United States of Terror
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In the War on Terror, not only has President Obama surrendered, but he is giving aid to our enemies.
A hard pill to swallow.
state sponsor of terrorism by supporting Al-Qaida affiliated rebels in Syria. We're still supporting those rebel groups, but President Obama has recently upped the ante on his overt support for Middle-Eastern terrorists.
The Obama administration has been a friend to Israel in word, but always much less so in deed. His recent decision to support ' and even to finance ' the new so-called "Palestinian Unity Government" is by far his most egregious breach of America and Israel's long-time alliance.
For those who may not know, the Unity in the Palestinian Unity Government is between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah used to be recognized by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, but they have since renounced terrorism and morphed into more of a political organization. Hamas, on the other hand, has been gaining ground politically in Palestinian government, even taking a majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006, all while continuing in their pledge to violently wipe Israel off the map.
Under U.S. law, it is illegal for the United States government to fund the Palestinian government ' that law was put into place when Hamas won their legislative majority in 2006. The law does allow the president to waive the restriction, provided he submits a written acknowledgement to Congress "that waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States." He did this in 2012, but the law also specifies that any waiver is only valid for 6 months'so unless President Obama has renewed his waiver and no one in the media chose to mention that (which is always a possibility with today's news media), the White House is in violation of the law, besides being extremely irresponsible for supporting and funding a government run by a terrorist organization.
And then there is the mess with Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Sgt. Bergdahl went missing in Afghanistan back in 2009. Five years later, President Obama secured his release by exchanging him for five top-level Taliban leaders who, until then, had been imprisoned at GTMO.
The PR push began immediately, with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, true to her reputation garnered during the Benghazi cover-up, hitting up the mainstream news networks to spread the (false) talking points. She claimed that Sgt. Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction." "Certainly anybody who's been held in those conditions, in captivity for five years," Rice told George Stephanopoulos, "has paid an extraordinary price. But that is really not the point. The point is that he's back."
It wasn't long before we found out why "that is really not the point." First-hand accounts began to surface from veterans who had been there when Bergdahl went missing'and, predictably, those accounts directly contradicted the narrative the White House sought to promote. According to these accounts, Bergdahl wasn't captured, he deserted, sending many of his possessions home and leaving his rifle on base before walking off in search of the Taliban. Many of the troops involved in search and rescue efforts have stated that they had to sign non-disclosure agreements which, until recently, kept them silent regarding the true nature of Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance, which is why the story that Bergdahl was a prisoner of war was so easily perpetuated.
Members of Sgt. Bergdahl's platoon have attested that following his disappearance, they saw an increase not only in the number of attacks by the Taliban in that area, but a shift in tactics which made the Taliban's attacks much more effective ' proof that Bergdahl was providing operational intelligence to the enemy.
All of the reliable evidence suggests that, rather than being the hero that the Obama administration wanted to heroically rescue, Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter who gave material aid to the enemy in a time of war. The U.S. military will be conducting its own investigation.
But hero or deserter, this "prisoner swap" raises serious questions about the Obama administration's sanity. America has had a longstanding policy of not negotiating with terrorists, yet the administration negotiated with the Taliban, a terrorist organization. And not only did they negotiate with terrorists, but they apparently sent the worst negotiator in the history of negotiation. We have now released five of the Taliban's top people, who are essentially under house arrest in Qatar, but it's only a matter of time before they disappear and go back to the fight against America. What's more, the White House blatantly violated a law requiring the president to give 30-days advance notice to Congress before releasing prisoners from GTMO'so not only was it a bad deal, but it was illegal.
It begs the question, "What is really going on here?" Does the White House have some behind the scenes deal going on with the Taliban, and they're using Bowe Bergdahl as cover? Little else makes sense, especially when Susan Rice first justified the administration's breaking the 30-day notification law by alleging that there was an "acute urgency" regarding Sgt. Bergdahl's health, yet later the same morning she described him as being "in good physical condition."
And what will the United States' abandonment of our non-negotiation policy do to our people going forward? After all, the entire reason for a non-negotiation policy is to ensure that our government is not inadvertently providing incentives to terrorists and criminals to kidnap U.S. citizens. The United States Government has just told terrorists around the world that kidnapping Americans could be worth their while'and now they're even going after the soldiers who are telling the truth about Bergdahl's disappearance, accusing them of "swiftboating" Bergdahl.
Put it all together, and Americans have to face a pretty hard fact: In the War on Terror, President Obama has surrendered. But more than that, he seems to have moved beyond surrender to providing aid to America's enemies.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)