Due to a cornucopia of recent scandals, Obama’s controversial trade of the traitor Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban terrorists has faded from headlines. But further intel has shed new light on the situation, and it could spell ruin for Obama. Before the Commander-in-Chief traded five Gitmo detainees for Bergdahl, he had attempted to pay a ransom for the soldier, which went horribly wrong.
A letter made public by Rep. Duncan Hunter revealed that Obama tried to pay terrorists to free Bergdahl, before eventually releasing terrorists in exchange for him. The letter, sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, instructed a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) counter-terrorism unit to make an undisclosed large payment to an Afghan intermediary on behalf of the Haqqani terrorist network.
The Afghani liaison who accepted this illegal payment, took off with it. To be clear – those were our tax dollars.
The Conservative Tribune reported that the payment was made “covertly” by members of JSOC, and FBI personnel were inside Afghanistan waiting for Bergdahl’s release, when they quickly realized they’d been scammed.
All this, yet White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters recently that Obama “continues to believe, as previous presidents have concluded, that it’s not in the best interest of American citizens to pay ransoms to any organization, let alone a terrorist organization.”
The Obama Administration tried to backtrack by saying that the money was not “technically” a ransom payment, though it’s impossible to see how it could be construed as anything else. The Pentagon has not yet released an official response.
The United States has a strict policy not to negotiate with terrorists, which is why American hostages held by ISIS have recently met their makers in the most brutal way imaginable. Why was Obama willing to pay a ransom for Bergdahl, but not James Foley or Steven Sotloff? I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer to that question will be kept under lock and key by the Obama Administration, lest the President became embroiled in further controversy.