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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl: Compare Susan Rice With Afghan District Intelligence Chief

Susan Rice on Bowe Bergdahl (see: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/susan-rice-bergdahl-served-honor-and-distinction_794066.html):

"He served the United States with honor and distinction."

. . . .

"Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield."

Afghan district intelligence chief on Bergdahl, as reported by The Washington Post in an article entitled "Exclusive: Afghan villagers recall when Bergdahl stumbled into their midst" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/04/exclusive-afghan-villagers-recall-when-bergdahl-stumbled-into-their-midst/?tid=pm_world_pop) by Kevin Sieff:

"'They tried to tell him not to go there, that it is dangerous. But he kept going over the mountain. The villagers tried to give him water and bread, but he didn’t take it,' said Ibrahim Manikhel, the district’s intelligence chief.

'We think he probably was high after smoking hashish,' Manikhel said. 'Why would an American want to find the Taliban?'"

Or stated otherwise, if anything remained of Rice's credibility after Benghazi, it has now been reduced to zero - not exactly what is required from Obama's National Security Advisor.

As further reported by The Washington Post in an article entitled "A ‘decompression’ process for Bowe Bergdahl before he heads home" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-decompression-process-for-bowe-bergdahl-before-he-heads-home/2014/06/04/427627ec-ec2f-11e3-93d2-edd4be1f5d9e_story.html?hpid=z1) by Anne Gearan:

"Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the longest-serving­ American prisoner of war since Vietnam, is undergoing a staged 'decompression' and reintroduction to the outside world that is akin to the slow ascent of a deep-sea diver, according to U.S. officials.

. . . .

Bergdahl began the long process of reintegration — it could take weeks or months — immediately after he was handed over to U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan on Saturday."

"Staged" decompression? My guess is that his reintegration will take many months - until at least after the midterm elections in the US - in order to avoid further embarrassment to the Obama administration.

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