President Obama’s transparent attempt to dress up the May 2014 prisoner swap of Army deserter Robert Bowdrie “Bowe” Bergdahl for five top Taliban leaders with a White House ceremony in the Rose Garden during which Berghdahl’s father praised “Allah the Merciful and Compassionate” in Arabic can now be seen for the colossal mistake it was.

The so-called “Taliban Five,” who were released from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay into the custody of the country of Qatar, included the former interior minister, a deputy minister of intelligence, and Taliban Army Chief of Staff, in addition to two other senior officials in the terror group’s government.

Bergdahl, who had washed out for in the U.S. Coast Guard after only 26 days in training in 2006 and enlisted in the Army two years later, walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 after a series of emails to his parents expressing his dissatisfaction with his superior officers, the Army and America.

Before leaving for Afghanistan, he told another soldier, “If this deployment is lame, I'm just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan,” which is exactly what he did on the night of June 30, 2009, before being held by Taliban fighters for five years afterward.

Now, the Taliban has released a propaganda video celebrating the prisoner exchange as a “major achievement” in its fight against America and its allies, and includes footage of the actual transfer of Bergdahl to U.S. forces, as well as the welcome reception of “The Taliban Five,” in Qatar, which was accompanied by supporters singing and dancing in the streets around the airport.

The terrorists had been described as “the hardest of the hard-core,” and the House Committee on Armed Services has reported that all five have rejoined the fight against America.

Just days after the exchange, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who had claimed the Benghazi attacks were the result of an anti-Mohammad video on youtube, appeared on television days saying that Bergdahl had “served the United States with honor and distinction,” but the U.S. Army apparently disagreed.

General Robert B. Abrams, the Commander of United States Army Forces at Ft. Bragg ordered Bergdahl to face court-martial in August on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, both of which carry life sentences.

 

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