That “he,” of course, is President Obama, and the lie, according to a new editorial published by Investor’s Business Daily, is the narrative that the release of the Taliban Five was all about securing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, “captured” by the Taliban when he wandered away from his base.
According to IBD, however, Bergdahl wasn’t even a part of the initial negotiations with the Taliban.
… IBD has uncovered a series of credible reports from 2012 — as well as a transcript of a candid press conference by then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai — that show the White House originally wanted to give up the Taliban commanders under just one condition: that the Taliban open a political office in Qatar “to conduct peace negotiations.” It was Qatar that ended up taking the prisoners.
Bergdahl, who walked off his post and into the arms of the Taliban in June 2009, wasn’t even part of the negotiation back then. The original deal was a one-sided release, naked any trade for a “POW” or “hostage” or soldier who allegedly had served “with honor and distinction.”
It was only after the original deal proved “too politically radioactive” to sell to Congress that Bergdahl was brought into the equation.
“Truth is,” writes IBD, “Obama used Bergdahl as a pretext for doing what he always sought to do — empty out Gitmo, national security be damned.”