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myles spicer

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Posted on 06/10/14 at 10:02 am in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

I disagree with your analysis of the "importance" of these released prisoners. But, for the sake of argument, let's say you are correct.

Now as an analogy, presume the CEO of a powerful important company was imprisoned for 13 years for some alleged offense. Then he is released. Do you think for a minute he could or would return to his old job? What about those who succeeded him? Would they lay down and let him return to power? And what about currency -- could or would he know or be...

Posted on 06/10/14 at 01:50 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

Well, as a Californian, I happen to get the LA Times, and would urge you to read the article in the Times that Neal Rovick refers to and has linked. In that article it gives a DETAILED background of each of the five released prisoners, including their past jobs with the Taliban. Sure, they are likely "sworn enemies of America", but I remind you, the Taliban have never threatened us directly -- the only reasons they are killing us is because we are on their turf. Once we finally leave...

Posted on 06/10/14 at 02:38 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

First, this is the typical media feeding frenzy -- I call it the crisis du jour. Hungry for content, the media glooms onto whatever is "hot" that day and won't let go.

Secondly, yes this is a "rush to judgment", and that is totally un-American. Let's get FACTS, and try any prospective crime or violation of the UCMJ properly, and punish accordingly

Finally, I think in a perverse way the 5 for 1 trade says something about how we value our citizen's value compared to that of the...

Posted on 06/10/14 at 04:19 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

I tuned into Fox the other day, and they actually had assembled a panel of veterans who simply excoriated Bergdahl. It was essentially a de facto trial -- and Bergdahl was tried...convicted...and (with the help of some suggestions by Megyn Kelly) sentenced!

Never mind that this was all done without most of the facts that are slowly leaking out now; but Fox never misses a chance to burn Obama, and they did not want to miss out on this one for sure.

As a side note, I too am a...

Posted on 06/11/14 at 11:57 am in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

I did not use the word "important" -- I used the word "irrelevant".

Irrelevant, because it changes nothing regarding the futility of this venture; nor the travesty of Gitmo; nor the lasting influence of the Taliban after we leave.

Notably, just today there is evidence about the futility of our Iraqi venture, as sectarian warfare continues and the government is destabilized. That is likely the outcome in Afghanistan -- and the Bergdahl prisoner exchange will not change that at...

Posted on 06/12/14 at 08:42 am in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

Actually, I did note that it will be sad for the Afghanis if or when the Taliban gain power. Everything you said about their abuse of women is correct. So...what are WE to do about that? Stay forever to be sure they do not get control of the country? That is simply absurd. We have already been there 13 years, and what has it gained us?

I defend my analogy about the loss of their power and prestige by being out of the loop for so long. No, they are not wedded to tribes etc. Most of the...

Posted on 06/12/14 at 08:52 am in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

Well, today we find that Iraq is entering chaos. About 5 years ago, I wrote a similar article relating to Iraq as this one on Afghanistan. It predicted once we leave, sectarian violence (centuries old) will return to that country. And it has.

Now we have a similar situation in Afghanistan -- a waste of blood and treasure to reshape an Asian/Middle Eastern country into some sort of working democracy. The odds of that working are somewhere between tiny and non-existant.

Sure,...

Posted on 06/12/14 at 02:47 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

The Taliban have NEVER threatened American soil. Presuming everything you say is correct, the conclusion to be the good guys and continue to "do right" would be to stay there...maybe forever ...and assure the Afghanis of the life they now have with our presence. Which, by the way, is not so good either.

Posted on 06/12/14 at 02:51 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

Several times Karzai has threatened to kick us out. He is very ambiguous about our continued presence in HIS country. Is that the thanks we get for committing blood and treasure to the support of a corrupt regime? No...it is time we leave this pathetic country and let them deal with their future themselves.

Posted on 06/12/14 at 02:58 pm in response to Tempest over the Bergdahl deal is mostly irrelevant

Thomas, you forgot to mention one other ramification of the prisoners' release as noted by Chuck Hagel today. Should they return to the battlefield, they can and will be tracked (yes, we have the ability to do that) -- they will place themselves in harms way again. The potential result might just be.....death.

More importantly, five more guys in the Taliban will not change the outcome of events in Afghanistan one whit; and we have an American home. Is he guilty of something? Do not...