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Jen Psaki Says, Despite Military Deaths In Search Of Deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Terrorist Swap Was ‘Absolutely’ Worth It

As we reported Wednesday, U.S. Army Officials formally announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who abandoned his post in Afghanistan in search of the Taliban and subsequently spent five years in captivity, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.

Last night on The Kelly File defending the trade between five Taliban leaders and Bergdahl was incoming White House communications director Jen Psaki.

“Was it worth it? Absolutely,” Psaki said about the Bergdahl swap.

“We have a commitment to our men and women serving in the military, defending our national security every day, that we’re going to do everything to bring them home if we can, and that’s what we did in this case,” she added.

The problem with Psaki’s remarks is that Bergdahl wasn’t “defending our national security.” In fact, Bergdahl’s decision to desert his unit cost the lives of six men.

From Time:

Chances are you haven’t heard of the six soldiers who died hunting for him after he went missing, according to military officials. Now that Bergdahl has been sprung—in exchange for five senior Taliban officials, who had been imprisoned at Guantanamo—soldiers who served with Bergdahl are grumbling that he deserted and shouldn’t be hailed as a hero, especially given the resulting cost in American lives.

The bile surrounding his rescue is blunt on his Fort Richardson, Alaska brigade’s Facebook page:

  • “I say we welcome him home with a firing squad.,” one says. “He’s a piece of trash and everyone from [Fort Richardson] knows it the only person less American than that man is the president for giving up 5 hvt’s [High-Value Targets]”
  • “Now he can stand trial for deserting his post,” says one message on his unit’s Facebook page—a sentiment that has garnered 44 “likes”.
  • “Do you know how many families never saw their loved ones because of him?” a third poster asked.

Commenters who suggested such comments were unduly harsh were dismissed by and large. “Maybe if you knew the truth and the sacrifices made from people in our units in Alaska to find this douche you wouldn’t feel the way you do,” one responded to a poster urging restraint. “I feel worse for the kids who have to grow up fatherless cause their daddies died looking for this punk.”

After his release, one fellow servicemen after another who had served with Bergdahl called him a deserter–not a hero. And the Obama administration trashed those Army veterans for speaking out.

In an election year, Obama wanted to spike the ball with Bergdahl’s release. And swapping him for five Taliban leaders also served as a means to his campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay.

The evidence was clear that Bergdahl was dishonorable. But Obama either didn’t care or didn’t want to know.

From Fox News:

Bergdahl disappeared from his base in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktika on June 30, 2009. A private first class at the time, he had three days earlier emailed his parents expressing disillusionment with the war.

Bergdahl left a note in his tent that said he was leaving to start a new life and intended to renounce his citizenship.

Still, Obama stood in the Rose Garden with Bob Bergdahl and Jami Bergdahl, using them as political pawns, and delivered a victorious statement about Bergdahl’s release.

“It’s a good day,” Obama told Bergdahl’s parents.

The charges being brought against Bergdahl are “the exclamation point on the bad deal the Obama administration cut to free five terrorist killers in its rush to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif.

Three of the Taliban Five have already attempted to reconnect with terrorists, according to Fox News.

No date has been set for Bergdahl’s court hearing, which will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Bergdahl faces a maximum punishment of confinement for life, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private, and total forfeiture of pay.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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