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American prisoner languishes in Afghanistan as bureaucrats do nothing

by Suzanne Eovaldi

Just what is holding up the release from captivity of the only American POW, Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 27, of Ketchum, Idaho?  Is this beloved 27 year old American soldier now a ping pong ball in the Afghanistan-US peace talks?  Or is he being held as a bargaining chip between our State Department and Senate because President Obama’s aim to close Guantanamo Prison in Cuba is being thwarted by Congress which doesn’t want it closed?

And, if as the Taliban supposedly demands, America must release five prisoners being held in Gitmo to show confidence before Sgt. Bergdahl can be freed, how come “two Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay prison for a decade have been returned to Algiers?” (1)  And what about this in the same AP report: “There are still nearly 90 prisoners who have been cleared for release or transfer from the prison out of the total population of 164.”  Just what is going on here, and why is an active US soldier being left to languish somewhere around the Afghanistan–Pakistan tribal border area while State Department employee Jen Psaki smiles?  How come this 34 year old woman, who can be contacted at www.linkedin.com/pub/jen-psaki-23/549/79, can remain as the Benghazi Survivors spokeswoman, but can’t tell Congress directly what went on with that sorry saga?
  
Reporter Paul Shinkman in two reports during June of this year (2) quotes Taliban member Shaheen Suhali, saying “the US first has to release detainees (five) from Guantanamo Bay to build confidence,” before anything can go forward on the release of Sgt. Berkdahl.  One video allegedly quotes him as saying, “Release me, please.  I’m begging you. Bring me home.” But trying to get this picture to load is difficult.  The same reporter says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in September reiterated that everyone is doing everything they can.  Sure, right you are.  Well, then why isn’t something happening?
  
We used to have a promise in the US Military that no soldier would be left behind.  Well, here’s one that is left behind in the Obama administration’s war of words, and Jen Psaki appears to have an awful lot of control over something that is well above her pay grade.  Where are the statements from our generals, our Pentagon leaders, anybody, anywhere?
  
What is being done to bring this suffering American soldier home to his family and friends in Ketchum, Idaho?  His parents are afraid to speak out “so as not to jeopardize their son.”  But are the people in control really doing anything?  I’m sorry, but this mumbo jumbo rhetoric of the other guy working on it is an insult to Sgt. Berkdahl, to other soldiers putting their life on the line for this country, to his parents, to the legacy of MIA’s in other wars that just somehow fell through the cracks of an American system that seems able to cherry pick what prisoners they release. 

How would these ineffectual politicians and bureaucrats feel if they were imprisoned somewhere in the wasteland of Afghanistan?  Have leaders on both sides simply lost their own humanity?  Bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home now!  Don’t let him be just another wrist bracelet on an unknown arm who prays for him, to no avail.

SOURCES:  (1) http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-releases-2-prisoners-guantanamo-

                       (2)  http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/20133/09/20/hagel-honors-existing-POW-

POWs, MIAs still being sought, Part II

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

Michael Scott Speicher was a United States Naval Aviator and the first combat casualty of the Gulf War. He was declared missing in action asthere was no rescue attempt at the time he was shot down. There was much speculation surrounding anecdotal evidence about the aviator having survived, along with some reports that LCDR Speicher was being held prisoner in Iraq. But attempts to find the flyer were unsuccessful. In 2009, an Iraqi came forward and led US Marines to the location where Speicher had been buried in 1991. Speicher’s remains were positively identified and returned to his family.

The fact that the remains of Michael Speicher were recovered underscores America’s resolve to never stop the search for missing and fallen warriors. Analysts have always to consider sources–eyewitnesses are OK but physical evidence is better. Since 1991 anyone who served in the US military provided DNA for identification.  

Conspiracies

Professionals at the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) office have learned to be cautious of conspiracies, the cruelest form of deliberate deception. The families of missing service members deserve far more than being confronted with reports of questionable origin written by “in the Parent’s basement” analysts. Dedicated people work hard to secure remains or evidence of living, missing American soldiers. The folks at DPMO look at all reports but must not waste their time chasing down those which are unsubstantiated. They are just a waste of time and effort and may cause embarrassment to American officials for the amusement of former enemies.

Myths

Even worse than Conspiracies are people who promote the narrative that surviving POW/MIAs in Vietnam and Korea are nothing more than a myth. (4) The “It’s a myth crowd” facts are based on a lack of verifiable evidence.  Hearsay from defectors wouldn’t be conclusive as proof to these naysayers. Defectors may have ulterior motives and DPMO analysts have to be careful of their testimonies. The only thing the myth reporters have is time, for as the years go by the chances of finding a living POW/MIA diminish.

Current

In June of 2009, Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl was taken prisoner by the Haqqani network of the Taliban while serving in Southeastern Afghanistan. (7) The Taliban have been posting videos of SGT Bergdahl during his captivity. At the time of this writing America knows he is alive. Keep him in your prayers along with other missing warriors.

Laws and Directives

DPMO posts the laws that cover the accounting responsibilities for personnel recovery. (5) The laws address accounting for living POW/MIAs and the recovery of fallen American warriors wherever they fought and died. The laws also task the DOD to properly account for all missing service members and provide their families with the most current information on the status of their loved one.

I’ll close with Article 6 from the Code of Conduct

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

America must never abandon its warriors and politics should never be placed before them.

 

 

  1. http://www.sofmag.com/powmia
  2. http://www.pownetwork.org/gulfII/bergdahl.htm
  3. http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/about_us/
  4. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/POW-MIA
  5. http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/laws_directives/documents/BTHAA2000.pdf
  6. http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/laws_directives/
  7. http://www.elkonvpowmia.org/bowe.html
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The sad state called Afghanistan

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

This week the Taliban said the transfer of U.S. and NATO led security operations to Afghan security forces was similar to America’s retreat from Vietnam by the “declaring victory and run” strategy. The Taliban just needed to learn a little American history to know about the Vietnamization Strategy where the US would train the Afghans to fight their own battles and allow American and NATO to withdrawal with honor. Like the North Vietnamese, the Taliban can already declare victory. Who can blame them with this Administration too busy kowtowing to the Muslim Brotherhood and doing nothing to Iran? Taliban leadership believe that history and time are on their side. (1)

History

American now is repeating the same mistakes the Soviet Union made during their incursion into Afghanistan and, as with the Soviets, no matter the effort expended to modernize the tribal nation it will always fail. Unless the Afghans themselves embrace the West and a better way of life, any effort to improve their own by showing them a better way is a waste of time, money and lives. The initial invasion into Afghanistan was a necessity to eliminate al Qaeda and their Taliban host. Unfortunately, it evolved into a war of choice and nation building. History has proved time and time again it has never worked. (2)

Déjà vu

Former British ambassador to MoscowRodric Braithwaite wrote that the Soviets military “rebuilt and constructed hundreds of schools, technical colleges, over 30 hospitals and a similar number of nursery schools, some 400 apartment buildings and 35 mosques,” and built a modern infrastructure. They were guarding military and civilian installations. As long as the Afghan puppet government was getting support they remained in power. Sound familiar? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan no longer had any outside support. After a series of uprisings the Taliban rose to power and all improvements the Soviets provided went to waste. It won’t take the 1st Century thugs   long to dismantle remaining Western efforts to make their lives easier.

Just like U.S. and NATO forces the Soviet military never lost an engagement to the insurgents but without support from the Afghan population they lost the war. As soon as the Russians withdrew, the country reverted to its quasi-Stone Age existence. It’s a history the Taliban know well and this Administration is too supercilious to acknowledge.

  1. 1.       http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/taliban-likens-us-afghan-role-vietnam-war-18111096#.UOTD3IPnaUm
  2. 2.       http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/asia/us-war-in-afghanistan-has-echoes-of-soviet-experience.html?_r=0
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Obama will accommodate the American people into slavery

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

Conflict Resolution 101

Accommodating is the preferred style of conflict resolution often used by the Obama Administration to resolve crisis on the diplomatic stage. Today’s Democrats are too willing to put the needs of terrorists before this country, allies or any other democracies. In fact the only people they see as enemies are American conservatives. Obama will surrender victory in order to maintain peace with people whose only goal is to wipe America off the face of the earth. This White House refuses to do or say anything that might upset America’s enemies; they only want to placate them. In simple terms for the low information voter, Obama wants all Americans to surrender and beg for our lives like a poor animal begging for food, hoping the bad guy won’t kill us.

Army Manual

A new handbook for American service members being deployed to the Middle East, currently being reviewed, orders the troops not make derogatory comments about the Taliban, pedophilia, advocate women’s rights, homosexual conduct, among other Islamic things. Obama doesn’t want the American troops to insult the sensibilities. The proposed draft blames American troop’s ignorance of the regions backwards culture as the reason for the murders of Americans and allies in Afghanistan.  No longer can American Troops think of “Afghan forces to be “basically stupid” thieves, “gutless in combat,” “profoundly dishonest” and engaged in “treasonous collusion and alliances with enemy forces.”” (1) It might hurt their feelings, so we must accommodate them. In this way the Taliban will do a better job of accommodating Afghanis after the Americans leave.

Fort Hood

Col. Gregory Gross, a military judge, was removed from trying the Fort Hood Massacre trial, or in conflict resolution language “Work Place Violence”.” His offence, Col. Gross violated the defendant’s sensitivities by ordering Maj. Nidal Hasan to shave his beard. The Army was forced to accommodate the shooter by firing judge Col Gross and letting the Army Colonel know it was not his place to enforce Army regulation. The beard issue must not have been a problem when Hasan was shooting fellow American yelling ‘Allahu Akbar” inside the Fort Hood processing center. (2)

Catering to radicals must be a Democrat trait since the time of Jimmy Carter. The Obama administration has a cozy relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, sending additional weapons to Egypt while they are suppressing their own people; the Brotherhood has a connection to the state department in the form of Huma Abedin. The Army firing of Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley,  under pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) (3), just begs the question: Why is this White House accommodating CAIR and was it involved in the decision making concerning the Army manual and the dismissal of Col Gross.

  1. 1.       http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/12/proposed-army-manual-tells-gis-not-to-insult-taliban-speak-up-for-women/#ixzz2Ey9EsVVq
  2. 2.       http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/04/judge-removed-from-ft-hood-massacre-trial-due-to-fear-lack-impartiality/#ixzz2EyMJGatt
  3. 3.       http://www.theblaze.com/stories/army-instructor-ousted-over-muslim-groups-complaints-about-bigoted-teachings-on-radical-islam-fights-back/

 

A true picture of Afghanistan

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis spent most of last year on his second tour of Afghanistan; He was assigned to the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. While carrying out his duties the Colonel talked to the troops about their situation in the region. He talked to everyone in any position as well as allies and Afghan security forces. He traveled over 9,000 miles and personally patrolled with ground troops in several provinces. Give credit to Co. Davis he saw the real situation up close and in person.  His unclassified report to The Armed Forces Journal exposed that the situation on the ground is the total opposite what has been reported to the American Public.

Revelations

Col. Davis revealed that the situation in Afghanistan was not improving and that the security forces were nowhere near ready to fight against the Taliban. They lacked the will and courage to take the fight to the terrorists. The areas of the country that are not under the direct control of the Americans and the International Security Assistance Forces were the territory of the Insurgents and Davis felt they would remain so.

 The local Afghan government is inept and the Afghan military have no desire to confront the Taliban Insurgents and in some cases actually collude with the terrorists. Americans in country have little trust, confidence and respect for Afghanis because they lack the resolve to take on the Insurgents that will kill them and their families once the Americans leave.

Conclusion

The Col asks “How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding and behind an array of more than seven years of optimistic statements by U.S. senior leaders in Afghanistan? No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan. But we do expect — and the men who do the living, fighting and dying deserve — to have our leaders tell us the truth about what’s going on”. The current leadership either has no idea of what is going on, or just plain lying  about the situation in Afghanistan. Until Americans get the whole truth our troops those of our allies are  fighting and dying to free a country that doesn’t have the will and courage to fight for itself.  The Afganis would rather live as slaves of the Taliban than fight for their own freedom.

Lt. Colonel Davis is keenly aware that going public with his findings may very well impact his military career. The only thing redacted form his unclassified report is criticism of civilian leadership of Afghanistan and Washington D.C. Only military leaders are to be blamed, it seems, for policy failures under statist regimes.

 To contact your Congressional Representative use this link: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

To read more use these links:

   http://armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/world/asia/army-colonel-challenges-pentagons-afghanistan-claims.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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