The VA scandal has more and more facts coming out almost daily. The administration is taking hard hits being criticized greatly that our vets are waiting so long they die. Record keeping falsified, a form of death panels for our heroes. In 2009 Obama touted his support for the VA and said his administration has spent more money in updating the VA, more so than any other administration. During the end of the Bush administration during the transitional phase of the two administrations, they informed the new administration of the problem, but nothing was ever done. During a recent speech, Obama himself stated a wait and see until all the facts are in. Which is just another way of saying that in time, we can say what Jay Carney did about Benghazi “Oh that was a long time ago”. Even Democrats criticized that speech. Yes, Obama took a hit on the VA scandal, and it was a big hit too.
In an administration that image, propaganda and lies are the only thing they excel at, only to cover up a incompetent presidency (and with the media’s help), it seems like a little public relations campaign was needed to alleviate the black eye the administration received from the VA scandal. What to do? How about for starters a spontaneous trip on Memorial Day to visit our soldiers in Afghanistan. Over a ten year war, and in the 5 years of this administration 74% of casualties are under Obama’s watch. This is what happens when you decimate the military, dwindle their benefits, repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, promote homosexuality in the ranks, but at the same time make it a disciplinary action to speak your religion to others in the ranks, and replace Christian Chaplains with non-secular, and Muslim Chaplains. At a recent West Point speech (another public relations campaign to win back the military that Obama supports our military) More than half did not stand for the President.
I am sure in the administrations view these visits were good public relations, but they need a bigger punch. How about getting a soldier back from the Taliban. They must have said “I know! Let’s make a trade they will not be able to refuse! We will give them 5 high ranking Taliban members (in addition to the 5 that were released in July of 2013), and the celebration we got our soldier back will be great for this administration. Plus and added benefit we’ll get by not being able to close Gitmo like the President promised he would 5 years ago, so we will just let them all go until there are none left!” Yes, I am surmising what I feel their think tanks were thinking. Why a release now? After 5 years of Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged capture?
Let us go back in time to 2010. The Taliban stated they have Bowe Bergdahl, and he wasn’t captured. That he walked toward their main area cursing out America when they found him. They also stated he converted to Islam and taught them how to make bombs. The Taliban is not known for keeping prisoners. They take pride in video taping decapitation with dull knives. Keeping Bergdahl does point to them telling the truth that he was not a captive, but a deserter (as of 2010). New documents and videos show Bergdahl declaring Jihad on America. He was allowed to carry a gun, and there are even reports he wants to go back! If those reports are true that he wants to go back, can you imagine his return, and we are less 5 Taliban prisoners.
Then there is Bergdahl himself writing notes to his comrades 3 days before his departure before dawn, that he was going to start a new life, and leaving! He took water, food and a knife and deserted. Oddly enough, his fellow soldiers were made to sign a form they would not speak about Bergdahl. Also before his desertion he wrote his father and told him “I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of the US soldier is just the lie of fools”. Also he stated to his father in that letter “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting”. This all known after his release back to America. Yet Susan Rice, once again on the talk show circuit called him a captive, and said he served with honor and distinction. knowing the facts were already out he was a deserter. She also said during an interview on these shows that “No matter who has our soldiers we will do all we can to get them back”. That obviously includes Terrorists, which we never negotiated with, but now is policy.
As the administration celebrated the return of Bergdahl another public relations stunt to ease the damage done to the administration concerning the VA scandal: A White House photo/video op. Complete with Bergdahls parents. Bowes father’s words, in Arabic thanking Allah for the return of his son “Bism allah alrahman alraheem” translated: “In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful”. The President smiled as Mr. Bergdahl spoke those words. A Christian would give thanks to Jesus. A Jewish man would give thanks to God, but Bowe’s father thanked Allah [watch it here]. A deleted tweet from Mr. Bergdahl said he would continue to work to release all the prisoners at Gitmo. Strangley enough, but at the same press conference public relations the President said “The Untited States of America does not EVER leave our men and women in uniform behind (Benghazi ring a bell Mr. President?”
The law states that Congress must be informed 30 days before such an exchange, but this administration does not work within the law as we have seen before. Yes, Harry Reid was told, but that did not qualify as keeping within the law. The administration smugly denied they broke the law, but later recanted saying they did not handle it the best way, and it was an error. When you break the law, what happens? Well, when Obama breaks the law, you can bet nothing will happen.
The Taliban received these 5 terrorists with open arms and celebration. Calling this a victory, and by no means would this exchange bring forth any truce, or peace. Obama himself admitted they may go back to killing. So we release these 5 terrorists to kill again? All for one deserter? Lives have already been lost over this man. A mother said her son was killed looking for Bergdahl. Even though his platoon members signed a gag order not to speak about Bergdahl, they are in numbers coming forth regardless. Telling of strange tales that Bergdahl requested that after his first kill if he could wear the face of that kill as a mask. These soldiers coming forth have already stated Bergdahl is at best a deserter, and at worse a traitor. The military has begun an investigation to his disappearance, but the evidence is so overwhelming that no rational investigation could conclude anything, but deserter or traitor. Which could possibly lead to death. However, with this administration, that would never happen. That would soliditfy that this was another mistake Obama has done. In fact, the report most likely will come out smelling like roses for Bergdahl.
This truth can not so easily be hid or denied by the left as in Benghazi. Even Chris Mathews, the New York Times, and many democrats are outraged by this swap. Yet, Obama says he has no regrets getting Bergdahl back. If this was in part a way to regain some kind of credibility with the military by this trade, and his visiting our troops and West Point speech, it is failing miserably. Yes, this trade was a year in it’s making by Qatar, but the timing of the release is a coincidence, and I for one do not believe in coincidences.
God Bless our troops, and all who serve.