I speak, of course, about the Bowe Bergdahl situation. Face it, this stinks on so many levels I’d consider getting myself tear gassed just to clear my sinuses if only that would work. (Yes, actually – they do that to everyone in basic)
When I first heard about this freakish disaster, I started to break it in to three levels and that still works, so I will continue.
WASHINGTON D.C. (Or Obama and friends if you like.)
This will be brief. It was wrong and illegal and stupid. If Obama, or the people that serve as his brain, thought he would get any political credit or good will from this, they were wrong. All he did was put a bounty on Americans Citizens, and then pay it. We are now going to see more of that and, pay or no pay; good people will suffer for this stupidity for years.
These were not foot soldiers they traded – They were top leaders with confirmed records of slaughter, who wanted and probably still want to slaughter Americans. They are not going home to raise goats in peace. We are going to see them again.
Based on what I’ve heard in the Media there is no way this guy should have been allowed in a Combat Unit. While no one is a mind reader, the risk seems to have been widely apparent. It’s not the sole or largest cause of this mess, but it is another thing that did not work when it could and should have. It seems very close to what happened at Fort Hood, in that this guy should never have had the chance.
As for searching for him after he was gone, that was done correctly and with great courage. If he was a traitor or even a deserter, getting him back was even more urgent. The knowledge in his head had military value to the enemy, who was going to get it out of him period. Eventual torture was inevitable and most likely planned on as soon as they had him. Our U.S. Forces had to try and get him back no matter what he did. They did their duty, and God bless them for it.
THE IDIOT (at a bare minimum)
I don’t know for sure, yet, if this guy was a deserter or a spy/traitor, or a lost puppy chasing a butterfly through a mine field. What happened next was predictable and was not going to turn out well for him personally, whatever the truth. Even if he was the lost puppy, bad things happen to puppies in Muslim nations. He should have known this. To them, he was never going to NOT be a servant of The Great Satan. (That’s us, if you didn’t know.)
The only good thing is that we have him. We don’t know what kind of shape he’s in now. We don’t know if we will be able or willing to reassemble a human being, who can assist in his own defense, out of whatever we got back. Or if they should even try, frankly. Whatever happens will happen in public at least. We won’t have to guess. Even Obama can’t change that now.