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I have waited a few days to discuss the prisoner exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl because I wanted to listen to hear more of what would be revealed on the issue before I told you what I think. Just in case you are not aware of this, the Obama Administration released 5 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for one American, Bowe Bergdahl.
Let me start by talking about Guantanamo Bay. We have refused to give the status of prisoner of war to those held at Guantanamo Bay even though they were taken prisoner in the war on terrorism. I understand that these terrorist organizations are not nations, but we were able to declare war on them. If you declare war and take prisoners, they should be classified as prisoners of war. I don’t know how we have gotten away with this legally. To add to the confusion we have now exchanged five of these detainees as prisoners of war.
I have always thought that these people should have been treated as prisoners of war and that they should have been taken to a military court to answer for their crimes. Instead we keep the indefinitely and call them detainees instead of prisoners. I believe it was inhuman and illegal. The reason they have been kept at Guantanamo Bay is that if they had been brought to American soil they would have had to be treated differently. With that said, I do not support this prisoner exchange nor the terms of the exchange.
It appears, from the news, that President Obama broke some laws in what he did. He was, by law, supposed to inform Congress and give them a 30 day notice. He said that this was an oversight, but it was still breaking the law. It is up to a judge to determine whether there was a willful breaking of the law.
The White House Press Secretary said a year ago that they would follow the US law and that they would get advice from Congress. They did not do either of these two things.
There may be a second law that was broken. The administration may have provided material assets to the enemy by releasing 5 Taliban leaders. These detainees were on the top of the list in importance and were among the most likely to return to the fight if released. What assurance do we have that they will not rejoin the Taliban? They were released to the Qatar government with the assurance that they would stay there for a year. There is no US supervision or oversight on these men. There is no way we can be sure they won’t get back involved in the fight against the United States.
At the time of Bowe’s “capture” he was a private first class. I don’t know why, but the Army promoted him to Sargent while he was a prisoner. We exchanged one enlisted soldier for five Taliban leaders. Was this a fair exchange? It seems to me that we are dealing from a position of weakness. It does not look like we are dealing from a position of strength if we give five leaders for one soldier who was not a leader of anything.
When I first heard of this exchange I thought this was another political tactic of President Obama to distract from the scandals he is facing, the Veteran scandal, the IRS scandal, the Bengahzi scandal, etc. If that was his goal he has made a huge blunder.
Another terrible thing about this exchange is that it puts our other soldiers at greater risk of being taken prisoner. The terrorists now know that we will negotiate and do prisoner exchanges, and that we are willing to give more than we get.
It also sends a clear message that the US does negotiate with terrorist in spite of the stated policy of not doing so. This is a dangerous precedent to be setting because it gives the terrorists more power.
Let’s take a look at who Bowe Bergdahl really is. The evidence seems to point to the fact that he is a deserter. According to Fox News, just hours before he left, he sent an email to his father.
“And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”
This is for whom we gave back to the Taliban five of their top leaders. Fair exchange? I don’t think so.
According to the New Your Times he left a letter telling that he was leaving to start a new life.”
Letter left behind (New York Times)
WASHINGTON — Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.
There will be an investigation of this incident. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was speaking after claims from members of Bergdahl’s unit that he had been captured after abandoning his post.
The New York Times cited a former military official as saying Bergdahl slipped away from his base near the Afghan border with Pakistan, leaving a note saying he had become disillusioned with the Army and the war and was going to start a new life.
“Our army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred,” Dempsey said.
The general stressed that Bergdahl, who was taken as a private and promoted while in captivity, is innocent until proven guilty, and that the military would continue to care for him and his family.
This is quite an embarrassment to the President for giving away such high ranking detainees for someone who is ashamed of being an American.
It is now being reported that Bergdahl has converted to Islam. There are even reports that he was involved in training the terrorists.
A Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika, who called himself Haji Nadeem, told the newspaper that Bergdahl taught him how to dismantle a mobile phone and turn it into a remote control for a roadside bomb.
Nadeem claimed he also received basic ambush training from the U.S. soldier.
‘Most of the skills he taught us we already knew,’ he said. ‘Some of my comrades think he’s pretending to be a Muslim to save himself so they wouldn’t behead him.’
It may be true that he did this to save his life, but what is father said with a smile on his face in the Rose Garden is at least interesting. He said “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful.” This is a statement that precedes every chapter in the Qur’an except one. It is chapter 9 and was one of the last major chapters given. It shocked me that our President, who speaks Arabic, was standing by his side smiling and apparently approving of what he is saying.
This is another sad chapter in American history. I think that time will show that this was a big mistake. The detainees that were released will turn around and fight against our nation.
It is the duty of the President to protect our nation and releasing top Taliban leaders is not the way to do so.
We will keep our eye on the development of this situation. If there is more news to report we will bring it to you.
It is not the purpose of this ministry to denigrate the President but when huge mistakes like this one are made we must point it out. What has happened here will embolden and strengthen our enemy.
Remember, these are not just a few extremists who are perverting Islam, these are those who are following the true meaning of the teachings of Islam. There is so much whitewashing and distorting of the truth on this issue that someone must stand up and tell the truth about what is going on. That is our goal here at Fortress of Faith.
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