President Obama’s unilateral decision to release five of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet have interrupted the editing of my new novel, Raven’s Run. I feel compelled to post a few thoughts.
Most of the focus in America is on the human aspects of this. The only facts that are fully clear at this writing are:
- Obama, against informed advice and going around Congress in violation of a law that he himself signed, has released five top level terrorists.
- This is a compromise of America’s National security. Our allies are shaken.
- This was initially planned by the White House as a “hostage rescue” in exchange for money, but in December 2013 this was shifted to a “prisoner exchange,” and everyone was cut out except for the White House and the State Department.
- There was NO American POW involved. The person whom Obama traded for terrorists was, at best, an American soldier who deserted on the battlefield in a time of war, an act that historically has been viewed as a capital offense.
- Many have known about this defector for years. Those with knowledge of this event were gag ordered, and all the information about it has been on close hold.
- There are classified files on this which have yet to be opened. Congress got a classified briefing, but reports are that not much was revealed.
- There are speculations (but not yet proof) that the defector, the deserter, may have collaborated with the jihadists and might even be an enemy agent. There are also speculations that he might have been radicalized by his parents, like the Boston bombers.
- The defector apparently is Muslim, as are his parents, who met with Obama at the White House and gave a benediction from the Koran in Arabic, the same benediction to Allah that Arab conquerors gave to claim territory as they occupied the West 1,000 years ago. During this, Obama was smiling, looking pleased.
- Long before his defection, Bergdahl was investigated and shown to be mentally unstable. It is highly unlikely that he “served with honor.” Obama had to have known this, or, if not, why not? Link.
At present, the Obama Administration (and media) focus is almost exclusively on the faux “rescued POW.” The entire Obama foreign policy is based on the assumption that there is no war between the West and radical Islam. That Al-Qaida is on the run, and that if there is a war, it’s Bush’s fault and our exit from Afghanistan will end it.
My view is that the defector is a side issue, one small by comparison, but captivating to the public. Larger is that the way this debacle was handled is the equivalent of how the left spit on our serving military and Vets during and after Vietnam. The huge thing is the release of dangerous terrorists, with more to come.
The creepiest thing was the Taliban video of the hostage transfer. What was wrong with it? Virtually everything. Our retired SPEC OPS guys will no doubt be commenting about this, while those still serving will be under orders to say nothing.
The video taped transfer was a symbolic surrender, like a dog lying on its back and baring its throat, and the jihadists know this. As does, I’m sure, the Obama Administration. It is a huge propaganda victory for radical Islam.
“This is something that I would do again,” Obama told NBC News. Read more here.
I see this event as Benghazi 2.0, view Bergdahl as much like the Ft. Hood shooter (Major Hassan), and pretty much agree with Allen West.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.”
Former-Congressman Allen West
“Smart Power just sprung a volunteer POW named Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for 5 stone-killer Taliban. No one in the Obama White House, including as always, Susan Rice, can give an adequate explanation for what this was all about. Only the President knows.”
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal
As with all things Obama, this will turn intensely political. It’s already started. This debacle is likely to unfold for years, with stonewalling, intimidation, and a lot of blaming and Alinsky disinformation being spread around to confuse and confound.
We don’t yet know who will be blamed or the consequences, but we can expect the Obama Administration to mount a major effort to ensure Bergdahl will not be court martialed. The military has already been purged of senior officers who will not go along, so this will likely succeed.
One thing is clear: The Genie is out of the bottle and the world is more dangerous than it was. Osama bin Laden the terrorist is dead, but five even more deadly reincarnations of him are now loose, radical Islam is ascendant, and there are thousands of jihadists eager to die for Allah.
People will die all over the world, both civilians and military. Some will be Americans. Some will be killed by jihadists here in our homeland. This is already happening.
THREE OF FIVE DETAINEES SWAPPED ARE NOW ISIS LEADERS
Posted by Staff on September 15, 2014
Remember when Obama committed treason by bypassing Congress and swapping five high-value detainees for one American traitor?
Remember the speech Obama gave last week telling Americans that we must take on ISIS?
Put together the two and you have a case for charges of treason against Barack Hussein Obama.
It is being reported that at least 3 of the 5 detainees involved in the swap have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq as commanders and are using that rank to usher in an “Islamic Caliphate” (a Sunni Islamic Theocracy – contrary to Obama’s claims that ISIS is not Islamic).
The “Taliban 5” who were transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to custody in Doha, Qatar, are Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Norullah Noori, and Mohammad Nabi Omari. They have largely disappeared from view since they were dropped off in Doha, but eyewitnesses place Fazi, Wasiq, and Noori in Iraq and Syria fighting with ISIS.
This confirms our worst fears when the swap took place.
One Constitutional expert believes that this is a clear and historical example of presidential treason.
“Article 2 of the Constitution clearly states that treason is the act of giving aid or comfort to the enemy – or that of waging war against the United States,” says Constitutional Law professor Ron Bear. “It is clear that Barack Obama broke the law – even his own Government Accountability Office says that the law was broken in regards to the (Bergdahl) swap. Now you have the best radical Islamic generals returning to the battlefield to wage war against the United States. American blood is definitely on the hands of this president, and it probably rises to the Constitutional challenge of treason – or at least high crimes.”
Innocent Americans will die (and are dying) because Obama broke the First Commandment, one America has known since our founding: “Thou shalt not negotiate with terrorists.”
Bergdahl Deal Doomed Kayla Mueller, Her Family Suggests
23 February 2015
The family of Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker captured by ISIS and killed, said the Obama administration’s decision to trade five Taliban prisoners for accused deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl seriously weakened their daughter’s chances for survival.
Read more at http://minutemennews.com/2015/02/bergdahl-deal-doomed-kayla-mueller-her-family-suggests/
FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE
Not verifiable, but I expect that before all this is over, if Congress does its job, our government’s documents will be declassified and made public.
From a friend –
As with anything else you read on the Internet, I cannot confirm the text below, but it comes to me from a usually very reliable source. A very interesting read…
Bouhammer Note- I have known of this complete story for five years.
However I could not come public with it or ask my sources to even allow me to take it public. One of my sources who goes by the nickname Raven-Wolf, who was and is very connected and was on the ground at the time Bergdahl went missing shared this information with me in great detail in the last 24 hours. Now that Bergdahl is safely in US possession, Raven-Wolf felt it was time to let people know the truth.
What you read in this post is completely first-hand and factual.
I am glad for his family that Bergdahl is home, however I am disappointed in the actions of his father recently (I will write about this more later). I am sure they love their son very much and am glad to have him back safe. However this young man made very bad decisions, and must be held accountable for them, in my opinion.
There is a lot on the internet right now from many other first-hand accounts by people that were in his unit. Now you can read a little behind the scenes about how we could have gotten him back within days, if not weeks, had it not been for arrogance and pride.
For a complete listing of postings on this blog about Bergdahl, check out
It was June 2009. I was working off the grid in and around South-Eastern Afghanistan. I had built a very effective Afghan network: local elders, merchants, NDS commanders, Afghan Army CI, etc. Word came down that a soldier from the 501st INF had gone AWOL. The name of the soldier was quickly known: Bowe Bergdahl.
Within hours of the reported “DUSTWUN” (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown) the RC-East Commander initiated a total gag order, preventing any Army unit or Embedded Training Team (ETT) / Police Mentor Team (PMT) team from sharing intelligence with the Afghans. His order was based on his command’s stated belief that the Afghans were complicit in the taking of Bergdahl. The actual motivations came out later in private meetings behind closed doors: he wanted to protect his chances for promotion to O-7 (One Star General).
The Commander’s order didn’t affect me, and I frankly had little care for being involved in the search for someone as obviously stupid as this kid. My feelings, bluntly, were that Darwin’s laws should be left to play out and the Taliban’s desires to turn young boys into sex puppets was this kids earned destiny.
Almost immediately the rumor mill was in full swing. I returned to my Area of Operations (AO) and stayed to my own business. Nothing was flying or moving unless it was part of the search. So I took some days to read, catch up on emails and listen to the chatter in the mess hall as I sucked down my cups of bad coffee and powdered creamer.
Mid-way through the second week I ran into one of the PMT mentors. He was furious about having to deal with the gag order; rightfully describing how the lack of sharing was undermining his teams relationship and trust with the Afghan Police units they were mentoring. His frustration got to me; it pissed me off to be more to the point. I knew this kid Bergdahl could be found. Not through the might of every US military asset in Eastern Afghanistan, but through tribal connections and traditional ways of doing business in Afghanistan…something Regular Army commanders never understood. I left the encounter with the PMT mentor, returned to my AO and walked into my Colonel’s office.
“I will make you a bet I can locate this kid in a week.” He looked at me and said nothing. He knew how I worked and I walked out.
I began by walking into the office of an Afghan Intelligence Officer I knew. He greeted me as always; welcomed me in and offered me Chai. We had not seen each other for well over a month. We shared stories, we discussed insurgent tactics, new TTPs, his family, my travels. Then I asked him the question I had come for, “Colonel…where’s our boy?” He looked at me and just stared back. Then he said, “You don’t want to know.”
I was taken aback and frankly irritated. I had had enough of the games over this kid’s search. “What do you mean I don’t want to know! We are friends; we have been friends a long time. Your answer is not good enough.” The Colonel then went on to explain to me how he had offered his support to find Bergdahl. However, the American Army mentors told him they weren’t interested; that they had everything under control.
I reminded him I wasn’t them and that I could frankly give a shit what his Army mentors were or were not interested in. “Help me find him. You and I both know this cannot be done without Afghan intelligence. You and I know that regardless of how stupid this kid is, he needs to be brought home.”
He sat down at his desk and made a call as he scribbled a few notes on a piece of white paper. He then got up from his desk, walked across the room and sat down in front of a dusty computer at the back. A few keystrokes later, he added a few more notes to the paper, walked over towards me and handed me what he had written.
“These are the names of the villages and GPS coordinates where your boy was the past three nights.”
I thanked him and took the information back to my Colonel. I told him what was on the paper. He took it with a bit of suspicion, but stated that he would be sending it up to the Special Operations Task Force 373.
Later that night he called me into his office.
“I don’t know where you are getting your information but keep it coming.
They like what you have.”
Over the next few days I expanded my information gathering to include NDS, Afghan CI, and locals. The Afghans continued to provide details on location, how Bergdahl was traveling, what he was wearing, and his state of mind. The picture continued to grow and the picture was one of a kid that had willingly left his post, deserted his brothers and his commitment to the US Army and our country. Bergdahl was described as dressed in local dress. He was riding around on the back of motorcycles hugging his Afghan captors. He was not in chains or in handcuffs, but willingly moving about to avoid detection. He needed to be retrieved…not to save him, but to punish him for his betrayal.
The details around Bergdahl’s decision to walk off of his FOB (Forward Operating Base) to explore the wilds of Afghanistan were locked down almost immediately. Even journalists were restricted from access; being denied interviews, field movement or access to anyone with any knowledge of Bergdahl or of his unit. Keeping the lid on the story was the number one command objective. But I dug and I found details. Though I still have this part of the story listed as “unconfirmed” this is what I put together:
Bergdahl was unstable the minute he arrived in country. He was unhappy, disconnected from the unit, and dissatisfied with the way his unit had dealt with several incidents. He had illusions of grandeur, talking about getting back to nature. He also had a romanticized ideal of himself as some sort of one man Rambo as well as a love affair with the Afghan indigenous fighter (aka Taliban).
Rumors of what happened ranged from his unit running over a child to Bergdahl slowly coming unglued. He had all of the signs of being high risk. There was never any one story that was consistently told about the cause and effect. Both his unit and his command were protective and defensive… obvious signs of hiding something. What was more than clear is that Bergdahl, his unit and his command were a train wreck. As for Bergdahl specifically, his background should have been an early warning that something, anything, could easily set him off.
Raised by a Northwest family that would be best described as off the grid, liberal tofu eaters, Bergdahl was homeschooled and raised to be a kind and sensitive child. He learned ballet, and enjoyed long walks in nature. He was almost a modern day young Emerson.
When he turned of age he apparently felt he needed some adventure so he talked to a recruiter and fell in love with the “be all you can be” dream and joined the Army. Airborne was now his new meditation mantra and walks in the woods were replaced with forced marches and an 80-pound rucksack. To what should not have been a surprise to anyone, he did not work in well with his unit. Maybe it was the ballet, maybe it was his sensitive nature now imprisoned by his sworn duty to kill the bastards who celebrated the deaths of over 3000 Americans killed on 9-11.
Whatever his reasons, when the moment arrived that he decided he was no longer interested in his obligation, his “free spirit” spoke as he grabbed his sketchbook and some water and walked off of the FOB. He was AWOL.
Nothing more to it than that.
At the end of my seventh day or so of working this problem, I returned to the office of the Afghan Intelligence Colonel. Over another round of Chai and information exchange, I pressed him to leverage his network to set up a meet with the tribe that was holding Bergdahl. By this time the profile of Bergdahl’s captors was becoming clear. Where Bergdahl played out a version of a spoiled brat’s “walk about”, his captors saw opportunity. They had grievances with the local Governor. They wanted to use Bergdahl to get what they thought they deserved. This was the Afghan way.
During this time the rumors and reports from the US side were that Bergdahl had been taken by Haqqani. That was not the case. His captors had sent out word to the Haqqani network asking for a reward, however the initial interest from Haqqani was cool to tepid at best. Their concern was that Bergdahl was mentally unstable; and even though Bergdahl had voluntarily converted to Islam, the Haqqani network was not willing to bring a mentally unstable Muslim convert over the border into Pakistan. We should have paid attention to Haqqani.
I sat with the Afghan Colonel and we went over the tape that had been released of Bergdahl. We watched it a half dozen times. Other Afghan intelligence types entered the room. They dissected the images…the weave on the bread that was shown in the video was only available in one particular village; the sound of the generators demonstrated a level of wealth; the pattern on the rugs provided insight into the owner and their taste; the food and the way it was served provided understanding of tribal habits and behaviors; the interviewer, his English intonation and his camera skills could only be of a select few people; and Bergdahl himself provided a wealth of clues from his dress, to his mannerisms, to his compliant attitude. The Colonel made some notes. The Afghan cadre discussed what they had seen. He felt sure he knew what village Bergdahl was in.
“I want to meet with the tribal leader who is holding him. Just me and my interpreter. I will travel in my own vehicle. No military. No guns.
You can join me if you wish,” I told him.
The Colonel called a friend in Parliament. The discussion was brief. He hung up the phone and we waited. A few minutes later the phone rang; it was his Parliament friend again. The tribal leader had agreed to the meet. The location would be set the next day. The Afghan Colonel and I agreed to travel together. We parted, each of us setting about preparing our kit for the next morning.
The media blast that followed the Bergdahl video was what the RC-East Commander had hoped to avoid. The story was now out. Bergdahl who had been effectively a blip on the radar up to that point became an international star overnight. The elevation of status made him more valuable and Haqqani understood this. The following morning as I walked to the vehicle to meet up with the Afghan Colonel, he greeted me, still wearing his military dress. I knew something was off. He informed me that the meeting had been cancelled. Overnight Haqqani had dispatched a team with an undisclosed amount of cash and had taken control of Bergdahl.
From that point forward the chances of getting him back were all but lost.
Over the next few years I made the occasional probes through my Afghan contacts about Bergdahl. The responses were always the same…he was with Haqqani. Some reports had him living happily in Haqqani’s large compound in Pakistan. Other reports told of him missing his family and regretting his decision to go AWOL. He was regularly reported being seen in the markets near the Haqqani compound, usually shopping on his own without restraints or guards.
Within many circles Bergdahl became more like an urban legend. Under GEN McChrystal a group was stood up called the Counter-insurgency Assessment Advisement Team, or CAAT for short. Early on there was one notable idiot by the name of Sean. A former 7th Special Forces Group guy, he and his tag-along buddy Tim promised to retrieve Bergdahl and bring fame and recognition to the CAAT. Naturally their grand plan never materialized.
Bergdahl remained safely in the arms of Haqqani.
Near the end of GEN Petraeus’ time I came across the Personnel Recovery group working to find Bergdahl. Outside of several highly covert units still tasked with finding the kid, this private contracted team was all that was left. We shared information, I reviewed their plans, and what was clear is that there wasn’t a plan. Bergdahl was Haqqani’s property until Haqqani decided otherwise. For me the issue was simple, Bergdahl wasn’t worth it.
This last year I sent out another query on Bergdahl. The response this time was similar, but a few things had changed. Unlike past queries, the information that came back was that the Haqqani group was tiring of Bergdahl. They were becoming concerned that they would be left holding him and not accomplish their goals of retrieving their brothers from US holding. The word was they were willing to negotiate. In true Pashtun fashion, however, they added a threat of killing Bergdahl if their demands weren’t met. My Afghan contacts told me they could make the meet happen. I passed. The risk to get this kid wasn’t worth it and by this time the United States government was well on its way to giving in to Haqqani to save face and win a few political points with the liberal mass of military haters back home.
The latest news of 5 GITMO detainee transfers for this kid’s life left me nauseated. From everything I was receiving, Haqqani never expected to get any of the prisoners, let alone 5 of some of the most highly valued targets we had in holding. The US negotiators had fallen for the bluff…the threat of killing the kid. No one ever asked the question of why Haqqani would kill Bergdahl suddenly now after keeping him alive for so many years. A typical political knee jerk reaction to a problem rooted in thousands of years of traditions and ways of doing deals. We got screwed and I suspect Haqqani is laughing his ass off at us from his compound in Pakistan.
The deal that has been made is a slap in the face to every American soldier alive and dead that has served this country with honor. Bowe Bergdahl is a traitor. He willingly left his post and his fellow soldiers to go on a spiritual stroll in Afghanistan, convert to Islam and ultimately join up with the Taliban…and in so doing cost us the lives of great soldiers who were tasked with finding him…just run the body count of how many died searching for him in 2009. Bergdahl wasn’t captured as the Army and media spin-doctors would want you to believe.
He betrayed his country and should pay the price of incarceration at the least and death by hanging at the best.
May he burn in hell!
7/11/2014. At this writing, it looks like “Game Over.” THE FIX IS IN. Obama, who has already purged and downsized the military, managed to get the Joint Chiefs to agree that trading a deserter for 5 top terrorists was a “good deal.” Also, it seems unlikely that Bergdahl will face any disciplinary action, much less a Court Martial. Reports from multiple news sources are saying he will be returned to active service and given a desk job.
Once again, Obama shows his disdain for our troops and Vets.
In addition, Military officers are being punished daring to testify to Congress in ways critical to Obama’s actions. Link.
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MILITARY HERO PUNISHED FOR TESTIFYING TO CONGRESS.
Army Hero Spoke Out About Obama Admin’s Bergdahl Blunder, Then THIS Happened To Him
Amerine continues to argue that he has done nothing wrong and that he was exercising his constitutional right to be a whistleblower.
Elizabeth Dickerson June 12, 2015
Army war hero Lt. Col. Jason Amerine was set to retire soon from a long and fulfilling career.
The Army suddenly cancelled his retirement orders, and briefly stopped his pay, after he became a whistleblower in the Bowe Bergdahl case.
Army Regulation 600-20 states: “No person will restrict a member of the Armed Services from making a protected communication with a Member of Congress; an IG; a member of a DOD audit, inspection, investigation, or law enforcement organization; or any other person or organization (including any person in the chain of command) designated under this regulation or other administrative procedures to receive such communication… Soldiers will be free from reprisal for making or preparing a protected communication”
Amerine testified Thursday in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. While under oath, he told the committee that he had been working on a plan that would facilitate the release of at least six Americans as well as Canadians. Amerine was specifically working to have Bowe Bergdahl, Caitlin Coleman, and her husband, Josh Boyle, released.
Amerine, whose office is in the Pentagon, stated during his testimony that he and a team of other officials in his office were working “every initiative possible.” One of the angles that his team had been formulating was to trade a Taliban warlord who was currently in prison in the United States. The Taliban warlord had been lured here to U.S. soil, then thrown in prison for life. Amerine’s office hoped to trade the warlord for the six hostages. Amerine said: “We made a lot of progress on it, but then in the end, when the Taliban came to the table, the State Department basically said it must be the five for one, and that is the only viable option we have.”
When Amerine was working with the government and the families to try to get their loved ones safely back home, one of the individuals he had contact with was Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. He spoke with Hunter about the plans his team had for getting the six American hostages and Canadian hostages released. He discussed his frustrations with the representative.
Hunter subsequently filed a complaint with the Pentagon’s Inspector General. His grievance stated that there was allegedly a questionable ransom that might have been paid for Bergdahl.
After Hunter filed the complaint, rumors were circulating that Amerine handed Hunter sensitive information. Hunter and Amerine have both contended that they have been transparent regarding their concerns over this issue. At one point, they even met with the FBI.
Only after meeting with the FBI did Amerine notice a switch in the way the Army and the FBI were treating him and the entire situation. Amerine’s security clearance was cancelled, he was removed from his job, he was part of a criminal investigation, his retirement orders were cancelled, and the Army is currently seeking a court-martial for Amerine.
To date, it is an ongoing investigation. Amerine continues to argue that he has done nothing wrong and that he was exercising his constitutional right to be a whistleblower.
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