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After hearing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after five years, who wouldn't be happy? But like most initial reports, the story was far from absolute or what it seemed.
In our Obama nation, remnants of truth have devolved into a contorted rhetorical puzzle filled with an abundance of overplayed euphuisms and carried out by willing naifs like National Security fibbe - err, adviser - Susan Rice.
There was plenty of conjecture that Bergdahl was a deserter and that his release wasn't a POW exchange, but the inducement of a sheik-like ransom.
In an email to his parents three days before leaving his post in the middle of the night on June 30, 2009, Bergdahl wrote, "I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools ... The horror that is America is disgusting." His father emailed back, "Obey your conscience."
Initially, the Army did everything it could to suppress the story, while at the same time used every effort to find Bergdahl. Afghan veteran Nathan Bethea, who searched for him, wrote in The Daily Beast, "Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down. His rifle, helmet, body armor and web gear was in a neat stack at his post. He had, however, taken his compass."
At least six soldiers were killed searching for him.
This is not "Saving Private Ryan," nor Jeremiah Denton's return from Vietnam.
No one left him on the battlefield; rather, Bergdahl fled his post without being properly relieved.
Sen. John McCain, who survived for more than five years in North Vietnam's Hanoi Hilton, said the Guantanamo detainees exchanged for Bergdahl are the "hardest of the hard core." Just days before the exchange while addressing the 2014 class at West Point, Obama relayed, "Al-Qaida's leadership on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated."
Clearly, the terrorist calculus has changed markedly.
If the charges of desertion are true, why did Obama release the most dangerous detainees at Guantanamo? Bergdahl provided the perfect excuse to do so, that's why. It isn't that Obama doesn't want to leave any soldiers on the battlefield; he doesn't want to leave any prisoners at Guantanamo.
How many more veterans must die for the incompetency of the Obama administration?
Rice called it a "joyous day," saying "Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield." Rice obviously mistook Sgt. Bergdahl for Sgt. York. Rice is today's version of Mikey from that Life cereal commercial from the '70s: "Give it to Mikey, he'll eat anything." Whenever the White House has a contemptible lie to spin, they give it to Rice because, after all, rice goes with everything.
By law, Congress is supposed to be notified 30 days in advance of any POW releases. They weren't. As with so many of his executive decrees, Obama has circumvented the law. If trading five high-ranking enemy terrorists for one deserter is not a crime, what is?
Where's Congress on this?
"Article. II, Section. 4 of the Constitution: The President, vice president and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
The terrorists were transported to Qatar in the Persian Gulf and treated as conquering heroes. Taliban leader Mullah Omar said the exchange was a "big victory" and "morale booster."
In making this trade, the ante has increased a thousandfold for all American personnel the world over. What's the exchange rate for an American official(s) not willing to abandon their post?
We never negotiate with terrorists? Cut your tongue out. This deal was the ObamaCare version of arbitration. Obama has only underscored America's lack of resolve and this will no doubt encourage kidnappings. While he's at it, why not trade an estimated 20 million illegal Mexicans for one Marine imprisoned in Mexico?
Less than a week before the exchange, Bergdahl's father tweeted the following message: "I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!"
Then there was that press conference in the Rose Garden with Bergdahl's parents. Initially, I had to do a double take thinking it was that bearded dude from Duck Dynasty at the podium and this was the intro skit to Saturday Night Live, but then he started speaking Pashto, the preferred language of the Taliban.
Obama is doing what he promised: transform America while allowing more terrorists back to ply their trade. This is no national triumph, but a clear and concise illustration on how the mighty have fallen.
(Maresca, a freelance writer, composes "Talking Points" for each Sunday edition.)