Robert Bergdahl, Bowe’s father, sent the tweet above on May 28th and as a result y’all have been filling up my inbox with it, so I guess I’d better say something about it. It’s been removed from his Twitter feed now. Like I said, it was sent three days before his son was released, so I have to think that he probably knew his son’s release was almost imminent. But it wasn’t definite yet.
I’m also pretty sure that, being a parent of a POW, he doesn’t like anyone being held by a foreign government. However, unlike his son, those people we’re holding in Guantanamo want to kill all Americans for no other reason than the place of our residence, our fortuitous place of birth.
We all hope that the release of his son won’t lead to more attempts to kidnap American troops to exchange for the terrorists who have been removed from the planet’s affairs. But, I’m sure that Americans in Afghanistan are trained well enough that they can avoid that eventuality so I’m not going to wring my hands over something that hasn’t happened yet and put my faith in the training and professionalism of the US military – like they do.
Of course, we all remember that in 2007, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta earned his Medal of Honor rescuing Sergeant Joshua Brennan from the Taliban who were trying to kidnap the wounded sergeant, so it wouldn’t be new, nor a direct result of Bergdahl’s release if they tried kidnapping American troops now.
Meanwhile, the administration is spinning up their own version of the release. according to Fox News;
[Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and National Security Adviser Susan Rice] repeatedly disagreed with the argument that U.S. officials negotiated with terrorists to get back Bergdahl.
“He wasn’t simply a hostage,” Rice said. “He was a prisoner of war.”
Hagel told NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists. Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a natural process.”
On the issue of not informing Congress, Hagel said he informed the leaders of the appropriate congressional intelligence and military committees, but defended the administration’s actions by saying officials had to move swiftly.
“There was reason to be concerned [Bergdahl’s] life could have been at risk,” Rice said. “We didn’t have 30 days.”
Hagel and Rice sidestepped questions about whether officials will investigate how and why Bergdahl apparently wandered off base in Afghanistan before he was captured on June 30, 2009.
“He probably went through hell,” Hagel said from Afghanistan. “The first issue is his health.”
I’m fairly sure they don’t want Bergdahl in a public trial because that would lessen what may be perceived as yet another success for the President.
Category: Terror War