Remember all the fanfare when Obama did that prisoner swap for Bergdahl? This is the latest chapter in that debacle.
There was a lot of outrage when we did that ‘prisoner swap’ to get Bergdahl back.
Five Detainees from Gitmo were given up to get Bergdahl back.
But did we really WANT him back, under the circumstances?
Did we get hosed in the deal by giving up the ‘Taliban Five‘? And did Obama break the law in HOW he got him back?
A House Armed Services Committee report set to be released Thursday accuses the Obama administration of misleading Congress and violating federal law during a controversial prisoner exchange.
The report compiled by the GOP majority charges that the administration did so when it bypassed Congress in negotiating the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held in Afghanistan. They suggested that the White House had put politics and expediency ahead of proper procedure in making the deal.
…The Obama administration has claimed that it side-stepped a mandated 30-day congressional notification period out of fear for Bergdahl’s life, and that it had constitutional authority to do so. But the report finds the argument wanting. —CNN
And once the Taliban Five were exchanged, what happened?
The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar by making contact with suspected Taliban associates in Afghanistan, multiple officials tell CNN.
For all that, Bergdahl has chosen NOT to be at the center of a media circus.
Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to
let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial.
Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case. They weren’t authorized to discuss the case and demanded anonymity. During sentencing, U.S. troops who were seriously wounded searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan are expected to testify, the individuals said.
It was unclear whether prosecutors and Bergdahl’s defense team had reached any agreement ahead of sentencing about how severe a penalty prosecutors will recommend. —NY Post</blockquote>
What could he face? Five years in prison for desertion, and a life sentence for Misbehavior Before The Enemy.
It is unclear what impact — if any — the fact that he was held by the Taliban for 5 years would have on the severity of his sentence.
Does your grandpa go off on paltry politicians, whether they be Democrats or Republicans? Does he get misty eyed when he talks about God and Country and America’s future? And have you ever heard him scream, ‘Awww … Hell no!’ when Rosie O’Donnell starts yapping on television? If you answered yes to one, or all of the above, then your gramps will love Doug Giles’ latest book, My Grandpa’s A Patriotic Badass.
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