I wonder if this whole prisoner exchange is some kind of diversion for some other mission, or to take the heat off one of Obama's other ****ups.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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One of the advantages of the draft was that individuals could claim Conscientious Objector status. Many times the Army made them medics, and because I was in a medical unit I served with many of them. I was not CO, but knew many.
I understand that present policy still allows one to claim that status, but the procedures are cumbersome, so there are not that many. I wonder if that's true?
With Vietnam, many objectors simply went to Canada, back when that country's government was not a pawn of the US government. I'm sure a few went to jail.
The guys I knew didn't want to go to jail, but they didn't want to kill people either in a fraudulent war.
I suspect Bergdahl was having the same experiences. The war is illegitimate and most folks know that, even (maybe especially) those in country in uniform.
Bowe Bergdahl: Taliban Captors Speak to TIME - TIME
Taliban Commanders Say They Found Bergdahl Cursing His Countrymen - NBC NewsAsked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, he laughed. “Definitely,” he says. “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show | Fox News“Our people at the time couldn’t understand his language, but it was after he was shifted to a safe location, he said he wasn’t happy with his countrymen, but he didn’t intend to convert to Islam or join mujahideen (holy warriors),” one of the commanders said.
The commanders said that Taliban officers first thought it was a trick — perhaps an American soldier sent out alone to spy on the enemy.
“As we never saw their soldier patrolling alone … we would ask him how he managed to walk out of his base,” one of the commanders said. “He would tell us that it was personal issue.”
Clarridge further told Fox News that by the end of 2010, he had furnished at least 13 of these detailed SITREPs, or situation reports, that his network generated about Bergdahl to Brig. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., who in April 2010 was named director of intelligence, at the J-2 level, at CENTCOM. Clarridge said Eclipse SITREP # 3023, dated Aug. 23, 2012 -- in which a member of the Haqqani network, said to be close to Bergdahl's captors, reported that the American prisoner had declared himself a "mujahid" -- was among the reports provided to Ashley.
At least we only have to deal with Obama for 2.5 more years. Hopefully the next guy wont be just as bad.