From the Daily Mail:
Obama ignored chances to rescue Bergdahl on the ground because he WANTED a terror trade to help close down Guantanamo Bay, claim Pentagon sources
‘The president wanted a diplomatic scenario that would establish a precedent for repatriating detainees from Gitmo,’ a Pentagon official says
He described a conversation with a State Department liaison who said ‘the president isn’t going to leave office with Gitmo intact, and this was the best opportunity to see that through’
Obama has promised to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp since 2008 and tried to order it shuttered on his first day in office
The White House hurried its decision-making about retrieving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, leaving intelligence officials too little time to assess how damaging it would be to release five Taliban leaders in exchange for him
Military commanders, meanwhile, were unwilling to mount a dangerous rescue operation to save a presumed U.S. Army deserter
The result, sources say, was the perfect storm as Obama aims to be rid of ‘Gitmo’ before he leaves office in 2017
via Obama ignored chances to rescue Bergdahl ‘because he WANTED terror trade’ | Mail Online.
We have been lied to, again.
This was not a “prisoner swap.”
Obama released the 5 high level detainees at Guantanamo 5 DAYS BEFORE Bergdahl.
The State Department now confirms that we were going to release the 5 detainees though no matter what as part of the emptying and closing of Gitmo.
This was simply an attempt to curry favor with the Taliban by their release and hope that in exchange they would honor their word to send Bergdahl back as part of the deal. Bergdahl’s release would then please the American People and make Obama look good in an election year which would provide cover for the already planned release of the Gitmo 5 allowing Obama to call it a trade for Bergdahl.
Oh ,how wrong and misguided….
H/T Glenn Beck
From Chuck Todd of NBC News:
Yesterday in her press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf suggested something ON THE RECORD that had been hinted at OFF THE RECORD or ON BACKGROUND for days: that the five Taliban prisoners who were released in exchange for Bergdahl were probably going to be released anyway, because they weren’t among those who were slated for prosecution. “There are three buckets of people in Guantanamo that remain,” Harf said. “There are those who are approved for transfer. That’s 78. There are about 30 who have been referred for prosecution in some way. These five are in that middle bucket and were unlikely — might have been, but unlikely — to be added to the group that was going to be referred for prosecution. So it is quite likely that eventually, in line with our commitment to close Guantanamo Bay, they would be transferred.” Harf said later, “We should get something for them.”
via What the Bergdahl Story is Really About: Gitmo – NBC News.com.