirmed impeachable acts this far. Here’s to hoping this act tips the scales to actually acting on them.

  1. “This is a dangerous precedent and was done unilaterally by President Obama.”
    All hail King Obama… worst president ever… legend in his own mind…

    • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while
      Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his
      powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out
      of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012,
      when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly
      threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed American
      soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a
      senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why
      McCain,though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his
      usual hell in public appearances now.) “http://www.slate.com/articles/…
      He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it. Period. End of story.

    • Well the soldiers Bergdahl left behind when he abandoned his post without his personal weapon count as proof dont they ?

    • WE don’t know WHAT they have. THAT’S why a court martial proceeding is required. Obustus will not allow that though!

    • yes check it out he is require by law that was passed last year I think that he must give congress 30 days notice of his intent to release anyone from gitmo look a yahoo even they are saying he admits breaking the law but he said the guy was in danger and he couldn’t wait 30 days so he did it on his own authority

  2. More than anything, I have found it suspicious that they announced this on a Saturday morning. President Ego usually likes a bigger spotlight. And they had obviously known for a while, because he had time to get the parents to the Rose Garden. So I’m glad someone besides me picked up on that. I seriously doubt any more will become of this unless this kid gets caught feeding info to his former “captors”.

    • the reason it was done on the weekend was because the president is suppose to give congress a 30 notice if he intends to release anyhone from gitmo he just went around that requirement like he always does

  3. I don’t get the following: “The U.S. Army must uphold proper order and discipline and this allegation must be investigated — but the truth is already known.”

    If the truth is “already known,” then why even bother with an investigation?? I think what’s “known” so far is largely speculation, but I obviously don’t know everything there is to know about why he’d have left that base without a rifle, so my instinct is to wait until the Army investigates fully.

  4. “I must admit, the only way I would have released these barbarians would have been once a tracking chip/device had been implanted — without their knowledge.”
    Or a healthy dose of Captain Trips.

  5. It’s no surprise that something like this would happen, given the presence of Muslim Brotherhood members in positions in Washington, including in the Pentagon. The military is being politically suborned for purposes not in keeping with our welfare.

  6. We hear and read every day the things our government is doing. They seem to grow worse & worse, but no one is doing anything. Where does the action start? Don’t say vote, because I never voted for any of those cronies in Washington anyway. Don’t bring bad news without solutions and some hope.

    • there are still a few people with some balls in Washington but they are not in the old guard and they have a hard time doeing much at moving things along because the old fuddy duddies don’t want to rock the boat but I think a rogue wave may be on the way at least I hope so

  7. We make criminals out of heroes (military personnel in jail for doing their job) and heroes out of criminals (Bergdahl, who deserted)! WHY did the military continue to promote this deserter, knowing his history and knowing that he walked away from his duty post? How many patriotic American serviceman died, searching for this POS deserter?

    • According to his fellow troops this was a premeditated desertion. He had in his possession Rosetta Stone tutorials for learning the Afghan language and before his desertion had sent his possessions home.

  8. So what is Congress going to do about any of this? King Odumbo does what he pleases, apparently without impunity. Can you imagine if Bush had done all this?

    • Congress can’t do a thing yet, if ever. Last I heard Congress was still waiting for more updates from the MEDIA, not from Osama.

    • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while
      Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his
      powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out
      of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012,
      when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly
      threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed American
      soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a
      senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why
      McCain,though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his
      usual hell in public appearances now.) “http://www.slate.com/articles/…
      He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it.

  9. “the liberal media will attempt to elevate him to some type of status that will cause the Army not to pursue the right direction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice”

    WHEN THE HELL did our military start kowtowing to the flippin’ media???

    We are SO screwed.

  10. I’m not happy that a deserter who cost the lives of heroes is home. I’m not happy that five criminals are free. This is Obummer trying to appease the bad guys- at the very least. Liberal stupidity. But, I’m sure someone is going to entertain the notion that this is a muslim president serving his muslim friends.

      • You do realize there is a vast difference between nations and terrorist groups, right? And the difference between diplomatic negotiations and outright appeasement as well? No?

    • most people get their news from abc cbs cnn msnbc etc and we all know how objective those guys are and besides that it seems like most people or a hell of a lot of them don’t know much or even understand how the sytem is or even how its suppose to be even a lot of college kids interviewed could maybe name 2 presidents and no senators or reps

      • Its very discouraging, it reinforces speaking and writing more on the matter to be heard.

      • So true sir. Usurper obama just traded away five generals for one sergeant. Not a very good trade was it?

      • I guess it depends which side one thinks POTUS is on; scary thought to think cause its seems he diminishes American productivity and power with every decision he makes. I can’t believe we still have two more years of this guy.

      • I don’t recognize him as POTUS. I see him as USURPER. There are 29 months until the election. I’m praying for a political change with the elections in 5 months which will remove him from office or for a well placed lightning bolt.

        We have a senator from Oregon, Jeff Merkley which has voted right down the line to give obama everything he wants. Merkley faces a fairly strong challenger in November. If we can get rid of Merkley and about half a dozen more like him, perhaps obama can be removed from office. Best to you Phineas.

      • Yes, we do need more honorable men and women. There seem to be far too many of the other kind around.

  11. The exchange is one more act of treason against America by our president. When will we remove him? Why will no one act?

    • The Republicans in congress (mainly the House) are afraid of him. The democrats (mainly in the Senate) are complicit with him. If obama is ever removed from office and punished for treason, then the majority of the democrats in the Senate are just as guilty for assisting him and/or not moving to stop him. Whatever punishment befalls obama should also be borne by those democrats in the Senate.

      • yes and one other fact remains that even if we impeach Obama joe biden then becomes president and he wil most likely pardon him anyway like ford did for nixon

      • They might shoehorn Hillary into office, via massive vote fraud, media complicity, etc.

        She’s a hard core communist as well. Her first job out of college was in the law offices of the Communist Party USA in San Francisco.

        It’s also possible they’ll let a Republican get elected then re-activate the Occupy mobs (equivalent of Hitler’s Brownshirts) to wreak havoc if there’s any attempt to undo the damage Obama has inflicted.

      • That’s how Hitler got into power in Germany. Fear that his Socialist Brownshirts would tear the nation apart if they didn’t let Hitler get his way.

        These Socialists have their routines all worked out. And they do work – even in the USA.

      • Rioting in D.C. would provide a very good reason to just clean up that cesspool of welfare families–generations of them living like roaches or leeches on the public dole. They’d kill off all the white people in D. C., but they are all liberals and democrats so it would be win-win.

    • the house can draw up articles of impeachment and then they go to the senate and they are suppose to honestly vote on them and impeach the president but the senate is controlled by democrats and it aint gonna happen as long as that fact remains

  12. at the very least they should have shot these 5 evil muslim terrorist with some type of drug that would kill them within 3 weeks then let them go!

    • Obama luvs these guys he’s glad they are getting out of gitmo that was the whole point of the exercise he had to have and excuse to let them out and this is it

    • Agreed! He not only deserted his post and headed straight for the Taliban but was responsible for the deaths of many of his comrades. Trading five extremely dangerous hand picked Taliban prisoners for this deserter and traitor is nothing short of an abomination. Anyone who treats this miscreant as a hero needs to have their head examined.

  13. Gee, if the President will trade Terrorists for a common traitor, maybe we could go ahead and trade the rest of the terrorists for 300 kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls….. Even better, we could SELL the remaining terrorists to the same guys who BOUGHT the 300 schoolgirls.

  14. On Point Mr. West! Once again we are at the mercy of
    dimwits in powerful positions. I wouldn’t be shocked if you see this deserter
    getting a medal from the President.

  15. Thank you Allen West, for allowing us to speak our mind here at your site!

    I support you!

    Keep Going!

  16. Col West, i clicked on this to read the objective facts, you basically were opining. I would like to know more about this guy and why he did what he did.

    • Scroll up Allan. There IS a first hand assessment, and there ARE facts presented. Just because you don’t seem to understand “he walked away from his post” doesn’t change the facts. He WALKED AWAY FROM HIS ASSIGNED POST DURING A COMBAT OPERATION. That makes him a deserter. So, unless you are vying for the job of being his lawyer, you apparently have another agenda, which involves ignoring the facts and making half way excuses. I don’t care about why he did it. And neither should the military. There is NO EXCUSE for desertion, period. If you think there is, then, sorry, but YOU are part of the problem with today’s military. You don’t get to pick and choose which part of your job you will do. SMFH

    • This is a copy and paste from THIS article, since apparently you seem to have missed it……….on purpose?

      russinmaine RichE • 40 minutes ago

      @RichE, this is a first hand assesment of real time events on the ground the night of from a fellow soldier.
      “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

  17. There will be a CYA moment within the administration to cover up this SNAFU by glossing over the desertion and possible collaboration and paint this individual as a returning hero.

  18. This is still a military matter. Mental issues could come into play. The integrity of the entire U S A Military system hinges on how this case is handled.. Remember, Fox news does not set the standards of behavior for American Soldiers.. This is still in the Military. A serious investigation and possible court martial should be in order….

    • Well, a deserter gets the royal treatment and a hero’s welcome home, while a Marine who fought for us is being imprisoned in Mexico without so much as a phone call from our Pres.

      • your right but Obama doesn’t get anywhere with his agenda by getting a guy in mexico out of jail I mean he doesn’t want to rattle the Mexicans governments cage because of this immigration thing he has going

    • how u gonna get a court marshal when chuck haggle the sect of defense went and is bringing this guy home and even the generals have put on their uniforms and said the poor guy has suffered enough you cant make this stuff up its to screwy for fiction

  19. I respectfully disagree with this assessment of Mr. Bergdahl. I was never one who jumped on the perverbial bandwagon, especially in the infancy of a story. Mr. Bergdahl was released which is good news of course however let us all allow the story to progress as it may before labeling anyone a deserter or traitor. Those words are very powerful and as we all know nothing has been proven at this point. Shame on people like Allen West for his attempt at smearing a “considered innocent” soldier. Mr. West’s motives should seriously be called into question as it is much too early to determine exactly what happened in this case. Let us all reserve judgment until the process has determined someone’s version of the truth.

    • @RichE, this is a first hand assesment of real time events on the ground the night of from a fellow soldier.
      “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

      • russinmaine, first of all sir, thank you for your incredible service to our great country. I cannot and will not dispute your version sir. You were there, not I. My post simply wanted to convey the importance of allowing this story to play out and then we can make a decision on the status of Mr. Bergdahl.

        If indeed, Mr. Bergdahl deserted leaving his brothers behind then I hope he meets swift justice. I have no regard at all for a person that would willingly turn his back on his country.

    • It’s all BS to deflect the pressure from der leader! He wasn’t held. Ans what religion is the father, Hmm? Is he Amish or Muslim?

      • I agree to a point Ms. Bell-Smith.

        If indeed, Mr. Bergdahl deserted leaving his brothers behind then I hope he meets swift justice. I have no regard at all for a person that would willingly turn his back on his country.

    • Mr Bergdahl posted on Facebook which was later removed stating he is working to release all gitmo prisoners…and during the press conference spoke in the Afghan language…if that doesn’t scream traitors…i don’t know what does.

      • I would agree with you however I can’t say that I have heard Mr. Bergdahl speak an Afghan language. It’s been tough to follow the different media accounts that offer their versions of this story so as I initially stated, let us allow the story to unfold and over time we will come to our own conclusions.

      • ur the kink of guy whose been waiting since 2008 for things to unfold well look up there is and anvil over ur head

      • Ha Ha Ha! I’m simply waiting to see/hear what transpires. Now that he is “free” I will wait and watch this story unfold and base my decision on that. I’m in no hurry however the truth of what actually occurred needs to be told. I wasn’t there and if you were then I can appreciate your comments. Take Care.

      • It was during the press conference with Obama…it was very very strange..and what is even stranger…no one is reporting on it..YouTube the conference…you will see for yourself.

    • If you watch the footage of Obama and the father you can hear the father praise allah and see King Obama smile. I might believe it was an attempt to save his son, but the fact is, he was already released. Now we have 5 high level terrorist free and someone who has spent 5 years with the enemy. why would his father think after 5 years he would not be able to understand english?

    • Colonel West is not judging or smearing. He is stating fact as found in the UCMJ. What should happen (and the Liberal press needs to keep their noses out of it) is that the soldier abandoned his post and was not captured or tortured and caused the death of a number of soldiers who went looking for him. This soldier should face an Arfticle 32 hearing (much like a Grand Jury) to determine if the Army should go forward with a Court Martial. If the Article 32 hearing concludes there is enough evidence to go forward, thenhe definitely should be Court Martialed. Now that being said if convicted, he should be given a Dishonorable Discharge and sentenced to life in a military prison. If sentenced to death, it then fall on the hands of the sitting President following all appeals to issue a death warrant ….. but if this happens while Obama is in office, there will be no death warrant because Obama is protecting one of his own.

    • we heard last night from people who were at his fob and they said the guy walked away with nothing but water and a compass and later questioning some young people while searching for this guy they said he asked if they knew where the Taliban was so if it walks like a duck and quakes like a duck its probably and damn duck

  20. This is crazy. The man mailed clothes back to his parents, said he was embarassed to be an American, learned how to speak other languages, never was a team player with his group, he walked away leaving his gun, there is a lot more he did that leads people to think he did desert his own.

    • Pretty much.

      Why trade 1 traitor for 5 high level terrorists, why not just leave them all where they were? Pretty simple answer.

      Obama and Liberal America are completely useless morons that should go the way of their brethren Nazi counter parts.

  21. There can’t be a true investigation because if it is found out that he did desert his post then the President exchanged 5 very dangerous men for a deserter instead of a hero. That would not sit well with the American public.

    • It would sit better if our college students knew what state they live in. Most don’t even know that. Some do not know Geography or Science.Not to mention our Constitution. Public schools do not teach anymore , They indoctrinate and brainwash. Just look at Berkley. They spawned some of the most violent Student organizations ever. The SDS for example , The SLA for another.And…of course the Weathermen underground. Also…some of these are now in top places in the current Government. Now just how did that happen? Very quietly.

    • it already isn’t setting well but what usually happens is only about 30-40 percent of registered voters vote. they figure it wont make a difference but 60 more percent voters sure as hell would we cant impeach Obama until we have the senate because the house brings the impeachment documents and the senate shoots it down because they have all the votes I know people better wake up and do something unless they want to take poshton langage lessons

  22. So… Obama traded one anti-American criminal for five anti-American criminal, therefore Obama is 1) anti-American, 2) a traitor, 3) a criminal

  23. Unfortunately I expect to see a cover up or some other misdirection. The people of north america lost their balls a long time ago.

    • It is sad to say, we have lost our balls when we allow criminals like Obama to become the Chief Executive, Reid to become Senate Majority Leader and Boehner to become Speaker of the House, not to mention McCain and Graham who support Reid and Obama even though they claim to be Republicans. I do know for certian, McCain Senior is roling over in his grave at the antics that his son is pulling and McCain Junior needs to step down as a Senator from Arizona and quit his bending over for Obama to pork him in the arse.

    • I remember during the Vietnam war CBS interviewed Li Duc To of the North Vietnamese Government. I think it was around 1969. He said something like; We know we will never defeat the US militarily. We will get you in your schools and University’s. Your media and other venues. Time is on our side and you will not win”. We shall defeat you in your own homes”. We all thought he was nut’s. But look at what going on now. A different enemy, but the same idea. Get us from within. That’s what is going on now and I think most of us realize that now. I do not think it is too late. We must not “Roll over”! We must go to the Poll’s in droves and let it be known that this crap stops with us! now.We can reverse the damage.

      • I agree that its not too late. I disagree that voting will change anything. The only way anything will change is when people are held responsible for their actions. Instead of blaming a politician we blame a party. Instead.of blaming a reporter we blame the.company. instead.of blaming a murderer we blame guns or mysoginy. These people come in every color race religion or political stripe. Its time for us to not allow the behavior anymore. Unfortunately our society is more interested in what’s comfortable and safe than in what is right.

  24. I recall watching the father speak on the TV… and I noticed his long unkept beard… and I was thinking… something ain’t right here…
    Now reading this story… and knowing that the MB is easily identified by their unkept beards with huge bruises on their foreheads [as a token of their devotion to prayer]…
    It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that the Bergdhal family was Islamic and this entire capture scheme was set up to get Guantanamo prisoners released.
    Folks… we can never trust any muslim… NEVER!

    • Oh yeah you Christians are soooo trustworthy..how many of our soldiers were killed and wounded because you Christians were to soooo trustworthy for the excuses you gave to get us involved into 2 wars!

      • The key word moron “war” what did you expect people get into a war and not get killed.

        The truth of the matter is Muslims never choose a side, they flip flop so no one trusts them. And rightfully so.

      • Wars that were fought because Morons like you keep your head up your ass and walk around thinking everything is Lovely…..

      • Yeah Ray..unfortunately it was people like yourself that was walking with your heads up your asses that got us into totally unnecessary wars..it is just like you Christians to send off your young to fight useless wars just so a few holier than thou Christians can get richer.

      • That has to be one of the dumbest remarks I have heard from a Troll in years..But ok for Terrorist to Start their Holy Wars in the Name of Allah..and kill everything in sight in that Name?

      • OOOOOH yeah..like you CHRISTIANS didn’t kill millions in the name of Christ…if you know what a dictionary is, look up the word HYPOCRITE..it’s got your name next to it!

      • Almost thought you had a Brain there for a Min but what was I thinking???Time to go in the real world ASS-WIPE…So drink your Kool-Aide and say good nite I have more fun with Racist that Have Half a Brain…Nite Nite…….

      • Your response reeks of ignorance and the idiocy of liberalism. Anyone who would defend Muslims by somehow blaming Christians is a lost sole. The good news is, maybe we could trade you to the Taliban for a legitimate American POW in the future. Sounds like maybe you’re Muslim already. By the way, did you know that several or our soldiers were killed searching for this deserter when he abdicated his post?

      • Me Muslim?..NO..I do not subscribe to any religion..that’s why I don’t drink anyones Kool Aid..I like to think for myself and if more people had questioned the reasons we were going to war, there would be a lot less fewer of our young men and women six feet underground..religion is the biggest FRAUD perpetrated upon mankind and anyone who believes these wars was over religion or freedom has drunk way more than their share of the kool aid..it was for one single reason..MONEY..and guess what..the people who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of it, got NOTHING!

      • ME AMERICAN? YES…I WONDER IF YOU HAD BEEN IN THOSE BUILDINGS ON SEPT 11 AND SURVIVED WOULD YOU STILL FEEL THE SAME……….AND EVERYONE KNOWS KOOL AID IS BAD FOR YOU! OSAMA BIN LAUDIN WAS A VERY RICH MAN AND WAS SUPERB AT RAISING MONEY FOR HIS WAR ON AMERICANS OF ALL FAITH OR LACK THEREOF.

      • Yes..I had been in those buildings, and although I did not personally lose anyone in those attacks, I have several friends that did lose family members,co workers and friends..so I may have a closer tie to those attacks than most people posting on here..but to say that one any one religion is “evil” because of the action of few…well obviously they have not read the Bible nor do they remember their history..the Crusades ring a bell?..as I stated in the above response, I do not subscribe to any religion, but some these holier thou Christians just need to look in the mirror because they have more blood on their hands than anyone else..but because it is someone half way across the world, and don’t drink the same kool aid as you, it’s ok to label them as murderers or just outright kill them.

      • The Crusades were launched because Islam just conquered Anatolia (modern day Turkey) from the Byzantines due to treachery and were starting to kill Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. It was to retake lands that Islam conquered by force hundreds of years earlier. Whatever you think of them, they did throw back Islam’s forward movement towards Europe.

      • anything Obama does is instantly condemned by the fascist right. not even worth arguing with these clowns. if he was a deserter he should be punished… but first let’s put him on trial.

      • I am agnostic and they are right you cant trust any Muslim. They are your friends only if convenient. I also agree that Christians in general arent much better but they are better.

      • Anyone who does anything under the guise of religion should NOT be trusted!..Christians are NO better than Muslims, Jews, Buddhists or any other religious sect out there.

  25. Obama looking out for his Muslime Brothers. Again.

    Have you asked your politicians?

    Why was Amb Stevens in Benghazi on 9/11?

    Answer: to meet with the Turks who were acting as the pipeline for Libyan weapons (mostly shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles) to the MuslimE Brotherhood in Syria.

    The CIA station was the weapons clearing house in Benghazi.

    Why did Stevens only have ‘local security’?
    Because he was to be (phony) “kidnapped” so B. Hussein Obama could “trade” the Blind Sheik for him.

    Morsi in Egypt had been agitating for the sheik’s release since that summer.

    The 2 brave Navy SEALs who refused to ‘stand down’ made the kidnap plan look like a double cross, so the jihadis – who have not even been pursued much less killed/captured – killed Stevens.

    The orders (for the fake kidnapping, the stand-down and the fake video story) probably would have come first from Valerie Jarrett (Iranian in the white house
    pulling Obama’s strings).

    http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2013/05/retired-four-star-admiral-blows-whistle-on-benghazi-with-new-evidence-2646574.html

  26. That is why our enemies are doing everything now. Just look at Iran they are marching toward a nuke and don’t even fear a US strike. Look at Putin he is making deals with China. America is a forgone country.

  27. This whole thing only shows how incompetent the Obama administration is, not how merciful. You have jeopardized the lives of ALL Americans to save the life of 1 deserter, who has said he was ashamed to even be American. The father of this “soldier” has converted to Islam. Go look at the fathers Twitter page – SHAMEFUL. This was just another attempt for Obama to say “look what I can do”. Yes sir, look at what you have done….. screwed us all again. Thanks

      • another thing that might be of interest I saw on another web site (very reliable source . a video from ted cruz where he said 40 democractic senators want to start an amendment to the 1st amendment that will muzzle so to speak ordinary americans from not critizing the government because that are catching flack from the citizens back home because they aren’t doing their jobs and they don’t like these quote inconvient comments the websites like this and the tea party and fox news keep giving people the truth and the democrats in the senate want all of our imput stopped if that’s not a crock of bs I don’t know what is

  28. indeed Bowe Bergdalh is Taliban, you have your troops deserted and killed he is traitor and coward if he is real American who protect the his country: in spite of those 911-2001 attack how many American lost their lives attack by this terrorist? Bowe Bergdalh must put to prison being deserted his troops and have them killed a traitor. the way I look at it he is not even American. exactly like my neighbor.

  29. Excellent, as always, Col West, and I hope that ‘our’ media can get the word out and keep it out, in spite of MSM. He certainly appears to be a traitor-deserter, and father very pro-Islamist as well. Very, very bad stuff.

  30. Sure hope Berghdahl gets a chance to face his accusers, his fellow soldiers who risked their lives looking for him. Interesting TV.

    • good question Dottie and actually they could not have promoted him to SGT if he had been promoted to E4 in abstentia. E5 requires you to go before a board and compete against all E4’s in your unit along with other E4’s within your specialty through out the army unless that has changed since my retirement. In fact I had two friends that were captured in the Embassy in Iran and they were not promoted while being held captured for over 400 days.

      • he got promoted by what we used to call hochi min advancement in other words his case was bumped by the military and they gave him sgts stripes they did that during that jungle war otherwise known as meritorious advancement. what a crock in this case in that war officers might be taken prisoner but enlisted nope usually killed. and this guy here was actively helping the Taliban this stinks to high heaven I still am naïve enough to hope that congress and the American people raise hell about this so called prisoner exchange . but im not going to hold my breath

    • Army also promoted the doctor that killed our soldiers in a ‘workplace violence’ while he was convicted and in jail! Still receives his pay and pension. Does that make any sense either??

    • NOT only Muslims but supporters of the Taliban. His dad is STILL on a crusade to release ALL gitmo prisoners. He posted a tweet and then removed it, but not soon enough to be discovered.
      They have asked the press to give them time ‘to heal”…what a crock!

  31. There is a simple explanation that most people don’t want to even consider. It ties back to a quote from his father (a tweet he deleted but is still available), where he stays that he is still working to free all Afghanistan prisoners held in Guantanamo….. His son walks away from his post (deserted), was captured and not killed, his father wants to free taliban prisoners. .. coincidence? No. It was a plan to have his son captured (which his son actively took a role in)to free taliban prisoners. Sickening traitors.

  32. Another dirty secret about Rev. Jackson obtaining the release…is MONEY. You can be assured money exchanged hands through a ‘non-governmental’ individual to protect Clinton. They knew Jackson had no clout in changing the direction of the war…it was about MONEY…

  33. Is there any chance he was mentally ill? I mean, a normal soldier would have to believe that wandering away from his unit would mean losing his head. Is there a chance that there is something else to play here in this story?

    • There are reports that he was looking to join the afghans on purpose. Couple that with his dad learning the language and sending sympathetic tweets to afghan leaders, it all adds up. He left his rifle and body armor behind and took a camera and water, after sending an email home that he was ashamed to be an American and felt bad for the afghans.

  34. some might think I am heartless! I am not! I have family in the military past and presence. I see the stress and health issues they deal with. I am proud of all of them, now this is what I want answered from our officials, this young man needs to answer questions on WHY he disobeyed orders he needs consequences for his stupidity! and not just a oh shoot! . you suffered enough! he left his post! I want to know why our president felt 5 really bad guys were the right choices to be let go so this young man can come home! I don’t believe the crap that he was very ill! when/where does the lies stop!?what is the political gains? I will never believe we will monitor them properly for the next 2 years. they will do more harm! I can feel this mother’s happiness. pain, and heartache. she has her son still! he is coming home.then again other mothers lost theirs for just because ? this young man was not happy with his military life as it was .( my family went to Afghanistan they did not whine to their mom back home or my case his wife)! our guys were trying to free him! some gave the ultimate! others followed orders!this young man will have a connection to these families the rest of his life. I would call this release a straight flush! the bad guys hand won , while ours folded! the price was too high . we have lost some honor here because this admins feel they don’t have to follow our laws . some they do and some not . congress should have had 30 days notice! who to say they would had not had valuable insight to bring this young man home! Americans will be targets again! they the Taliban know more about this admins weakness! and where their honor lies . its fishy/ washy! it was a weak decision to fold this way! may all of our military stay alert. god bless them all. my motto would be trust no one!

  35. We traded 5 Muslim killers for one Muslim coward all under the guise of a phony prisoner swap. Bergdahl was no prisoner. He walked away from his sworn duties and chose to join the other side. He made that clear through his own communications with his family before he walked away. The family’s of the soldiers who lost their lives because of this coward need to step up and demand he be tried for their murders.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night.html

  36. Nothing close to being objective…….never trust the military leadership’s report on any incident where they are trying to cover up the loss of a soldier. Guess what he is out of the military now, has spent his time and should be released he is not subject to the UCMJ at this point and I think the investigation into his disappearance should be done by a federal agency by persons who have never served in the military….a real objective point of view. I have seen too may CYA actions by commanding officers and their support personnel. Lets see.

    • He is not out of the military! He was and is subject to the UCMJ for his actions. Abandoning you post in war time is one of the most serious offenses a soldier can commit. It is obvious you have no clue what you are talking, have enough humility to admit your lack of knowledge and refrain from commenting on subjects you know nothing about.

  37. Don’t be surprised when the Democrats clean up this “hero’s” image and run him for the senate. The Republicans did it with John “Songbird” McCain.

  38. If we rely on any information from this sorry aas excuse of a president, and anyone in this administration, we will never know the truth of the matter.

  39. I just can’t believe that Obama traded 5 top dangerous terrorists for him,,,well being it was Obama I guess I can but he broke the US law about trading and behind Congress back. But I guess that’s ok as far as he’s concerned because he used his pen and phone to do it. What a slap in the face to Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers who went looking for him, some dying because he left his post and this is how they are remembered. Of course Bergdahl will get a hero’s welcome from his home town and of course the media will be all over it. This guy deserted his post, sent his personal belonging home before he deserted and tweeted to his dad he was disgusted with the war and felt unamerican. And he is going to get a heroes welcome???? I don’t know if the tweets that his dad was suppose to write were real or not or if somebody made that up because they were so pissed off about this. Obama and Rice claim they had to get him home because his health was in bad shape,,,then Rice comes on the news and said he is in good health. He will never go to trial for desertion because Obama will say he suffered those 5 years. Didn’t look like he was suffering much every time the terrorist showed his picture. And my question has always been why did the terrorist kill him like they did everybody else? Obama had better pray those terrorists that he released don’t attack and kill anybody any where. Because he will have blood on his hands. I would love to hear what other veterans have to say about this and especially those that severed with Bergdahl. He is no hero. He is a POS.

      • Probably. But I won’t be watching it on TV. And I don’t feel happy for his mother either that her son is coming home. As a veteran’s wife,,,I will be mourning those 6 that lost their lives searching for this POS. There are mothers who’s sons came home in a coffin, wives who’s husbands came home in a coffin and children who’s dads came home in a coffin because of a deserter. I consider Bergdahl a traitor to this country and he may not have pulled the trigger but he killed those 6 soldier.

  40. I would like very much to see the facts, and any actual reports on this. Simply, too many don’t know the exact situation. May have happened exactly like this.
    Quite frankly, before I see any proof one way or another, I for one will not make any assumptions.

    Has anyone else here who’s crying “decomcrats are awful and cover up the truth comments” got any more proof than this persons “objective” view?

    Frankly, unless it’s going to at least try to link to proof in either direction, can you really call this any more objective than what everyone else is saying?

      • Really? That’s your backup? Geez louise. So WestPoint, let’s put you in his shoes and you’re trying to get information out of this guy you know is plotting to assassinate you. What would you do? Buy him McDonald’s? Come back when you really have something.

      • You need to read the UCMJ and understand rules of engagement. You can’t just grab people you think are trying to kill you. The US army investigated and Allen est was lucky he didn’t go to jail. You obviously know nothing about the military.

      • lets see West Point grad, 7 years active Army Captain, paratrooper, yeah, what would i know about troop welfare?

      • Then what say you from the Long Grey Line about his comment? Asked if he would act differently under similar circumstances, West testified, “If it’s about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.”

      • He’s required to follow the rules and laws set out by the UCMJ and his commanders. If he was concerned about the welfare of his men, he needed to address that with higher command. Just because its a war doesn’t mean its a free for all. No evidence of an attack or plans of an attack was ever found from the witness he assaulted. And its just rings so false to me that he stands up on a soap box afterwards and wraps his soldiers lives around his actions. EVERY COMMANDER feels EXACTLY that way, but they don’t violate the law to do it. It would be like the police just grabbing people off the street who they suspected of crimes and beating them up and threatening to kill them to the point of firing a gun off near their head in a simulated execution to get them to talk. Those are the tactics of Nazi germany, Stalinist Russia, Maoist China. Fascists and thugs. that’s your hero? Good luck with that.

      • I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume you don’t believe in water-boarding either, I mean enhanced interrogation. I don’t second guess a Commander in the field. It is easy to cast dispersion’s from the comfort of our Accounting firm. I’m sorry, I’m gonna side with the troops on the ground, or the cops in the middle of “it”. I can’t and I know you didn’t appreciate Monday Morning Quarterbacks or REMF’s second guessing you, unless of course you were one.

      • no, i don’t believe in water boarding. I believe in the rule of law, whether i like it or not. The US has to lead and behave accordingly. Just like the Lt who got 20 years today for killing 3 guys that were scouting his patrol. A jury ruled he did not have probable cause to kill them. Was it suspicious? sure, but you can’t kill or assualt people based on your suspicions.There are rules, you violate them, you pay. Its what separates us from animals.

      • by the way, we receive hours and hours of training and instruction on these very issues at West Point. Key point: Always take the high road.

      • Well I was in the Corps and we were taught to accomplish the mission and take care of our Marines!

      • Besides, this is the guy you should be pissed about.

        Defense Department source confirms that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.

      • Sounds like the closest WestPoint got the military was watching Gomer Pile USMC. LT. Candy Ass.

      • YOU CALL YOURSELF AN AMERICAN AND STAND UP FOR A COWARD USING A GARBAGE NEWS NETWORK AS A SOURCE. YOU DON’T EVEN DESERVE TO LIVE IN AMERICA. SERVING IN THE SERVICE IS AN HONOR AND FELLOW WAR VETS DON’T TRY TO COVER UP FOR A COWARD.

      • You can google Allen West and his troubles with the law anywhere numbskull. He was essentially thrown out. FYI, I served my time, i can say whatever I like. And by the way, in America , you are innocent until proven guilty. Nobody really knows what happened to SGT BERgdahl. Only fascists like you jump to conclusions without facts.

      • There is no “innocent until proven guilty” under the UCMJ. During a hearing held as part of an Article 32 investigation in November 2003, West stated, “I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers.” The charges were ultimately referred to an Article 15 proceeding rather than court-martial, at which West was fined $5,000. Lieutenant Colonel West accepted the judgment and retired with full benefits in the summer of 2004. Asked if he would act differently under similar circumstances, West testified, “If it’s about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.” At his hearing, West said that there were no ambushes against American forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post a month later. After West’s retirement he received more than 2,000 letters and e-mails offering him moral support. A letter supporting West was signed by 95 members of Congress and sent to the Secretary of the Army.

      • he’s lucky. If he’d gone to Court Martial he’d have been thrown out, might have spent time in jail and would be considered a convicted felon. Damn lucky.

      • Hey “numbskull”, this thread isn’t about Allen West. You treasonous libtards always try to change the subject to divert the conversation away from the real issue. Regardless of what West ever did in the past, we smell a rat regarding Bergdahl, stay on topic or go away. Even if you discredit West, it doesn’t change the facts about Bergdahl that demand an investigation, while the left tries to sweep it under the rug. All you’re doing is killing the messenger. Your poor attempt to smear West to go off topic is an elementary liberal tactic that insults our intelligence. Let me ask you, do all of your sources have a lily white past? Oh, so you cherry pick which ones will collaborate your misguided beliefs. Also, you whine about name-calling then turn around and call someone a “numbskull”. Sorry, but you my friend are a joke.

      • uh, take a look at the top of page, numbskull. Its Allen West’s page and his comments about Sgt Bergdahl. You blind in addition to intellectually challenged? I cannot insult your intelligence, you don’t have any. ITs a matter of public record that Allen West was serious legal trouble and was fined as well as shown the door. I know you teabaggers think he is a gem, the one and done Congressman who couldn’t even get re elected in a gerrymandered district. you ride him and Marco, sarah, Ted, Rand…..good luck with that. And i didn’t say anything about sweeping this under the rug. But the man is entitled to the same protection under the law that Allen West was given and the presumption of innocence that we all have in this country. At least that’s the way real americans view it. Not the fascists like you though.

      • Thanks for all the insults…too bad that doesn’t mitigate the issue. I think we agree that there needs to be an investigation, but I still stand by my assertion that you are off topic. And basically, you’ve got nothing other than insults and poor attempts to discredit the messenger. Very unimpressive.

      • uh, you started the whole thing with the name calling. And you are entitled to your opinion and i think you are wrong. And I’m entitled to mine. When you get thrown out of the Army for misconduct, you have no right to point your finger at others. I think that’s a salient point. And i have not heard a sinlge person from any side of the political aisle say that this doesn’t deserve a close look. you’re just embarassed since you think Allen West is a genius and he’s just a loud mouth jack ass.

      • And FOX News is credible? Keep drinking that Sean Hannity kool-aid! If it comes from FOX News…..it must have been on the internet…..and therefore it MUST be true!

      • Okay, so West was asked about an interrogation of a Afghan Police Officer who was really a Taliban operative, (another word for that is ‘spy’ and sped to be shot), where he actually had the spy tossed to the ground and West fired one round into a barrel of sand that they use to clear weapons. The spy cracked and told of the ambush that was set up with the intent of killing Col. West and his men. That saved the life of not only Col. West but a number of Troops under him. Frankly I don’t see where what he did was that much of a problem when by the rules of war he could have taken this POS out and executed him! Additionally this incident had NO effect on the Col.’s eligibility to retire and his pension. The Col chose to retire after nearly 20 years to return to civilian life and become involved in politics so that he might help right the wrongs he was able to witness in the Obama administration. I still like the guy and would serve under him, especially because he supported his troops.

      • you didn’t read the article. He was in Iraq, not Afghanistan. And the information Allen West got proved to be of no value, since the Police officer was so distraght he simply started supplying names in fear of his life. Like a lot of information gained under duress, it was of no value. And if he had been taken out and executed, Allen West would be in prison for the rest of his life for murder. Allen West was essentially forced to retire after his Article 15 and was lucky that he was not Court Maritaled or he would have likely lost all his pension and benefits and been jailed. Instead, he went on to be a one and done loud mouth Congressman. There are rules in the militaary and laws. And they need to be followed. ESPECIALLY by troops in combat. That’s called discipline and its why we train. He may have been an OK commander, I don’t know. But he clearly had a loose screw somewhere.

    • Yes, technically that is true, but then how do you give credence to Obama and what he did. Is that not much worse in your eyes? Col. West did what he did to protect how troops. This Sgt. Bregdahl got other troops killed in the search for him. Just how do you square this?

      • The facts about what happened with Sgt Bergdahl are not all known at this time. He’s entitled to defend himself. He very well may be guilty of desertion and should be treated accordingly. The facts about Allen West are well known and documented and he got his day in court. You can’t just grab people and threaten to kill them. And he could have spent a decade in jail for it, he’s lucky.

      • you cannot grab people, beat them and threaten to kill them while firing off a gun near their heads. Even in war. And especially when you don’t get it right. And an Article 32 investigation agree’s with me.

      • Excuse me, when the members of his own platoon come forward and say the same things over and over, we really don’t need anymore information. Couple that with the fact that the Army forced some soldiers who went looking for him to sign non-disclosure forms tells us more about the administration than one would think.

      • So lets just take him out and shoot him then since you know everything right? thank god its America. He’d entitled to due process and you don’t know ANYTHING about this except what you hear on Faux.

      • OK, I see you are a statist/leftist. That’s fine. I DO NOT watch FNC any longer and I am a much happier man and husband. I am also a vet and know something about the UCMJ. Believe what you must. Defend Obama to the best of your ability. But remember what we said when the bullet hits the bone.

      • dead wrong. Card carrying Republican. I just hate what has happened to the party. The neanderthals have taken over and split it in half. And the result is gonna be Dems in the white house for the forseeable future. And part of being an intelligent introspective human being is taking responsibilty for what i have done. not projecting it over the fence. which is exactly what the GOP has done. They refuse to accept the quagmire Bush created and blame Obama for everything including the sun coming up in the morning and the big bang. In the mean time this polarization has just arrested the country and is ripping it to shreds. If that is the goal, congrats, you’ve won. I haven’t posted one thing here in the defense of Obama. He got elected to make decsions and just because they aren’t what you want you throw a 3 year old temper tantrum. At least he does SOMETHING, unlike the GOP congress which just sits with its finger up its ass almost to the elbow. It just cracks me up how grossly hypocritical the right is when they point their finger at him after what BUsh and cheney did for 8 years and use that as an excuse not to do the things that need to be done to help this country. THAT is treasonous.

      • Sir, I am a TEA party member. Does that make me a NEANDERTHAL? Don’t be so sure that the dems will win again. Maybe you cannot see what is really happening. Why did the TEA Party come into existence? The establishment Republicans have NOT done what they were elected to do. It does not matter what Dubya did or didn’t do. That is ancient history. You are correct, About the GOP and we of the TEA Party are working very hard to return this nation to our Constitution. You could join us and help in this endeavor or remain on the sidelines like you are and bitch about it. Have you ever heard of the “convention of states” organization? That is another project which is catching fire for all our benefits. How many more scandals must this nation endure of Obama? How many more laws will he break before anyone takes action against him?

      • well, when you look around your political party and everyone else is a neanderthal, i guess if the shoe fits, wear it. Sarah? Michelle? Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? That’s all you got? no credibility None. And it showed in the primaries. YOu guys got BURIED. People are tired of your crap already. And EVERY administration has scandal. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. This administrations are small in comparison to Bush. THOUSANDS of dead bodies under Bush, iraq, Afg, Katrina. CIA Agents intentionally outted as retribution to cover up lies. you WISH it was ancient history. But its not. So you politicize EVERYTHING you don’t like as scandal. I don’t bitch at all. And I’m not on the sidelines, trust me. The Dems and people with moderate views, like me, are winning. We will continue to win. The ones aganst racism, misogynism and homophobia and mass slaughter of innocents by failure to control guns. Hillary will win. And fill the SCOTUS with moderates and liberals.You bitch about the growth of govt but there are a 1 million less govies now than there were during KENNEDY when the country was half its current size. What bullsh#t. In 5 years, the tea party will be a memory. It’s a toothless baying hound now, prematurely aged and dying young. sorry.

      • Whoa! Take a breath and relax before you have an aneurism.
        Whatever you are ranting is so wrong and over the top. You have to be a progressive because you are sure as hell not a conservative. You’re not even a Dubya compassionate conservative. Or, you may be just a provocateur. Now anyone who would vote for Miss Hillary is a fascist, pure and simple. Veterans will never vote for a person who cares nothing about the lives they are responsible for losing, and she is just as responsible as Obama himself.

      • “when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”.- Sinclair Lewis. That is the tea party, almost to a letter. Just throw in a little racism, hatred of women and gays and the picture is complete. Just an FYI, Fascist don’t come from the center or the left. They always come from the far right. They are neanderthals. Tea baggers. Proud to be a Progressive. Conservative has come to equal the traits i mentioned here and that’s why it may be 20 years or more before the GOP wins a national election again. And i’m not trying to be a jerk, its just the demographics and the insulting attitude towards non white men of the GOP that disgusts people.

      • You sir are a crack-up. You do make me laugh. that I will admit. I do agree with you that the way are black conservatives are treated is totally pathetic. I admire people like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and many others who I respect more than our so called leaders of the party. And yes, you are trying to be a jerk. Lighten up.

      • by the way, you are the first person on this thread who has responded to an opinon without 3rd grade name calling. Difference of opinon are bound to happen. respect for the opinion of others is the foundation of a free society.

      • Your reading skils are as poor as your skills as an analyst. I have counted numerous comments that did not include any name calling.

      • you haven’t seen all the threads Einstein. And by the way the word Skills has two L’s. Glad you got it right after two tries. And you impugn my abilities? Sorry, i’ll have to probably define that word for you, impugn means to call into question. Moron.

      • Now you show your true colors: immature, childish insults for a self corrected spelling error and not even a single word correcting your obvious error. Poor petulant child, perhaps if you had something intelligent to say, then you would not have to compensate for your lack of intelligence by responding with childish remarks.

      • normally i let it slide but you can’t impugn the abilities of somebody with an ad hominem attack and misspell words
        doing it. You look like an idiot. You want to compare college degrees, education and intelligence? what a joke. you hqve made a single comment on this thread except about me. Talk about lack of intelligence and nothing to say. You are the epitome.

      • Fof D bag! You are nothing but a mouthy little punk sitting behind your keyboard flapping your gums through your finger tips. You have nothing intelligent to say about anything! I dont care whether you like LTC West or not, he unlike the majority of other officers who served in IRAQ had the courage to fight the enemy. He was not a spineless jellyfish like you and the rest of your cowardly gutless west point palls who sat in their command bunkers and forbid their soldiers to return fire while the enemy mortared, rocketed and snipered their positions day in and day out, killing and maiming their soldiers while they sat on their spineless fat asses. Who do you think you are coming on his website criticizing him? I dont know what happened to the US Army Officer Corps, but as far as I’m concerned they are cowardly, limp, spineless politicians, they dont give a damn about their soldiers and are unworthy of any respect from anyone and our enemies know it to! I spit in your face! And if I ever meet you Ill do alot worse than that; Coward!

      • you sound like the typical loudmouth who knows nothing, and you haven’t done a single thing on this thread except name call…sure sing of a double digit IQ and 3rd grade education. threatening people online from behind your keyboard……ooh…so scared……aren’t you the brave one, calling other people limp and spineless…pot meet kettle. you got what we called in the Army “the lions mouth and the hummingbirds ass”. You don’t know what happened to the officer corps because you were never in the military, never carried a rifle. And i can assure you that if we are throwing people like Allen West out, the US Amry is gonna be ok.

      • You are as weak as they come. A typical spineless officer. All you have done is react to and repeat what I have said. you are a follower, not a leader. Your assurances about the Army are not reflected, either by the soldiers in the Army, which is losing their best qualified and most competent, nor by our enemies who are repeatedly killing our soldiers at close range and who demonstrate no fear of our military at all. Lions mouth and hummingbirds ass huh, never heard that one, must be some ignorant crap they are teaching at west point these days. I taught advanced infantry techniques there one summer. The cadets were ok but the cadre were a bunch of candyass pansies. Nice to see your 2nd grade spelling: “the US Amry is gonna be ok.” You are just a weak little candyass gutless coward just like the morons who are in the process of destroying the Army. We will be fine as long as we keep fighting small irregular forces, but we will get our clock cleaned if we face a disciplined professional army. Btw I noticed you completely ignored my very real and very accurate reporting of the performance of our gutless field grade officers in Iraq. Your ignorance demonstrates your incompetence!

      • And by the way, while you are insulting West Point grads from the comfort of your motherrs basement, here’s one of my friends who won the DSC in Iraq. You aren’t worthy to have him use you as toliet paper to wipe his butt. OVer 100 West Point grads were killed in Iraq and Afghaistan leading soldiers. You are an ignorant human being.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_H._Coffman,_Jr.

        .

      • Once again, you clearly demonstrate your lack of reading comprehension skills and analytical skills. Your friend (?) was serving as an advisor to the Iraqis, not commanding US troops and very early on in the war I might add. He retired as a Colonel, weak in this day and age. As for your “100 west point grads KIA,” WOW! out of over 5,000 US KIAs, in relation to other wars that is an extremely low number. Once again, your spelling skills are deficient as well: “OVer 100 West Point grads were killed in Iraq and (Afghaistan ) .” Pathetic! Maybe your mom will help you learn how to spell, read and write after you are toilet trained. If you really are a west point grad, your pathetic skills emphasize the weakness in their educational abilities and reflect very poorly on your self-education skills.

      • and while we’re at it i assume you have served your country carrying a rifle like I did or aboard a ship right?

      • Not that it is relevant to this discussion, but yes I carried a rifle, and rucksack. I also parachuted, helocasted, fastroped and went to a ton of other countries to, so what!

      • Perhaps if you were more intelligent and analytical, you would have realized that since it was spelled correctly 6 words later that perhaps the keyboard didnt register the keystroke. But you werent looking for intelligent analysis were you? You were instead looking to make immature and pathetic insults, because you yourself have nothing intelligent to state.

      • yeah, it takes a lot of balls to grab somebody, have him beaten and threaten to execute him. Allen West was facing 10+ years in jail.

      • there was no proof that the guy they grabbed had any knowledge of any impending attack. And that’s why he got a boot up his ass and shown the door.

      • That “somebody” was a enemy combatant who had intel regarding an attack on
        U.S. solders. Take your crap to West’s fellow solders and see how fast you get
        handed your ass, arse clown.

      • well Allen West was the one who got his ass handed to him by the US military. Guess they saw it different. Out of curiousity, which one is your IQ, 19 or 43?

      • That was because it is ruled by chicken sh#ts, like your self Cupcake. WestPoint my ass. More like 8th grade drop out.

      • General Patton was out of a job for slapping a soldier. PC and UCMJ seem to have conflicting views.

    • west point…. tell us all about it… be interested to hear the details?
      my first question? were you there?

      • just google it Matt. There are about a thousand articles on it. Take your pick. they all say the same thing.

  41. Bob Bergdahl, his dad said, “Bowe I love you. I am your father, Please recognize we are on a mission… I’m so proud about how far you were willing to go to help the Afghan people.”

    • As Col. West has said, there are many unanswered questions starting with why he left his post and ended up with the Taliban. Then why did these people not cut his head off after a couple of months like they have everyone else? Why does his father look like a Muslim now and speak their language? Why did his Dad greet him in that language and tell him how proud of him he was for going to such lengths to help the Afghans?

  42. MY DEAR COLONEL WEST, I ADMIRE YOUR HONESTY IN THIS CASE. I SERVED WITH THE MARINE CORPS DURING VIETNAM, 3 TOURS ALL VOLUNTEER, I WAS THE LAST IN LINE OF FAMILY HISTORY SERVING IN WARS SINCE OUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR. MY GR.GR. GRANDFATHER LOST HIS LIFE JUST OUTSIDE GETTESEBERG. HIS SON SURVIVED GETTESBERG AND THE REMAINDER OF THAT GREAT STRIFE. DURING MY UPBRINGING IT WOULD BE UNFATHONABLE TO HAVE ANYTHING BUT PATRIOTISM FOR MY COUNTRY. HOW THE PRESIDENT CAN RELEASE 5 DETAINEES FROM GITMO FOR HIS SORRY CARCASS IS BEYOND BELIEF. ONE QUESTION I HAVE DIDN’T BERGDAHL VOLUNTEER FOR THE US ARMY OF COURSE HE DID!

      • YEAH I SCREW UP ONCE IN A WHILE, ESPECIALLY WHEN I’M ANGRY!  THANKS FOR YOUR CORRECTION!

    • Andrew, thank you for your service, sir. My husband as well was a Marine in Nam. I heard on TV this am that Bergdahl walked off the post only after being there 8 weeks. Sounds to me like this was planned way back when, My heart and thoughts go out to the soldiers who died out there trying to find him. Wonder what their families are thinking these days??????? I would be livid.

  43. sorry but I am not glad he is home. He should have been shot in the head the moment he stepped off the the plane. He is an enemy combatant. His act of leaving his post and weapon causing soldiers to search for him with loss of life is tantamount to an attack. Deserter > Traitor > Enemy > Dead. Pretty easy path to follow.

  44. People wonder why our enemies like Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, Pakistan, and Iran are laughing there heads off at America.

  45. Did I hear that right????? Did I really hear Alan Colmes say “no man left behind” regarding Bowe Berdahl ????? Seriously ????

    • Isn’t that what we said regarding Benghazi???? No Man Left Behind….They should’ve gone in and try to save them the minute they knew something was going on…….but that was dismissed with BS like….there wasn’t enough time (How could anyone know how long anything was going to last?)….every excuse in the book as to why they left 4 Men behind….and now they want to use it for this guy???? after 5 years it’s all of a sudden an emergency? Alan Colmes you can’t possibly expect the American people to fall for this crap… This administration and their LIES are like the energizer bunny…..They keep going and going and going….we need to pull the plug

  46. I am pretty conservative and do not understand the recent release of the 5 known terrorists either…but do you really think that if tracking devices were installed without their knowledge (as you brought up) that we would know about it? Definitely not. I just hope Obama has an ace up his sleeve with this one. Like you mentioned, “there is always more to the story”

  47. #YouCantDeleteItFromMyHardDrive –

    This POS’s father tweeted a thankgiving to all-uh (that sound you make at the end of a particular bad period of constipation) for this event and said:

    “@ABalki I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!”

    #YouCantDeleteThatFromMyHardDrive

    Anyone who believes this was anything OTHER than TREASON isn’t paying attention!

    • Bob Bergdahl was also seen eating bacon, and praying to Jesus while standing, facing west. I think that pretty strongly suggests he can’t be pigeonholed as a Taliban sympathizer.

  48. Obama went against the law- should have went to congress for the decision before bringing a deserter home and freeing the 5 MOST DANGEROUS men over there to be free to kill more people over there and here to!!! Put Obama and this deserter in the same cell !!!!!!

  49. All I could think when I heard the news was “sleeper” or that Obama and the Taliban has been watching too much “Homeland”

  50. All this from a disgraced out-cast forced to resigned or be article 15’d and court marshaled. The treasonous stink from the Republklan would freshen Hades.

    West resigned from the military in 2004, following an incident involving his unit’s treatment of an Iraqi man. West himself was charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including one against assault, and agreed to retire after an Article 15 hearing in order to avoid a court martial.

    According to a 2004 account in The New York Times, West let the soldiers under his command beat the Iraqi man, whom West believed was involved in an attempt on his life. (No evidence was ever found implicating the man). Then, he staged a mock execution: http://www.militarycorruption.com/LTCWest-1.htm

    • Very good post. Allen West is a Disgrace and his paid for FOX opinion should get no credit. The Same Idiots screaming we didn’t do enough to save the Americans in Bengazhi are now picking and choosing which Americans deserve to be saved. If Bowe would have been killed in the last year, President Obama would have been bashed for not doing enough. AND I WONDER WHY HE WENT AROUND CONGRESS!!! DUH!! If Bowe went AWOL, then he should still be prosecuted in Military Court!! In the States!!!!! GOOD Call BATLCREWZ
      ER .

    • Where you there ? What would you have done ? While some may say that Lt.Col. West acted harshly, I feel he was too kind. It’s war and the haji’s show no quarter when dealing with our people. You have to do what you gotta do ! Ground combat is no place for liberal pussy values. Either you do what you have to and win or take 2nd place which is usually a 6 handle Zip-Loc with you inside. Based on the lessons of Vietnam this haji got off easy. Nice work Sir !

    • Do you know what Lt. Col. West did and why he did it? I do. He fired a gun next to an insurgents head in order to get information on ambush that was intended to hit a convoy of his men. He did this in order to save the lives of his soldiers, I would have done the same damn thing to save my men. Above all else that is the responsibility we have to our soldiers is to bring them all home alive and well by any possible means. I respect the man and his decision whether is was a politically correct thing to do he did what he felt was necssary to protect his soldiers.

      • And he said that he would do it all again and suffer the consequences to save his men….

    • You can list every single “bad” thing you think West did and it won’t change the fact that Bergdahl is a deserter and he should be brought to justice. It also won’t change the fact that men died trying to save him when he was never in a place of needing to be saved.

  51. I am so sick of the Republican’s not doing anything about it! Obama keeps breaking law after law, has multiple scandals, multiple lawsuits and is destroying America.. and the GOP just lets him! I am disgusted with our employees,, all but the few I can count on one hand! Has American’s forgotten 9/11, have they forgotten the nearly 3000 men, women and children who died that day by the very men that Obama traded for this Bergdahl who is probably deserter or AWOL?? Something stinks about this whole thing and the smell is coming from Washington!

    • The house has filed impeachment many times. It is the Senate that blocks it every time. If the Senate moved to impeach, Holder would not prosecute.

      • The House has never once filed an article of impeachment against Barack Obama. Never. They have “threatened” it, but Obama knows that they are spineless, gutless cowards and is supremely (and rightly) confident that the House Republicans will never actually file. They are so terrified of being called racists that they will continue to allow this President to wipe his rear with the Constitution and refuse to intervene on behalf of the American people.

      • Knowing there IS ZERO chance of conviction, why commit political suicide? I would love to see this guy impeached and convicted, then thrown out of office, but at the same time why kill any chance at getting rid of the demoncrats in the Senate?

      • 100 years from now, when history demonstrates that Obama was a terrible President, our great-grandchildren will ask why we did NOTHING to stop him. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying to the American people, and it will forever be a mark on his presidency. The Obama administration will not be remembered for the 24/7 coverage that takes place on FOX News. Nobody remembers the news of the day, they remember the big events. An impeachment, even without a successful conviction, is a stamp on the administration that there WAS opposition to his agenda.

        Secondly, I disagree with the notion that a failed impeachment is political suicide. Forcing incumbent Democrats to cast a vote in support of the President right before an election will help immeasurably in revealing their true positions on this administration’s agenda. Each and every political ad they are running is intended to distance themselves from Obama’s agenda, but that will ring hollow in voters’ minds if they vote in support of the administration and secure a Republican victory. If the Democrats vote against the President, he would be removed from office. If they vote to support the President, THEY will be removed from office. I’m not seeing the downside here.

      • rest assured if the republicans can take the senate in November it is very likely that they will proceed with impeachment. as the senate currently stands Harry Reid would do nothing with impeachment. so it would just all be a waste of time and perfectly good impeachment charges. it does no good to impeach obama if the senate is just gonna squash it which we all know is what dirty harry will do.

      • I would prefer that the impeachment be successful, and I take your point. That said, for the sake of accuracy, it must be stated that Dingy Harry does not have the power to squash an impeachment. The Senate *MUST* vote on an impeachment proceeding; it cannot be tabled and ignored.

        If the Democrats lose control of the Senate and Obama can be successfully removed from office in disgrace, that is immeasurably better than a failed attempt at impeachment right now. If they retain control after the November elections, the House should impeach regardless of the potential for success or failure in the Senate… but it will be too late for it to matter with regard to election results, and the Democrats will have gotten away with yet another election campaign full of lies about their radical leftist positions being more moderate than the President’s.

  52. So when Reagan traded weapons to Iran for the release of hostages, that was fine? I just want to check that I’ve got your thinking figured out.

    • no it wasnt fine. Thats why there were congressional hearings. The media actually covered those hearings. They were on TV everyday. People were actually convicted of crimes. Dont let facts get in your way

  53. My
    thought about possible justifications behind the “prisoner
    Exchange”…Obama has now established the market value of an American
    POW/kidnap victim…5 Gitmo prisoners.

    Not sure of the exact
    number, but I believe Gitmo houses less 200 prisoners. However, using
    that number as a strawman, our “leader” can fulfill one of his early
    promises (perhaps the only one he can fulfill). He can close Gitmo by
    enticing the kidnapping of only 40 Americans, (military or civilian).
    He can then “heroically” exchange the complete inventory of Gitmo
    terrorists for the 40, thereby emptying the facility and fulfilling his
    promise!

    Stretching??? Well, 1) bypassing Congress, 2)
    negotiating with the enemy and 3) establishing the 5 for 1 exchange
    ratio, are now precedent. There is certainly time left in his term to
    see this happen. After all, if the 40 are kidnapped, the affected
    families and American public will clamor for another exchange since the
    precedent has now been set!! Bob Friedman, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

    • Thank you for your loyal service to the Republic and its citizens, sir. BTW, CM refer to “Chief Master” Sgt?”

      • Thank you for your kind word. Yes, you’re correct, the CM Sgt is Chief Master Sergeant.

      • YW, kewl, I glad I got that right, one is never sure about some military designations. Out of curiosity, how does this rank relate to plain old Sergeant or Master Sergeant, Master Chief? What is the rank above and below it in the air force, and what was the pay grade back when you were in?

      • It’s easier to explain using the enlisted pay grades… obviously E-1 was Airman Basic. Sergeant in the Air Force is E-4, while in the Army it’s E-5. However, above that, it all becomes more logical. The Air Force Master Sergeant is E-7. Up until around 1961, that was as high as you could go. However, Congress changed the rules for all services and added two “super grades” E-8 & E-9.
        At the same time they ordered that the Warrant Officer ranks be eliminated. That’s another story…the Air Force was the only service that actually eliminated the warrant officers. The E-8 & E-9 ranks were supposed to take over the duties of the warrants. Anyway, the E-8 became Senior Master Sergeant, and E-9 became Chief Master Sergeant. By law, only 1 percent of the active duty force (this applies to all services) can be in the grade of E-9, and only 2 percent can be E-8s. This is current today.
        The Air Force established a position entitled Senior Enlisted Advisor, that identified the top Chief Master Sergeant in the Wing (or higher). He/she worked directly for the Wing Commander. I retired in 1985 after having 2 assignments as Senior Enlisted Advisor (86 TacFtrWg at Ramstein, and Army/Air Force Exchange Service (BX/PX).
        Sometime after 1985, the Senior Enlisted Advisor position was renamed Command Chief Master Sergeant, and the rank insignia was modified to include a “star” to identify the Command Chief. The position is still an E-9. There are no higher enlisted ranks, except for one singular chief, titled Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. He/She is assigned to the Pentagon and works directly for the Air Force Chief of Staff.
        I know this is long winded, but hopefully, it will give you a better understanding of the enlisted rank system. As a footnote, we have one son who is a retired USAF Colonel and a nephew who is a retired Army Colonel. I always explained to them, based of the 1% rule, that there are twice as many full colonels as Chief Master Sergeants…probably because it took two colonels to keep track of one of us Chiefs!! Best regards, Bob Friedman

      • Lynx Eye – Thanks for the inquiry and kind words. Yes, the CM (Sgt) is Chief Master Sergeant (same as Navy/Coast Guard Master Chief, or Army Command Sergeant Major). My last two assignments were as Command Chief Master Sergeant (86TFW and AAFES)

  54. This kid is a deserter and should be put on trial for that act! Many good men lost their lives b/c of this traitor!

  55. The timing of this “media dance” is also interesting. There is supposed to be another Wikileaks dump this week. Obama needs to deflect from Benghazi, the NSA and all the other scandals that are tanking his ratings and now he can put Bergdahl in a VA hospital and showcase how wonderful treatment in one of those facilities can be contrary to what has recently been uncovered.

    • Barry has been knee-deep in the VA scandal and several others, he pulled the Bergdhal card off the bottom of the deck. The swap offer has been on the sable since 2010…. exactly.

  56. To the author Mr. West: were you there when he left? I’m just curious. I would love to believe that you were. I do agree with your article.

  57. -Passing this on- “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

    • You Said The “TRUTH, STRAIGHT & Real!!” I’m sure, coming from a Family in which my Grandfather fought in WWI & My Dad, At age 19 was a “D-Day Omaha Beach, Normandy, France Vet! He was an Army Frontlineman & Was the First wave to hit ” Omaha Beach That Day”! He told me of all the “SNAFU’s” that Main Commanders of The Operation had made; And what was happening in the “Flat Bottom Amphibious while they were waiting for hour ” which seemed like days”; for the Main Command gave the ” Go Order”! But, they miscalculated the “High Tide”?! That caused many Young Army Men to DROWN as Soon As They Jumped When The Flap Dropped! Their gear or fact that some didn’t know how to swim caused many to DROWN! Then There was The “German’s Trenched In at Top of “Omaha Beach; As soon as the got onto sand, There were Many Guns Firing at them & they had no cover on the “Flat Beach, so some used the already dead Members of their battallion as cover!! No one knows or has a ” Right to Say anything UNLESS THEY HAVE SERVED & Fought In War! God Bless!

  58. When traitors become heroes and heroes take their lives at the rate of 22 per day [according to the DVA] due to DVA corruption … one must dig deep inside as an American and ask … what am I going to do about it? One does not have to wear a uniform to serve this country–only pick up the phone and call your members of congress and demand accountability no matter what scandal it may be … that is a grave threat to the national security of our nation!

    • 22/day isn’t because of the VA… it’s because those individuals decided to end their lives. There are multiple avenues for FREE help to prevent suicide. Even if the VA was a sh**show, there were other outlets for help. Those guys just took the easy way out.

      • The easy way out? I think not and the facts are simply this … If DVA timely diagnosis and treated and compensated Sick Vets they would have had a better chance of living with their unseen wounds.

    • But you forget, One must have the dignity to do what is right, to tell the truth and live by a set of values. Many of the LEADERSHIP if that command, the unit, squad and the U.S. Army failed. A PFC simply does not walk off a base into the enemy’s playground.

      • I agree with that Mike. Dereliction of duty and failure to act and prevent the entire situation screams redress under U.S. law.

  59. I thought Bergdahl was a Private when he disappeared, now he’s a Sgt. I admit I am confused……….was he promoted after he deserted?

    • They are terrorists who have and will be used against us again. They were in prison for a reason! Our illegal president is against the US and a muslim carrying out his daddy’s dreams are you ignorant to all this?

    • In short, because they are our enemies and terrorists. They are not American citizens that Should expect OUR Government to not do this to US….it may still be needed as a strategic initiative to save American lives in the future when dealing with Terrorists! Seems pretty clear to me even though my only background in the Military….would be my Mastery skills in the board game Risk…lol…and…We DO NOT Negotiate with Terrorists, or I guess we didn’t until Barry unilaterally decided that this was a good idea….Terrorists can not be trusted has been the policy since the inception of our Great Nation! There was a reason they pushed so hard to get these Specific 5 ppl out….and not others….these 5 have some value to them and it would be beneficial for us to know what that value is. I suppose the only shorter answer would have been….to save American Lives….if that means anything to you.

  60. Like The Showtime Network Program “Homeland”…The Character ‘Brody’ Was A US Marine Pow In Afghanistan…See For Yourself What I Am Telling you

  61. I stopped reading this at “(UCMJ)”. After years in the Military I realize I don’t want to head back to Acronymland. Sorry.

  62. Not sure how I feel about all of this. Maybe he was just young, scared and didn’t know what else to do. We have all done the wrong thing even causing innocent death, like texting on the phone while we drive or taking a few drinks and then getting behind the wheel of a car all things that are just as deadly as what this soldier did. I think a little forgiveness goes a long way, it’s easy to be an arm chair hero, not so easy to stare down the barrel of a gun or worse. at any rate I commend this soldier for spending five years a prisoner of war and am glad he is home. Who’s to say I would not have done the same thing. There’s a verse in the Bible that says Let the one without sin cast the first stone, so all of you out there without sin in your life cast all the stones you want.
    Barbara Hillyard

    • If your son was one of the ones that was killed trying to rescue Bergdahl, I fear you would be singing a different tune!!!

      • NO, I would be proud of him and the hero I felt he had been, but these young men are trying to do a job none of us are brave enough to do. It’ only human nature to get scared in situations like this, I am sure he did not know the young men who searched for him would be killed or that would make him a murderer. He was there because he wanted to be, he just had a temporary like of judgment. under pressure it can happen. I feel living in a prisoner of war camp had to be worse than hell for this young man, and I am glad he is home, only the well meaning U.S. citizens can still his joy. People forgive, hate will destroy you Barbara Hillyard

      • You know I don’t know Allen B West but he needs to temper a little of his arm chair justice with a little compassion. Don’t know how old he is , but he seems to have forgotten what life if really like. The reality is, there are shades of gray and what happens in this world is not always fair or right and it would be wonderful if it were, as long as humans are on this earth it will never be. God sent his son to die on the cross just to buy forgiveness and a pardon for us even before we were born so seems to me we can afford to pass along a little of that forgiveness Barbara Hillyard

    • It’s too early to act as if he was just a scared little boy…no one loves our military and our soldiers more than me…BUT I do know that if you join the military (there is no draft, it is a choice!) And you swear to uphold your alliance to our country…this is comparative to going AWOL! I’ll agree that we need to get all of the facts first, but if you look up the information that “Airborne Infantry” posted, you will see there is a lot to this story!!!

  63. The thing is, no one knows what happened on that day. No one knows if he just walked away… We were NOT there.. My husband is in the military and he is thankful that Bowe is home. Second President Obama is NOT the first president to ever negotiate with the enemy, if you believe that then you are an idiot! EVERY president does!

    • How is that you know what others don’t know, and yet know enough to suggest that Allen West is an idiot for raising concern about a trade that everyone knows involved 5 high-risk terrorists?

      • Were you there??? Yea probably not… As far as Allen West, I was talking to people in general not just him… ALL presidents negotiate with the enemy.. THAT is what I am talking about, please learn to read before commenting.. It could benefit both of us. I research which seems to be a lot more than most people who comment. Its always awesome to educate yourself on topics of discussion, especially if I want to apart of them! 🙂 Have a great day!

      • Amen Airborne Infantry for You DOING YOUR HOMEWORK!!! SUCKS TO BE CHRISTINE!!! She CLAIMS that she did her research…but apparently it appears that her research is found in the sheeple department of the Kool aid factory!!!

      • Right on….besides people who are actually educated don’t use the term “awesome”…especially in referring to their education. I suspect that Christine confuses feelings with knowledge.

      • Mackadoo…you are spot on! To the whack tard liberals… it’s all about feelings!!! that is why we are in the boat we are in now as a country…so sad and pathetic!

      • Your charge that I wan’t there is irrelevant. Other troops were, and they expressed concern about the accuracy of the information being reported concerning AWOL and POW status.

        Yahoo is now reporting the dismay of Afghans “who say the [5 Gitmo] detainees are dangerous and will rekindle ties with terrorist networks to resume fighting, just as most foreign troops leave.”

      • Yep, Chritsine, we all have a great day as five raghead buddies of obama-boy plot to murder more Americans.

    • It appears to me that the ones who negotiate, do so for different reasons…….Usually it is to make themselves look good, in this case , I believe it is to take the focus off of his failed leadership in the VA!!!!

    • People who were there the day he walked away know what happened, so saying no one knows isn’t true. And while other presidents may have negotiated with the enemy, they were enemy countries, not terrorism based organizations, and they did not make unilateral decisions without approval. This was an illegal decision made by the president and reasoning that it was made for health reasons is absurd. He voluntarily left his post, he deserted, and rewarding deserters in the past has been frowned upon, but I guess under this administration it is now an acceptable act.

      • Seriously?? So you are saying that whomever is making assumptions on this post were there with Bowe the day he went missing. Doubtful! Second, congress KNEW of this decision and if you think they didn’t you are oblivious.. I guess I am the only one who thinks the tea party is full of crap! YOU were not there, YOU do not know what happened, YOU are just listening to what everyone else is telling you!

      • This was not an illegal decision. I don’t know where you are getting that.

        He has not been charged with desertion. We do not have all of the facts. We are too quick to judge when we don’t have all of the facts, so we should withhold judgement until we find out. Criticizing the President because he helped get a young man who was in captivity for FIVE years is ridiculous.

      • Hell, even Candy Crowley, who helped obama-boy when a debate against President Romney in 2012, said it was. So did Senator John S. McCain, III?

      • You obviously don’t realize the ramifications of this, yes illegal action by the president. This country has laws that must be followed or we become a country of no laws governed by a dictator, which Obama thinks he is. This sends a message that 1 American is worth 5 terrorist and we are willing to trade. If you can’t see this I have no words to describe your reasoning. These terrorist are going to kill more Americans. This young man is a deserter in a time of war, as witnessed by the men who served with him. There was a time in this country when deserters were not praised as heroes. However in Obamas ongoing attempt to destroy this nation things have changed. The US is the laughing stock of the world as our status as the strongest nation crumbles under the leadership of the worst president that will ever be, not because he is black, but because of his politics. He has one agenda, destroy America and he is succeeding.

      • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012, when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed American soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why McCain, though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his usual hell in public appearances now.)” http://www.slate.com/articles/

        He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it. You are wrong. Period. End of story. .

        Have a great day! 🙂

      • Briefing congress is not getting the approval of congress. Whether you like it or not the president broke the law and that is a fact and these are not just my words, but words of constitutional lawyers. I realize you will never accept this fact and that’s what makes you a liberal. Staring a fact straight in the face and denying its existence. Just like all the lies that have come from the Obama administration that have been proven to be lies , but are still being spun by liberals. Point in fact Obama knew you wouldn’t be able to keep your insurance and dr and he said as much in earlier years but that is being spun as he misspoke. If it walks and quacks like a duck it’s a duck. You think it’s ok to trade a deserter for 5 really bad guys that the president admitted will probably kill more Americans, and I don’t. And calling him a deserter is coming from the men who served with him, how are you going to spin that?

    • I think you missed the point, this is the FIRST TIME the U.S. has EVER negotiated with a TERRORIST group.

      • So for every wrong committed by another POTUS, obama-boy gets to commit a wrons? Or does he get extra affirmative action wrongs?

      • After you sober up and climb off of your sister, The south will NEVER rise again! Pres. Obama will STILL be your Pres. for over another two years. Then Hillary will pee on your teabag. Does that piss you off?

      • You really need to start taking your Ex psych meds, and not your sister’s birth control, and stop believing the lies the voices in your head tell you about me and not get her pregnant. Hiillary will be, along with obama-boy, serving term in federal prison. BTW, I am a NeoCon but then you, being an inbred who can only project your idiot DNA, lack both th intellect and imagination to even begin to comprehend the meaning of that.

      • More like a Timmy McVeigh wanna be. When you ‘baggers lose in ’16, …….. please don’t shoot up a church or a movie theater. So long to bad rubbish.

      • what happened? did the abortionist charge you too much for taking care of you and your sister’s spawn? or did she run of with your cousin, the village idiot? take your frustrations out and go the cemetery and registered some dead folks to vote Democrat

      • What is the definition of a southern virgin? Answer: One that can out run her father and brothers. Yours lost that race.

      • born in Kansas left there at 22 and lived in Northern California until I was 50–since then lived in Iowa. All three states were Union states. You really need to take those Rx psych meds and stop believing the lies the voices in your head keep telling you about me.

  64. One of Bowes Teamates explained what happened and who he really was, so yes WE weren’t there but there was and entire Platoon and Company there that are talking. Glad he’s home, not glad what we did to get him and yes what he did was against the UCMJ. Whether something happens to him is another thing but it dissent change what happened. This was 100% avoidable.

    • So they just now come out with all this? What happen to the sworn reports written to explain his disappearance? Not on statement said he walked off the base. WOW some people are IDIOTS!!!

      • Have to remember these guys are military men! The military pretty much controlled what the public could know about the situation.

      • The Family of Bergdahl & the Soldiers involved were REQUIRED to sign nondisclosure documents & there warned implicitly not to speak publicly to avoid endangering him (well, that’s what they were TOLD was the reason)
        Now that Bergdahl is safe, they are determined America knows what actually happened.
        A lot of these soldiers are LIVID he is being called a Hero or a POW.
        In their eyes he is a Deserter & now they can openly call him that.

  65. Even if he just walked away, I can understand. Have you never been so frightened that you can’t think straight? Have you never been so scared that you must get out of the situation no matter what? Do we know if they were being ambushed and he suffered from PTSD? I was attacked in a parking lot one time and my first and only thought was to flee!! I say give the guy a break! None of us will really know what happened.

    • Denial is a hell of a disease. There are people that know precisely what happened: desertion. And why did he desert? Could it be opium in the opium capital of the world? Look at the father . . . and for once, Gail, open your eyes.

      • So, you know the father personally? And when we look at the father, what is it that we’re supposed to be seeing? His long hair and beard were grown as a sign of support for his son. He learned the language of his son’s captors in the hope that he could make a connection with them. So, what else is there?

      • Who is paying your salary? A.C.O.R.N., the demo/communist party or the Muslim Brotherhood?

      • I make my own salary as an accountant. I happened to run into this column, and I saw all of the misinformation, so I thought I’d point to the facts. Why is it that people always think no one else has a mind of their own where they can see all of the facts and take in the whole picture.

        So, who’s paying your salary to post here?

      • Oh, damn you spend your time lying for obama-boy so the Service wont audit your clients. Finally wondered why you were so passionate about being such an obama-boy racist.

      • Oh for god’s sake. All that you know how to do is pull stuff out of your ass. I don’t know why I’m bothering. You’re too ignorant for me to waste time on. Have a great day in your deep dark basement full of hate.

      • Maybe it’s George Soros, the man Harry Reid forgets for funding the Dems, as Dirty harry only focuses on the Koch brothers who are patriots and are benefactors of organizations that do good things for the country. they also donate to both parties. Harry never mentions Soros or the many outlets he funds that lean left. Good old Harry might be out of his Senate leadership post come November. Oh! Hooray! I sure will be happy to see no more of Dirty Harry, his derision and delusional remarks. I look forward to a new Speaker, who doesn’t use his post as a place to deliver hate. Is that even legal?

      • go check out Bob Bergdahl’s Twitter accounts and retweets – he is NOT the innocent you’d like him to be. He is a sympathizer and potentially a co-conspirator. Until and unless you have been in a war-zone and have faced an armed enemy, you should hold your damn tongue about Col West. Armchair generals NOT welcome, thanks!

      • Well, apparently the form Col’s superiors were not happy with his conduct, otherwise they wouldn’t have forced him to retire early and fine him $5,000. But you’re still okay with that because it fits your narrative.

      • Im okay with it because he faced the enemy and didn’t back the hell down like some limp-wristed lefty! I’d be just fine with it if he’d shot the wretched Afghani in the head! And yes, Im fine with our soldiers acting like soldiers and not like politicians! We pay them to do the dirty work, so people like you and I dont have to. Get off your sanctimonious, holier-than-thou pedestal and and give those wearing the boots a break – its war, madam, and that is ugly. You, however, have no excuse.

      • Fine. You’re fine with it. But, apparently the military justice system wasn’t. Glad to know you don’t care about laws. And you don’t care that he broke laws for a guy who was later found NOT to be complicite in anything. So, he would have shot an innocent man. Is that what the United States has come to stand for? I don’t think so. I’m not being holier than thou, I am simply pointing out the man’s hypocrisy. Apparently you are too obtuse to see it.

      • Colonel West has more integrity, more patriotism, more dedication, in his little toe than you’ll ever be capable of. And yes, sometimes the innocent are killed in a war – its called collateral damage. Its called the fog of war, the red mist…..there are lots of terms for it. But I wouldn’t expect you to know or understand any of them. Its too easy for bystanders like yourself to criticize and condemn.

      • I guess I wasn’t patriotic when I supported my husband while he served in Iraq? I wasn’t patriotic when I lived alone while he was there? Your arrogance is astounding. You do not know me. I am not some bystander, so you can stop with your ad hominem attacks on me, Carmenta. Have a nice afternoon.

      • BTDT. You certainly aren’t the first military spouse to wait at home, wondering when the call is going to come; and you wont be the last. Your childish attacks on Col West are ridiculous. That you could be so disloyal is disgraceful.

      • How am I being disloyal? Everything I’ve said is the truth. I am not attacking him, I’m stating the facts. That is all.

        The only point in my posting about my husband was for those naysayers, like yourself, who say that I have no idea what I’m talking about.

        That you think I should show any kind of “loyalty” to a man who tortured a prisoner and had to retire early because of it is ridiculous.

        How you can be so disloyal to your own President is what is disgraceful.

      • Not my president – he’s a embarrassment. He is the enemy within the Spite House – your blind obedience to Das Obama reminds me of something……hmmmmmm

      • Oh, please. Godwin’s law: when all else fails compare him to Hitler. And, yes, he is your President. He is the duly elected President of the United States. If you are a citizen, he is your President.

        And please tell me where I have shown “blind obedience”, I have indicated to other commenters the areas in which I disagree with him. How is that blind obedience?

        By the way “Das Obama” makes no sense. ‘Das’ is the German word for “The” — “The Obama”? Or is that just the only German you know so you thought you’d be cute?

        Carmenta, you are the one who is embarrassing yourself.

      • Oh, please. Godwin’s law: when all else fails compare him to
        Hitler. And, yes, he is your President. He is the duly elected
        President of the United States. If you are a citizen, he is your
        President.

        And please tell me where I have shown “blind obedience”, I have indicated to other commenters the areas in which I
        disagree with him. How is that blind obedience?

        By the way “Das Obama” makes no sense. ‘Das’ is the German word for “The” — “The Obama”? Or is that just the only German you know so you thought you’d be cute?

        Carmenta, you are the one who is embarrassing yourself.

    • Bull. Col. West just laid out the facts… the fact you’re not a solider and afraid of your own shadow is hardly an argument. Go back to Angry Birds.

      • The fact is, they knew where he was a week after he disappeared, however, the colonel in charge was waiting for a promotion and didn’t report it immediately for fear his promotion would be delayed. Read something beside what this criminal has written.

        And by the way, he retired from the military early in order to avoid a court martial. He is not trustworthy.

      • You are more S###Id than I first thought. Read first,then carefully assess what you read, maybe you will grow up a little and realize that West did what he did for the lives of his men and their families. He disobeyed the order to stand down, just as the Navy Seals in Benghazi did when they went to save fellow Americans, They could have survived if Obama and Clinton had sent the help asked, for in the many pleas sent by the men who died. The the people in charge went about their lives, then attempted to cover it up. Who deserves a Hero’s reward , the men who went to aid other Americans, or those who had the authority to act but didn’t?? Is it the heroes who followed the “RULE OF NO MAN LEFT BEHIND” or those who only thought of their careers. and the 2012 election?

      • Blah, blah blah blah. It is so amusing to watch you all twist yourself into pretzels trying to make everything I say wrong. So, it’s ok for him to break the law and get drummed out and have to pay a fine — and we must leave no man behind, but the President is wrong because he didn’t want to leave Bowe Bergdahl behind.

        And, btw, there was no order to stand down when Benghazi erupted. That is a myth and a lie.

        You people are just so ignorant.

    • Gail, it’s the typical hyper-reaction that happens whenever the President does anything. In these kinds of situations, I believe that there is no black and white. This boy (yes, he was only 23) spent 5 years in that godforsaken place, not knowing if he would ever get to home, never knowing when he woke up every day that he would still be alive by the end of it. People need to cease their judgement of him until all of the facts have come out.

    • US servicepersons are trained to face that fear: this guy balked and folded. Your call for giving him a break only shows how little you know about duty, honor, and integrity, to say nothing of personal courage. the next time you decide to comment, inform yourself: if you have a reply you can send it to [email protected].

      • But she is correct that we don’t know all of the facts. Allen West is posting what they THINK happened, not what they know for sure.

      • And the people who were there will talk frankly with him. Around you they will do everything they can to avoid putting a round through your traitorous head.

      • What he is saying is that there should be a thourough investigation by the military on suspicion of desertion. From what I have read from his parents and team mates, he was in complete command if his emotions and actions. He had even written his father of his possible attitude. But he deserves an investigation and courts-martial to either find him innocent or guilty.Just by the pictures I have seen of him in captivity, he seems to be treated as more of a guest/friend, than a captive/prisioner.

    • It’s one thing to walk away, but locals state he had asked them where he could find the Taliban! Since he had left his weapon behind, I doubt he was looking for them to bring them to justice!

    • Hell no. I served 2 years in Afghanistan in the infantry, and no one thinks of desertion over to the enemy. Soldiers in arms love each other, this was an act of betrayal not momentary weakness. The mild to serious symptoms soldiers have from PTSD start upon exiting the military, not while serving. Most civilians are unappreciative of what they have, while soldiers value life more than anything material. So there is a very big difference in the fundamental traits of these 2 mentalities. Veterans have had a rough time at war and when they go home they realize that the majority of americans are reluctant to honor the sacrifices that were made for them. To a veteran a man who gave his life should be honored forever and also what he was fighting for should be understood. Most americans (who choose to honor a soldier/veteran) will say ‘thank you for your service’ or pay for your meal. A small percentage of americans will do something in there life to help veterans, but most americans (i.e. the lower class and some of the working class) are too caught up in there own problems to feel like they could afford the mental strength to worry about something else besides themselves. Sadly a lot of veterans fall into these 2 classes (lower/working) upon exiting the military, and so the majority of people they interact with have very little help to offer or the patience to care. Once a soldier leaves the service it then becomes very difficult for other people to recognize them as a veteran and therefor get overlooked a lot by those who would honor them in some capacity. PTSD for returning american combatants is a result of living a life doing important things everyday and then return to a world that is low on morals and compassion accompanied with a lack of self purpose, no support group (in the service you have a very strong support group), and a loss in self esteem do to a sense of being unimportant or obsolete. Soldiers are not as diverse mentally as civilians are since they are all trained the same way. However they still do vary in self confidence (among other human traits) and therefor some veterans are worse than others when coping with their PTSD. This man abandoned his post to go serve the enemy. He could have refused to work and be sent home on UCMJ charges, or even attempted a somewhat infeasible trip to another country. Instead he got his brothers killed exploiting them to the enemy. No sympathy for the enemy or enemy affiliates. Death by Firing Squad.

    • We took over Six DEAD looking for him & for some (not just here but elsewhere stating if doesn’t MATTER whether he deserted or was captured in Action IT DOES MATTER! If those guys died (with x3 wounded in his unit alone for a Guy captured by an enemy with circumstances BEYOND his control THAT’S ACCEPTABLE. If, as we are hearing, he went AWOL & was asking locals “where are the Taliban”? not only should we not have taken casualties looking for his sorry ass this means we just released 5 seriously Bad Actors for a DESERTER.

    • Ask Matthew Martinek, Kurt Curtiss, Clayton Bowen, Morris Walker, Michael Murphrey, and Darryn Andrews how they feel about cutting this guy some slack.
      Ask their mothers if they understand; we all have bad days sometimes.

  66. How dare Allen West say anything about Bowe Bergdahl.

    Alan West agreed to retire from the military in 2004, following an incident
    involving his unit’s treatment of an Iraqi man (in addition to allowing
    his soldiers to beat the man whom he thought was involved in an attempt
    on his life, he threatened to kill the man and chambered his weapon
    against the man’s head, in violation of of the Uniform Code of Military
    Justice. No evidence was ever obtained that implicated the man). West
    himself was charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military
    Justice, including one against assault, and agreed to retire after an
    Article 15 hearing in order to avoid a court martial. He was also fined
    $5,000 which he had to pay over two months.

    Allen West has no honor. Chambering a weapon against a prisoner’s head and threatening to kill him is considered torture.

    So, with all due respect, Allen West needs to shut up about this particular topic.

      • I’m not attacking him. I’m setting the facts out. He has no right to judge this young man when we do not know all of the facts, and especially because of his own forced retirement for violations of the code. Or does that not matter to you as long as he is a Republican?

      • I suppose you will tell us that obama-boy has more moral authority on POWs than Senator John S. McCain, III?

    • hey Zoey0728 I am waiting for you to call Colonel West the N word. But your poblem is that Colonel West saved American life and killed ragheads. You are a traitor who supported, and continues, to support the enemy. And you seem to know as much about Article 15 of the UCMJ as you do the lanuage the taliban speak. NOTHING. Now I invite you to keep talking and showing us how utter of morons those who support ragheads murdering Americans are.

      • Ha! That’s so funny. My husband served in Iraq, and was in the military for ten years. My late father-in-law served in the military for 32 years. I fully support the troops — which is why I would never deign to cast judgement on this young man who has been imprisoned for five years of his life.

        The fact that Allen West, who was forced to retire early because of HIS actions, would speak about this young man before everything has been investigated just shows what a hypocrite he is.

        And you, well, you’re just too ignorant to deal with any more. You don’t get to call me a traitor or anything else. You can go to hell.

    • Zoey- you have one hell of a nerve to say anything negative about Alan West, a Hero who saved his men’s lives at the cost of losing his career. The men were more important. He doesn’t deserve to be tried in a public court by a simpering idiot who doesn’t seem to know the definition of Honor. Instead, perhaps, you should spend your energy looking at those in Government who are systematically shredding our Constitution ,while continuing to ignore US Laws. The real reason is their promise to ” Fundamentally Change America” which they are going at full bore! They are pushing an agenda that does not favor the USA, it’s freedom of speech or religion. Wake up little Zoey or we l will lose our great country, and be guilty of our failure to act to stop the taking over the USA, We owe a debt of gratitude to present and past military men and women who faced the enemy in war, to keep our great country safe. They made a huge sacrifice, and it was not for others to come in and tear the USA down.

      • How did he save his men’s lives at the cost of his career? The person that he allowed them to torture and then later threatened to kill was not found to be complicite in anything. He was an innocent man. Alan West is not. And all your glowing comments do not make it so.

        God has nothing to do this. Our country was built as a Democratic Republic, not a theocracy. Separation of church and state. We have lost our privacy, that’s for sure, but Alan West’s actions did not gain us anything.

    • Don’t forget the slag (west) questioned the patriotism of Rep. Duckworth! She lost both legs and almost her right arm in the service of her country and THEN was elected to represent her brethren. She is twice the man of the article 15 outcast!

      • Thank you so much for reminding me — and for being one of the few on here who seems to know the truth about this man.

      • No, they know the truth. They are liars and hypocrites, blinded by the Kock Brothers confederate flag blowing in their misshapen faces.

  67. SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob first words at the White House were in Arabic, those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful; by uttering these words on the grounds of the Whit House ,Bob Bergdahl sanctified the White House and claimed it for Islam This is the demise of America and Christianity

    • Sorry, if he’d meant ‘Allah’, he would have said ‘Allah’. What he actually said was:

      “bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim,” a common Arabic phrase meaning “in the name of God, most gracious, most compassionate,”

      Perhaps you should make sure you know your facts before you post comments.

      • you don’t know Obammy very well, jerk off. you are blinded by the black pigment in his skin tone. He is the biggest danger and most scandalous president we have ever had. Zoey you are a fool and so are the resy of the Muslim Obama supporters. Bush hads nothing to do with this Obama debacle and epic fail. Wake up ass wipe, you are probably a welfare recipient.

      • I spoke nothing about Obama in the post you are replying to. You just used it as a reason to attack me.

        Nothing but ad hominem attack. You have no idea what you are talking about. Do you think you’re a big man because you are calling me an ass wipe and a welfare recipient.

        You need to grow up and try to express yourself with civil discourse.

      • Of course Caroline Mueller-Hurry upvoted your disgusting attack on me. It’s what you guys like to do. When all else fails attack the person with the facts.

      • use of it was treason–no one can utter those words and be a true American–

  68. Let me just recap the reprobate history and hypocrisy of the Republiklan party:

    Perhaps YOU can explain or refute this, if not the hypocrisy alarm go full tilt:
    After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?
    You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
    You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.
    You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
    You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
    You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
    You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
    You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
    You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.
    You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
    You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
    You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
    You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.
    You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
    You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

    You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

    You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

    You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

    You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

    You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
    You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick along with many other

      • …..but all of the jobs that were lost because of the Bush Administration have been gained again.

      • Point is, not as many as were when Bush left office. When are you people going to quit acting like Bush was never in office? When are you going to realize that the country was a mess and continued to be a mess based on the way administrations overlap. This President has done the best he can, with the tools he has, to slowly bring the economy around. But you can’t even give him credit for that because you listen to your Republican overlords instead of the truth.

      • get with the present,SLOWLY, SIX YEARS Zoe, REAGAN only took two to get it moving, and don’t try to bullshit me , I lived it, this POS does NOT intend to help the people , he’s helped HIMSELF.

      • Ad hominem attacks are all you have? Prove to me, with links of your research from reputable sites, that I am wrong.

      • Where are these jobs you speak about?? It will be great news to the thousands of Unemployed Americans, Share this news with all Americans who are struggling to find these invisible jobs. Just the facts maam, not more propaganda and lies from this administration?? We’ve had enough of that to last until the year 3000.

      • You haven’t read anything in the news about the growth in jobs every month? Apparently you’re not well read.

      • Zoey you seem to know somethings that others don’t (unless I am wrong of course, you will have to forgive me). Why hasn’t Obama labeled China a currency manipulator?

    • HAVE SOME MORE KOOL AID TO COOL DOWN WITH! This G I AND HIS FATHER ARE LOVERS OF ISLAM AS THEY NOW BOTH SPEAK ARABIC TO EACH OTHER! HE DESERTED HIS POST PURE AND SIMPLE!

      • Stop with the yelling.

        Bob learned to speak Arabic in order to try to make a connection with his son’s captors. They are not Islam lovers just because they speak Arabic. How was Bowe supposed to communicate for 5 years if he didn’t speak Arabic? You people want this kid drawn and quartered and you don’t even know the facts.

      • He grew the beard as a show of support for his son. How is this any different from, say, the hockey players who grow their beard until the championships are over? He grew the beard until his son came home.

      • Since when were beards something only arabs had? Also plenty of arabs have shaved faces.

      • So if you speak anything but English to your parents you lose your special GOP Veteran worship status and we are all ok with vilifying this POW…..racist much? “He don’t look like us so its ok to attack that particular Veteran and POW…..he talks funny and they don’t look right….Murica”…….you guys are hypocrites….

      • You cant say that omega2! It’s Bush’s fault. Everything is Bush’s fault even though its the current POTUS 2nd term. He’s absolutely perfect and the US is way better off now than 8 years ago. Bush should have never went to war in 2001. We should have just turned the other cheek. And we should never torture the enemy, because they are always so nice to us. (Please noet, LOTS of sarcasm here.) On a serious note, if you’ve never been to war and put into a hostile situation, you have absolutely no room to talk. May God please Bless America. We need his blessings now more than ever.

    • You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

      that would be OLD nance made + 100mil while in office, al gore same, reid same and others

    • You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

      how you gonna stop nature, more taxpayer money

      • so that escuses obama-boy committing a crime in negotiating terrorists and cutting loose some of their major commanders?

      • not as mad as the GOP about getting a POW and a Veteran free from the hands of terrorists……and pretending its a move that the Right hasn’t done themselves many times…..

      • careful , you ain’t got all the facts yet, I know you probably like to run your mouth first then get facts. typical libtard, and thats way old news come live in this decade

      • Are you trying to tell me that obama-boy has more moral authority on the issue of POWs than Senator John S. McCain, III?? BTW, obama-boy has never called this alleged deserter a POW. Finally, please tell us what experience you have front and personal in the shit-holes known as iraq and a-stan. I suppose you know more about the military actions there than LTC West.

      • You mean FORMER LTC West? Who was forced to retire from the military after he allowed his men to beat a suspect and who then chambered his weapon against the man’s head and threatened to kill him?

      • There you go proving you are one of the most ignorant of all obama-boy nabos. LTC Allen B. West retired with full rank and honors and pension. He did not resign; he retired. And its too damn bad that the entire officer corps was not like him. LTC West valued the lives of Americans over that of ragheads. You whine about ragheads being forced to give information that saved American life. You are a traitor, like obama-boy, because you would prefer the death of Americans rather than some raghead be offended or hurt. Now please head to your KKK meeting to get more lies to tell us about Colonel West, our next President. From raghead made to piss himself to whole raghead nations made to piss themselves.

      • I didn’t say he resigned. He retired early rather than face a court marshal. And he was fined $5,000.

        I value the rule of law, and the dignity with which our troops usually serve. Alan West did not in this particular case.

        You do not get to decide who is a traitor.

        Uh, and this whole thing about calling me racist……if I’m so racist, then why did I vote for President Obama…..twice? Do you not appreciate the cognitive dissonance of your comment?

        You are just too ignorant for words.

      • You voted for obama-boy because he was hyper-pigmented. Once again you tell someone who disagrees with they can not expres their opinion. How very obama-boy of you.

      • No but accordng to the person posting it that means obama-boy can even be worse.

    • You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

      I believe Uncle O has paid his Mushame BrotherHOODs that much at least!

    • Don’t forget when Regan traded with the Iranians to get the Hostages back. He offered them Arms, parts for their F 15 American planes that were grounded due to lack of spare parts etc….he sold them to our worst enemy to get secret money to use to fight supply rebel fighters in Nicaragua that Congress had forbidden giving money to. So in one move the GOP traded with terrorists and gave them weapons…the same enemy he dealt with secretly to get the Hostages back behind the back of Carter on the eve of his election. When Republicans deal with the enemy’s of America and supply them with weapons and deal for hostages…its no problem.

      • are you suggesting that anything Obama dose is ok with you ? anything? he gets to break the law at will because some else did ?

      • He did not break the law. That is the point, Jay.

        Repeat after me: He did not break the law.

      • I never said that. I don’t like the way he has expanded the Patriot Act. I don’t believe he has been strong enough against the Republicans in congress who like to blame everything on his not wanting to negotiate, when they are the ones who won’t negotiate. I think he has been too moderate. There are other things, but in this particular situation, he did not break the law.

        Critical thinking lesson: Just because I don’t agree that he broke the law in this particular situation, does not mean that I agree with everything that he does.

      • Jay, Our constitution gives all a right to habeas corpus. It doesn’t say resident, within the countries borders, it doesn’t say that congress can change this. It does say you can not be held without charges, it does say you have a right to trial

      • do you even see this govt respecting the constitution, and , this isn’t covered under those rights, it comes under military law.he’s not a civilian, he’s still in a system that could have him shot, if guilty.

      • Your facts are a bit off on this one. The hostages in Iran were released during the middle of Reagan’s inauguration, there is no way that he traded anything for them. You are referring to something that happened later in his presidency involving Oliver North.

      • Sir you are a liar. That was what the Iran Contra scandal and all of the following pardons were about after the months long hearing. But don’t worry you will see your Demi god again, just bring plenty of ice water and sun tanning lotion.

    • You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

      200,000??? heard about that VA thing lately, AND who is supposed to be in charge right now , lets say it together … BUSH

      • The VA debacle has been going on since the beginning of our country. We have let our soldiers and veterans down. And let’s remember that the Republicans voted to reduce funding to the VA also. So let’s get all of the facts straight.

      • so your agreeing that Uncle O has known about it for six yrs and done nothing to help our vets, so he’s complacent in their deaths. WELL sense it’s been going on so long that makes it OK with you I’ll admit ,you are the most excuse producing POS libtard I’ve come across ,

      • You’re right it was going on way before Bush but the criminal aspect of dumping appointments for bonus’ is all Obama.

    • Another obama-boy nabob is says that all the bad things he says President ush did entitles to obama-boy to do bad things. The obama-boy morality is pretty raghead.

    • You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

      remember the corporations supported that , cheeep labor

    • Batcrewzer, It’s funny that people like you dig into the past and try to twist things to suite your purpose. This is the here and now, if you thought any of the past presidents were in the wrong you should have stated it then. Stop with the PROGRESSIVE (COMMUNIST), LIBERAL, DEMOCRATIC TALKING POINTS AND GET SOME REAL FACTS.

    • Don’t forget their hero Ronald Reagan who traded weapons to get the hostages back from Iran. All because Carter was a sissy.. who sent in Delta for a rescue but a chopper crashed.. he wouldn’t negotiate with the terrorist and was considered the “worst President ever!!”…

      • No, that would be the drunken, coke addled fool, George (shrub) Bush.
        Bush wasted $ trillions of our treasure and tens of thousands of American lives including 4,400 deaths, diverting our forces from Afghanistan and from the search for Osama Bin Laden and instead sent them to murder hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children, in the process converting that country from Iran’s worst enemy into its closest ally.

      • Oh, Georgie Porgie the painter? What works of art he has done of the world leaders. I don’t know what is worse.. his paintings of them of the fact the NSA has been ratted out as listening in on them. I remember as sing in Iraq our in front of a person’s house.. it said “No Bush” . I had to laugh.. I thought it was cool. Other people in my unit were actually upset over it. I had to remind them that if we were actually there to help these people then Freedom of Speech should not bug them so they should encourage it.

  69. Strange Zoie there was no.evidence of tht you posted tht yourself , if in fact its true it was during war have you not heard the phrase Alls fair in love and war ? You should join up with the other idiots and swear your devotion to islam and move your @$$. Over there with them You yourself are a TRAITOR to our country

    • What are you talking about? Do you not know how to reply to comments properly?

      I love how everyone else is a traitor but you. Are you the arbiter of what being traitorous means?

    • Oh.. that’s right.. we don’t have Freedom of Religion here… I forgot.. thank you for reminding me Steve Pussy.. Posey.. sorry.. but thank you for letting us know about the traitors who become another religion/denomination than yours.. Which is?? What denomination?? Just reply with what is the correct one.. Jehovah Witness, Baptist, Catholic, .. ???

  70. Bergdahl is a deserter, American soldiers died trying to find him. He should be charged and tried for desertion and treason. B. Hussein Obama violated the law by releasing terrorists without notifying congress, he should be charged, impeached and removed from office.

      • H. Johnson is not stating established fact. The president did nothing illegal. And we don’t know the facts about Bowe.

      • What he did is illegal Zoey, I don’t want to get into an internet fight with you over facts. But it is fact he broke the law when he traded those 5 evil men for 1 POW/Deserter. He was supposed to tell congress 30 days prior and he did not. That is illegal. Fact.

      • And … do you know he is a deserter.. wait. . . has he gone to trial for that? Even one of past fellow past Soldiers says “He left his guard post. Nobody knows if he defected or he’s a traitor or he was kidnapped.” then states “What I do know is he was there to protect us and instead he decided to defer from America and go and do his own thing. I don’t know why he decided to do that, but we spend so much of our resources and some of those resources were soldiers’ lives.”
        How can you first say you are not sure if it was one of three things then decide/declare you know something.. that you don’t.. then turn around and say you don’t know why he did that when you claim you already know he did something that he has NOT been found guilty of.. just hear say from former PFC Jose Baggett. I really think he may have misspoke but he has already judge him without knowing what he will say.. or what facts will be presented.. are they going to get a statement from the Taliban commander also saying yes/no they kidnapped him or .. “He just show up one day.. we told him go back .. go back to your base and go back home.. but he say no.. he did not want to go back”
        You want this guy in a trial then bring back all the other deserters over the past 14 years and put them on trial also. If they had shown up and did their jobs it would have saved more of other Military lives but instead it cost lives because others had to move over a little to cover a gap created by their desertion which directly resulted in the loss of life.

      • I know your question follows Charles but funny thing. I have my information saved on my IE but not on my Chrome web browser. Even with a refresh, I do not see your question of….

        Charles Reality • 6 hours ago

        Everyone has faith based somewhere. Just as you do.. Let me guess….. Mmmmm… Evolution? Aliens?

        To answer your question in a little length………….. Evolution is not a faith or about faith in what it is. Evolution is why you get a flu shot..unless your faith requires you to pray for healing instead of seeking medical attention like the Christians who have snakes bite them. Typically you hear about these Christians in the news about their kids dying from some curable illness or measles popping up in a certain area of the country because of anti vaccine talk. Evolution is a fact. You may think it’s “only a theory” but a theory is a hypothesis backed up by facts and peer review to test the hypothesis. For example, you make a hypothesis that heat comes from the sun. You hold your hand up to it and you feel warmth. When you are out in the sun, you record a higher temp than you do in the shade because of direct sun light. You publish your findings then I would come in to test them. I would see if I can replicate your findings and look for other causes of heat BESIDES your claim. I could come to the conclusion that yes, the sun does cause heat but it does not explain why along the same latitude of the planet you have different temperatures. We continue to study and soon we find out about humidity, the reflection of the sun off of surfaces, and basically our surroundings can cause it to feel warmer or cooler. Funny you should mention Aliens as in from outer space and not from another country. There are more first hand eye witness accounts of UFOs and alien abductions than there are first hand eye witness accounts of anything in any religion of the world. Yet, society pretty much laughs at those who claim to have seen a flying object that they believe is from outer space. People who claim to have been experimented on by aliens really get the look of “you must be kidding”. Just like any religion, they are unable to produce evidence that can be tested or observed. Right about now since I mentioned tested or observed you most likely are thinking.. “got him!”. .. You can not observe or test evolution so it’s based on faith that it happens!!! At no time during archaeological digs or findings have fossil been found out of order. In other words, you won’t find dinosaur bones naturally laying/buried in the ground within the same layer as human bones. What you find instead is a logical order of layers of time with certain bones. However, keep in mind that the practice only started in the 19th century yet most people who mock the findings don’t understand it has just started. The mid 50s to 60s caused a more scientific approach to the study which allowed for hypothesis and testing with the scientific method. That would mean about 60 years of searching the globe for answers of the Earth’s past history of animals, humans, tools, civilizations, artifacts, and learning of the past “record” within the fossil record about different animals that we do not see today and that are not mentioned in ANY manuscripts that is known of. Since we did not see them walking around, does that mean that they never exist but instead where put there by some evil spirit or “devil”? Through the study of microbiology, which began in the late 17th to early 18th century because of the invention of the microscope, we began to understand that previous centuries hypothesis of small creatures that our eyes could not see became a FACT which is refereed to as the germ theory of disease. Instead of demons, sins, or a hex cast by a witch we found the reason why people got sick. Still today, we find that people who suffer from mental illnesses or seizures are not from a possession of a demon brought on by sins or other means but from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Through evolutionary biology we have learned how species are connected by DNA. It’s the study of descent of different species and the start of new species.. wait.. what? The start of a new species? Isn’t that creation? No. Through microbiology, scientist are able to use microbes to study the progress of viral evolution to a point that the microbe is totally different in sub generations than what they started at. Darwin is most notable for his publication of The Origin of Species but Abiogenesis as to do with the origin and not evolution. Evolution shows that natural selection (predators, environmental conditions, etc) has to do with evolution. Where a mutation may help certain members of a species to survive versus the ones without the mutation. For example, you will find that people from tropical or sub tropical regions where malaria is common, you will find a increase of sickle cell. Sickle cell people are less likely to get malaria but live a shorter life span. However, when a person takes care of themselves through medication and better eating you will find they live to be 70 and sometimes beyond. Sickle cell is a mutation and through this mutation has allowed people with it to live while people without the mutation died from malaria. If you understand about dominate and recessive genes then you understand how the mutation is past from one generation to the other without a person having any problems when the genes are recessive. It is typical for children without the mutation to get malaria at a young age before they are able to reproduce. The real problem is when you have two people who have sickle cell dominate genes that have children. Those children do not live very long. There is so much more to the subject but please never ever ask “So since men evolved from apes, why are there still apes?”

      • Man you are all over the place and make no sense. Talking to people on the internet is so useless. There have been several of his fellow soldiers come out and tell the story. And then the crap with his nutty ass father. So yes, I do believe he is a traitor and a deserter. He needs to be put on trial. As for Obama, well, we all know teflon boy will be just fine, none of the laws this man has broken are being taken care of, nothing sticks to him. When it is all said and done and you Obama lovers are in the same sinking ship as the rest of us, enjoy. Being blind for now will do you no good when the crap hits the fan. It started with Bush, he wasn’t the best, and it will end with Obama who IS the worst

      • No, that is an overly broad interpretation of the law. Google it and you’ll figure that out.

      • According to everything I have heard and read (you “don’t” know it all libtard) he broke the damn law. I will not sit here and argue with someone that has her head firmly up Obamas ass. It was against the law, he unilaterally went around congress, AGAIN, and broke the law. Suck it up buttercup, he is a horrible president and all the defense people throw his way does nothing but prove he is wrong. So keep it up, you and I both know he is wrong and nothing you can say will change that. So zip it. I will respond no more, so anything you say will go unheard by me. Stay blissful in your ignorance 🙂

      • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012, when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed American soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why McCain,
        though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his usual hell in public appearances now.)”http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/06/bowe_bergdahl_and_negotiating_with_the_taliban_why_the_deal_to_free_this.html

        He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it. So, you suck it up, Buttercup. You are wrong. Period. End of story. I won’t wait for your apology for insulting me in several different ways. You wouldn’t admit you were wrong if your life depended on it.

        Have a great day! 🙂

      • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012, when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed
        American soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why McCain,though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his usual hell in public appearances now.) “http://www.slate.com/articles/…

        He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it. So, you suck it up, Buttercup. You are wrong. Period. End of story. I won’t wait for your apology for insulting me in several different ways. You wouldn’t admit you were wrong if your life depended on it.

        Have a great day! 🙂

    • It is NOT established fact.

      And the fact that you wrote the President’s name the way you did shows your ignorance and prejudice.

      Nothing that the President did was illegal.

      • This was not illegal.

        If he has broken so many laws, why is he still in office? Provide me with links to show what laws he has broken.

      • Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out.

        “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-Calif.) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.), said in a joint statement.

        Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

        The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bergdahl-release-arrangement-could-threaten-the-safety-of-americans-republicans-say/2014/05/31/35e47a2a-e8ff-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_print.html

      • I notice when they ask for evidence and they get it they shut up, thank you Eb for posting this, there are many other laws he has broken but posting just one is good enough. She said he hasn’t broken laws when he clearly has, many many times. He doesn’t get called out because the media is so firmly up Obamas rear end no one really knows about it, and when they find out he somehow gets away with it. I do believe it is a color thing, he is our first black president, I don’t know why this should matter but it does. Sad state our country is in.. People are so divided and we need to be united..

      • I for one am not questioning if he broke some “law” to get back a Soldier who you may see as a traitor/deserter. The verdict is out on that.. Innocent until proven guilty?? Now in the military it’s more like guilty until proven innocent. So I guess that means West is guilty also of crimes but he is singing your song so I totally understand that you may support West. Obama did not know if he had a short window of opportunity or a 30, 60, or 90 day opportunity. Maybe he did.. I don’t know. Before they would change their minds, he reacted. Right? Even may of been thinking the whole time.. “Congress is going to be mad. I might be impeached over this.” Fox News, Republicans, and the Tea Party have been beating their drums about Putin for months on how he makes a decision and then makes it happen. No questions asked. How decisive a leader he is. He does not care about our opinion, Obama, or any other country. (Now in a Russian accent say )..In Russia, you don’t do Russia, Russia does you! (okay, go back to your regular inside voice). (this is the part that is confusing me now) Wait, hold up.. Obama did what??? He acted without notifying Congress much less not seeking their approval? And??? Has any President of the past done this??? Um.. YES!! Was anyone beating the drum of breaking laws or talking impeachment.. maybe but I don’t remember. I do remember people wanting Clinton out of office. I honestly did not like him for the longest time. Then I did some more searching past what I was told. Before then it was mainly how Reagan claimed he knew nothing of the Iran/Contra deal that got all the hostages free about the DAY BEFORE REAGAN took office. Wow.. what a day to be an American. I guess he believed the hype that they were scared of him and how Carter was a push over.. I believed it for the longest time.. not anymore.

      • “There are a couple more misconceptions in this saga. First, while
        Obama and his diplomats made the deal on their own (in line with his
        powers as commander-in-chief), it’s not true that he left Congress out
        of the picture. He briefed a small group of senators in January 2012,
        when a deal first seemed in the offing. Sen. John McCain reportedly
        threw a fit, objecting that the detainees to be released had killed American
        soldiers, but after talking with John Kerry (at the time, still a
        senator and a friend), came around to the idea. (This may be why
        McCain,though displeased with the detainees’ release, is not raising his
        usual hell in public appearances now.) “http://www.slate.com/articles/…

        He briefed Congress. Even John McCain knew about it . You are wrong. Period. End of story.

      • It’s not my job to check out Perry’s posts. If you state something, you should back it up. I want backup.

      • So he DID give Congress 30 days warning before transferring prisoners out of Guantanamo?

      • I knew if I read enough of these post you would play the race card. Very sad. Just because that’s why he was elected and re-elected doesn’t make all that oppose do so because of the color of his skin. Nice try tho. lol

      • Where did I play the race card, CindyLue? I was speaking of his prejudice against what he considers to be Obama’s Muslim middle name. Nothing about the color of his skin. Not. A. Word.

        Ooops. Is that egg on your face, honey?

        It’s even funnier that you should say I’m playing the race card, when elsewhere in this thread, people were telling me I was prejudiced against Allen West because he’s black. So which is it?

        I’ll let you think about that and get back to me. Or not.

      • He was elected President because.. he.. got more votes? He was elected AGAIN because. .. . he .. . got more votes? Hummm I must be looking at this wrong. Let me wear your glasses CindyLue…. HOLY COW, HE BE BLACK THAT B WHY HE B ELECTED. It’s like Ron Burgundy meeting Linda Jackson.. Black..blah blah.. black.. blah..blackie black.. he is black that’s black why he got black elected black

    • Terrorist? The Afghan Taliban is not on the state departments list of terrorist organizations….. Wher do you get your information? Faux News?

      • Jac__R…if you are too retarded to know that the Taliban are terrorists you’re more ignorant than we can imagine! and obviously you are jealous that Fox News is the number 1 news station of all time!!

      • whoa Christian woman.. calling people retarded now?? So judgmental also…. Fox News is the number 1 …wait.. news? They have news on that channel?

      • Jesus loves me yes I know.. for the bible tells me.. SHUT UP RETARD!!! The Taliban are terrorists.. you are more ignorant than we thought!!! and OBVIOUSLY you are jelly for the Faux…

    • Now this is what I want!!! I want the Republicans to try and impeach Obama for this!! Out of all the other BS, this is the one thing that is so full of crap that I want them to actually try. Please, please, please!! Try to impeach him for getting a POW back.. in you case H. Johnson we will say deserter.. Okay? Can you all call your Republican representatives and push this… Dirt Bag West… make this happen!!

  71. Gail he left his post and walked into the enemies hands there is no question tht is treason , and he should spend the rest of his life in federal prison and his parents deported lol like Thts going to happen they are members of Oblamers family now. When he joined the Army he took a solemn oath to defend and protect our country with his lge if need be yet he walks off his post , deserts our country , caused loss of lives of troops tht were searching for him and you have the gall to defend those actions ? Your no better than he / the traitor is @ GAIL

    • Hyperbolic rhetoric. The facts have not been determined, so there is a question. And you’re disrespect of the President is shameful.

      • Nice. I love how polite everyone is here and welcoming. Excuse me for thinking the President of the United States is due respect.

      • If he were ACTING like a true president of these United States I would agree with you Zoey, however actions speak louder than words. What do his ACTIONS show you?

      • From someone who was there:
        “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

        It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations
        out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there.

        The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little
        strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little
        journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought
        anything about it. He was a little “out there”.
        Next morning he’s
        gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his
        kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a
        knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american
        walking north asking about where the taliban are.

        We get hits on
        our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come
        to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought
        out Taliban… to join them.

        We were in a defensive position at OP
        Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind
        spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a
        4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching.
        Everyone was spun up to find this guy.
        News outlets all over the
        country were putting out false information. It was hard to see,
        especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good
        men trying to find him.
        PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt.
        Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael
        Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died
        looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or
        killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.

        Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased.
        The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable.

        Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on
        friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking
        for him.

        His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants
        to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our
        movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things
        for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities.

        The
        Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good
        propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it.
        Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick.

        I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back.
        They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well.
        What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth.
        Either way what matters is that good men died because of him.
        He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”.
        If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did.
        Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman.
        He failed his brothers.

        Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died
        looking for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

      • C’mon Zoey0728 I want to see what your reply is to this one. Don’t target peoples comments saying theres no proof when your the one who hasn’t read this ^^^^ testimony yet.

      • This is not testimony. There is no citation explaining where this information came from or who said it.

      • Everyone and their dog it seems has been claiming to know someone who’s been there. Even the ones I know for a fact were there don’t have all the answers.

      • The truth will come out. It always does. If he was a Republican the news would have been all over it. JUST WAIT.

      • I like the way you typed just wait. It reminds me of tears of a little kid who stomps he feet and starts jumping up and down. Then suddenly in a big drama moment, falls to the ground as if ever muscle their body just gave out only to lay on the floor and whimper. Go to bed John.. time to take a nap.

      • Calling him illegal is ignorant, whats wrong with him is his judgment and priorities, not his citizenship.

      • Calling him illegal appears to be correct since he would not produce proof of his collage records, not even the grades just the application. even though he was offered 50 MILLION dollars to go to his favorite charity by Donald Trump. If he’s not illegal why wouldn’t he.

      • If he took that money he would look like someone who cares about money more than his personal privacy, what message would that send to the people of america on what type of person is running their country? Besides he doesn’t need that money and he is human so it is possible his ego got in the way. There is more than one way of thinking.

      • Have you got proof that he’s legal? Don’t think so and the fact that he is blocking all access to his records plus putting that fraudulent computer generated BC on the Internet plus his Selective Service card appears to be a fraud plus he has a Connecticut Social Security number and never lived there is a preponderance of evidence that the Illegal White House Occupant cannot prove he is legal under the Constitution. I ask again, what is your proof? I assume you voted for this guy and can’t face the realization that you and a bunch of others with the Obama messiah complex voted for a fraud. Oh, and why won’t he take Trump’s $50 million offer to show proof? He’s illegal and you know it. At least you have problems with his judgement and priorities, that’s a start. I say the man is doing what he is doing on purpose. He does not love this country and is not an American in his heart. I believe he wants to take us down….and he’s doing a pretty good job of that.

      • So….. the birth certificate.. is.. um.. still a fake?? IS THIS DONALD TRUMP?? Hey Donald.. how you doing? Dude, got to do something different with the hair.. we all know it’s a helmet that you just put on.. just let it go bud and go bald.

      • Zoey0728 At this point YOU don’t know the facts yet you voice your opinion. The disrespect comes from the president to our country which is suppose to be a country of laws that protects all. Obama released 5 of the most dangerous terrorist for a man that his fellow solders say that he walked away from his post. Obama was suppose to give congress 30 days notice before any swap of prisoners. He has broken one more, one of many that he has broken, law that any other president would be fried for. Put your racist thoughts away and look at the facts.

      • You have no idea what went on behind the scenes. You have no idea what strategic reasons there might have been.

        And where and how have I said ANYTHING that makes me a racist? Everything I said about Allen West is truth and can be found in news sources on the internet. Not one thing that I said had anything to do with the color of his skin.

      • So you are assuming that We have Eyes on these Mass Murdering Fools. We gave them to Qatar which by the way has a BAD Habit of releasing people if they are too dangerous. Ie what they did to some during the Asian Games in 2006, sent a whole group of Pakistanis back due to their allegiance to the Taliban and L.E.T. Not to Mention that Qatar Has 2 American Bases not One. Al-Uied AirBase and Camp As-Saylah. So not only did we drop these clowns off in a “Friendly” Country, we also gave them a Target Rich environment. So again the Question is at you, How was this a good idea?

      • That’s right, there is a question. Why are you writing? Your idiotic comments make me sick. The parents of the soldiers that that died trying to find this soldier/criminal surely don’t agree with you. And neither do the parents of the solders who died catching these terrorists. The only shameful thing here is what the president did. Keep on drinking your Kool-aid.

      • Oh, how cute! You changed your display name to ‘Zoey Likes Terrorism’! Thank you so much. I consider that a compliment. I must be really getting under your skin. Have a nice day, Sweetie.

      • The current president is shameful. An embarrassment, a liar, a cheat and wholly dangerous to freedom.

      • The President’s disrespect of our military is what is SHAMEFUL. He will do more for a Muslin that out military. “FACT”

      • No such thing. You wouldn’t know a fact if it hit you in the head. This whole “the President cares more about Muslims” meme is pitiful. You will believe anything the right wing hate machine feeds you.

      • Do you have anything to say on your own, or are you just going to go around posting Amen to the people who are spewing nonsense that is not fact?

      • Zoey…my life (other than Jesus and my family) is politics and facts…when I say “amen” to someone’s post…it means that I not only agree with them, but that I also know that they are posting the truth!!! FYI

      • So, you know that littlebilly is telling the truth when he called me an idiot, an asswipe and a welfare recipient? You upvoted that comment too. Do you know me? No. So how could that comment have been true?

      • Caroline, No need to justify your comments to a troll that has nothing better than insults to contribute.

      • Not true, Zoey is providing skepticism, it is an important thing to have when seeking the truth.

      • That is actually a oxymoron statement to mention facts and Jesus in the same sentence because that means you are a Christian who got their religion from other religions. If you are interested in learning the truth then you have to give up your Santa ….. I mean Jesus obsessions. Do you have any empirical evidence for your Jesus? No, you do not. Which mean you believe in fairies, giants, dragons, unicorns, and that Jonah sat in a whale for 3 days…. Facts??? BAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Everyone has faith based somewhere. Just as you do.. Let me guess….. Mmmmm… Evolution? Aliens?

      • Evolution is not a faith or about faith in what it is. Evolution is why you get a flu shot..unless your faith requires you to pray for healing instead of seeking medical attention like the Christians who have snakes bite them. Typically you hear about these Christians in the news about their kids dying from some curable illness or measles popping up in a certain area of the country because of anti vaccine talk. Evolution is a fact. You may think it’s “only a theory” but a theory is a hypothesis backed up by facts and peer review to test the hypothesis. For example, you make a hypothesis that heat comes from the sun. You hold your hand up to it and you feel warmth. When you are out in the sun, you record a higher temp than you do in the shade because of direct sun light. You publish your findings then I would come in to test them. I would see if I can replicate your findings and look for other causes of heat BESIDES your claim. I could come to the conclusion that yes, the sun does cause heat but it does not explain why along the same latitude of the planet you have different temperatures. We continue to study and soon we find out about humidity, the reflection of the sun off of surfaces, and basically our surroundings can cause it to feel warmer or cooler. Funny you should mention Aliens as in from outer space and not from another country. There are more first hand eye witness accounts of UFOs and alien abductions than there are first hand eye witness accounts of anything in any religion of the world. Yet, society pretty much laughs at those who claim to have seen a flying object that they believe is from outer space. People who claim to have been experimented on by aliens really get the look of “you must be kidding”. Just like any religion, they are unable to produce evidence that can be tested or observed. Right about now since I mentioned tested or observed you most likely are thinking.. “got him!”. .. You can not observe or test evolution so it’s based on faith that it happens!!! At no time during archaeological digs or findings have fossil been found out of order. In other words, you won’t find dinosaur bones naturally laying/buried in the ground within the same layer as human bones. What you find instead is a logical order of layers of time with certain bones. However, keep in mind that the practice only started in the 19th century yet most people who mock the findings don’t understand it has just started. The mid 50s to 60s caused a more scientific approach to the study which allowed for hypothesis and testing with the scientific method. That would mean about 60 years of searching the globe for answers of the Earth’s past history of animals, humans, tools, civilizations, artifacts, and learning of the past “record” within the fossil record about different animals that we do not see today and that are not mentioned in ANY manuscripts that is known of. Since we did not see them walking around, does that mean that they never exist but instead where put there by some evil spirit or “devil”? Through the study of microbiology, which began in the late 17th to early 18th century because of the invention of the microscope, we began to understand that previous centuries hypothesis of small creatures that our eyes could not see became a FACT which is refereed to as the germ theory of disease. Instead of demons, sins, or a hex cast by a witch we found the reason why people got sick. Still today, we find that people who suffer from mental illnesses or seizures are not from a possession of a demon brought on by sins or other means but from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Through evolutionary biology we have learned how species are connected by DNA. It’s the study of descent of different species and the start of new species.. wait.. what? The start of a new species? Isn’t that creation? No. Through microbiology, scientist are able to use microbes to study the progress of viral evolution to a point that the microbe is totally different in sub generations than what they started at. Darwin is most notable for his publication of The Origin of Species but Abiogenesis as to do with the origin and not evolution. Evolution shows that natural selection (predators, environmental conditions, etc) has to do with evolution. Where a mutation may help certain members of a species to survive versus the ones without the mutation. For example, you will find that people from tropical or sub tropical regions where malaria is common, you will find a increase of sickle cell. Sickle cell people are less likely to get malaria but live a shorter life span. However, when a person takes care of themselves through medication and better eating you will find they live to be 70 and sometimes beyond. Sickle cell is a mutation and through this mutation has allowed people with it to live while people without the mutation died from malaria. If you understand about dominate and recessive genes then you understand how the mutation is past from one generation to the other without a person having any problems when the genes are recessive. It is typical for children without the mutation to get malaria at a young age before they are able to reproduce. The real problem is when you have two people who have sickle cell dominate genes that have children. Those children do not live very long. There is so much more to the subject but please never ever ask “So since men evolved from apes, why are there still apes?”

      • Theory:

        “An idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true”. Since when has a theory ever been fact? No there is nothing “Factual” about evolution at all. Dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. There are also carvings of what
        look to be dinosaurs in various places around the world. There are also
        human footprints found in the same layers as dinosaur footprints. There are giant human skeletons. That doesn’t fit with evolution which says we started small. We know about the sun creating heat because we can observe it happening. Similar DNA can be explained by the designer which everything he made
        was built upon. His computer code so to speak. The alien question goes
        into something else. The alternative (Evolution) was for people whom wish to not believe or worship the Creator. Most don’t like being told what to do (Including myself), even if it’s for their own good. It means that in the end, we have to account for what we have, or have not done in our lives to our creator. All of this based on freewill. You cannot have a faithful servant if they are forced into it. Certainly, if you wish to believe in evolution, go for it. I respect you for having that conviction, though I disagree with you on it. This is a deep subject here, so this probably isn’t the forum to be having this discussion.

      • And if you can find the education to read some of the other posts here, you’ll see that I have also posted my own information!!!

      • “find the education”? What is that supposed to even mean?

        I am reading and commenting as I read. People often do that.

      • when did the pashtoon start speaking farsi instead of arabic? and sicne when is a retired officer a former officer and lose the rank he or she held upon retirement?

      • Thank you for pointing out my data entry error. I had earlier posted this query as a statement with the right order that the pashtun did not speak arabic

    • Amen, Steve Posey. I smell a big rat. This Obama man continues to do things that demoralize our troops and favors the enemy. We appear to have traded an Islamist convert and sympathizer and deserter for 5 top level Islamic Jihadists who will strengthen the Islamic Jihadist war against us and we get a guy that most likely should be tried, convicted and shot as a deserter and traitor. His dad appears to have bought the Satanist cult religion and should also be tried as a traitor. Zoey0728, go back to your mother’s basement and stop drinking Obama coolaid.

      • Are there names? Was the testimony within a court of law? Where is the testimony found? Do you know for a fact that the testimony is from these men?

      • Do you know for a fact their testimony is false? I’m in the army, so I tend to believe other soldiers. They have provided names, and I don’t know the status of any trials taking place. But that’s okay, just wait and see. I hope for your sake you don’t remain blindfolded by whatever it is that keeps you from seeing what’s real.

      • You believe other Soldiers? Really? The military is a direct reflection of our society. Have you heard that? That means there are plenty of liars and whiners in the military also along with the ones who don’t do those things as much. Because a bitching Soldier is a happy Soldier. I did not trust anyone as far as I could throw them. That’s why as a NCO I always checked behind the other NCOs, the LT to make sure they all were doing their jobs even if they say they were. The command puts out the desired atmosphere that a certain person is a dirt bag and typically everyone goes along with it. Seen it many times after I figured it out. It’s like watching one news channel and getting their opinions as the whole story. There are 3 sides. Hers, his, and the actual whole truth.

      • well, if testimony outside of a “court of law” is not sufficient to prove a point aainst Sgt Bergdahl why is testimony against LTC West in an Aritlce 15 NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT proceeding suficient to prove anything you say about him? Or does your racism sneak in here as you believe a Black man who does act and behave lke you, a white girl, thinks he should act and behave is always guilty while a nice white boy tells the truth?

      • you mean like when you said bergdahl learned arabic to talk to people who speak farsi

      • If you are going to debate with Zoey0728 please don’t do it with BS. It doesn’t work in a logical argument.

      • His Dad should be shot also? Really.??? Why?? Because he decided to be a Muslim?? That’s his decision for Freedom of Religion. Or it’s only Freedom to Pick Your Religion? Complete douche dude. Even if he is a convert, that does not matter. You are making Faux News assumptions… Are you Bill O’Reilly??.. or Hannity? I bet your Hannity… what a nut bag.

      • We have yet to find out what obama meant when he told the Russians to wait till he was reelected. He must have something up his sleeve, but we will not find out until some weekend when we can’t do anything about it.

      • John, we are many and they are few, never say we cant do anything about it. If we wanted to we could take back our country. We just need to want it bad enough. I hope it comes before it gets much worse.

    • If you are referring to my post Steve I did NOT defend his actions what so ever. I really think you should re-read the post. I said in essence that we will NEVER know what happened because our government hides all the witnesses. I re-read my post just to make sure I didn’t come off sounding like I was defending that traitor. Believe me, you misunderstood what I was saying and you should go up and read it again. I agree 100% with what you said, except saying I was defending him or his family. I said his father said some very suspicious things the other day in his press conference with Obama… Please re-read it so you don’t continue to think that, or make others think I said that…

    • Never mind, since I doubt you will take the time to correct yourself I will do it for you.. This is what I said.. No need for you to go find it .. Reminds me of the Benghazi witnesses, they wont let them talk either. Our government ( left, right and center) wont let any of this get out. To this day we don’t have access to anyone that knows anything about Benghazi, the same will happen with this I think. I don’t know what is going on with this guy, and I doubt we ever will. But what I know is this, his “capture” is very suspicious, and his fathers Tweet and his speech the other day with Obama on tv was VERY suspicious. I think something is very wrong with this whole thing. But like I said, I doubt we will EVER know what happened, like Benghazi….

    • No apology? Because man, I tell ya. you made one hell of a mistake in your judgement of my comment. If I had done that I would have at least said I was sorry for calling you a traitor! At least man up and say you were wrong in your judgement! Good grief..

  72. days after we celebrated a holiday tht honors thJust like everything else this lire and so called chief does , it was negotiated behind closed doors without congressional approval , and as usual he had to sneak it in over the weekend strange , rite after his weak limp wristed speech at harvard last week and then basically defiled our military with something like this 5 days after we celebrate our military for they’re efforts and loss of lives just to keep idiots like some of you free.

    • What is it about you people and your phallic obsession?

      Plus, you need to go back to school and learn how to write a proper comment.

      I guess ignorance is bliss for you.

      • @zoey0728: Wait a second, where was the phallic reference? Who were you referring to when you said “you people”? While I agree that the man’s spelling and grammar could use some serious help, you didn’t actually make any other valid point.

      • That’s it? That’s barely a phallic reference, if it is one at all. So otherwise you really don’t have anything against this guy?

      • the only thing zoey knows about anatomy is being on her knees–as far as male genitalia goes she just wants her presidential knee pads like monica

      • She may be an ignorant ass, but you just validated her point by degrading her like that. Find a different approach, man.

      • Us people? I guess I don’t understand your comment “cuz Iz just weren’t able to get as schooled as you. But I didn’t find anything phallic about the comment. Prolly cuz us schoolless folks wuz curst with common sense. Yuz prolly one of them there schooled people that weren’t curst like us people”.Just sayin’

    • They looked into it, & don’t worry Col. West has a distinguished political Career AHEAD of him.

      If you are, in fact a Vet, thanks for serving the Nation.
      Stop telling Fellow Americans to shut up. (It’s like using your First Amendment Rights to abuse someone else’s

      • Nobody is abusing or infringing on anybody else’s free speech here. Anybody can tell anybody else to shut up, because it isn’t hurting them and isn’t stopping them from continuing to say anything.

      • now they are just aping obama-boy who has spent entire time in office telling people, like Fox News, Rush, those opposed to obamacare, to shut up.

      • a one and done Congressman who couldn’t even get rel-elected in a gerrymandered Red district. VERY bright future……..LOL

    • And if you are a proudvet, then you would know it’s court-martial, not marshal, I suspect you didn’t serve a day in your life.

      • Except for a couple years when LBJ enlisted about 340,000 very low IQ men, about half black, to try and get them killed off in Vietnam (project 100,000) it’s been a long time since the army had soldiers who couldn’t read.. and any soldier who can read, knows there is no such thing as a Court’s Marshall

      • It’s not grammar, it’s spelling. I just think if you’re going to bash someone, at least use the correct word. So, in reality you’re comment is invalid.

      • Yeah.. I see what you did.. you double posted like a dumbass.. I guess you meant to do that? I stand corrected sir.. sorry.. a spelling Nazi is lose on the forums.. how is that? Oh wait. I am not using periods properly. I am trying to use them to show pause when I should not. Oh goodness…..

      • It’s not grammar, it’s spelling. I just think if you’re going to bash someone, at least have the capacity to use the right word. So, in reality, your comment is invalid. Did you see what I did there?

    • Oh, proudvet, you must be glad SCOTUS declared the Stolen Valor Act to be a violation of the First Amendment. You are no veteran. You can not even spell court-martial. Try lying around obama-boy supporters as they are stupid enough to believe it.

  73. We just placed a classification of POTENTIAL HOSTAGE on every US Soldier, Sailor, Airman & Marine.
    Every Terror Group & Rogue Nation on Earth just got clued in on this.
    If you don’t think this is the case, allow me to tell you you should wait 6-8 months then revisit that opinion.
    This was beyond stupid.
    It is Dangerous & the Enemies of this Nation are going to attempt to make Bank on it with every expectation of success……….
    Now that Obama has set a new (low) Precedent.

    P.S. For those asking, well would you leave him in captivity?
    YES!! YES! I would! I want those six guys back that died looking for him & under NO circumstances should we ever have let those 5 Terror Lords Go.

    • How about every American CITIZEN as well?

      Kidnap one housewife on vacation, demand 5 dirtbags for her release.

    • I think actually it was Ronald Reagan that set the “precedence” by exchanging actual weapons for the hostages taken back in 1979. Jimmy Carter is considered a dirt bag for not getting the hostages out BUT WAIT.. this of course is different.. right??.. because it’s Obama making the deal to get him back it was a bad decision. Give me a break….

      • It isn’t about Obama. Some people are trying to make it about him, and I do agree with those people, but the issue here is that a man who, according to his peers, was a deserter, is being made out as a hero.

        I supported Obama for a long time, but I feel he’s made a lot of poor choices lately.

      • Yes, I affirmed that I would support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I would bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and that I would obey the orders of the PRESIDENT of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice for over 23 years from 1988 to 2011. During that time I EARNED the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal 7th Clasp, Bronze Star Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Combat Action Badge, Overseas Ribbon 2nd Award, Army Commendation Medal 3rd Oak Leaf, Gold Recruiter Badge 3 Sapphires, Drivers Badge-W, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Achievement Award 1st Silver Oak, Humanitarian Award, the “give me award” of Army Service Ribbon. I was a M1A1 Abrams Crewman with the final position of Tank Commander/Platoon Sergeant. Trained a lot of people to deploy and fight in a war that a lot of disagreed with and faced an enemy who just wanted me dead. Shot at, mortared, IEDs, and VBIEDs were common for deployments and then I get to come back to Disney Land. It really is a dream here in the States. How good we have it.. we really do… AC, TV, cars, trucks, roads, trees, clouds, and rain… love the rain now.. just walk in it (unless there is lightning.. I hate lightning and I hate fireworks on 4th of July, New Years, and any other freaking time)… So John.. either you served Active Duty or you didn’t.. if you did, than thank you.. if you did not… just say thank you and move on please..

    • Here’s a news flash, every soldier, sailor, airmen and marine has BEEN a potential hostage since this whole thing started. HELLO. You think they wouldn’t grab anybody they could? the great part is that in spite of that, this guy is the only one they could nab. They needed to get rid of these guys in Gitmo anyway. The war is ending, they can’t hold them forever. Now we can perhaps track them and who knows what that might lead to. Their intell value after years at Gitmo is zero. Their ability to function after years under duress there is probably not very good either.

  74. How do you know there wasn’t a strategic reason for releasing those 5 people. How long had they been held? Had every opportunity to interrogate been taken? If so, is it possible they are more valuable to us now since they can be tracked? How do you know this wasn’t the perfect opportunity we had been waiting for to get those men back into the field so we could do surveillance and intelligence tracking without them being suspicious. I agree there is a lot we don’t know. But you conveniently pass over stiff we don’t know that won’t help your agenda and only point out the stuff we don’t know that may help it. You are a POS politician and I’d rather be stuck in a room full of people like him than a room full of POS politicians any day. Using things and events for your political gain. You are a disgrace and it’s a shame we don’t have a code of justice to imprison your ass the those like you in power that send the country to hell daily. Republicans, Democrats…you are all the same. And you make a lot of us sick to our stomachs. The ONLY thing we agree on is that if he did things you claim that the appropriate punishment be handed out.

    • I hope that you like CROW. You should be waiting to see what the truth is before opening your BIG mouth. See what the men that were stationed with him say. From what I have read SGT Bowe Bergdahl weapon was still at his post. The Taliban would have taken his weapon if he was captured. It would still be there is he just walked away from his post. The latter is called desertion. Why are all of the men that helped to hunt for him told not to talk about this?

      • a lot of this desertion talk is coming from someone stationed with him. That makes it at least worth a look, don’t you think?

      • …and from people claiming to have been stationed with him. And people claiming to know someone who was there, but can’t provide names or any means to fact check, as it’s all hush-hush. And a lot of this desertion talk is coming from people who can’t even agree on how he left base and have conflicting versions of how the Taliban got a hold of him. I’m not saying that those I know were there or can reasonably trust to have known people there are lying. But if they have all the answers, we’re not hearing them.

      • No. But that plus the fact that I come from a state that’s pretty excited and hopeful to get our boy back, it’s all the more reason I have to pay close attention to the details in every account of Bergdahl’s captivity. And there are a lot of contradictions between them. Even the accounts that seem to make the most sense still have some pretty gaping holes.

        I am fairly confident, however, that we’ll get the whole truth soon. It’s the very least the Bergdahl family, their friends, and the family and friends of those who fell searching for him deserve.

      • Reminds me of the Benghazi witnesses, they wont let them talk either. Our government ( left, right and center) wont let any of this get out. To this day we don’t have access to anyone that knows anything about Benghazi, the same will happen with this I think. I don’t know what is going on with this guy, and I doubt we ever will. But what I know is this, his “capture” is very suspicious, and his fathers Tweet and his speech the other day with Obama on tv was VERY suspicious. I think something is very wrong with this whole thing. But like I said, I doubt we will EVER know what happened, like Benghazi….

      • I’m not going to judge the dad, because I know some of his other habits (ie, eating bacon, praying to Jesus, attending Presbyterian church services) don’t square with sympathy for the Taliban.

      • Actually, yes. And I don’t think it’s too unreasonable to expect truthful accounts to contain minor inconsistencies rather than glaring contradictions, like whether he was alone or with others when he was taken, whether he was a willing collaborator with the Taliban or an uncooperative prisoner who went on hunger strike and had on more than one occasion attempted escape. Whether he was on friendly terms with all the locals, or had to ask around for someone who spoke English.

        I also think it’s odd that someone allegedly known to be a deserter would still receive his promotions while in captivity. I do know that the emails reported by Rolling Stone magazine still cannot be authenticated, though. I would have thought that five years would have been enough time to prove they were genuine.

      • Well congratulations, but the rest of us aren’t necessarily so gifted. I’m not saying any of it is proven, I’m saying I believe he’s guilty.

      • So you’re saying you believe he’s guilty without any evidence?

        That’s not exactly living up to your username.

      • I believe he’s guilty with what evidence I’ve seen. I don’t expect everybody else to, and it isn’t like I’m gonna go shoot the man based on my opinion. I believe the Justice system will sort out the truth and I believe the verdict will be guilty.

      • probably should have addressed my other comment to Brett, but now it’s a whole lot of them coming forward. Weekly Standard but up an article.

    • Apparently those 5 were specifically selected by the Taliban. Obama was OK with , so it’s all good….right.

  75. Funny, the whole time I remember how every SGM and LTC was talking about he was a POW.. which means he was captured. Nothing was ever mentioned of being a deserter. Let me guess West. Because Obama is President and he gave the okay it’s a bad call. If he would have said no and word got out, would you be banging that drum on how he “refused” to get a POW out?

    • obama-boy has not called his fellow POS a POW. Argue with him as Colonel West did. BTW, was it not your ilk that back in 2003 criticized the rescuse of PFC Jessica Lynch, USA (Ret) from the iragi ragheads. I recall being told that was racist because the military had to find and rescue a Black POW first, that it was a Hollywood PR stunt, that she wanted to be with the iraqi ragheads, and after years of how the iraqi medical system being decimated by sanctions, as htey had been arguing, she was getting better treatment by the ragheads than the US Armed Forces could have given her.

      • I never criticized the rescue of ANYONE. Not to sound disrespectful to you but slow down and take a little time when you post something. It just really helps anyone who is reading it. I do not remember anything about it being racist. What I do remember is that other people were rescued also but Jessica was put into the lime light. Why? Most likely for the same reason Faux have those lovely ladies to talk on TV. Mind you, Jessica was not some super hot woman back then but basically she got all the publicity and book deals. Not the ugly black girl. Raghead is a racial term so, I am going to stop talking to you now.

      • So the next time some homosexual or other leftist attacks Christianity you are going to call them a racist? Or does the so-called religion of peace founded by a pedophile now constitute a race? And if the word raghead was god enough for the men and women fof the US Armed Forces fighting them its good enough for me. But then you support ragheads and other terrorists who want Americans.

      • You can leave my religion out of this, thank you. Are you going to reject my support because I’m Christian? This is not about faith or religion or the lack thereof, can we please save that for another discussion?

      • Another raghead lover who wants to suppress speech his does not like. How precious.

      • I’m arguing the same cause as you, Bergdahl needs to pay for his crimes, but instead of staying on topic you wanna bash my faith. That’s messed up.

      • There is a big misundserstanding here. I questioned whether someone who calls insulting ragheads racist would do the same if that were done to Christians. Oviously he wont. I thought you were defending that pro-raghead. Being Christian myself I would attack Christianity. I apologize about the misunderstanding.

    • Yes, they have always called him a deserter. And yes, they have called him a POW. Just because a soldier abandons his American post does not mean the enemy is going to welcome him with open arms and award him with 80 virgins, or whatever he was hoping for. Obviously, the enemy was best served by having an American soldier as a prisoner instead of a low ranking American ally. They already have unlimited number of people willing to do anything, even be martyrs. This American soldier surely was not willing to make these kind of sacrifices for them. So yea, an American deserter can still be an American POW used for their benefit as propaganda against American interests.

      • S R.. thank you for such a good response versus some of the other ones I see here… and honestly, some of those I just have to troll. I remember this fellow being mentioned while I was in the military. Him being a deserter or anything dealing with his capture I never heard of. All that I heard was that he was a POW. We even had a picture up of him so that “units” (10-20 man teams) that were training as MiTT would be on the look out for him when they deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. The thinking at the time was that he would most likely be sent of to Iraq since nobody would think to look for him there. Of course, our wonderful Pakistan “ally” would be looking for him also (whatev). I am sure (and even heard) that most likely anything the military has on him for being a deserter would be dropped. The fact that he was also a POW is not in question either. I would not be surprised if the military looked past any accusations that he was a deserter and look at his POW status as punishment enough. The whole 72 virgin thing I don’t get either.. why would you want a virgin? She don’t know what she is doing and just typically lays there… screw that… Why 72? I am going to look into that.. why not 77 or 56? But, to call into question of getting a POW back for the exchange of 5 terrorist held in Cuba is a deal I would have made also. By passing Congress and not notifying and having to wait 30 days before the release may (or may not, we don’t know either way) have caused the Taliban to change their minds.. best to act now then lose the opportunity because like I said, I am sure the GOP would have turned this around to call into question why he did not act (like Putin, the Conservative Hero). Now with our 20/20 hindsight, we can say that not closing the prison there was a good ideal which is opposite of what Obama had promised but changed his mind after he may have gotten some intel back in 2008.

      • Though I disagree wit the use of the term “P.O.W.” in context of his situation (typically, a P.O.W. is someone who has not volunteered to desert his post and join the enemy), the rest of your comment is spot-on.

      • A correction or two: Islamic ‘martyrs’ are not martyrs, but rather suicide murderers or if you rather in military parlance ‘komikazi’s’. In English a martyr would be an innocent non-combatant victim of murder. Islamists love to twist things , but this worked so well that it gave Obama an excuse to release (to Quattar) 5 deadly terrorists to continue their Jihad. Obama is just looking out for his own.

  76. They better debrief the soldier under pentathol to make sure he he has not been programmed to attack America. Probable deserter, has spoken against America and they had him for 5 years.

  77. I can’t help but note the continuous love fest for the demi-god Reagan with the neo-confederates. So no orgy would be complete with out:
    Arms for hostages
    Iran-contra
    Blown up marines in Beirut
    Bull crap invasion of Resort Grenada
    Massive Deficits
    And last but not least SUPPORT for Apartheid in South Africa!
    Died an imbecile, wearing diapers, stinking in the grave.
    When I encounter an atheist who demands proof of God’s existence , it is this list I am most proud to offer.
    Massive Deficits.
    He sold arms to an enemy nation in exchange for our people. He also ran a personal war that also dealt in murder and cocaine. The b^*tard should have been impeached and imprisoned. But in the end, God’s justice caught up with him and he died a disgraceful death.

      • Truth and facts according to who…YOU? This type of disrespect is par for the course where liberals are concerned. Massive deficits??? Have you been paying attention lately to the ULTRA-massive deficits are are dealing with now under this administration??? And BTW, what does President Reagan have to do with the Bowe Bergdahl story?

      • You people live to lie. None of that list can you refute or explain. Yes, your demi god negotiated with terrorist before it became fashionable.

      • Luzy, I’m sure by now you know the statists don’t have to make sense. They just like to spout off. At least if they are spouting off here, people on the street are safe from them.

      • There you go again being racist! Calling all who oppose your view confederates! Shame on you!

      • Again you ‘baggers are as self aware as night crawlers!? Totally oblivious to the bile and vitriol heaped upon a 5 yr. POW and the Pres. on this very forum. BTW, everybody talking about Jesus, won’t meet him. Try to wrap your pinhead around that one.

      • “P.O.W.” requires capture, which is not defined by willingly seeking out the enemy to join them. The President violates some very serious laws and practices (thus creating a very dangerous precedent) by doing this.

        If you cannot wrap your head around that, it’s your problem.

      • You have no knowledge that this actually happened. If you cannot wrap your head around that, it’s your problem.

      • I was in country when it happened, genius. I do have knowledge that it actually happened. Or did you forget that some people actually have to deal with the reality of this kind of crap?

      • Were you in his company? How did you come by your knowledge? What was your rank and MOS? Where were you based?
        .
        And, no, I do know what the reality is. My husband served in Iraq, thank you very much. I love how you assume I know absolutely nothing.

        No one on this thread has any respect for anyone .

      • Just because your husband served doesn’t mean you know diddly squat. Kindly do your own time in service.

      • You’re really not adding anything intelligent to the conversation, you’re just repeating that nobody has proof of what actually happened. Honestly, nobody knows the real truth except those directly involved. Please add something new to your side of the debate.

      • I am a tebagger and you are the teabaggee. The teabaggee lies on his or her back with their oral cavity opened wide while the tebagger lowers his testicle filled scrotum into the teabaggee’s mouth and the teabaggee says mmuuuufff mmmuuuufff.

      • I rest my case hyp[ocrate. LOL. And now you’re deciding who meets Jesus. Man you need some serious help.

    • “Sold arms to the enemy”. Sounds familiar, Operation Fast and Furious. But that was ok because the almighty Obama authorized it.

      • 2006–2008: Operation Wide Receiver and other probes

        Operation Wide Receiver

        The suspicious sale of AR-15s led to Operation Wide Receiver.[31]

        The first known ATF “gunwalking” operation to Mexican drug cartels,
        named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late
        2007. Licensed dealer Mike Detty of Mad Dawg Global informed the ATF of a
        suspicious gun purchase that took place in February 2006 in Tucson, Arizona.
        In March he was hired as a confidential informant working with the
        ATF’s Tucson office, part of their Phoenix, Arizona field division.[31]

        WHO the hell was the president in 2006? That’s when it was started and was authorized. You people are pathetic.

      • At least Bush had enough sense to stop it when he found out it wasn’t working the way it was intended. But then hussein let it continue because it was working the way he wanted it to, the USA be damned.

      • Uh, Wide Receiver ended in 2007, Fast and Furious ended in 2011… Whether Bush (the previous dirtbag) did the same thing does not absolve the current dirtbag of his own actions.

      • Operation Wide Receiver was ended prior to the end of the Bush administration (2007, hello…), and was replaced with Operation Fast and Furious, under the current President and Attorney General.

        Just because the last dirtbag got away with it, we should let the current one do so as well? You want to see pathetic? Look in a mirror.

      • No. Operation Fast and Furious was a continuation of Operation Wide Receiver. batlcrewzer is right. You people are pathetic.

      • So, you want it to continue then, is that it? This administration has got away with murder, plain and simple and I guess you people want it to continue! Sad indeed.

      • Where did I say I wanted it to continue?

        I guess you forget about the thousands of lives ended by a war we were lied into. Hypocrite.

      • Another leftwingnut proves that the following can not be posted too many times… From an expert; Liberals are clinically mad, concludes top psychiatrist Dr. Lyle Rossiter. Doctor Rossiter makes case that leftist ideology is a mental disorder.

      • I’ve seen others post a top psychiatrist stating that right wing cognitive dissonance is a mental disorder. There will always be someone who claims to be an expert stating something that affirms your own viewpoint. That doesn’t mean they are correct.

      • So let me get this straight. So if what you say is true and has happened before, because this time it is Obama doing the same thing its ok? This is on his watch, not Reagan, not Bush, etc.

      • I dont think anyone is saying it is ok, merely that if you are going to admonish one for the act you should admonish all.

      • Batlcrewzer Must be an old white guy because that is the kind the retarded puppet likes. Mans Country, Chicago; Life members, the retarded puppet and rahm emanuel lifetime members mans country.

      • Once again a t-bger fantasizes about homo sex. Next you will be toe tapping in an airport bathroom like your former Senator from Iowa.

    • This has exactly nothing to do with the current situation nor the acts of dereliction of duty and desertion (likely, among numerous other crimes) of PFC Bergdahl.

      Before you “correct” me, understand that that “man” is NOT a Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Army, by
      any stretch of the imagination, nor has he earned such a promotion by
      any measure. It was merely a political ploy, and one that is in very poor taste, especially to any who understand the meaning of what it is to truly be a Sergeant or an NCO.

      While I respect your right to have any opinion of former President Ronald Reagan that you wish to hold, it is absolutely irrelevant here.

      • he could be that, he could be a professional troll on the payroll of the dimocRAT Crime Syndicate, or he could just be a bored idiot trying to rile people up. In any event, though, he’s a troll who gets his satisfaction from people responding to his taunts. Whatever his motivation, the best way to deal with him is to simply ignore him.

    • Another leftwingnut proves that the following can not be posted too many times… From an expert; Liberals are clinically mad, concludes top psychiatrist Dr. Lyle Rossiter. Doctor Rossiter makes case that leftist ideology is a mental disorder.

    • My initial response didn’t quite cut the mustard for the Col. (whom I have the utmost respect for) Shame on you for speaking that way about the dead.

      • Water is wet, and Satan commands “some” respect in hell. As an old school alumni of Nellis AFB, the level of treasonous sedition shown by your party for the living sickens me that you share the same country.

      • You mean like your demi God Ronald “arms for hostages” Reagan? Your prayers are like “filthy rags” before our Lord. So you don’t mind if I just say ESAD!

  78. This was a very bad move by our administration. This sets a precedence that could cost future lives – both civilian and military. One wonders if “stupid” is contagious?

      • Both sides of the trade are muslims. Also the trader is a muslim and the United States of America is the great satan and Israel is the little satan. With these pearls of wisdom, the actions of this socialist-communist-marxist-islamofascist-racist administration are very understandable.

      • His dad is a muslim, too. Did you see him with owebama? Hear the translation of his opening statement?

      • His dad is not a Muslim. Muslims don’t attend services on Sundays at a Presbyterian church.

      • He stood next to owebama and thanked allah for all that is good. Then, he and owebama hugged. owebama is also muslim. And a traitor.

      • The phrase he uttered is used at the beginning of every chapter of the q’ran except one. The q’ran does not worship God. It worships allah.

      • “Allah” is the Arabic word for “God.” Arabic speaking Christians also call God “Allah.”

        Muslims also don’t eat bacon or pray to Jesus while standing, facing any direction with no regard for where Mecca is.

        Bob Bergdahl is not a Muslim.

      • But he is certainly a muslim/taliban sympathizer and his son a US military deserter. obama has released 5 of the most dangerous men on the planet so they can once again return to the war on America. They should have been executed.
        This is one more deliberate act of treason against the United States by our sitting president.