U.S. soldier freed in Afghanistan, five Taliban prisoners to leave Guantanamo

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SixthRomeo wrote:

Blessings.

May 31, 2014 1:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

That is Obama 1 Bush at least -10000 This president saved an American’s life, while little Bush murdered 10,000 or more Americans plus millions in other countries. I hope Bush has nightmares, when they come to take him.

May 31, 2014 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

War profiteers put our young men and women in harms way in pursuit of riches. This man was just another pawn in their evil games! We should be ashamed of the ill we do around the world in the name of democracy, or freedom, or any of the other lies we tell our citizens to scare them into supporting war.

May 31, 2014 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PaulBradley wrote:

@Maria

What’s the difference in fighting in the name of “democracy, or freedom” and the unmerciful killings done in the name of God ????

May 31, 2014 2:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

He and his parents must be thrilled. The difficulty is that when a country, say for example, the US, has lied for soo long to its people its soldiers, and citizens they have lost all credibility and everything they do is suspect.
Take the un-credible coincidence that just as a huge and growing scandal is revealed about the mistreatment, dare I say abuse, of our veterans and the VA that is supposed to be treating them,regardless of what you think about what they’re doing or the lies that put us in there- they put their asses on the line.
Now just when they need some good PR, BINGO Sargent Bowe is released and the gov’t lackeys who doing nothing but screw-up & take a paycheck, finally agree to a prisoner swap.
It really is a sweet story if the whole situation wasn’t sickening.
The only thing more shocking is that the VA Scandal broke in the ill-luster-less state of Arizona. Jan Brewer has got to be one of the Republicrat’s most incompetent Governors in the entire US.
As JFK would have said in the very last sentence of the Trade Mart speech if the hit squad didn’t murder him:
“Lest’ the Lord keep the City, the watchmen waketh, but in vain.”
Psalm 27 KJB. God help us indeed.
Congratulations to the Bergdahl family. More than a million other families just like yours weren’t so “lucky.”

May 31, 2014 2:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jmichael83 wrote:

This is good news. However the cynical side of me wonders if perhaps this deal could have been done at any time in the last five years, and that the US only now decided to release the Guantanamo detainee’s in exchange for Bowe in order to distract attention from the VA scandal. Just a theory, either way I’m glad Bowe is coming home.

May 31, 2014 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bryan26 wrote:

Debrief him, make sure he hasn’t been turned,(brainwashed)

May 31, 2014 5:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

Gotta love the pinheaded conspiracy theories who can’t just be happy the guy is finally released.

May 31, 2014 5:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

Thank you President Obama. It’s a nice coming home gift from Afghanistan. You were good on your word, so let’s get ALL our children back soon.
Welcome home Sgt. Bergdahl

May 31, 2014 5:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

As pleasing as it was to read this news of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s safe release, my very next reaction was concern, about the troubling probability that now these Islamic extremists (in Afghanistan and elsewhere), having gotten 5 Taliban prisoners released from Guantanamo in exchange for this 1 US soldier, will now keenly focus their activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East for the remainder on time that the USA has presence there, on taking more US Military and US civilian hostages, to use for negotiation. This good news has a very dark prospect for the future.

May 31, 2014 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

great reporting, great article, great news.
great if unsurprising comments.

it would be interesting if there was such a thing as “journalism” left in this world in order that we might begin the process of discovering how Total War for a total of…is it 13 years and still going?…has resulted in (so far) one prisoner of war…who has now been released.

Thank you General David Petraeus, thank you General Shinseki, thank you General McChrystal and…as usual…Special Operations Command, Central Command and of course the National Command Authority. “Force XXI all the way.”
http://www.mcchrystalgroup.com/

“Congratulations…you’re fired” too.

As far as I know only one PBS’er has even raised the question of “where are all the POW’s?”…and she did that over a decade ago. As an aspiring historian it is a powerful question indeed…so important I remember the one time it was even asked…one all the whiners, quiters, complainers, etc…might do well to dwell on (if they are even capable of such things)…both here and elsewhere.

The President deserves this as well…in fact needs this.
Always good to have the folks of Idaho celebrating.

It would be sad indeed to start listing the names of the folks who are not responsible for this. A sordid list of riff-raff and criminality “hiding in plain sight” no doubt.

May 31, 2014 6:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

Marla wrote: “War profiteers put our young men and women in harms way in pursuit of riches. This man was just another pawn in their evil games! We should be ashamed of the ill we do around the world in the name of democracy, or freedom, or any of the other lies we tell our citizens to scare them into supporting war.”

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Actually, I’m ashamed that I have to live in the same country with people like you.

May 31, 2014 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

It occurs to me that no Guantanamo detainee should be released from custody before first being neutered.

And yes, I do mean surgical castration; the removal of their testicles and at least a year of feminizing estrogen treatments.

The near elimination of testosterone in these goofballs and whack-a-doodle Islamic extremists would go a long way toward reducing the risk to others of their release. And it would eliminate the risk to those 72 virgins, supposedly waiting for them, and used as enticement by those cunning cowards called “clerics” to persuade these mental-midgets to “martyr” themselves.

May 31, 2014 6:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
circulo110 wrote:

dd06 wrote: “Actually, I’m ashamed that I have to live in the same country with people like you.”

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Actually, dd06, you could do the country a favor and leave. Win-win.

May 31, 2014 7:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yubamary wrote:

@renninga, You are so right. This is a little scary, the President needs to give Vets some good news which they deserve but sounds like it’s opening the door to a new kind of terror. If they start kidnapping soldiers they can get their prisoners back what will happen. I thought the United States doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. I guess that may be changing? I’m sure the soldiers family is happy I’m glad he’s back too. but are we negotiating from strength or what.

May 31, 2014 7:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lindarosemary wrote:

It’s about time. I am so happy he’s coming home.

May 31, 2014 8:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

Victor631 wrote: “Bergdahl was a deserter who left his post of his own free will and went to the Taliban. He belongs in Leavenworth…”

You are despicable to write such utter garbage, to defame and slander this American.

Apparently you think Sgt. Bergdahl was putting his life on the line in Afghanistan to preserve and protect your right to anonymously make a complete jackass of yourself online, right?

For your information, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was PROMOTED TWICE by the US Army while he spent 5-years in captivity. Are you actually ignorant enough to believe that the United States Military PROMOTES DESERTERS?

Go take a good long, hard look at yourself in the mirror if you want to see the actual face of someone who doesn’t know what it means to be an American.

May 31, 2014 8:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Davole wrote:

How did Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl manage to attain the rank of sergeant, and how did he manage to get captured?

Did he wander from base merely to chase a few butterflies, or was he sent on a secret service intelligence mission to discover whether the taliban were actually using real bullets?

Jun 01, 2014 1:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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