Taliban Release Video Of Bergdahl Exchange

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Whether or not Obama made a huge political gaffe by secretly arranging the Qatar-mediated exchange of Bowe Bergdahl, who some 16,000 Americans have petitioned should be court-martialed for walking away from his post in 2009, for 5 Taliban leaders remains to be seen. To be sure republicans have jumped on the blunder and especially the hawks within the GOP are now "tag-teaming" the issues of Benghazi and Bergdahl with the intent of painting will Obama "as an appeaser, and a negotiator-with-terrorists" as The Nation reports. In any case, if Obama was hoping to use the Bergdahl exchange as a marker of successful foreign policy, he is suddenly caught flat-footed.

What won't help the president's case of promptly sweeping this latest scandal under the rug, is a clip such as this one, released earlier today by the Taliban showing the handover of the prisoner of war to US forces.

The video, as the WSJ reports, shows Sgt. Bergdahl with a shaved head and no eyebrows. He is wearing Afghan clothing, looking gaunt and dazed, rapidly blinking his eyes. In the footage, Sgt. Bergdahl sits in a white Taliban pickup truck in an open field, as a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter prepares to land.

In the video, an Afghan insurgent, his face hidden by a scarf, tells Sgt. Bergdahl menacingly in Pashto moments before the release: "Don't come back to Afghanistan. Next time we catch you, you won't leave here alive." Armed insurgents surrounding the pickup truck laugh as Sgt. Bergdahl bows his head, looking confused and scared.

"Long live the holy warriors of Afghanistan! Long live the great holy warrior and the leader of the believers, Mullah Mohammad Omar !" the insurgents chant, referring to the Taliban leader who has eluded U.S. capture since 2001.

The video released earlier today is shown below:

As the WSJ adds, the footage of Taliban leaders arriving in Qatar is in stark contrast to the images of Sgt. Bergdahl's release. In Qatar, the former Guantanamo detainees are seen in crisp, clean clothing, embracing Taliban officials on the side of a road and driving in a convoy of new SUVs, including a Porsche. Sgt. Bergdahl, in contrast, appears guarded and scared, his thin frame surrounded by heavily armed insurgents.

The released former Guantanamo detainees include the pre-2001 Taliban regime's deputy minister of intelligence, Mohammed Fazl, and deputy minister of defense, Abdul Haq Wasiq.

 

Who precisely did Afghanistan get in exchange for Bergdahl? The following 5 individuals:

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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:46 | 4824047 Devotional
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<-- Obama is incompetent

<-- Obama is spastic

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:52 | 4824067 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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After all that's happened and all that's been revealed... if the best the Republicans can do is attack a misguided POW they are in some sorry-ass fucking shape. They might as well nominate Darth Vader for their next candidate. That is if you can believe any of this BS.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:52 | 4824073 I MISS KUDLOW
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 a little off topic are european equities price in  euros can anyone tell me? It may sound like a stupid question but i'm serious....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:54 | 4824081 Troll Magnet
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Am I the only one who thinks this Bowe fellow is someone important to our, um, covert ops? 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:57 | 4824088 Headbanger
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This is all about warming up to the Taliban to fight in Syria for us.

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:04 | 4824115 Chupacabra-322
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Yup. Already on the Criminal CIA's payroll.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:20 | 4824181 Stackers
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CNN did some creative editing this morning and changed what the Taliban said from "you wont leave here alive" to "you wont be released next time" .....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:22 | 4824185 Troll Magnet
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NOOOOOO!  BULLSHIT!  CNN would NEVER do such a thing!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:39 | 4824218 Joe Davola
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The Taliban's press secretary needed to tweet a photo while holding a #VonHayesBitchez sign!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:37 | 4824483 RevRex
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Obama IS a Muslim terrorist....but Busch wuz two, an both party's hour the same......

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:49 | 4824537 Handful of Dust
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All 5 promised NOT to open yet another convenience store in USA for at least five years after their release.

 

...was key part of the agreement....

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:11 | 4824597 IndyPat
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....was Taxi driving addressed?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:26 | 4824645 economics9698
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Cockroaches shitting on the American goy.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:53 | 4824760 MeMadMax
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Dude, in the jihadi muzzie world, white flag does not mean "surrender" or "peace", it means jihad in the literal sense...

 

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:50 | 4824538 CH1
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One thing is CERTAIN about this: The VA scandal is no longer on John Doe's mind.

Mission Accomplished!!!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:02 | 4824579 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, great observation.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:56 | 4824765 Oldwood
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Just one more piece of shit on an already high pile. But you got to admit it is getting harder to deny what a fuck Obama is as every day passes.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 00:29 | 4825771 Xanadu_doo
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"Yup. Already on the Criminal CIA's payroll."

 

YEs, since the '80s at least. no?

 

Pull out and let them just kill themselves already, please...jeesh.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:05 | 4824117 NoDebt
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I wonder who Mexico's going to want back for releasing Andrew Tahmorressi?

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:07 | 4824121 McMolotov
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Mexico will release him if we agree to take in a million more Mexicans.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:14 | 4824155 Everybodys All ...
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Did you know that recently somewhere along the Texas border I believe about 60,000 kids have been dumped by Mexico onto our side all without parents. Obama has called it a humanitarian disaster and no he is not talking about his presidency.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:28 | 4824216 McMolotov
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"Take 'em to Arizona and ditch 'em. Problem solved." —Barry

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:52 | 4824322 Ness.
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Those chillens don't come cheap either.  The White House requested $1.4 Billion (with a B) MORE $$ to "care" for these little amigos.  Sad that we can't care for our veterans but we can care for these fuckers.

In its new estimates, the government said as many as 60,000 children, mostly from Central America, could be caught this year trying to cross the Mexican border illegally, costing the U.S. more than $2.28 billion to house, feed and transport the children to shelters or reunite them with relatives already living in the United States. The new estimate is about $1.4 billion more than the government asked for in Obama's budget request sent to Congress earlier this year.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:46 | 4824430 Colonel Klink
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Catapult them back over the fence.

EDIT:  Awwww dat offend yo wittle sthenthativites?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:48 | 4824531 IndyPat
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Take down the fence and mine the boarder 100 yards deep.

Seismic sensors for the tunnels.

Mines are cheap and extremely effective.

Put up a stream Camera feed of the action. The first beaner to become pink mist will most definitely deter an future "migrations"

Problem fucking solved.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:53 | 4824546 Colonel Klink
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My legitimate proposition would be to make one long military installation, say a mile or two wide, the length of the Mexican border.  Use it for training operations, have electronic monitoring, patrols, etc.  Those with unauthorized entry are hunted down, captured or shot if resisting.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 17:41 | 4824710 Overfed
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I have an even better and far cheaper idea. De-criminalize drugs, end the drug war, and take away the entitlements. No fascist police-state gestapo shit required.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:10 | 4824803 Oldwood
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I have even a better still idea! Let make trespassing illegal! Oh, that's right, it already is but they will not enforce it. Immigration reform is the removal of any remaining vestiges of immigration law. They currently refuse to enforce our laws and reform will just eliminate any legal conflict that non enforcement created. They will eventually achieve gun control because they will make damn sure there will be no legal reason to use one. Self defense will get harder to prove and God help anyone who would kill to protect their property. There is nothing you own that is worth killing for because there is nothing you truly own. All property belongs to the collective, and that includes your guns. Jump....how high?

 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:51 | 4824926 Overfed
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The best idea I can come up with is to take away the incentive for them to come here. By decriminalizing drugs, you take away the smuggler's profits. By taking away the entitlements, you take away the ability to come here for a free or subsidized ride. One of the problems with my fellow Americans, as I see it, is that brute force is the solution to every problem. Until that changes, learn to love your police state.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:45 | 4825252 Oldwood
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I believe in deterrents of ALL types. The threat of brute force is as valid as any. When that threat is missing a significant loss of power goes with it.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:10 | 4824134 Relentless101
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Exactly. Pretty soon we will be dropping off those choppers instead of people. Here is some American fire power. Now as you were.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:53 | 4824548 Ski12568
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Wonder how many more will resign or "commit suicide" in the coming weeks

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:11 | 4825155 Trogdor
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Yeah - I agree.  This wasn't about releasing some minor deserter, this was about how to get the "war on terror" heated up again.  They've tried starting a couple of wars - but had nobody to blame it on - and people are FINALLY getting the gist that the "terrorists" are the least of our worries (at least the terrorists of the Muslim flavor).  Now, they're releasing some "heavy hitters" so they can pull something big and have scapegoats at the ready.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:59 | 4824095 McMolotov
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Like Bergdahl, I had my own political awakening over the past decade. I came fairly close to joining the military before my dad talked me out of it, and if he hadn't done that, I would have been in one of these sand-covered shit-holes when I "woke up." I have no idea what I would have done in that situation, but I have trouble finding much fault with Bergdahl seeing the light and wanting to walk away from all the bullshit.

I realize that's not a popular opinion among those who served, but so be it.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:08 | 4824120 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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I guess the parents of the fallen soldiers who were looking for Bergdahl don't give a shit their children died for a traitorous government. They'd rather attack a deserter POW. It's easier that way. Who are the real cowards?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:12 | 4824145 McMolotov
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All I know is this: It was extremely painful for me to realize I had been living under and supporting a traitorous government; I can't begin to imagine what it's like for those who fought for that government to come to the same realization.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:19 | 4824171 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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That's why our best hope is with the young.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:23 | 4824193 Citxmech
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Read "War is a Racket" by Gen Smedley Butler.  That guy came to the same realization from the highest levels of responsibility.  

You are not alone.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:48 | 4825585 Citxmech
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Who down-voted Gen. Butler?

JFC. . .

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:33 | 4824245 wtf1369
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It's fine to come to the conclusion that you've signed on and sold your ass to shit stain politicians and war profiteers. It's not fine to pull a bonehead move involving deserting on your brothers thereby causing your command to put their asses in the breech and further in harms way making their lives harder, more dangerous, and possibly shorter. You just don't do that to the guy on your left and right. I got no beef with the man who wakes up and when his contract is up he says thanks but fuck you.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:39 | 4824269 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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If that's what really happened, then why the fuck did they bother going after him? Ah, let me guess... they needed to kill some heroes for this very occasion.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:12 | 4824805 Oldwood
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Try to say something intelligent.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:47 | 4824302 McMolotov
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Like I said, I realize it's not a popular opinion. However, if you "come to the conclusion that you've signed on and sold your ass to shit stain politicians and war profiteers" but those around you still believe it's the good fight, what the fuck do you do?

Some would argue that it's highly immoral to continue doing the dirty work of those shit stain politicians and war profiteers simply because you signed a contract with a corrupt government. Defending your comrades in arms is one thing; helping them carry out acts of immorality is something altogether different.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:55 | 4824331 wtf1369
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One can always refuse to train and deal with the consequences (njp, court martial, etc). But deserting your post which would likely lead to search missions and put your mates in a bad way...bad idea.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:00 | 4824347 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Let's be clear here. This deserter POW didn't make anyone come after him. So what's the real issue?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:17 | 4824818 Oldwood
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The known issue is that we traded five known and admitted killers for a guy who ran off, didn't even have the balls to resign, but just walk off like a pissed off two year old. In the military they are pretty much obligated to account for any missing soldier, run off, killed or taken. You are so fucking poisoned you possess no rationality. I suppose if your wife just walked off without saying boo or goodbye, you wouldn't bother looking for her, not knowing where she was or what happened to her.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:07 | 4824372 Citxmech
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If I'm not mistaken, you can declare yourself a "conscientious objector" at any time and opt for a non-combat role to satisfy the remainder of your duty.  That would've been the best and most honest option - assuming the desertion story is correct.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:18 | 4824751 Boxed Merlot
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If I'm not mistaken, you can declare yourself a "conscientious objector" at any time...

 

 

And if I'm not mistaken, that was the option when there was a draft, which ended in the early 70's.  This guy was a 100% volunteer pure and simple.  If he wished to pursue an advanced degree in Muslim hood with his pop he was at liberty to do so in the USA outside of the military. 

Instead, the military accepted him and our government agents instead groped my aging parents in an airport to appear not to "profile" any of the 5 Looky Lews our own Chocolate leader redeemed for the service he provided in the deaths of a dozen or so of his "comrades".

 

disgusting.

 

One last thing, if I'm wrong on this, (and I certainly hope / wish I am), I would relish the opportunity to apologize for my judgment.  As it stands, I see nothing submitted in evidence to determine otherwise.  As a member of the voting public of the USA, I’m entitled to the truth from the person(s) / agencies my work goes to support.  And not because I wish to contribute extra to some special interest or otherwise splinter group of “folks”.

 

Jmo.

 

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 00:06 | 4825734 Bemused Observer
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"One last thing, if I'm wrong on this, (and I certainly hope / wish I am), I would relish the opportunity to apologize for my judgment."

Lol! Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way...you can't say you'd be willing to apologize for accusing someone of a crime if facts show they are actually innocent.
You ought to have waited for the facts in the first place. And you're stuck with the judgement, morally.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:17 | 4824402 Buckaroo Banzai
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Bingo. The right thing for him to do would be to simply stop following orders. He would then would face disciplinary consequences of some sort.

Fleeing into the hands of the enemy means he was a deserter at best, traitor at worst.

His actions are IN NO WAY defensible.

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