Before Bergdahl deserted his post, he had sent several emails to his father, complaining about America's wars in the middle east and expressing doubt as to the rightness of our mission there. The emerging picture suggests that Bergdahl deserted and was captured under dishonorable circumstances.
Obama traded five of the most rabid Taliban leaders at Gitmo for this one low level soldier. He did so without giving Congress 30 days notice, as the law requires. Once again, Obama acted alone and outside the law, and his actions may result in the deaths of more American soldiers once these Taliban leaders return to the fight.
Bergdahl's father, one Robert Bergdahl, appears to be a practicing Muslim, complete with skull cap and big hairy beard. The elder Bergdahl visited the White House for Obama's announcement of his son's release, and immediately uttered an Islamic prayer in Arabic. He later tweeted his wish that all Gitmo prisoners would be freed, and expressed his wish in a way that suggests favorable identification with their cause. He tweeted:
@Balkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!So the question that is obvious is this: Did Obama trade five highly dangerous Taliban leaders for one unworthy US soldier, one that may be both a deserter and sympathetic to the enemy?