Why did President Obama ransom Sgt. Bergdahl and what about Iran?

Is He stupid, out of touch, Preparing to close Gitmo, or did
He just do His best to emulate Joe Btfspik? Does it
augur well for a good outcome of the continuing Iran Scam?

400px-Joe_Btfsplk_ExcerptI wrote an article about the ransoming of Sgt. Bergdahl on June 2nd and updated it through June 6th. The thrust of that article is that Sgt. Bergdahl must be tried by general court martial so that legally cognizable evidence (not opinion and not speculation) can be presented and made public. Unfortunately, for the reasons stated, I do not think that will happen. There has been more speculation since June 6th, but little if any significant, adequately verified and legally admissible evidence has become available since then.

Here’s a YouTube video of a June 6th PJTV discussion about why “our” Commander in Chief ransomed Sgt. Bergdahl by returning five high-ranking Taliban commanders to active duty. The discussion includes Tammy Bruce, a conservative talk radio hostess and Ebony K. Williams, an attorney, radio show hostess and Democrat who voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. The consensus seems to be that He screwed up royally and appears to have acted for political reasons, hoping for popular approval. Ms. Williams’ conclusion is that He is not necessarily evil but lives in an echo chamber, where He now receives undiluted support from His underlings regardless of what He wants to do or how incredibly incompetent or worse He will seem if He does it.

There are any number of other reasons why He may have acted as He did, including these:

He hates America and wants to destroy transform her in His own image;

He hates the U.S. military and approves of Sgt. Bergdahl and others who also hate it;

He approves of and sides with Islamists;

His definitions of honorably and with distinction, as Susan Rice characterized Sgt. Bergdahl’s behavior, are abnormal;

He is stupid and/or incompetent;

He hates reality and favors fantasy;

He is nuts;

He wants to help Vice President Biden seem competent by comparison;

All of the above;

None of the above.

There are doubtless other possibilities. What do you think?

The Iran Scam 

Whatever may have been His reasons, they are important if for no reason other than that by ransoming a probable deserter or worse by freeing five extremely dangerous terrorists — likely to result in the killing of honorable U.S. military personnel serving with distinction — and the taking of more hostages, He may well have suggested the outcome of His dealings with Iran.

President Obama’s emissaries are scheduled to meet with Iranian emissaries on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva.

TEHRAN — Iran’s chief negotiator said Sunday that direct talks agreed between Tehran and Washington are essential, as discussions on his country’s disputed nuclear program are entering a “serious phase.”

. . . .

“We have always had bilateral discussions with the United States in the margin of the P5+1 group discussions, but since the talks have entered a serious phase, we want to have separate consultations,” said Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s chief negotiator in comments reported by state news agency IRNA.

. . . .

Araqchi said the talks with the US in Geneva will only address the nuclear issue, referring to Iran’s ballistic missile program that Washington had hoped to include in negotiations. [Emphasis added.]

The US delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan, a White House adviser, previously part of a tiny team whose months of secret talks in Oman brought Iran back to the P5+1 negotiating table last year.

Having apparently agreed with Iran that its missile delivery systems development is none of the business of the P5 + 1 negotiators, what else will the Obama Administration agree is unworthy of discussion because it might undermine the Iran Scam? What does President Obama seek? The public approval of an amorphous “deal” that prevents Iran from having nukes — or, if she has or gets them, from using them — until after He leaves office in January of 2017? Peace in His time?

Nevile Chamberlain

Until President Obama leaves office in January of 2017 we are unlikely to learn what happened in Geneva or its consequences for the P5 + 1 negotiations. We can expect Him to tell us only pleasant fairy stories. Reasons not to accept them will be deemed racist and therefore unworthy of serious consideration.

Obama cartoon book about himself

UPDATE:

Ron Radosh wrote an article published by PJ Media titled The Questions about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Desertion, and the American Left’s Answer to Them. He opines,

Kreitner refers “vicious commentary” about Bergdahl, who, he writes, was only guilty of having “served on the front lines of the American imperial machine with the unenviable misfortune of doing so with eyes wide open.” Let us put this another way. What he is saying is that because he thinks Bergdahl rightfully opposed the U.S. mission, he was a hero for deserting. Bergdahl wrote his parents an e-mail before deserting, in which he famously said: “I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.” To The Nation, that position makes him a hero. [Emphasis added.]

That e-mail by Bergdahl is most revealing of his disdain for his country. Kreitner , however, sees it as candid and true. As he puts it, Bergdahl only “saw reality too clearly.” He was doing nothing more than “struggling with issues of conscience.” The Army, he writes, was wrong to not inform Bergdahl that he could be let out of duty for issues of conscience, thus forcing him to desert. Got that? It’s the U.S. Army that put him in this position. Of course, Kreitner confuses what this sergeant did — deserting — with an act of conscience. Hatred of the U.S. and disdain for his comrades, which he made clear in his e-mail, is definitely not grounds for leaving the U.S. Army because of conscience. If it were, anyone could leave the armed forces for which he or she volunteered because they changed their mind about their mission.

Kreitner ends by writing that putting “slugs into human flesh” is not the “promotion of democracy.” Only a Nation author could think there is something immoral about fighting America’s sworn enemies on the battlefield.

Is that President Obama’s perception as well? By how many libruls is it shared?

UPDATE:

The Qatari Deal To Hold The Taliban – The Qatari’s Have Been Used Before By President Obama – With Horrific Consequences

Follow the timeline to understand the impact on Benghazi. It’s provided in the linked article.

…. and now we have the specific tracking of Stinger Missile serial numbers showing they were delivered from the CIA to the government of Qatar;  while intended for Libyan “rebels”, but delivered to the Taliban…. and used to kill our guys.

…. AND where do we choose to send the GITMO-5 ?

Although probably more competent, are they President Obama’s kind of guys?

UPDATE, June 9th

In an article at PJ Media titled Fictions as Truth, Victor Davis Hanson lists fantasies President Obama has asked us to accept as reality concerning (along with five other subjects) the ransoming of Sgt. Bergdahl. He lists these:

1. Sgt. Bergdahl was in ill health; thus the need for alacrity. Surely we will expect to see him in an enfeebled state on his return to the U.S.

2. Sgt. Bergdahl was in grave and sudden danger from his captors; thus the need for alacrity. We expect to see proof of that on his return to the U.S.

3. The five Taliban detainees will be under guard in Qatar for a year. We expect in June 2015 to know that they are still there in Qatar.

4. The five Taliban detainees don’t really pose a grave threat to U.S. troops, given that we will be gone from Afghanistan in 2016. We expect not to hear that any of the five are reengaged in the war effort to kill Americans between 2015-16.

5. Sgt. Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.” We expect to have confirmation of that fact once his intelligence file is released and more evidence is adduced that all of his platoon-mates were wrong (or perhaps vindictive and partisan) in stating that he voluntarily left their unit — deserted — to meet up with the Taliban.

6. Sgt. Bergdahl was captured on the “field of battle”; we expect to have confirmation that he was taken unwillingly by the enemy amid a clash of arms.

7. Sgt. Bergdahl was not a collaborator. We expect to learn confirmation of the fact that he did not disclose information to his captors.

8. Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers in his platoon are either partisan operatives or sorely misinformed, and we will shortly learn that their accounts of Bergdahl’s disappearance were erroneous.

9. The U.S. has traditionally negotiated to bring home even deserters, and did so frequently, for example, both during and after the Korean War when GIs crossed into North Korea.

10. The timing of the swap amid the VA scandal and the press conference with the Bergdahl family were not predicated on political considerations.

11. There is no law stopping the president from releasing terrorists from Guantanamo, only legal fictions promulgated by right-wing critics of the president.

12. The five Taliban terrorists are now old outliers, rusty, and mostly irrelevant to the war in Afghanistan.

Does President Obama, who prefers fantasy to reality, actually believe them? The pattern continues to become clearer.

UPDATE, June 9th

And, a little bit more:

 

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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8 Responses to Why did President Obama ransom Sgt. Bergdahl and what about Iran?

  1. bunkerville says:

    Why does Obama do what he does may be simply his pathology. “Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder often believe they are of primary importance in everybody’s life or to anyone they meet. While this pattern of behavior may be appropriate for a king in 16th Century England, it is generally considered inappropriate for most ordinary people today.”
    Unfortunately for us, when they lose the “love” and admiration, they decompensate and that is when they become dangerous. Of course this is IMO.

  2. Brittius says:

    The Bergdahl issue by itself is lengthy and complex. If I were a defense attorney, my arguments would along the lines that: A) Bergdahl, as any person in the United States, may, change their religion at any time, and to any thing, including belief in “Hay Diddle Diddle”, or what-have-you. B) There is no Official form for renouncing US Citizenship. Courts have affirmed this, as years ago it was a prank or revenge ploy, to call the police, or FBI, etc., and say they were some person and they renounce their citizenship, or scribble a note and mail it. The expected reaction was to see some person rear cuffed and carted away to a jail cell by angry cops for renouncing citizenship. The courts have said, and I worked a few cases where this was involved, that an attorney must write the letter and present the petition to the Bench, and from there, I don’t have a clue where it goes or what, if anything, happens. I recall two cases there were tax issues involved and both IRS and US Treasury had been involved. C) Writing a note declaring himself a Muslim fighter, and desiring to stand on the roof swinging a plucked chicken around his head, or whatever, Bergdahl exhibited signs of extreme stress. In fact, there may have been pre-existing psychological issues involved that were either not recognized by the Army, or flat-out ignored. What is the depth of psychological exams prior to enlistment? I don’t recall having any. Do you? If issues existed and Bergdahl were introverted in personality, he may have kept silent, but vented frustrations with pen and paper, and very clear, and recognized issue that courts recognize. It is unclear if a Military Tribunal would recognize this or not. My personal views are unimportant, as I am trying to be the Devil’s Advocate, here. What makes the entire case difficult, is that it could, result in either lengthy incarceration or execution if, facts presented to the court are prima facie that Bergdahl did, at any point during capture and detention, befriend, fraternize, or teach skills (e.g.: Bomb making, etc.) to any of his captors or others, without authorization from the Army, Pentagon, Et Al. D) The US Military never addressed issues such as ex-PFC Bradley Manning, given sex change surgery, which I believe is not the Army’s realm, and it should be pursued once the term of incarceration has been satisfied. Until then, don’t get involved in espionage. Bergdahl and presumably many others are out there waiting to happen. In fact, there is a former US Marine who was never tried for desertion after ten years. Bergdahl, was never adjudicated as a deserter. He is an extended AWOL (Absent Without Leave/Unauthorized Absence). I remember it was one year plus one day, and bingo, you became a US Title-18 Fugitive From Justice/Military Deserter. Not anymore. It is a softy, squishy, and less masculine Army, wishing to win the hearts and minds of people, rather than the Old School Army, that would plant a size-12 sergeant’s boot up the rear end of any soldier acting.., “fruity”.

  3. Tom Carter says:

    The Bergdahl case is the most recent and probably the most serious indication of what can only be described as incompetence in the Administration. I often wonder how much decision making is driven by Obama’s own ideas as opposed to those of the tight little circle of politically driven ideologues who surround him. Valerie Jarrett is the eminence grise who should be of greatest concern — functionally ignorant of everything except Chicago-style politics, motivated solely by the political welfare of Obama. Someday dissertations and books will be written about her, and I think we’ll learn that she has done great damage to the country.

    • I agree substantially. But why is President Obama as susceptible as He appears to be to being led by the nose by people like Ms. Jarrett? Does He no longer care what happens, provided He can continue to play golf and raise funds?

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