I’m having feelings of ambivalence here. Five years ago, Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan, and he has been held captive by the Taliban since then. Today he has been traded for five Gitmo prisoners.
The prisoners that will be exchanged for Bergdahl are Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq. There are now 149 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay.
According to NBC, Bergdahl will be at Bagram for medical care, and then will be flown to Landstuhl, Germany.
Why the ambivalence? The guy is back from five years with the Taliban. He will eventually be reunited with his family, and we have our Soldier back – the only prisoner of war since this abortion of a conflict began. We should be thrilled to have our troop home.
There’s a part of me that is. But then, there’s that other part of me that is concerned about this, from a friend’s Facebook post:
“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”
I know we should be celebrating the safe return of a U.S. Soldier right now, and there’s a part of me that is. But this is what gnaws at my very guts.
PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.
He walked off, without his weapon, leaving everything and everyone behind. He went looking for the Taliban, and he was with them for five years.
And people died. People died looking for him, and we have released five scumbags from Gitmo in exchange for him
I realize that in the coming months he will be debriefed, interrogated and prodded. He’s got five years’ worth of information to give up, and I hope he does so willingly and completely. But I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t nervous. If he did, in fact, go off looking for the Taliban, it would not have been difficult to turn him, return him to his country and just wait a bit before giving him orders to murder innocents.
So yeah, my joy at getting our troop back is tempered somewhat.
What about you?
It’s Friday, and it’s been a looooooooong, weird week, so I figured I’d give you guys something truly unique – something you may want to sit down for – something that may shock and amaze you.
Or if you’re like me, send you into fits of laughter that you still can’t stop. I’m sitting here in my chair, and I’m trying not to lose bladder control. The giggles… they’re real, and I’m overcome by them.
So y’all know Alex Jones is crazy, right? If you don’t, you may have been living under a rock for at least several decades. Jones runs a conspiritard site called InfoWars, or as I like to call it InfoTards. No, I’m not linking to these lunatics. I don’t need to drive any traffic their way, and you really couldn’t afford the amount of brain bleach required to get the true crazy washed out after you’ve visited it.
But (hold on, I have to giggle again), Alex Jones has a huge Bilderberg fetish. I mean he has a hardon the size of… well whatever the maximum turgidity of a frothing fatass is for the Bilderberg group, which he thinks is a group that solely exists to take over the world, whisk dissenters away in black helicopters and deposit them in re-education camps so that the installment of the New World Order can proceed smoothly… or something.
The Bilderberg group is, in fact, a private conference that meets once per year, and includes government, business and finance, academia, and media leaders. They are private. They do hold discussions every year, as they have every right to do. Their leaders do admit that the meetings are closed, specifically, so that participants can be completely candid and open with one another about different views without some media outlet reporting every word.
But because it’s… OMG SOOPER SEEKRIT, a whole lot of cranks, including the batshit crazy Jones, and a frothing faction of fruitcakes that includes the Birchers, the Lyndon LaRouche lunatics, Phyllis Schlafly and the increasingly tiresome Jesse Ventura, have decided that this group is EEEEVIL, since they obviously have something to hide, and everyone should have the right to know what they’re talking about, and because they aren’t transparent, even though they are privately funded and have a right to be, WE MUST KNOW, DAMMIT! *gasp*
Ponder the crazy for a moment, while I giggle again, because the title of the following Twitchy report is producing tears of mirth!
BREAKING: Alex Jones has exclusive photos of Bilderbergers jogging, looking out windows, sitting [pics]
Jones has apparently traveled to Denmark, where the annual conference is being held this year – or had one of his neurotic flake cronies go over there for “exclusive” coverage of the conference.
And here we have the first photo – the “scene of the crime,” so to speak.
Bilderberg 2014 scene of the crime Marriott Hotel. pic.twitter.com/Iqdm9ScqJK
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) May 28, 2014
The comments underneath the tweeted photo are comedy gold, by the way!
@RealAlexJones so the mega rich and powerful are plotting to take over the world in a moderately priced hotel?
— Tim Lipinski (@Its_Lip) May 28, 2014
There are other photos at the Twitchy link I provided above, and the comments below those are just as priceless! Jones has a photo of David Petraeus – yes, that David Petraeus – get ready for this… are you sitting down? JOGGING. I know you’re floored and appalled by this, but it’s true. The former military officer and CIA director was… um… jogging.
Infowars reporter photographs Bilderberger David Petraeus jogging. pic.twitter.com/xJlSKCXJvU
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) May 29, 2014
I know. I’m as amazed as you are. Pretty heady stuff, right?
But the really scary shit is yet to come, folks, because the intrepid InfoTard has captured a Bilderberg participant…
LOOKING OUT OF A WINDOW!
*cue Beethoven’s 5th symphony*
@RealAlexJones “Caption This” Contest! “hmmm Smithers get me my spectacles I think I see subversives”.
— Paranoid OPSEC ☠ (@DoktorJeep) May 29, 2014
Anyway, you’ve got to read the rest of this. It’s fairly hilarious, and just what’s needed on a Friday afternoon.
Apparently the open carry advocates in Texas have NOT learned from their mistakes, and continue not being helpful in promoting our gun rights. Dallas Morning News reports a bunch of these yahoos recently strolled into a Chili’s and a Sonic toting their hardware – because that’s what you do when you sit down for some southwestern cuisine, right? – and were asked to get the hell out. Once again, they drew attention to themselves. Once again they were magnets for people coming up and recording them with their phones, magazines in wells, rifles slung in the front… Because look at us! Look how cool we are!
This after issuing a statement last week that claimed they were going to be smarter about their strategy. Smarter, my aching ass.
The gun-toters weren’t allowed to dine at Chili’s while fully armed. There’s a very good reason for that, says a Brinker International spokesperson: “Long guns are not permitted in our Texas restaurants based on [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] regulation (emphasis mine), which prohibits a business that is licensed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages from allowing shotguns or rifles into the building.” And no pamphlet is going to change that.
Open Carry Texas opponents are asking Chili’s and Sonic to craft “gun sense policies that keep their restaurants safe,” joining the likes of Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and Chipotle. That could be in the works, at least at the locally based chain: Says Brinker in a statement provided to The Dallas Morning News, “Given the recent attention to open carry laws, we continue to evaluate the policy (emphasis mine) to ensure we provide a safe environment for our guests and team members.”
To be fair, these incidents apparently happened on May 19 – two days before the Texas open carry groups issued their official statement. But I can’t imagine the message wasn’t conveyed to their members days before the official statement was issued! I can’t imagine, this wasn’t a topic of discussion among the membership of these groups. I can’t imagine these tools didn’t know!
Well, let’s hope they know now. And let’s hope they cease this counterproductive activity, because as it stands now, they’re doing more harm than good!
My latest for JPFO. Wonder if Mommies will take credit for the rash of robberies that occurred after restaurants posted signs forbidding firearms on their premises.
After all… they took credit for forcing the restaurants to do so in the first place.