Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent
Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

(OPINION) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl needed to come home from captivity in Afghanistan, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of swapping some brutal thugs at Guantanamo Bay. It sets a dangerous precedent and it’s a page from the George W. Bush playbook — act now, worry later.  Still, as a mother, I can’t help but feel some sympathy to his parents for the five years of anguish they have had to live through. In short, I am very conflicted about the prisoner swap deal

I have had some time to think about the turn of events that led to Bergdahl’s release from captivity in Afghanistan where he was held as a prisoner of war for five years. After learning that several soldiers died trying to find him, my heart breaks for the families of those fallen soldiers. To make it worse, Bergdahl is being called a deserter by many because he walked off the base. In their minds, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no hero. Still, that’s no reason to leave one of our own behind. One of our own — how about bringing home the thousands President Obama intends to leave behind to help stabilize a country led by an ungrateful leader such as President Hamid Karzai?

The soldiers we lost in the hunt for Bowe Bergdahl have been identified as  Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23, who were killed in an IED explosion on August 18, 2009. Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, on August 26, 2009. Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, and Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20, died after a rocket-propelled grenade ambush on September 4, 2009. Lastly,  Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, was killed in an IED blast on September 5, 2009.

President Obama’s intentions may have been honorable, but you can’t deny, it’s a game changer in rules of engagement, when dealing with extremist groups like the Taliban. The idea that we don’t negotiate with terrorists was just stomped on, particularly since Bergdahl deliberately wandered away from his base in Paktika province five years ago.

The Taliban is celebrating the release of five of its senior members while we are left in the throes of confusion and anger at the White House. How could the president swap a murderous thug named Mohammad Fazl, who is closely associated with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s commander? He is wanted by the United Nations as a potential war criminal for the murders of thousands of Shiites. His Gitmo case file says it all….”detainee is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and its allies.” There are no guarantees that the five prisoners won’t revert to their old ways and engage in terroristic behavior.

The Republicans are losing no time in their “outrage,” oblivious to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney releasing 500 Gitmo inmates and Ronald Reagan selling missiles to Iran in exchange for the hostages being freed. It’s laughable that Fox News should trot out Dick Cheney of all people to give his two cents about Obama failing, saying those terrorists will come back and attack America. He should know since one of the prisoners’ released on his watch, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, is suspected of playing a role in the Benghazi consulate attack.

Again, I am not justifying what President Obama did. I am very concerned about the precedent this will set. CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said President Obama broke the law. Um, isn’t he the Commander-in-Chief, or is it that he’s being a bit too uppity for his critics? The fact is, this is not the time for partisan posturing, but a time to reassess American policy where this matter is concerned. We have been down this road before and Americans shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips. That goes for when Ronald Reagan did it and now with Obama.

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  • Psychological Assessment Of Janet Shan:

    1) Though she acknowledges that there is a distinction between “The US Government” (and what it is going to do, regardless of who is in office) versus Barack Obama – her vicarious living through Obama’s fight against the White Right Wing Republicans causes her much pain when she is forced to be critical of US Policy under Obama

    2) She is unable to make a unilateral criticism of US Policy under Obama so EVERY criticism of policies or outcomes must be couched by bringing in THE REPUBLICANS (ie: Bush) as a contrast

    3) IF she were interested in a real comparison, however, she would NOT just stop at telling us WHAT BUSH DID THAT WAS A VIOLATION………….she would turn to the LEFT WING PROTESTERS and note that their activism against Bush IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND now that she admits that OBAMA IS LARGELY DOING THE SAME

    (Note: Please go to “Democracy Now.org” on the web and see the recent stories about:
    * Drones
    * Increased US Surveillance In Africa
    * What Obama was really saying between the lines about Afghanistan)

    4) Even though she reports on “The Black Community In Crisis” (ie: violence) – nearly all of her SOLUTIONS have an EXTERNAL DEPENDENCY – example: the MURDERS in the Black community are done using GUNS so the solution is TO FIGHT THE RIGHT-WING to advance GUN CONTROL

    4a) Sadly – even through WHITE PEOPLE like Zimmerman kills Blacks because they have RACIAL HATRED in their hearts – when it comes to Black people who kill other Blacks – the discussion turns to:
    * The Proliferation of Guns and Drugs
    * Those who have engineered poverty to create violence
    * The Prison Industrial complex – which seeks profit off of incarceration

    NEVER is there a drive to align the BLACK POLITICAL STRUGGLE and its 50 year run up to power WITH THE PRESENT relatively UNDER-DEVELOPED state of the Black community – with a new call for GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION in which POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM is not allowed to dominate the “Black Agenda” – but instead we turn to BLACK COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE OF INSTITUTIONS WITHIN.