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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Good Deal?

Retired Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, a former Gitmo prosecutor, thinks the swap of Bergdahl for five enemy combatants is a good deal. 

"...We prosecuted Osama bin Laden's driver, and we couldn't even bring charges against these guys..."

"...The president has made it clear, this conflict is coming to an end by December," said Davis of the war in Afghanistan. The United States has been holding the inmates under the justification of their being enemy combatants, he said, but with the war about to end, "our legal justification to hold them is, in the eyes of many, about to expire...."

The war isn't over Colonel Davis. Terrorists are continuing to fight and the fact they held a U.S. soldier - regardless of how he was captured - is clearly proof the war on terror is still well underway.
"...About a quarter of those released have returned to do bad things, so playing the odds, it is probably one or more of them could do something bad," Davis said. "But if we wait until the risk returns to zero, they could be doing life sentences..."

So, the odds say that at least on of these dangerous men will return to war against the United States.

One soldier - that not one single former unit member will stand behind - was traded for five of those that were dangerous enough to place in Gitmo, and we're supposed to think this was a good deal?

That's crap. It's just another piece of the puzzle made up of lies, deceit and incompetence. I'm surprised he wasn't sharp enough to avoid making such an ignorant statement.

I'm going to add Colonel Davis was never a combat soldier or officer in a war zone. In my mind, that makes a big difference in how an officer should act towards those that face the bullets, so they can operate in an administrative position.

The process of facing death forges an honor among those that fight that can't be understood by those that didn't. Failing to respect this honor, and making statements that discount the efforts of those that gave their lives is disrespectful.

The simple fact remains: Bergdahl left his post in combat, without permission. That's not away without leave; that's desertion. At best, his effort was for a good reason. At worst, it was to change sides and aid an enemy. Either way, his capture - and possible torture - could have endangered the lives of U.S. troops. He knew this; everybody knew this. When he left his post, his citizenship ended and he became a casualty of war.

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