Comments: Boudicca's Sword: Traitors and Terrorists

I agree 100%. Unfortunately most Americans don't pay attention and think about what their government is doing. The only hope is our children. So far so good with mine and yours.From what I have seen, the current youth have been better prepared by their parents than previous generations. We can only hope.

Jilly

Posted by Jilly at June 2, 2014 07:34 PM

When I see young couples with children, I have hope. I have hope because they had hope enough to procreate.

I will be honest... I love my children's friends. If we have lots of young people like the kids I've been meeting, this Country has a lot of hope.

Posted by Bou at June 2, 2014 07:40 PM

Right there with you, Bou!

Posted by PeggyU at June 2, 2014 10:54 PM

A-MEN!

Posted by Ted at June 3, 2014 05:21 AM

Amen! Besides the fact that the President broke a law HE signed by bypassing Congress- again- this 'soldier' is John Kerry all over again. What do you want to bet he'll be in front of Congress spewing atrocities? He thought the US Army w"like the Peace Corps with guns." And when the French Foreign Legion won't take you....

Grrrr...

Posted by Jody at June 3, 2014 07:02 AM

AMEN!!

I fully understand the concept of leaving no one behind on the field of battle. Yet there is so much that does and has smelled to this story for years. We've lost good men while searching for this idiot. Whether the administration likes it or not - the skepticism and backlash are completely warranted in this case!

And hopefully that mother does THINK about what she's considering . . .even with the fact that she has family in Syria.

Posted by Nina at June 3, 2014 07:42 AM

My sister in law has never broached it again with me.

I don't mind us being somewhere if we are going to do good, but no good is being done over there. We have a President who is not fit for the job and we have men and women dying in vain because of his inept decisions.

If you desert, you can die. Period. Nobody should come save your ass.

You know what's crazy? I was just at an event with Allen West. They had an Army E-6 as a guest speaker. (This was for Memorial Day.) The guy went on an on about how we won't leave Sgt Bergdahl. So I'm thinking,'Whoa, this is for real."

Allen West had to be sitting there dying.

Posted by Bou at June 3, 2014 08:06 AM

Hear, hear!

Posted by Versatek6 at June 3, 2014 08:59 AM

The media has ignored the fact that he walked off his post. Everyone seems to be caught up with the whole, "We won't leave anyone behind...HooRA!" thing and ignoring the facts. As usual. Now we know what the going price is on American heads. I'm beyond disgusted.

Posted by Pammy at June 3, 2014 09:03 AM

Remember when Obama was elected? You wrote a piece about his election. The thing that stays with me and has been a hitching post since that 1st election was "try not to get us killed" (or something to that effect). I'm so afraid for our country. I don't think he cares and lord knows he has gotten enough of our young men killed. This latest stunt is beyond comprehension - that he could think this was a good idea - to get everyone's mind off the VA? I don't know but everyone who said he was so smart should have their head examined. I don't get smart from him, I get arrogant.

Posted by Donna Bartow at June 3, 2014 09:09 AM

They need to quit calling this jerk a hero. Heroes are the young men and women I met on the flightline... working to keep our aircraft operational if it's 110 degrees or -15 and sleeting. Heroes are our men and women flying in the dark of night under enemy fire...to keep us safe. Heroes are our young people sleeping with their rifles.

I'm going to frickin stroke if they don't quit calling him a hero.

Posted by Bou at June 3, 2014 09:41 AM

Just going over the events of the last couple of weeks. The White House outs a CIA official in Afghanistan, makes statements about deadlines for reduction of troops in Afghanistan, swaps five terrorists for one deserter whose parents appear to be Taliban sympathizers, and turns a blind eye to the VA mess. And those are just the things we know about!

He has a history of manufacturing media distractions. Is this latest series of actions more of the same? If these are smokescreens made to divert our attention, how hideous is the thing he's trying to hide?

Posted by PeggyU at June 3, 2014 11:12 AM

I think he doesn't have a lot of time to get those prisoners out of Gitmo, so he's trying to find ways.

If he doesn't get us killed during his administration, when it does happen, it will be as a direct result of what he has done during his eight years.

What an idiot. And people voted him in... TWICE. They frickin' voted him in TWICE.

Posted by Bou at June 3, 2014 05:30 PM

For a dissenting opinion from a rational voice:

http://academywatch.blogspot.com/2014/06/welcome-home.html

He agrees that Bergdahl is not a hero and speculates that he will be court martialed and probably dishonorably discharged, but supports the exchange (other than the fact that the President clearly and knowingly broke the laws, of course). Worth a read.

Posted by Heresolong at June 5, 2014 07:49 AM

He has some excellent points. There are some that most people don't know, like the fact that POWs are continually promoted. As my Dad said when we spoke about this once, knowing some of the POWs coming out of Vietnam were being promoted beyond ranks their normal competency would have ever allowed, "You serve your country, you get taken POW, and then you get passed over? That's just wrong." And he is right. It's a rule that covers everyone.

I think the only issue I take with his points, is that they are terrorists, not just the enemy. It's not a name calling thing, it's the definition. We aren't talking about German soldiers or the Admiral of Japan's fleet in WWII. We're talking about people who use a warfare that takes everything to a whole new level of scary and disgusting.

And I think the question comes to me, as I need to do more reading on the five individuals, were they known to be great tacticians? Because that would be even scarier.

Trading prisoners for prisoners has been done since man started fighting man. But, I still do not view these five as just prisoners. I do view them as terrorists that we were holding to keep the rest of us safe.

And unfortunately due to the nature of Taliban extremism, Jihad, etc, etc, I think even when we don't occupy their country, we are going to have problems.

I was at a lecture a few years ago from a political science professor at the local university (retired Marine), who said he was not the favorite of the faculty, that when our people come home, the terrorists will follow. It is coming.

That is not to say I believe we should continue to occupy these places. Take note that I specifically told my sister in law we don't belong in Syria. I used our young men and women as a reason, but in general, I don't believe we belong in these countries.

But it is coming and I wonder... is America ready? The answer is no...we have too many screaming about their rights because of airport security and the inconvenience. Too many pissed at the NSA. God forbid should we profile.

No, America is not ready and therefore, when our citizens die on our ground, we will have nobody to blame but ourselves.

But I will gladly cast some of that blame with Obama.

Posted by Bou at June 5, 2014 08:37 AM