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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Glad we got him back, but didn't we in effect trade five generals for a private?
    I didn't realize how many top leaders (generals) that both Al Qaeda and the Taliban has. What is it. around 6,000 or 10,000 ?

    Al Qaeda and the Taliban has to many chief and not enough braves. (I think I'm still allowed to use that word, I think the liberal PC word police haven't ruled on the word "braves" yet.)


    Just heard that President Obama broke the law again.

    You think that President Obama might have finally did something right and it ends up he broke the law.

    >" WASHINGTON--The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after nearly five years in Taliban captivity prompted cheers among U.S. officials Saturday, but amid the applause some on Capitol Hill are questioning the risks and legality of how his freedom was brokered.

    Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a joint statement that they, too, celebrated Sgt. Bergdahl's freedom. But the exchange of five top Taliban detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, raises risks for all Americans, they said.

    "Our joy at Sergeant Bergdahl's release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it," they said Saturday in a written statement.

    "Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans" by giving terrorists "a strong incentive to capture Americans."

    They also said that President Barack Obama "clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay."

    Similarly, Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, called the move a "fundamental shift in U.S. policy" that "will threaten the lives of American soldiers for years to come."

    He also said he had "little confidence" in security assurances given by Qatar, which is accepting the five Taliban officials--and "even less confidence in this Administration's willingness to ensure they are enforced." ..."<

    Amid Cheers for Sgt. Bergdahl's Release, Some Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Swap - WSJ.com

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    He's not a "brave young man" or any other kind of hero. He was (apparently) the unit scumbag who got pissed off at his lieutenant and so abandoned his post and ran away from the FOB. He probably has changed a lot since, and I hope he has grown up and become a better person. But this guy doesn't deserve any medals, he deserves to be formally charged.



    By which you mean the people who actually served with him?

    Look. It's good that we got him back. It's bad that we decided to trade five dudes out of Gitmo for him, apparently on the value of their pinkie-swear that they won't go back to Jihad they pretty-promise-with-a-cherry-on-top. We should go after the American citizens who get kidnapped anywhere in the world, and get them back. But that doesn't make anyone stupid enough to wander off their base in Afghanistan by themselves because they are acting like petulant children into heroes. It just makes them American citizens whom we should go get.
    Now I remember who this "sad sack" of a soldier is.

    And Obama is going to honor this guy at the White House as a hero !!!

    I wonder if charges will be brought up on Bergdahl ?

    What UCMJ articles did this guy violated ? Article 113 ? Article 99 ? Article 86 ?

    Has the current administration authorized any new medals recently for violating the UCMJ ?

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    I'm extremely relieved that he has been released. I can't imagine the joy his family must be feeling, nor can I imagine what he has suffered for the past five years.

    I'll confess to being nervous about the USA having negotiated with terrorists, which in effect gave them an immense win... five prisoners they wanted desperately in exchange for one American. That makes American hostages a viable currency now. Time will tell what effect that will have.

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i seriously can't believe that anyone is making this political.

    seriously. the guy was a POW for five years. just be happy that he's coming home.
    I can.
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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I'm extremely relieved that he has been released. I can't imagine the joy his family must be feeling, nor can I imagine what he has suffered for the past five years.

    I'll confess to being nervous about the USA having negotiated with terrorists, which in effect gave them an immense win... five prisoners they wanted desperately in exchange for one American. That makes American hostages a viable currency now. Time will tell what effect that will have.
    : I don't know how many are still being held at Guantanamo, but if we give them five back for every one of ours, that's not good. Does anyone believe that they will now behave themselves, and not rejoin their former buddies in terrorist activities? I don't, and that's scary! Plus, they'll probably be hailed as heroes, which will only deepen their resolve to harm us if they can.

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Mostly I am happy for his family. They didn't do anything wrong and I can only imagine what they have been going through.
    That said really don't care about this POS one way or the other. Dude walked off a US FOB unarmed because he was unhappy with America and thought he made friends with some Afghans. Can't say he didn't earn what he got.
    I am just glad that none of my brothers in arms in the SOF community had to give their lives trying to rescue him. Now we just have to hope the guys we traded him for don't kill any other Americans or I would say it's not a worthwhile trade.
    We should not be welcoming him home as some kind of hero. Turd should get a dishonorable and be done with it.

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    He's not a "brave young man" or any other kind of hero. He was (apparently) the unit scumbag who got pissed off at his lieutenant and so abandoned his post and ran away from the FOB. He probably has changed a lot since, and I hope he has grown up and become a better person. But this guy doesn't deserve any medals, he deserves to be formally charged.
    Could care less what he did in the military. What he did now was amazing.


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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Could care less what he did in the military. What he did now was amazing.
    And what exactly is it that he did.
    And the fact that you don't care what he did while serving his country is rather sad.

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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by braindrain View Post
    And what exactly is it that he did.
    And the fact that you don't care what he did while serving his country is rather sad.
    So what he got discharged after 5 months. Point being?


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    Re: US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i seriously can't believe that anyone is making this political.

    seriously. the guy was a POW for five years. just be happy that he's coming home.
    As cpwill has pointed out, this cat is the unit dud. We exchanged 5 Tals for him. Not sure he we should be all that thrilled about his return. Maybe, we should be more excited about him being brought up on charges.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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