Deception: Congress has found that President Obama's cash and prisoner swap for U.S. army deserter Bowe Bergdahl was not "the best deal we could get." In fact, it was a disaster that aided our enemies and endangered U.S. lives.
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According to a still-unreleased investigative report by the House Armed Services Committee, the 2014 prisoner swap of Bergdahl and five Taliban kingpins held at Guantanamo was primarily a political act for the White House's own purposes, not "the best deal we could get," as the Pentagon claimed at the time. Nor was it a prisoner exchange to signal the end of hostilities, as White House sources told the press.
It was all about President Obama's desire to empty out Guantanamo, a sorry bid to fulfill a campaign promise to the far left, and never mind the consequences to American security, according to the Daily Beast, which got its hands on the still-unpublished report.
It also may have been a White House effort to ingratiate itself to the Taliban and forge a new alliance with the hand- and foot-chopping barbarians, by calling the war over, which at the time was a political imperative.
But as an exchange, it was wildly unbalanced. Not only was it actually illegal, bypassing Congress, but the five Taliban kingpins were the worst of the worst, dangerous and malevolent terrorists.
And according to one source, there was a gigantic ransom sweetener that went home with the Taliban killers as part of the deal. According to terrorism blogger Walid Shoebat, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Ret.) reported the U.S. paid $5 billion ransom as part of the deal.Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
The Bergdahl Desertion Case Is Not A Sensational Thriller
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