INEXCUSABLE! No White House representative at funeral of two-star general killed in Afghanistan

The 'Commander-in-Chief' had a lot to say about Ferguson but not a word about his two star general slain in Afghanistan

The ‘Commander-in-Chief’ had a lot to say about Ferguson but not a word about his two star general slain in Afghanistan

Major General Harold Greene, the 2-star general killed in Afghanistan August 5, was laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a beautiful service that was only missing one important attendee: The President of the United States. (He was busy on the golf course) Also missing were the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense.

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly hate Barack Hussein Obama more than I already do, I am proven wrong.

Biz Pac Review  Photos of the service, posted on the internet from news services all over the globe, showed a riderless horse, the general’s children touching the casket and the flag presented to his widow by Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.

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While Obama demands $$billions for illegal alien parasites, hundreds more military commanders get pink slips, many while still in an active war zone

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Barack Hussein Obama’s purge of the military is being fast tracked. Joining the ever-growing list of ousted high-ranking officers, about 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service as part of Obama’s grand plan to render the U.S. military impotent. 

FOX News (h/t Pat Dollard)  Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.

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“The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.” Campbell said it’s difficult to avoid cutting deployed soldiers because of the timing schedules.

All the soldiers being forced to leave have probably already been given a heads-up that they were at risk of the job cut and will meet with a senior officer, according to the Army. Those who are cut have nine months to leave the Army. And the soldiers who are deployed, including those in Afghanistan, will generally have about a month to move out of that job and go home to begin to transition out of the service. The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.

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To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said Guard and reserve leaders are looking for officers, especially captains, so there could be opportunities for the soldiers to continue to serve, he said.

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The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but will have to be down to 510,000 by October, shrink to 490,000 by October 2015 and be down to 450,000 by 2019. In addition, if Congress doesn’t act to prevent automatic budget cuts from resuming, the Army may eventually have to get down to 420,000 — a size that that leaders say may not allow them to wage even one major, prolonged military campaign.

The Army tried to avoid some cuts by slowing enlistments and using attrition and some voluntary separations. It also has been combing through files looking for soldiers with disciplinary or other problems in their annual evaluations to weed out lower-performing officers first, officials said.

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SHARIA-COMPLIANT Department of Defense orders US troops to refrain from eating or drinking in front of Muslims during Ramadan

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They’ll either sue you or slit your throat

FOX News via TROP “This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.” During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.

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Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names. “I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”

The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me. “Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness,” the Marine said.

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I contacted USU about the email. I wanted to understand the brigade commander’s intent. I gave them 20 days to respond, but no one returned my calls or emails. Another individual who studies at USU was concerned about the wording of the email.

“It could be construed as an order and one that violates the First Amendment freedom of everyone who received it,” my source said. “This is an appalling violation, especially coming on the heels of so many instances where those of conservative Christian faith in the military are vilified.”

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Meanwhile, Navy officials have ordered personnel serving in Bahrain to dress more conservatively off base, according to a report in Stars and Stripes. Men were ordered to wear long-sleeved shirts and women were told to wear blouses that cover their elbows and skirts or pants that cover the knees.

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Stars and Stripes reported that base cultural advisers had spent several weeks conducting Ramadan briefings to “educate Americans about the holy month.” Personnel were given briefings on Islam, the lunar calendar and Ramadan customs. “It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan,” read a to-do list compiled by NSA Bahrain Public Affairs.

The military’s quest to be culturally sensitive to celebrants of the Islamic faith stands in stark contrast to its recent crackdown on public expressions of the Christian faith.

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Last Christmas, soldiers at Camp Shelby in Mississippi were told during a diversity briefing that they could not use the word “Christmas.” A VA hospital in Texas refused to accept holiday cards from boys and girls because the cards mentioned “Christmas” or “God bless you.” And a Nativity scene near a lake on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was removed after someone complained.

So you might understand why Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is a bit surprised by the Pentagon’s recent behavior. “There is a good biblical word for this: hypocrisy,” Crews told me.

“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” Crews said. “There is something wrong with this picture.”

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Afghani police aide who killed 3 U.S. Marines gets only 7-½ year sentence

The raghead who killed three Marines and seriously injured a fourth has been tried as a juvenile (he was at least 17 at the time) and sentenced to a paltry seven and a half year prison term.

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Western Journalism  Nearly two years ago, Ainuddin Khudairaham, who served as an aide to local law enforcement, brought a rifle with him to the gym at a Helmand Province forward operating base and opened fire. He killed Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr., Cpl. Richard Rivera Jr., and Staff Sgt. Soctt Dickinson during the violent encounter.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West weighed in on the light sentence during a recent Fox News interview, explaining that it will have far-reaching effects throughout the U.S. military. “This is absolutely unconscionable,” he said, noting tests indicate that Khudairaham was potentially 18 years old when he committed the crime.

The shooter “should not have been tried as a juvenile,” West noted; “and as a matter of fact, the family of Lance Cpl. Buckley was told that he was not going to be tried as a juvenile.”He called the sentencing “heinous,” suggesting that such a vicious criminal should be put to death.

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Father of soldier killed searching for deserter Bowe Bergdahl is livid that Bergdahl is back on active duty

When he should be hanging by his neck for treason.

NY Post  A dad who believes his soldier son died hunting for accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl was furious Monday that the former Taliban POW had returned to active duty.

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“I find it unbelievable. I don’t understand what’s wrong with these people. He’s a deserter from the US Army, and he should be treated as such. He should be charged with desertion under the uniform code of military justice,” fumed Andy Andrews, father of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, who was 34 when he was killed in Afghanistan in September 2009.

His platoon mates told Andrews’ father they were searching for Sgt. Bergdahl, now 28, when his son was killed in an ambush. “I think they [the Obama administration] are doing this to justify the release of the five Taliban [who were swapped for Bergdahl],” Andrews told The Post from his home in Cameron, Texas.

Bergdahl returned to active duty — a desk job — at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Monday, the Army said.

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Obama ‘Jihadist’ Regime signs $11 billion Arms Deal with Qatar, the country to which we released 5 Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, American deserter/traitor

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The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab Muslim nation Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion.

Pat Dollard  “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

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The agreement was signed at the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.

It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports.

Hagel visited Qatar in December when he and al-Attiyah signed a 10-year Defense Cooperation Agreement to govern interaction between U.S. and Qatari forces and enable the continued assignment of American troops to installations in the area, including the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base.

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“This is a critically important relationship in the region,” said Kirby. “And the secretary is pleased to be able to continue to make it stronger.”

Qatar is holding for a year five Taliban prisoners released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan.

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Apparently, as part of his program to get more Muslims into the military, Obama allows deserter/traitor Bowe Bergdahl to resume active duty

Five years after deserting his Army post to voluntarily join the Taliban and six weeks after being released in a terrorist exchange, Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, said Defense Department officials.

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 NY Times Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said. He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

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Did you know that the Obama Regime is planning to flood the U.S. Military and Pentagon with Muslims?

Now that Barack Hussein Obama is changing the demographics of America by flooding it with illegal aliens, he seeks to wreak more havoc on the military by ordering the Defense Department and Pentagon to recruit more Muslims and promote them to leadership positions….most likely to replace all the high-ranking and mid-level officers he has fired.

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World Tribune (h/t Rob E)   “Our nation and our entire military family remain stronger because of the service and sacrifice of people of all faiths, including the thousands of patriotic Muslim Americans who have served and still serve in this long period of war,” Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said last week.

The U.S. military currently has 4,500 uniformed Muslims, the Pentagon said on July 3. It was not clear how the Pentagon identified the Muslims. The department has not given statistics on members of other religious faiths.

In 2009, a U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, shouting “God is great,” opened fire and killed 13 of his colleagues. Later, authorities acknowledged that Hasan, a psychiatrist, was linked to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Critics have accused the administration of promoting Islam as the preferential faith in the United States. Over the last year, a senior adviser to the Homeland Security Department, Mohamed Elibiary, issued a statement that said the U.S. Constitution was “Islamically compliant” and that a Muslim caliphate was “inevitable.”

“I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country,” Elibiary said in a Twitter post on June 30.

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On July 3, Work attended the annual Pentagon ceremony of Iftar, or the evening dinner after a day-long fast that continues throughout the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Pentagon has been conducting the ceremony since 1998 in commemoration of Islam.

“Tonight is an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together in the spirit of respect and tolerance to share the richness of our beliefs and to enjoy the traditions of hospitality that are such an important part of the Muslim community,” Work said.

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Special Sharia-compliant rules for the US military

The Pentagon, which hired Saudi-sponsored groups to raise awareness, has reported the employment of 1,000 Muslims. Officials said they included civilians and contractors for the Defense Department.

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Special Sharia-compliant rules for the US military

In his address, Work quoted Obama as saying that Ramadan reminded Americans of the principles of peace, justice and equality. The deputy secretary also urged those at the Iftar to remember their responsibility to the defense of the United States.

“Our country’s founders understood in a visceral way [that] the best way to honor the place of faith in the lives of all Americans was to fight for justice and equality as well as liberty and freedom,” Work said. “That is exactly what the men and women both in and out of uniform who serve in the Department of Defense do every single day. They are safeguarding the very ideals deemed so precious by our founding fathers.”

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Obama Regime is handing out pink slips to U.S. military mid-level officers on the battlefield

The Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be getting slips telling them their service is no longer needed. Mostly Majors and Captains are being laid off, while Obama is demanding $4 billion for illegal alien garbage.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

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RADIO HOST Michael Savage makes the case that Navy SEAL Team Six was set up to be murdered in Afghanistan

On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

SEALs-afghanistanGateway Pundit  This above photo shows the 30 troops killed in a helicopter downing in Afghanistan on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. The Pentagon on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 identified the Americans as 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs, five Naval Special Warfare personnel who support the SEALs, three Air Force Special Operations personnel and an Army helicopter crew of five. (AP Photo)

Conservative talk radio host Michael Savage believes the public is being misled about the deaths of 17 members of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six.

Family members of the soldiers filed a lawsuit to seek damages from the US, Afghan, and Iranian governments, while also pressing Congress to address what they perceive to be improprieties in the government’s version of events.

 

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New Hampshire Marine who was barred from wearing his uniform for his high school graduation has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who enlisted in the Marines even before graduation, was one of three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan on Friday.  The community where the 19-year-old grew up were saddened by his death, and a flag was at half mast outside the fire station where he was a volunteer.

Proud to serve: Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a 19-year-old Marine

Proud to serve: Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a 19-year-old Marine

Capital Bay  Garabrant had been so proud of making it into the Marines that he made headlines last year after trying to wear his uniform to his high school graduation. His Peterborough school denied his request, telling the teenager that he would have to wear his cap and gown over the newly acquired uniform.

The principal, Brian Pickering, this week praised his former student and said the school community was upset to hear that Garabrant had died. ‘We are all shocked and deeply saddened by his passing and we are incredibly grateful for his service to our country,’ Pickering told WMUR9.

Garabrant’s untimely death struck a chord with many in his New Hampshire community. Several had already backed the young man’s dedication to the forces after his plea to graduate in his uniform. As well as serving in the Marines, Garabrant worked as a volunteer firefighter.

At the time of the high school celebration last June, he had just completed his training at a South Carolina camp. Several shops around the school showed their support for his request to wear the uniform, and put signs up calling for the school to change its rules. His mother, Jesse Garabrant, said at the time: ‘I’m overwhelmed with the support of the community. It’s just wonderful.’

Residents in Peterborough had supported Garabrant's request to wear his uniform. They are united again as they mourn his passing

Residents in Peterborough had supported Garabrant’s request to wear his uniform. They are united again as they mourn his passing

As well as being a dedicated Marine, Garabrant also worked as a volunteer firefighter in Temple.. Whenever he came home on leave, the first thing he did, contacting me, “Chief, I need a pager so I can help you out”,’ volunteer fire chief George Clark said. ‘He absolutely loved what he was doing. He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it,’ Clark told WMRU9.

Peterborough police chief Scott Guinard also praised the young Marine, calling him ‘a young gentleman’. New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan has paid tribute to the Marine and volunteer firefighter who was ‘dedicated to serving his fellow citizens, and he was tragically taken from us far too soon’.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen added: ‘Garabrant was a hero in every sense of the word. He valiantly served our country and epitomized the bravery and sacrifice of every member of our armed forces for which we will be forever grateful.’

Garabrant, pictured during Marine boot camp early last year, had been enjoying life in the forces

Garabrant, pictured during Marine boot camp early last year, had been enjoying life in the forces

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War dog finally laid to rest with military honors

No military cemeteries would take him. Max, a German Shepherd, did 4 years of active duty with the Air Force and was retired in 2007 because according to his military file, “he had become too nice.”

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Pam Pelton adopted Max from the Military War Dog Agency and he was with her until he died on Memorial Day 2012. Pelton wanted to bury him in a military cemetery but none would take him. Finally, 2 years later, she found a place for Max in the New Hampshire MSPCA Hillside Acre Cemetery which has a special section just for military dogs. RIP Max.

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Daughter’s anger at learning that the Taliban terrorist who murdered her U.S. Marine/CIA father in Afghanistan has been freed by Barack Hussein Obama in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl

firsthero-112901Alison Spann was just 9 years old when she learned her father, a U.S. Marine turned CIA operative, had become the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan. Thirteen years later, she found out her country had freed the Taliban leader behind his death. In the time between, Spann has cherished the memory of her father, Johnny Micheal ‘Mike’ Spann, who was killed during a Nov. 25, 2001 prisoner uprising at a northern Afghanistan compound where he was interrogating Taliban fighters.

FOX NEWS  The 32-year-old was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony in which he was lauded by then-CIA Director George Tenet for trying to build a “better, safer world.” His daughter has since grown up and recently graduated from Pepperdine University, even as more than 2,300 Americans have died fighting in Afghanistan.

Allison Spann, at age 9, with her siblings and mother

Allison Spann (center), at age 9, with her siblings and mother

But nothing prepared Alison Spann for news that Mullah Mohammad Fazi, the unquestioned leader of the prisoners at the compound where her father was killed, had been traded along with four cohorts held at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban for nearly five years.

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Mullah Mohammad Fazi

“My initial reaction was shock. I was shocked that our president would release five of the most high-risk prisoners being held in Guantanamo in exchange for one American,” she told FoxNews.com. “As a whole, my family was extremely upset and saddened that our government would do something like this, especially in light of the fact that it seems that people in the intelligence community are fairly united in their belief that these terrorists are likely to seek to further harm Americans in the future.”

She has followed the story closely, but still cannot fathom how the country her father loved and fought for could allow his killer to go free. “It does become harder and harder to have faith in an administration that is plagued with scandal after scandal,” she said. “I do not believe that it was the right move by the administration.”

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Mike Spann died at the Qala-i-Jangi compound near Mazari Sharit in northern Afghanistan, where he was interrogating detainees captured during the early weeks of the war. Fazi, according to his Guantanamo case file, had been deputy defense minister and commander of all Taliban troops in the northern Afghanistan region at the time of the September 11 attacks. Before that, he was accused by Human Rights organizations of personally supervising the murders of thousands of Shiite and Tajik Sunni Muslims.

Although Secretary of State John Kerry has called concerns that Fazi and the other four freed Taliban leaders will return to the battlefield “baloney,” Alison Spann considers it only a matter of time.

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You cannot release someone of such a high caliber within the Taliban community and expect him to suddenly emerge as a peaceful being. I would think now more than ever after being detained in Gitmo that he would seek revenge on America,” she said. “These prisoners had one goal when they went into Gitmo and I feel certain that they left Gitmo with that same goal, and that is to do harm and spread evil in the world. The implications from this act will reach further than our soil and I am afraid that these prisoners have no plans of standing down from their original fight.”

 Tenet told mourners at Spann’s funeral that it was his “quest for right” that led him to Afghanistan.

As the daughter of U.S. Marine, Allison was the proud recipient of a college scholarship

As the daughter of U.S. Marine, Allison was the proud recipient of a college scholarship

“To that place of danger and terror, he sought to bring justice and freedom,” Tenet said. “And to our nation – which he held so close to his heart – he sought to bring a still greater measure of strength and security. For Mike understood that it is not enough simply to dream of a better, safer world. He understood that it has to be built – with passion and dedication, in the face of obstacles, in the face of evil.”

While Spann is widely regarded as a hero and a patriot, questions have arisen about Bergdahl. Men who served with Bergdahl have said he deserted his post, and Bergdahl’s own emails and journal entries appear to support the charge. Alison Spann declined to characterize the circumstances behind Bergdahl’s departure from his base in 2009, but said trading with terrorists is not wise policy.

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“While I cannot speak on Bergdahl because it seems that there is a lot that is still unclear about him I can say that I do not agree with this POW swap,” Alison added. “I believe that the implications from this decision will be seen in the near future.”

Mike Spann’s star is the 79th star carved on the Agency’s Memorial Wall. He also received the Intelligence Star and the Exceptional Service Medallion posthumously.

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Did you know that the five Taliban terrorists were released to Qatar five days before Bergdahl was picked up?

Did you also know that these five were going to be released anyway and Bergdahl was just an afterthought? Apparently, to make America euphoric.

In the video shot by the Taliban, you will notice the military helicopter lands in a valley, as apparent members of the Taliban stand perched on surrounding hills with weapons. Non-uniformed Americans then walk over and shake hands with Bergdahl’s captors. 

Do you see the mountainsides around,” Glenn asked. “We’re landing our helicopter in a in the low point, so they have all of the high points… Look at the guys in the video. You can see the guys in the video. They all have their weapons at the ready.” Furthermore, after Bergdahl is handed over, he is brought to the idling chopper and frisked. Had he been outfitted with some sort of suicide vest, the entire helicopter would have blown up.

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