Sleazy Republicans Hit An All Time Low By Accusing Obama of Negotiating With Terrorists


Republicans have shown they there is no limit to their Obama hate by warping the freeing of a captured soldier in Afghanistan into an allegation that the president negotiates with terrorists.

On ABC’s This Week, Ted Cruz accused the president of negotiating with terrorists and putting more lives at risk, “It’s not the only way. We can go in and use military force, as needed, to rescue our fallen compatriots. But, look, Sergeant Bergdahl was fighting to capture these terrorists. Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people who were responsible, either directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives. I mean, that’s why we sent our soldiers there. And the idea that we’re now making trades, what does that do for every single soldier stationed abroad? It says the reason why the U.S. has had the policy for decades of not negotiating with terrorists is because once you start doing it, every other terrorist has an incentive to capture more soldiers.”

Video of Ted Cruz on ABC’s This Week:

On CBS’ Face The Nation, Sen. John McCain said, “I understand the great story and happiness of the Bergdahl family and friends. And we’re all grateful that he has returned. I think there are legitimate questions about these individuals who have been released. And the conditions understand which they will be released. These are the hardest of the hard core. These are the highest high-risk people. And others that we have released have gone back into the fight. That’s been documented. And it’s disturbing to me that the Taliban are the ones that named the people to be released. So all I can say is that we need to more information about the conditions of where they’re going to be and how. But it is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to reenter the fight. And they are big, high-level people, possibly responsible for the deaths of thousands.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said, “This fundamental shift in U.S. policy signals to terrorists around the world a greater incentive to take U.S. hostages. Further, I have little confidence in the security assurances regarding the movement and activities of the now-released Taliban leaders and I have even less confidence in this administration’s willingness to ensure they are enforced. I believe this decision will threaten the lives of American soldiers for years to come.”

Republicans can’t allow President Obama to be responsible for anything good that happens. If a Republican president had made this same deal to rescue a captive soldier, they would be proclaim this a great day for America.

Interestingly, the Obama administration has turned the Bush era justification for handling detainees on its ear. Defense Secretary Hagel argued on Meet The Press that President Obama had the authority to make a deal for the captured solider under his commander-in-chief powers laid out in Article II of the Constitution. Hagel also said that Sgt. Bergdahl’s health was in decline, “We believed that the information we had, the intelligence we had, was such that Sgt. Bergdahl’s safety and health were in jeopardy. In particular his health was deteriorating. It was our judgment that if we could find an opening and move very quickly, we needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life.”

The Republican reaction to this good news has been disgraceful, and another example of the fact that the GOP can only see issues in the most partisan of terms. This is more sleazy, and un-American behavior from a party that refuses to get behind the president even when he successfully brings a captured soldier home without a shot being fired.

Just like with the VA, the health and welfare of Sgt. Bergdahl doesn’t seem to matter to Republicans. Their only answer to every question is to gin up a partisan scandal. It’s getting old fast, and it is also why Democrats will continue to win elections for years to come.

91 Replies to “Sleazy Republicans Hit An All Time Low By Accusing Obama of Negotiating With Terrorists”

  1. Maybe the president should have followed ol’ Ronnie’s lead and traded some weapons, (Iran-Contra). I guess we may as well strap in and hold on cause now it’s gonna be all about BERGHAZI!!!! Sickening.

  2. What the hell dose Cruz know about foreign policy. He should be a one time Senator and deported back to Canada or Cuba, his choice. He is so disgusting until i hate the sound of his voice.

  3. I firmly believe that with this latest attempt to turn an act of humanity into one of supporting terrorism, the Congressional Republicans have reached the point of no return to any semblance of sanity or decency. I cannot see any way for them to redeem themselves after the disgraceful way they have allowed so much hatred to cloud their judgment and cause them to make what are treasonous statements. At this point, they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink against the wall to see if it sticks. The shutdown failed, the Benghazi “investigations” failed, and so did trying to label this presidency with the stench of the VA scandal. Now, they are truly reaching, and their behavior is even more despicable when we consider that if a Republican president had done the same thing, they would be showering him or her with endless praise. As always, they project onto this president the danger that THEY have subjected American troops to with needless wars.

  4. Not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all terrorists are Muslims.

    The Taliban was the reigning (albeit tyrannical, Islamic extremist) government when we invaded Afghanistan.
    To call them “terrorists” is a over-simplification of the political dynamic in that country — but it gets right wing minions all worked up and shaking their fists at Obama, so what the hell, eh?

  5. ‘We can go in and use military force, as needed, to rescue our fallen compatriots.’

    In this case, we didn’t have to. And this young man came home alive; he didn’t come home in a body bag which is something worth celebrating.

    Sometimes politicians forget what a military force consists of – young men and women at the prime of their lives. So these Republicans think we should have sent boots on the ground and put more lives at risk. And all you have to do is listen to these guys to let you know all the hearings we would have had to discuss what is already accomplished with this soldier coming home.

    I always wonder – what if that young man was their son, would they be spouting the same BS?

  6. We did the right thing but Bergdahl may very well be a deserter. If he is, he needs to be court martialed, not made into a hero.

  7. “I always wonder – what if that young man was their son, would they be spouting the same BS?”

    YES, and would also demand we put thousands of other troops in jeopardy to save him.
    That’s the hypocritical Republican way.

  8. WTF!!!! Were you there or did you pull that out of limpballs fat ass? How dare you question if he was a deserter. Where the f@ck was he going to desert too. Damn, let the stupid begin

  9. Perhaps republicans are finally using historical precedent in their deliberations?

    That would be a shocker, but it is true that after Reagan secured the arms-for-hostages deal that freed the initial batch of hostages, it spurred hostage taking of Westerners through-out the Mid-East. That forced Reaganites to devise a formula determining what weapons to transfer, based upon the political value of each individual hostage. Perhaps they recognize the pitfalls of any sort of swap with terrorists, because they remember the lessons of Iran/Contra.

    …Sorry, but I couldn’t keep up with trolling this post with illogical nonsense. ;) Of course they have no historical perspective, and are simply reacting in normal, politically-driven need-to-capitalize-on-every-event-no-matter-how-crass-or-cheap fashion.

  10. Darn it, I was sure we traded five members of duck dynasty for him.

    Now old Ronnie Raygun traded 1500 rockets with Iran for prisoners, I bet there was not a peep from McCain.

  11. Don’t forget that the money they made from selling arms to Iran they funded Iran Contra which did break the law.

  12. If we ever negotiate over anything…WHO IN THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING TO? (caps deliberate)
    This is the problem with modern war. To imply that we talk to governments or no one just isn’t realistic any more. It’s also why concepts like “winning” are so difficult. How do we know? When do we know?

  13. For cripes sake, that idiot doesn’t want to take care of Vets we have now, and yet has enough nerve to want to put more in harms’ way. Never happy unless there is a war.

  14. (quote) In the early-morning hours of June 30th, according to soldiers in the unit, Bowe approached his team leader not long after he got off guard duty and asked his superior a simple question: If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?

    Yes, his team leader responded – if you took your rifle and night-vision goggles, that would cause problems.

    Bowe returned to his barracks, a roughly built bunker of plywood and sandbags. He gathered up water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary. Then he slipped off the outpost.(end quote)

    Read more:

  15. Republicans have the memories God gave to gnats. Anyone remember the IRAN hostages and Ollie North? Obama didn’t trade for weapons the way the great repug hero, Reagan, did. Repugs hypocrisy never wanes.

  16. His frame of mind …
    (quote)… “he sent what would be his final e-mail­ to his parents. …
    “The future is too good to waste on lies,” … “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in.” … “The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools.” … “I am sorry for everything here,” … Bowe concluded his e-mail with what, in another context, might read as a suicide note. “I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is america is disgusting.” Then he signed off with a final message to his mother and father. “There are a few more boxes coming to you guys,” he said, referring o his uniform and books, which he had already packed up and shipped off. “Feel free to open them, and use them.”


  17. OK I respect Michael Hastings but there are still questions if he was a deserter or just some disillusion soldier that wasn’t thinking straight at the time and decided to go walk around for reflection which according to the article he did a lot of.

  18. Sleazy = Republicans!

    McCain said, “And they are big, high-level people, possibly responsible for the deaths of thousands.” And he should know! Can you say Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld…?!

  19. Remember we are all gods chilluns McCain? Remember we are all Georgians today?

    Tedless Cruz and McCain are dying to get a war started to they can blame it on the Dems in 2016.

    Cruz doesnt care about this country, he only cares about the power he wants to have

  20. Since we’re in the realm of speculating this soldier’s motive, I’d say that sounds more like a suicide note rather that a “dear John I’m leaving you” note.

  21. negotiating with terrorists is that like When Reagan Administration sold arms to terrorist regime named Iran?

  22. Had Mr. Bergdahl came home in a pine box with his head cut off these same chattering hatriots on the right would be complaining that the president hadn’t done enough to secure his release. NOTHING he does will ever be right in their eyes.

  23. Come on trolls. For years you’ve been out here hiding behind the repubs, echoing their talking points. So where are you now? Let’s hear how angry you are with this. Show us how much you “love” the troops.

  24. How about the American terrorist that were created by the likes of fox news and Limbaugh, that blew up a Federal building and shot a lady Congresswoman, how dare these hypocrites say anything that The President does.

  25. tybandit at 7:44 pm

    Oops…wrong spot.

    Since we’re in the realm of speculating
    That’s the point. Until more is known, and since there is a huge amount of controversy and questions surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance, there is a major hesitation to adorn the man with the typical fanfare that would normally be given to a returning POW. (Some suspect that Bergdahl sought out the Taliban to join them and it’s been reported that numerous other soldiers were also wounded and killed in the subsequent search for him when he disappeared.)
    I don’t think people are quite ready to see him hailed as a “hero” as he could actually end up facing a court- martial.

  26. There has been five years worth of conflicting reports and speculation about what exactly happened at the time of Bergdahl’s disappearance. Different accounts from those who were there and were serving with him has led to many theories. One report stated (at the time) that Bergdahl had “just walked off” his base with three Afghans after his shift. The Taliban then claimed a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison and was captured by mujahadeen. Confusing info to most people.
    At this point, I’m not presuming Bergdahl to be guilty of anything, but troubling questions that have persisted since his alleged abduction need to be answered. There is still a very dark cloud of suspicion over him and the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture are not at all clear.

  27. I would say what difference does it make but we know how that gets twisted by people with a severe case of ODS. You people on the right would have left him there to die to prove a point. Exactly what is your point? Only the baggers know

  28. The only point is to inform that Bergdahl isn’t exactly held in high esteem by many people… and there is quite a bit of evidence that supports these suspicions for those who choose to seek it out.

  29. I don’t think anyone is holding him up as Audie Murphy. What we are saying you don’t leave anyone behind on the battlefield. Hell the Israeli’s will trade hundreds for a dead soldier and here the Reich in so many words is saying leave his ass behind he deserved his fate. Truly disgusting

  30. I’m not sure if anyone is saying we didn’t need to get Bergdahl back. I haven’t seen that. The method of how it was done is what is being questioned.
    Justice says these five jihadists shouldn’t have ever been released and truly only deserve to meet Allah sooner than later.

  31. Meet your poster boy on how to deal with rouge regimes. Now remember the Taliban are not on the terrorist list
    Ronald Reagan, the President who really negotiated with terrorists

    Now I know fox told you these are the scariest people this side of Attila the hun but they are not shipping out to the battlefield tomorrow or for years to come for that matter.

  32. The military and his chain of command called him a POW today.

    The 5 were worth getting an American back. They are just 5 of many

  33. I doubt whether anyone really knows what the man’s state of mind was at the time he
    “deserted” Ask anyone that was there and is now getting treated for PTSD. As for the 5 Taliban prisoners released, even if they are high ranking, you can rest assured we will be keeping an eye on them.

  34. Too bad there is no mention that the 5 prisoners that were turned over had already been cleared for ‘release’ for the past two years.

  35. It sickens me to see Charlie and the rest of the negative bastards saying stuff about this soldier they don’t know. He might have simply had a girlfriend in another village. I had friends in Nam that did that. But on the flip side, they give a real traitor, Ed Snowden a big old wet kiss and call him a patriot. I am sure they would have called Benedict Arnold a patriot also.

  36. Until we all have walked in this soldiers boots let us just welcome him home and be happy for him and his parents. Who knows what horrors he saw and how it affected him. Look what the right wing Congress has done to us right here in our own country. We should not judge 1 individual when you have an entire group sticking it to us on a daily basis. They are our American Taliban. Thy deny increases for the Veterans,take food from children,deny unemployment benefits,close the govt. Down and then they dare to speak negatively about this soldier. They have more blood on their hands then this soldier ever will.

  37. Exactly right as promised, they have been cleared to leave and the only reason they did not get released was the rethugs pushing to keep them there forever. I am sure it is against international law to hold prisoners without trial for ever.

    As far as this soldiers actions are concerned, that is for a military tribunal to decide, not us,not rethugs.

  38. I think I know why the rethugs want to keep them locked up forever. As always follow the money and someone is making a pretty penny
    Representative Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, testified during the hearing that the current cost of operating the facility has jumped to $454 million in the fiscal year ended September 30, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, or about $2.7 million for each of the 166 inmates.

  39. djchefron Jun 1st, at 11:50 pm

    Now remember the Taliban are not on the terrorist list
    Neither are Republicans…yet that lack of that designation hasn’t stopped you from claiming they’re terrorists. I don’t think the lack of a label stops other people from believing the same.

    Now I know fox told you these are the scariest people this side of Attila the hun
    No. WaPo did.

    but they are not shipping out to the battlefield tomorrow or for years to come for that matter.
    That remains to be seen. According to a Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all 5 men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies if they were liberated.
    And it remains to be seen how committed Qatar is to the bargain. If at any point these 5 are permitted to return to Pakistan or Afghanistan, all those nice fellows will all likely play a significant role in the Taliban’s next act. (WaPo told me that too.)

  40. Shiva
    Sun, Jun 1st, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    The military and his chain of command called him a POW today.
    It would be the proper designation since Bergdahl hasn’t been convicted of anything.

    The 5 were worth getting an American back. They are just 5 of many
    Not everyone is quite as confident. Let’s hope these guys will be spied upon, followed, watched and tracked of their every movements. Maybe they were injected with RFID chips.
    But who knows?

  41. Reply to Gary Vaughn
    Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014 at 12:39 am

    It sickens me to see Charlie and the rest of the negative bastards saying stuff about this soldier they don’t know.

    This is 5 year old news being discussed. And if you had read my comments a bit more carefully you would have seen that I personally don’t presume Bergdahl to be guilty of anything.

    Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

  42. Republicans are terrorist to this country. Who shut down the government that cost 24 billion but refuse to fully fund the VA for 2 billion. Who has at every step has went of their way to stop any economic stimulus that wuld help the middle class. What party has refuse to expand Medicaid that the experts said will kill over 18k for lack of said care

    The WAPO? I let Charles Pierce break it down for you
    So let us end the day where we began, with Fred Hiatt and his vampire’s empire, and his promiscuous devotion to enterprises that kill people whom he and his dinner companions will never meet.

  43. The Taliban are terrorists. The president made a deal with them to release 5 known terrorists for 1 soldier.
    That means….The president negotiated with terrorists. I hate republicans and democrats equally, but if you think republicans are wrong for criticizing this, you are in no way looking at this intelligently.
    Also, this soldier we got back was apparently a deserter with Muslim leanings as described by soldiers in his unit. Obama just put a target on other Americans and spit in the face of other soldiers who were held and not bartered out in order to discourage this type of terrorism.

  44. Bullshit. The military see’s Bowe Beghdahl as a POW. Not a deserter. Your media is saying he is a deserter. And you suck it up. The president got back the last man held by the taliban.

    You have memorized your talking points well. The koch, ALEC, Rove and the tewa bags smile upon you fondly

  45. djchefron
    Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Republicans are terrorist to this country.

    If that is your belief then I’m sure you will allow others to believe the Taliban are terrorists as well. With or without some “official” declaration.

    Can’t rehash the rest now.

    I’ll be over there–>
    doing stuff.

    I’ll come back later to check your blood pressure.

  46. So the Taliban aren’t terrorists? Cause no one is arguing that Obama negotiated with them. That basic logic proves this headline makes no sense.
    Forget about the POW’s leanings for a minute…even if he was Captain America it doesn’t change the fact that Obama negotiated with terrorists. Look at things objectively.

  47. So? He still got the last man held back from the taliban. Washington did it, Madison did it, other presidents did it.
    Are you smart enough to know that the taliban by now, will not think they can just kidnap people and get their own back this easily? Yes he negotiated with terrorists. And? Would you liken it to Bush negotiating with the Afghanistanians to get their enemies out of the way before attacking Afghanistan? Thats who the bulk of the people in Gitmo were.

  48. Ronald Reagan negotiated with them, and called the Taliban “the moral equivalents of our founding fathers”.

  49. Anne, the problem with this is the history with the militants that had him. Islamist dont accept Christians first and foremost, so this guy had to convert in some way shape or form to stay alive and be released. Second, we just released 5 deadly murders of Americans that hate you and I and everything we stand for back to continue doing what they were doing before they were caught. In case you forgot that is planning and killing American Troops

  50. If Republican presidents did so, they are wrong too. See what I did there? I acknowledged that both sides can make mistakes. Negotiating with terrorists only gives them reasons to continue their behavior.
    You people are sheep. Obama Good! Bush Bad! Let’s blame Bush and Reagan for things 7 years into Obama’s presidency. That makes sense.
    Actually, it is my fault for jumping on a super biased website and expecting intelligent discussion. This is no different than the insanity that is FOX News. Everyone is so tied to their team they can’t be objective when mistakes are made by their side or successes achieved by the other.
    Oh, and to the genius who says the Taliban are not terrorists…I hope you are not allowed to operate heavy machinery or have children, as you are truly dim. Just because they don’t make a list due to political reasons does not mean that their countless horrific actions past and present are anything less than the definition of terrorism. Bah Sheep! Bah!

  51. You do what is necessary to get the man back. The rest of your speol is nothing more then sheeple following the words you are told to say by your media.


  52. Thats a huge assumption on your part based on urban legends.

    I suppose you are all up in arms over Obama killing an American for yes..”planning and killing American Troops”

    Get over the 5, they are nothing in the scheme of things.

  53. What a stupid comment. He may well be a deserter but giving up 5 enemy combatants is the right thing to do.

    Stupid, stupid and stupid.

    I don’t buy the spin about his health nor do I think that the damage these prisoners may exact on the US should be marginalized.

    Look at the evidence. Why didn’t the white house with all of their resources get the facts on this soldier first, and if they have something that really shows he was not a deserter they should show it not just feed us spin.

  54. “I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on,” said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”

    This is from a soldier in his unit. Forget about rolling stones evidence, they are no conservative news rag.

    A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted — and, if so, whether he would be punished. Hagel didn’t answer directly. “Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family,” he said. “Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later.” Answer that first Hagel you idiot!
    According to firsthand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl, while on guard duty, shed his weapons and walked off the observation post.

  55. See what you numbnuts fail to realize the war in Afghanistan is coming to an end. According to the Geneva Convention all prisoners of war has to be release. After 2014 all Taliban has to be release so why not get our soldier back. I know you got blasted by your Reich wing buddies with emails because all you baggers are saying the same thing as usual. You would leave your brother behind to prove your idiotic point about continuing a unwinnable war. This has nothing to do with this soldier he is just a pawn in your sick mind of bashing the President.You people make me sick to be an American and with that in context I can understand why he wrote those letters

  56. Oh, they’ve already done that, Huck. What do you suppose Christopher Stevens was doing in Benghazi on 9/11/12?

  57. Hesch: Thank you for your post. Even though it seemingly is being ignored by the mostly liberal people who would be reading this, that which you wrote is at the crux of this. Did President Obama trade a deserter with a “criteria” for FIVE top level Taliban leaders? Lets get to the bottom of this before we start the knee-jerk praise for what has happened here. Lets listen to the solder`s Dad as to motivations. LETS HAVE AN OPEN MIND and quickly investigate.

  58. Yes, open mind

    “Did President Obama trade a deserter”
    “FIVE top level Taliban leaders”

    It seems your mind is made up before you know any facts.

  59. Here is all the above summarized:

    Dem: Rep’s are jerks and we did the right thing!

    Rep(or anyone with a different view): Actually there are a lot of problems with this strategy and a lot of questions about the soldier’s character and intent.

    Dem: You just hate Obama you racist prick. You don’t have any evidence.

    Rep: Here is the evidence. Glad the soldier is home safe but what precedence have we set.

    Dem: You evidence is stupid and you’re stupid. All reps just care about money instead of the life of our kids.

    Rep: our kids are why we are afraid that out international policy is weakening.

    Dem: It’s Bush’s fault anyways.

    It’s like fighting with a 2 year old; circular logic that voids them of any blame. BOTH sides are to blame but when someone stands up to say their view, they are thrown to the wolves for their point. This country and the world are at a tipping point. If we don’t start using logic and thinking before we act, we are doomed to repeat …

  60. If you google you will find they are getting this from the Reich wing blogs. You have to go to the 4th page where the BBC covers it. Just because a few fellow Soldiers in his unit say that doesn’t make it so. (The most powerful communication system in an Infantry company is what we used to call “S-5–rumor control.” I’ve never been in a unit that wasn’t essentially a knitting circle with automatic weapons.) H/T Soonergrunt

  61. No doubt about your right wing leanings.

    A nice little retort, but it doesnt reflect reality.

    The soldier deserted, but not because of muslim leanings. He was headed to India and was captured. Thanks for letting us know how you feel about the troops

  62. This is a very nice story. “Soldier is freed from enemy confinement.” However, there is a point where we as Americans need to realize the logistics before we let emotions make our decisions. Lets face the fact. Obama essentially DID just strike a deal with terrorists. He allowed 5 terrorist leaders who killed many honorable sons and daughters of other American parents. These 5 men are just going to go back to Afghanistan and continue to kill more kids. Tell me if its worth putting hundreds of other men and women in danger just to save one man. Also, this one man is noted to have left his station. So by his mistake and bad judgement, America had to look like a fool to go get him out of captivity. America has become to soft of a nation and I think that is why the world sees us the way they do. We need to get back to being roughnecks who can stand on our own two feet.

  63. Bullshit. The 5 men who were let got were some of the first prisoners at Gitmo and had been there since 2002. Just after the Aghan war started. There were enemys of the fricking alliance that was in power after we even attacked Afghanistan

    Further, they are going to Qatar, not Afghanistan. This is why you will lose seats. You have no idea what the word research means. Try it

  64. I find your comments – or rather your faux conversation between Republicans and Democrats – disingenuous, not to mention more than a little ridiculous.

    Don’t use some made-up nonsense to try and make some point. You’ve started from a false premise and it just goes downhill from there.

    Doesn’t mean we can’t have a conversation, but you’re trying to convince us of your adherence to logic and reasoning, yet you’ve used neither in your post. You’ve tried to convince us that you think both sides are wrong, yet you’ve tried to do so in a way that shows you really don’t think that way.

    Logic and reasoning works both ways, Brandon.

  65. Tell me how many Americans were killed when Reagan armed Osama Bin Laden? I give you a minute with that one. Tell me how your patron saint Ronnie of the infirmed who traded 1500 tow missiles for hostages is any different? Tell me do know anything about international law where it states when the fighting stops and we are getting out no matter how much you blood gurgling psychopaths wants it to continue that we would had to release them anyway so you would have let him stay in captivity to satisfy your bloodlust. Tell me how the eff do you know what really happen were you there? Or did you turn on doofus and friends this morning to get your talking points down?

  66. Would you support doing away with the custom that countries, when wars are ending, exchange prisoners?

    Because these five men were captured on the battlefield early in the Afghan war and have been in captivity by us for many, many years.

    Do we leave all prisoners to rot away in prison now – theirs and OURS? Is that the lesson we take from this?

    Not much of a lesson, and I doubt it would be very comforting to the American men and women in uniform who may be called upon to fight another war someday.

  67. For those who are so quick to criticize Bergdahl, have you forgotten the idea that we are innocent until proven guilty? I also don’t remember any criticism from the RW media when Bush released over 530 prisoners from Guantanamo. It’s just more right wing hypocrisy or what I should say is, different day, same old shit!

  68. I’ll just sit and wait for more details. I was going to start a post for NewsNinja2012 or Clashdaily on this topic. But I like to research things from both sides before jumping to a conclusion. That’s why I’m here reading all this left wing stuff. I like to study both sides, and get unbiased information. So, I have concluded that I need to wait a minute before weighing in on whether or not this should have been done.

  69. the funny thing is though is that it’s not an accusation but a fact. Obama negotiated with terrorists to get one of our soldiers back. I’m glad our guy is home safe but hope it doesn’t lead to terrorist taking hostages thinking we will always negotiate a deal. Also I am liberal just not stupid.

  70. Did you have these same fears when Reagan made deals with weapons and cash Oh I forgot the cake with Iran to gat our people back? Yeah I thought so. BTW if you have to call yourself a liberal then you surely are not

  71. This has got to be the most idiotic article I have read in some time. 6 lives were lost trying to rescue a man who willingly walked away from his unit. To release 5 known members of the Taliban for the release of this so called soldier was uncalled for. Republicans are not accusing Obama of negotiating with terrorist, they are stating the facts. If the people of America are still to blind to see what has happened to America under the Presidency of Obama well God bless ya.

  72. This is an observation not from a political view. For the last decade as a Soldier I have been told that we have been in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban in an effort to crush their ranks so that they can not organize another attack on US assets. In one quick motion we released the top five Taliban members and reverse anything that has been accomplished in the last 13 years. As a Soldier we all know that we are important to Americans and We (Soldiers) never leave a man behind in a combat zone. We are happy an American is back home but we all also know the cost that we are willing to give up to keep our country safe. We all weigh the costs of our actions with the results. We all want to come home but would give our lives to protect our friends and our country. I can’t speak for all military but trading these five men for one Soldier is a detriment to what we have accomplished, The safety of our country, our allies and the Soldiers that are and will be on the ground in the future…

  73. So we do leave men behind. Thank you for finally saying it.

    These 5 men have been out of the war since 2002. They have to spend a year in Qatar. They will more then likly be viewed as people who gave up information in the time they were in prison. These 5 are meaningless to the taliban effort and to our war effort.

    If the guy is a deserter he should be punished. But not by being left over there

    You are hysterical. Slap yourself.

  74. So when combat ends and the troops come home being in the service YOU DO KNOW that these 5 would have been released anyway. You do know that. When that happens and the soldier was still in enemy hands what guarantee or incentive would the Taliban have to release him? And if you say we could go Rambo then I would have my doubts about your intelligence

  75. Five pairs of old shoes for one disillusioned American Soldier. We got a deal.
    Those five washed up Taliban representatives are just going to be sent to a retirement mud home and lavished with all the fruits and goat meat they can eat. But told strictly to stay away from the younger guys’ fight. In other words: We got this.

  76. Josh you make a good point, but If I may say so, without sounding naïve, but I would not call these guys “terrorist” I lean towards calling them “freedom fighters” in their OWN country. They don’t send Afghans around the world to create mayhem in the name of Allah. Al-Quade does that. THEY are the terrorist in the true meaning of the word. So with that said, I think there is more behind this deal than meets the eye. Obama and his people are keeping a straight face and taking the heat. It must be good.

  77. Andres,
    All five of these guys were captured in 2001. That was when the only boots on the ground were Special Forces undercover.
    They were “associated” with terrorist groups, i.e. Al Quaeda. Four of them served in the Taliban Government (Taliban Officials. Two of them are wanted by the UN for murdering thousands of Shiites.
    Nowhere in their resume have they been directly involved in killing American military, they were NOT in country when we had thousands of troops on the ground there, starting in 2003.
    Just stating the facts. Maybe this is why they were selected to get a free ticket outta jail. In trade for our American soldier

  78. Frankly I don’t see what the big deal is. He’s been negotiating with the terrorists filibustering Washington DC for his entire presidency.

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