The operative term in the media for the behavior of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, recently swapped by the Taliban for five of the most notorious terrorists held at Gitmo, is desertion, defined as “to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return.” That sounds like an apt description for Bergdahl's action but deserters do not usually desert toward the enemy but away from it. The soldier could hardly have done that, however, since he was surrounded by the enemy.

On the basis of news reports, especially the ones supported/reported by Bergdahl's former comrades, rather than deserting he probably defected, defined as “to forsake one cause, party, or nation for another often because of a change in ideology.” Bergdahl reportedly had sent his belongings home, left a note, badmouthed the U.S., left his weapons and other safety-gear in camp and just disappeared, probably stealthily in a vehicle since there were no signs of passing the checkpoint or cutting the wire around the encampment, according to one observer.

Whether a deserter or defector, Bergdahl is sort of the military equivalent of Edward Snowden, who took his inside knowledge (CIA stuff) to China, then to Russia. Bergdahl had nothing to offer, however, except a warm body, perhaps offering it to be in league with the insurgents, automatically making him an enemy of his own country. Reportedly, he had also wanted to renounce his citizenship and had claimed to be ashamed of being an American.

Bergdahl is not the main story, however. The much larger picture has to do with the precedent set by the president in both negotiating with the enemy, and accepting submission to extortion as American policy. One can see Obama's thinking, perhaps concerning revenge as much as anything else. He promised to have Gitmo closed by January 2010 but the Congress turned him around on that.

He has a gimmick in place now for emptying Gitmo and doing an in-your-face to Congress since any terrorist(s) can grab an American, whether military or civilian, and demand a Gitmo-bird as ransom, ergo, emptying the place. There are American civilians being held by Muslim and other governments now, so they, like Bergdahl, are hostage-bait. The president can hardly turn down any offer for a swap of detainees for Americans, no matter all his hot air about not negotiating with terrorists.

NSA head honcho Susan Rice was picked again to do the TV Sunday morning LIE on 01 June, citing Bergdahl as serving with distinction and referring to him as captured in a war, while all the time she knew she was lying. She did the Benghazi fraud so it seems reasonable that State Secretary Kerry should have taken the hit on this matter. After all, lying should not be hard for him in light of his testimony before Congress back in the day that U.S. GIs killed 200,000 Vietnamese civilians every day. Check the Congressional Record for that.

This is what Kerry said to a Senate committee in 1971: “So what I am saying is that yes, there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered [in Vietnam] by the United States of America …” While still an officer in the Naval Reserve, Kerry also met with North Vietnamese officials in Paris during that time-frame...echoes of Bergdahl? Is it any wonder that Kerry was “Swift-boated” by the navy guys who served with him and helped deny him the presidency?

The piece de resistance occurred in the Rose Garden (where else when fraud is at hand?) when Obama beamed while Bergdahl's father spoke the beginning phrase in most chapters of the Koran—a sort of “Allah Akbar”—the term Major Hasan screamed before killing 13 at ft. Hood and injuring many others. The Rose Garden should be renamed the Eden-of-Deception until Obama leaves office. When he and the intrepid Hillary lied in the Eden-of-Deception that the Benghazi Massacre was the result of a movie, in the certain knowledge they were lying, they blasphemed the Rose Garden and made sport of a horrible tragedy.

The next act (probably soon) will occur when something like the snatching by terrorists of an embassy employee probably somewhere in Africa takes place and the Muslim terrorists present a “deal” to Obama—all the detainees for the American. Stay tuned!

And so it goes.
Jim Clark