What follows (in black) was written by Retired Lt. Commander Allen West EXCEPT for my comments in red – I have left out some of his writing.
Watching the news conference, … in a surreal way, the “walking out” of Bergdahl’s parent’s, to the news conference, showing President Obama’s arm around the waist of Mrs. Bergdahl, with her husband lagging behind, seemed to return us to the womanizing of the Clinton era!
One immediately knew some major attempt at deception was going on!
Objective military assessment: Bowe Bergdahl case // Written by Allen West on June 2, 2014
So, we must have a discussion of the truth here. Army SGT Bergdahl was not “captured” by the enemy in 2009. He abandoned his assigned post on his Forward Operating Base (FOB), leaving his weapon.
Several U.S. Army Soldiers lost their lives in search for Bergdahl.
His disappearance can only be classified as desertion and the media must not be so giddy about a good news story that they don’t tell the truth — which is apparent to many. The allegation of desertion is serious. It is even more grave, because it occurred during a war, during combat operations.
The U.S. Army must uphold proper order and discipline and this allegation must be investigated — but the truth is already known. I believe the liberal media will attempt to elevate him to some type of status that will cause the Army not to pursue the right direction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
We who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat areas of operation against radical Islamists know they don’t hold our troops — they are savagely and brutally murdered. They exist to kill Americans.
Are we glad that Bergdahl is home? After five years, yes, but there are many unanswered questions that cannot be dismissed because of emotions.
As well, America has now negotiated with terrorists, because the Taliban is not a nation-state, it is a non-state, non-uniform belligerent organization, a terrorist group. This is a dangerous precedent and was done unilaterally by President Obama.
How many of our troops lost their lives and sacrificed to capture those five senior Taliban leaders? All for naught. I must admit, the only way I would have released these barbarians would have been once a tracking chip/device had been implanted — without their knowledge. I believe there are long-term ramifications that will result from the release of these five terrorists — there was a reason why the Afghan Taliban demanded these five.
And why would we enter into brokerage with Qatar, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood?
I believe we should see them for who they are and cease our air operations from that country.
We all know how the media works — hence why Obama made this move over the weekend, on Saturday, as a matter of fact. The belief is that we will cease paying attention to the story by middle of this week. But we cannot. Bergdahl is home, but emotions cannot allow us to abandon our senses, as he abandoned his post.
Bottom line, there is always more to the story than what some want you to know — but in the case of Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl, there is a lot to know.
The question is, will we allow the typical sound bite liberal media to direct us away from seeking the truth?
It looks as if President Obama was too quick to champion a deserter, while at the same time ignoring a Marine caught in a friendly nation’s Prison! … too quick to release terrorists who will most likely be returned to be celebrated and rejoin killing American soldiers! If so, we must hold President Obama CULPABLE and prosecute him!