“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.” ~ Cicero – 106-43 B.C.
“Let the blood of the infantry flow through your veins, or the blood of the infantry will be on your hands.” ~Gen. John A. Wickham, Jr.
News broke early Saturday May 30th of American POW Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity by the Taliban. Bowe had been missing for nearly 5 years and I’ve been following his story for a couple of years. While many people have worked tirelessly trying to help #BringBoweHome, I had heard speculations about him long before this weekend when more stories have since come out.
I want to state here and now, as a civilian I don’t feel I have the right to question our troops’ dedication or alleged desertion; instead I’ll leave opinions of his actions to fellow military members who do have every right to question him. The ramifications of his capture and release however are huge. It has been deadly for those who had to catch these terrorists in the first place, it’s proven deadly for those who have looked for Bowe or because manpower used to look for him these past years, and could be more dangerous and deadly to our troops who are still fighting. While I won’t judge the actions of Bowe Bergdahl, I can question the decision of Barack Obama to negotiate with terrorists.
Bowe was handed over to US Special Forces members in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border Saturday morning in an exchange with Taliban officials. In exchange for Bowe’s release, 5 Taliban detainees from Guantanamo were handed over to officials from Qatar. The terrorists were identified as high risks and considered to be the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo. They are: