The view from the rose garden 13

Good news.

The Obama-Jarrett gang in the White House have not been able to stop the US Army from charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.

Bergdahl could be sentenced to life in prison.

Mark Steyn writes:

Bowe Bergdahl is to be charged with desertion. This is not exactly a surprising development. As I said when he was released, Bergdahl is “a deserter at best and at worst enemy collaborator”. I incline to the latter view myself, but, be that as it may, there are innumerable instances throughout human history of soldiers who abandon their comrades and attempt to aid the enemy.

What makes this case unique is the behavior of Bergdahl’s commander-in-chief. …

Barack Obama decided to honor this man in the Rose Garden, and to embrace his parents. In front of the President and the world, Bergdahl’s father sent greetings to his son in Arabic and Pashto, and began with the words, “In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful …” …

When others objected, the White House dispatched the National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, to tell the American people that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction”. She surely knew, as did the President, that that was a lie.

Given the background checks an ordinary law-abiding citizen requires these days merely to be permitted to be in the presence of the President, the White House must also have known that the man Obama embraced in the Rose Garden that day – Bergdahl’s father – was a Taliban sympathizer. …

The fact is Bowe Bergdahl walked out and he left America behind … and he did it, by the way, on the advice of his father. He wrote to his father saying, ‘I hate America, it’s a horror, I want to renounce my citizenship.’ And his father emails back, ‘Follow your conscience …’

I don’t think this point has been emphasized enough. … What’s the father’s excuse? He gets communications from his son indicating he’s about to crack. He knows that out there, beyond their vulnerable encampment, is a primitive tribal society where pretty much everyone would either ransom his boy or cut to the chase and saw his head off to make a blockbuster jihadist snuff video for the bazaars of Jalalabad. Surely any responsible parent would say, “Look, I know it can’t be easy for you out there. But there are people who wish to do you harm beyond the fence. Stick with it, talk to your platoon leader … You’re serving honorably in a worthy cause …” You don’t encourage him to take a one-way ticket into the badlands of Afghanistan.

And just to underline that: the justification for Bergdahl Snr’s wacky behavior – the Taliban beard, the invocations of Allah, the Arabic and Pushtu, the pledge that the death of every Afghan child will be avenged – the justification for all this is that, well, he’s also been under a lot of strain. He hasn’t seen his kid for half-a-decade. That could unhinge anyone. Give the guy a break …

But the point is he was pulling this strange stuff before his son was kidnapped.

Which makes that Rose Garden ceremony even more bizarre in its weird optics – the President of the United States embracing a Taliban sympathizer at the White House. There was no need to hold such an intimate photo-op. Yet Obama chose to do it. Why?

That’s still the most important question of l’affaire Bergdahl. Obama didn’t just trade five high-value Taliban leaders-cum-war criminals for one American deserter, but he chose to honor that deserter as an American hero. And, in so honoring him, dishonored all the comrades he deserted.

As for those five Taliban A-listers, as of June 1st they’ll be out of their nominal emirate-probation in Qatar and free to roam the world killing infidels once more. …

That’s the point to remember about this debacle: There is no deal. None. Washington gave away five war criminals who are already pledging to get back to killing – and the superpower got nothing in return. The deserter and his kooky dad are merely the cover for the fact that the United States entered into an end-of-war prisoner exchange without ending the war.

Here’s the history of America’s longest war in two anti-American losers, John Walker Lindh and Bowe Bergdahl, confused young men with a gaping hole at the heart of where their sense of identity should be, stumbling through the Hindu Kush trying to “find themselves”.

In the fall of 2001, the first confused anti-American loser trying to find himself, John Walker Lindh was on the enemy’s side – and was tried, convicted and jailed for 20 years.

By the spring of 2014, the last confused anti-American loser of the Afghan war, Bowe Bergdahl, was on our side – and was honored by the President with a family photo-op in the Rose Garden and declared by the laughably misnamed “National Security Advisor” to have “served the United States with honor and distinction”.

To reprise my current line on “the leader of the free world”:

If he were working for the other side, what exactly would he be doing differently?

We cannot find any precedent in history for the leader of a nation betraying his country to its enemy.

  • Don L

    In a go-around Nobama strategy, the Pentagon announced
    TODAY the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit
    called the United States Redneck Special Forces (USRSF).

    These boys will be dropped off in Iraq, and have been given
    only the following facts about ISIS:

    1. The season opened today.
    2. There is no limit.
    3. They taste just like chicken.
    4. They don’t like Beer (or any alcohol), Bacon (or pigs),
    BBQ, Pickups, Nude women, Country music…And,
    5. They are directly responsible for the death of Elvis.

    The Pentagon expects the problem in IRAQ
    to be over by next Friday.

    • liz

      Awesome!!! Just what’s needed.
      We could use some of them right here in our own backyard, though, such as the jihad “training camps” apparently operating even in Texas.
      Seems to me some “bo-hog” hunters need to mistake some jihadists for hogs.

      • Don L

        sooey, sooey…yeehah! LOL.

        • liz

          Hilarious list, by the way! (#5’s my favorite!)

  • REALBEING

    Bowe Bergdahl was not drafted! Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t coerced or forced to enlist in the U.S. Army! Bowe Bergdahl effectively took the Army’s hand when he enlisted, stating to all in his presence under oath that he would do as asked and enforce the Constitution against ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic! Bowe Bergdahl took this solemn oath:

    I, (Bowe Bergdahl), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

    Let him be hanged by the neck until dead or let him be shot to death by a firing squad of his fellow soldiers. Six very good men died at the hands of the enemy looking for this miscreant!!

    Furthermore, let all who would also dishonor this country with similar misdeeds, (President Barack Hussein Obama!) suffer a similar fate!!

    • liz

      Yes, especially the Traitor in Chief.
      Now a National Guardsman has been caught trying to join ISIS. Just as with Major Hasan at Fort Hood, political correctness is more important to those now running the country than the security of our citizens and soldiers.

      • Don L

        Liz…on a whole different topic:

        I know you read the “Requiem for Marx” book. I’d mentioned it before, the book “Karl Marx: The Red Prussian” that Jillian recommended to me way back. I just got a hit on a review I did and while reading the comment I came across the book’s Amazon page and, to my surprise, several copies are available CHEAP. Mine was either $26 or $63 option at the time; and, at $26 it was a ragged book…1947 printing…a year younger than me. OK, OK, it was in better shape than me. Anyway, here’s the URL if you’re interested: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00AWYP9EQ/ref=cm_cr-mr-used-new

        • Great news. Thanks for telling us.

        • liz

          Hey, thanks! Just ordered one – never expected to see it that cheap!

          • Don L

            Yeah, amazing. But, even at $26 for a tattered copy…worth it. You’ll enjoy!

  • Don L

    Redundant I be; Domestic Enemy is he; America is damned ’cause Obama’s the man.

    • liz

      “Stunned” yes, more like paralyzed. Like being in a slow motion nightmare, where you can see the disaster happening but are unable to stop it.
      The reason Obama embraced a Taliban sympathizer in the White House is because he, too, is a Taliban sympathizer.
      And he just couldn’t resist the opportunity to pull off what he thought was such a clever accomplishment – not only aid our enemies by releasing 5 terrorists, but say “screw you!” to America at the same time by doing it in exchange for a deserter.
      Now he’s openly betraying Israel. He’d be doing nothing differently “if he were working for the other side”, because he IS, in fact, working for the other side.

      • Don L

        Here, Here!!! And has been since his days with Frank Marshall Davis.