As the discussion about President Obama’s swap of five top Taliban commanders for AWOL U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to play out, many are beginning to wonder why. Why did Obama liberate sworn enemies of the U.S. to bring home a soldier who abandoned his fellow soldiers and his own country in June 2009?
The answer may lie in the fact that Bergdahl is Obama’s people. Like Obama, he believes America has exalted itself too high and brought others too low. Juxtapose statements both men made in 2009, and it is hard to tell one from the other.
CNN reported that in April 2009, Obama told an audience in Strasbourg, France, that America has failed “to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world.” These were times in which “America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
In that same month, he told the Turkish Parliament, “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation.”
And The Heritage Foundation reported on Obama’s May 2009 apologies for the way America reacted to terror attacks and for the very existence of Guantanamo Bay prison.
According to Obama’s speeches, America was the aggressor and/or the bully that was putting others down to exalt itself.
Now consider Bergdahl’s emails to his parents right before he deserted while deployed in June 2009:
I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.
I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools.
I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.
See the commonalities? Bergdahl is Obama’s people.
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