An American soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held prisoner in Afghanistan since 2009, has been released from captivity after successful negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday evening, local time, in an area of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. Officials said the exchange was not violent and the 28-year-old Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk.

The announcement of Sgt. Bergdahl’s release was made earlier today:

In return for the return of Sgt. Bergdahl, five Taliban commanders being held at Gitmo were released. Those five are setting off alarms, and for good reason:

More about what happened from Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald:

The five released from Gitmo have reportedly left Cuba:

Conservative radio host Tammy Bruce discussed what she fears could be one of the consequences of the deal that secured the release of Sgt. Bergdahl:

And they won’t be confined to one country for very long:

Only a one-year travel ban? Yep:

Unbelievable.

  • CableNewsGuy

    As if we needed one more reason to not let our kids enlist. What a shame.

    • mrspinky85

      At 18, you cannot stop them.

      • CableNewsGuy

        You can if they know your military record and you tell them “not at this time”.

        • mrspinky85

          I hope so. My husband and I are veterans. So is my sister and my brother. I honestly don’t want my son to join. I hope you are right.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Grandpa, father, uncles, me, my bro in law and his son, all my best friends in high school too. I don’t want my son to join either. I encouraged my sister to get her son to change his mind. He leaves for basic in a few weeks.
            I believe wicked nasty things are coming and I want my children next to me – ESPECIALLY if there’s another Clinton presidency.

          • mrspinky85

            Yea, I convinced my sister to get out. Now she gets to deal with this VA.

        • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

          That’s what happened to me for Vietnam. My Dad made it out of the Battle of the Bulge alive and he said, “This family has done our service. You boys (me and my brother) aren’t going.” My brother pulled a good number and it ended b4 I could go.

          • kblue905

            My husband has had 9 deployments since Operation Just Cause. We have 5 children. My husband considers the debt to their country paid in advance!

          • irishgirl91

            My dad did 4 uneventful years. My FIL served 29 yrs as did my husband. Our daughter did 10 different schools and we jokingly said the sacrifice of a stable childhood for her dad’s career was her service, but the changes her dad and I saw to the service we loved made us happy she didn’t want to join.

    • Johnny Right

      I’m all for this. We don’t have to feed and clothe these scumbags, now we get a chance to kill them on the battlefield- take no prisoners this time, and we get our man back. What am I missing here?

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Hopefully they got the sh!t beat out of them and GPS tagged while out cold.

      • Bill Phillips

        You are “missing” the the recidivism rate of Gitmo detainees…which is significant when you calculate the fact that one fanatical jihadist can cause the death and/or disfigurement of hundreds to thousands of future victims!

        • Johnny Right

          Holy cow, it’s not as if I think they have turned their lives around and about to open a pizzeria. I know they’re dangerous and capable. The point is: we had a weak case in court against them- they might have walked anyway- plus, we get a second chance to smoke these clowns.

          These guys aren’t doing anything that isn’t already being done by current Taliban fighters. Wake up, we don’t have the stomach to “win” this war anyway, we might as well get what we can while the gettin is good.

  • EdwdLny

    Hah, the Kenyan nitwits surrender program continues apace.

  • waltermitty2012

    Let’s get a grip. There never seemed to be an opportunity to rescue Bergdahl, so trading for his release was the only real option. While the cost is high, trading 5 Taliban for Bergdahl is not a bad deal.

    • mrspinky85

      I am not up to everything on this situation. Can you tell me how there “never” was an opportunity to rescue Berghdahl? Do we not do rescue missions for our own people anymore?
      If we are willing to give up 5 top Taliban leaders for 1 Soldier, how much can they bargin for with a squad or more of our men/women?

      • waltermitty2012

        I’m not one to repeat myself, but Bergdahl has been held for 5 years. It took 10 years to get Bin Laden. With our withdrawal from Afghanistan, so goes our capabilities and resources to locate him and rescue him.

        After 5 years, Bergdahl deserves to come home.

        • mrspinky85

          He should’ve been home sooner. So, Obama didn’t just do this because he cares. The Taliban had these deal for at least 2 years. Oh, 2 years ago was 2012. Never mind.

        • Kyle Bradelle

          He might not have been taken in the first place if he hadn’t walked off into their loving arms. Something smells fishy here and it ain’t the crabcakes.

      • Bill Phillips

        EXACTLY CORRECT! American hostage taking just got a big pat on the back by the “Doing Stupid Shit CIC”!

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      If we could get Saddam and bin Laden, we could get Bergdahl.

      • waltermitty2012

        Bergdahl was held for 5 years, it took 10 years to get bin Laden. How long would you like to wait? We’re pulling out from Afghanistan, so our capabilities and resources will be less over time.

        I’m not wild about the deal, but Bergdahl deserves to come home.

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          But 5 for 1? Sorry, but the trade made us look incredibly weak. Plus Afghanistan isn’t the only nation with terrorists in their midst. As Tammy above said, this will only embolden them further. Expect more kidnappings.

          The biggest question you need to ask — What happened to US policy to never negotiate with terrorists?

        • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

          The Taliban made the offer 2 years ago, so I don’t have a clue about Obama’s timeline. And since he automatically gives up our leverage, our capabilities and resources in ISAF’s AORs are irrelevant.

        • mrspinky85

          How long should WE wait? Obama been could’ve done what he did today.

    • Katie Carroll

      Before I get all tingly about Bergdahl’s release, I want to know more about the circumstances surrounding how he came to be captured in the first place. Initial reports suggested he deserted. If that comes to be proven true, then we traded 5 former and future terrorists for one traitor. Bad deal!

  • Pendog

    So we do negotiate with terrorists. And not well either.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      Obama plays nicer with terrorists than he will Republicans, which says a lot about him.

      He’ll negotiate with terrorists, but not other Americans.

      • mrspinky85

        I was just going to type this.

      • Bill Phillips

        Again! ….and AGAIN …and AGAIN!

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Obama would bid on a $3,000 used car by offering $3,500 right off the bat. What an idiot…

      • Bl4ckConserv

        Worst negotiator ever!

        • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

          Jon Carry runs a close second, with his stupid concessions b4 he even started negotiations with Iran.

      • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

        Considering the 5/1 trade, he’d more likely offer $15k for a $3k car.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Someone reassure me and tell me these lowlifes have had some sort of RFID chip surreptitiously placed on/in them which the Qatari authorities cannot detect and remove.

    Someone also reassure me that, at the end of their year in Qatar, that they will all be loaded on the same plane, which will then proceed to vanish, as did MH 370, before reaching Kandahar.

    • Blake Waymire

      How nice it would be if those five just disappeared after we got our guy back.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Or if we flew them back to Afghanistan and deplaned them at 30k feet.

        • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

          “Okay, we’ll bring you your 5 terrorists as soon as our guy is safely on US soil. Oops, someone forgot to teach them how to strap themselves in, they fell out of the plane. Oh well, no use crying over terrorists splattered on the ground!!”

    • Thale Taxurfeet

      I too imagined an RFID implant… then I snapped out of the daydream.

      I’d be willing to bet a dollar against a doughnut the five mutts will be long gone from Qatar in under 90 days.

      • Bill Phillips

        But …but …but …Obama assured us we don’t need to worry about that!

  • OpenTheDoor

    My solution would have been to give them the Mac McMurphy treatment, then swapped.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Paging Dr Freeman… paging Dr Walter Freeman…”

      Oh, “Icepick,” where are ya, now that we need ya?

  • nc ✓s & balances

    This is what happens when you have amateurs running things. This was the best they could do?

    • Bill Phillips

      YEp….just one more example of Stupid Shits …’Doing stupid shit!’

      Please excuse the French! 😉

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

    So we now negotiate with terrorists, and we give them 5 to 1 odds. Bloody brilliant. What prompted the almighty to change our stance on this? Algerian hostage crisis was barely a year ago, and we refused to negotiate then. And what’s with the praise in that statement towards these a-holes? Wtf is he doing? I want my country back!

  • taconite

    5 hardened terrorists for an AWOL. Only leftists would think this is a good deal. The rest of this see it as enabling the terrorists.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      Actually, liberals would have been happier had the 5 terrorists just been freed. No trade involved.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      His name is Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, not “the AWOL”. He’s a soldier with the United States Army and has just spent 5.5 years in captivity as a POW with God only knows what kind of horrific things were done to him.

      You don’t know the facts of his disappearance considering he’s not been available for comment the past five years.

      He deserves more respect than being referred to as “the AWOL”.

  • Greg Greenlee

    Where is a drone when you need it?

  • mrspinky85

    WHAT THE HELL? I AM YELLING!

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Take one Caps Lock before bed and call me in the morning.

  • mrspinky85

    No wonder Obama doesn’t negotiate with Republicans. These skills are terrible.
    A 5 to 1 swap with the Taliban’s worse. Why not one to one?

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      He doesn’t negotiate with Republicans because none of them are terrorists. Obama is only civil to terrorists.

      • mrspinky85

        I don’t really have words for this. It may seems as though I don’t care about the return of our Soldier. Obama’s lack of a foreign policy will endanger us more. This decision is bad on its face but like usual, it won’t be recognized until it blows up in our face.

        • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

          I’m glad the guy is free. But the scary thing is that now the terrorists might try to capture more Americans so they can trade them for more terrorists to be released from GITMO.

          • mrspinky85

            This might not have happened if Obama closed GITMO like he promised. Now, they are bargaining. I am also very glad that our guy is free.

          • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

            If Obama had closed GITMO, more than likely the Dems would have wanted the prisoners brought here, then they could say, “Oh, they’re on American soil, let’s give them amnesty and make sure they are tried fairly!!”

          • mrspinky85

            I have battle buddies I consider family around the world. First, we don’t punish anyone for Benghazi, then we make arbitrary red lines that we don’t enforce, and now we trade 5 to 1. How is this safe for our people on foreign soil around the world?

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Because this entire stupid Administration does not understand the concept of “leverage” in negotiations — a simple concept that anyone with business experience understands. But, alas, our stupid President doesn’t have any of that experience. And actually, they’ve gotten it completely backwards by consistently GIVING concessions before negotiations even begin.

  • frozeninbemidji

    If I were Sgt. Bergdahl or a member of his family today would be a great day, but this sets a very VERY bad precedent.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      No kidding. The message has been sent. And now terrorists will begin actively trying to capture US troops so they can try to trade them for more terrorists from GITMO. Obama has set the precedent that he will trade 5 terrorists for 1 American.

      • frozeninbemidji

        and like most of his other short sighted decisions, strictly for political gain, imo.

        • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

          He’ll spike the football on getting the guy returned home, but then when reports come in that any of the terrorists were involved with the deaths of Americans after this, Obama will just play victim.

          • mrspinky85

            Why not negotiate with Mexico then? if he wanted to be “political”. I thought we had a Marine stuck there.

          • Paulie Walnuts ✓ᵀʰᵉᴴᵃᵐᵐᵉʳ

            Please — the Marine does not hold Obama’s umbrella in the rain, nor is the Marine part of the favored LGBTQEMDEWDSER class, ergo the Marine does not exist in Obama’s eyes.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            10 million for one. lol, I like it

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        Yep… The senior administration official told CNN, “… The transfer of these individuals is not a concession — it is fully in line with the President’s goal of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.”
        http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/31/world/asia/afghanistan-bergdahl-release/index.html

        I don’t know whether to laugh at that asinine statement, or cry for the innocent that will be killed.

        • mrspinky85

          If he planned to close it he would have been did it. Intentions don’t equal actions or positive results.

          • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

            And this is a great cover story method for Obama to release his terrorist buddies from Gitmo. Notice that they did the exchange on a nice June ***weekend*** going into the summer, after the Taliban had been asking for these 5 terrorists for a long time. Imagine that…

  • Paulie Walnuts ✓ᵀʰᵉᴴᵃᵐᵐᵉʳ

    Forget Keyna…the speed and ease at which Obama surrenders, he’s most certainly French.

  • mrspinky85

    I just want to say that in no way am I trying to disrespect the family of Bowe Bergdahl.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Of course. No patriot would.

  • ICOYAR

    I wish we could execute all terrorists there, with the exception of those who we torture for information before execution.

    Of course, Leftists would all be crying for them, like the morons they are.

  • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

    #Obama to #Taliban — “Which FIVE worst-of-the-worst #Gitmo terrorists do you want for our soldier?” #DumbestNegotiatorInHistory

  • Steve__Jacobson

    All this does is reconfirm the US has surrendered in Afhanistan.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      And shows that this President has surrendered to Al Qaeda and its affiliates all around the world. It’s like Duck Season for them now….

  • BoscoBolt

    BREAKING NEWS: obama will do everything within his power to imperil America

  • Bl4ckConserv

    Obama is a fraud and this is the worst administration ever.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmSIOoy6MlE&app=desktop Booker

    All I can say is that this plane doesn’t have to land in the right place.
    I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about that.

  • Perso Nasplit

    QUICK C”N”N! USE YOUR POWERS OF PLANE TRACKING TO FOLLOW THIS STORY!

  • Jake Bradford

    Every country (& terrorist group) knows they always have the upper hand with this befuddled, pathetic administration.
    Every move America makes under Obama makes us look weaker and more confused.
    Every foreign policy seems like something he came up with in the elevator on the way to a meeting.
    At this rate Canada will be demanding Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in return for the continued use of Justin Bieber and Celine Dion

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    So I see Obama didn’t threaten the Taliban with using a pen and phone to help Bowe Bergdahl get release.

    Obama always tough on Republicans, but not on Terrorist and willing to negotiate with them.

    I’m really glad and happy Bowe Bergdahl gets to go home through.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Negotiating with terrorists. Umm.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Hope and Change (for what terrorists want).

  • JMigyanka

    Obama claims “no one left behind”. Ambassador Stevens could not be reached for comment.

    • mrspinky85

      For 5 years, this wasn’t true.

  • bkeyser

    They’ll never make it to Qatar.

  • $9844146

    Quick to deflect blame, quick to take credit.

  • Abigail

    Ms. Bruce’s tweets sent chills up my spine.

  • kblue905

    Never take Obama, Kerry, and the Emir of Qatar with you to buy a new car. They’re terrible negotiators!

  • Bob

    As soon as our guys got out of harm’s way, we should have hit the entire enemy group with a dozen or more Hellfire missiles.

  • Walknot

    They have tracers inside them. Gunna lead a Reaper right into the snakes den.

    • tjp77

      That kind of thing just doesn’t exist outside of science fiction. There aren’t any trackers we could implant in a person.

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Sorry yes there are. Just stop by any vets office and ask about chipping your dog. Some people are getting their children or Alzheimer afflicted parent chipped.

        • tjp77

          Those are RFID chips. They’re short range passive (they react to a signal, they don’t transmit a signal). The chips store a set amount of information so if your dog gets lost, the person who finds him can give it to a vet who’ll scan the chip and find out who the owner is. Ditto for elderly with dementia; if they wander off without any ID, the police will be able to scan their chip and get their name and vitals to notify family.

          This things are basically just high-tech ID cards that can’t be lost. They most certainly are NOT GPS location devices.

          In order to track a person via GPS, you’d have to implant a GPS transmitter, antenna and power supply. It would need to be fairly powerful as well, considering the part of the world these terrorists operate in. It just doesn’t exist right now.

          • Red Fred

            Correct.

  • Red Fred

    What’s the deal with his dad saying he won’t stop until all of Gitmo detainees are released? What’s up with that?

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      If you read his Twitter timeline, the father is a big-time Jihadist and sympathetic to the Taliban.

  • http://yeehee.com/ Yeeheecom

    If during World War II the Allied forces had captured Hitler would that
    have been wise to trade him for a captured soldier? Yes if i was the
    soldier I would want my country to not forget me and do everything
    within reason to get me back but I would never ever want them to release
    Hitler for my return. So why would we trade 5 top Taliban commanders
    for 1 soldier? And How many more Americans will now be captured
    elsewhere knowing that the American government is so weak?

  • juan767

    5 for 1. great negotiating. dumb and dumber. the decline of the u.s. precedes apace.

  • Corey Dennison

    “This is a case if the commander-in-chief exercising his prerogative to get one of his soldiers back.” –US official.

    Good…now exercise your damn prerogative to get our soldier back from Mexico. Oh right–he doesn’t give a crap.

  • globalcrap

    O Bogus released ‘5″ high ranking TALIBAN terrorist ,for one A W O L deserter, but our American Solider in Mexico is being held prisoner . I guess because he is not related to the O Bogus Taliban, or was A W O L

  • KC

    Obama releases 5 of the worst terrorists for a deserter and traitor who is also a sympathizer and who’s father wants more terrorists released. All of this to distract the news of the day away from the VA and Benghazi.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

      Oh really? This is verifiable? (Not challenging you, I’m curious.)

  • jeanie6

    Wasn’t Bergdahl a deserter?

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

    Gee, funny how the Collaborationist Media haven’t been obsessing over an American soldier being held hostage by foreign enemies and demanding the Administration DO SOMETHING about it.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

    I have a better idea. Start scheduling executions for Guantanamo prisoners, 1 every 3 days until an American captive is released.

    Yeah yeah, I know, we’re just not like that.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Tammy Bruce
    ✔ @HeyTammyBruceFollow
    I’m glad we got Bergdahl, but the method used means the kidnapping of Americans for money or the release of terrorist prisoners will ramp up

    “And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.” – R. Kipling

  • Riley2c

    Obama has said “Taliban not the enemy”… I wouldn’t be surprised if he releases them all.

  • sanfordandsons

    If the CIA is smart they would put a location chip on the perp’s before sending them back.

  • Bill Phillips

    So when …and it’s ONLY a matter of time ….when one of these released jihadists murder more innocents …especially Americans …will anyone in Congress have the balls to bring charges of impeachment against Obama for violating his ‘oath of office’… to “protect” America and Americans from all enemies …foreign and domestic!

  • Iceveiled

    One pro-taliban deserter freed and now in the US. Five taliban released.

    What did the taliban give up in this trade again?

  • Abbie Mills

    While altruism enabled our ancestors to survive in the bands and troops of primeval times, altruistic cooperation cannot work outside of small homogeneous groups that share common ways and perceptions.