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White House Negotiates Release Of Taliban Prisoners

May 11, 2012 by  

White House Negotiates Release Of Taliban Prisoners
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being held as a prisoner of war.

What do stamps, baseball cards, coins and prisoners of war have in common? They can all be traded.

The White House and Taliban are negotiating a trade: five Taliban soldiers for one American.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 26, is believed to have been in the hands of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban, for the past three years. The Taliban have released five videos of Bergdahl since his capture.

The five Taliban prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Previously, the arrangement was kept secret, but Bergdahl’s parents have spoken out about the trade.

“There is a dynamic here that has changed,” Bob Bergdahl said in an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express about his son’s ordeal. “Everybody is frustrated with how slowly the process has evolved.”

Bergdahl’s parents believe the trade would present a win-win situation, but their faith in the White House is dwindling.

The New York Times reported: “Both Mr. Bergdahl and his wife, Jani, said they were upset that although they had had good relations with the State Department and the Pentagon during the three years that their son has been missing, they had never heard from President Obama.”

Jani Bergdahl told The Times: “He has never contacted us. We haven’t gotten a Hallmark card, we haven’t gotten a note signed by an aide, nothing. Is it because he thinks we’re not Democrats?” (The Times reports that the Bergdahls are Ron Paul supporters.)

Col. David Lapan, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in response to the publicity of the trade: “If they’re angry and/or frustrated, that’s certainly understandable. I would say our leaders are frustrated as well.”

In March, the Taliban walked away from negotiations, stating that the United States had reneged on several promises.

Bob Bergdahl has taken matters into his own hands, contacting the Taliban through their website.

“I told them I am doing what I can to see that the president understands this issue,” he said.

Some media outlets were aware of the deal, but had not reported the story at the request of the Pentagon and White House. The Bergdahls’ interview with the Idaho Mountain Express brought the story to light.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Dee

    Feel sorry for this Sgt, but to let prisoners of the terrorits group is asinine.

  • roger gunderson

    Why is it that the prisinors in Guantanamo were so bad”the worst of the worst”that they could’t risk trial, but now its okay to set them free. Our congress is so stupid. So frigin stupid. These men should have had a trial 10 years ago. Either guilty or innocent and be done with it. But no. Our congress and President (s) our so frigin inept. Congress IQ is about the same as their ratings.

  • ONTIME

    GW realeased some 500 of these useless basterds back into the ranks of possible terrorism and it is said there was a 26% recidivism or approximately 130 of these numbnuts were again either captured or killed. I think they ought to follow the fate of OBL but why waste the bullet.

    The sergeant is in a hell of a fix, soldiers get captured in time of war, declared or undeclared, negotiating with thuggs, murderers and perverts like these is not good policy and they look at good will as another way to kill more people, remember, these are not God fearing Christians but cult islmaics whose belief fosters criminal mentality as evidenced by their thought and actions. So why not try and locate the sergeants where abouts and wait for a opportune time to rescue him?

  • Thade

    5 idiots for 1 AMERICAN ! hv no prob w that ! my issue is our gov still funding Taliban and Hezbolato ensure that Americans remain afraid so more freedoms can b stolen from us!!! Hope Bowe gets home safe!!! Thanks Mr Bergdahl

  • edward e mellor

    5 idiots for 1 AMERICAN. I have no problem with that.Koren pace action Vet. Thanks

  • Independent thinker

    I have no problem with that, either. Taliban released will just be back again, waiting to be killed by our armed forces. Then, when we leave Afghanistan, burn the poppy fields to the ground.

    • Thade

      Y im tired of hearin that no 1 likes RPauls frgn policy. Thats what hed do,burn it ALL & then brng ALL our ppl HOME!!! Make the trade , free our soldiers hands quit fightin NICE wars. Let then do what they r trained to and what was an American tradition WIN!weve got 0 reason to b there wer NOT protectin US soil and were losing kids for oil$’s and to keep us in fear.Pay the ransom them OFF them all!!!

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