In re Bergdahl

Let me run through the facts of the situation, then do some rudimentary analysis. On the last day of June in 2009, a US Army Sergeant named Bowe Bergdahl was abducted off a military base where he was serving in Afghanistan (Editor’s note: This much is corroborated by the US Department of Defense, though there are others who dispute the military’s account). The Taliban had taken him as a Prisoner of War and held him indefinitely. Over the next five years, Bergdahl was held prisoner by the Taliban in deplorable conditions, the details of which have still yet to fully be released to the public. He attempted to escape his captors thrice, but always to no avail; he was dragged back to his prison.

A few days ago, Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in exchange for five of their especially heinous prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The five Taliban prisoners –called the “worst of the worst”– have been transferred into Qatari custody, where they will remain for at least a year. After that time, I presume they will be returned to Afghanistan. Since President Barack Obama’s administration personally negotiated for this prisoner-swap, the deal resulted in all of the vitriolic hatred one would expect from Republicans and conservatives. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Republican nominee for President in 2008, alleged these prisoners were “responsible for 9/11” and that Obama had come perilously close to treason. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a prominent Republican on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has asked for a Congressional investigation.

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Alameel releases an ad

David Alameel, a candidate in the Democratic primary for the US Senate, has now released a concise commercial. At this point, it will just run on the internet, but could easily be formatted for the television. The ad touts Alameel’s liberal positions on foreign policy issues, specifically pertaining to the ongoing War in Afghanistan.

“Twelve years in Afghanistan. It’s time to leave,” the ad starts off. “David Alameel is a veteran, and he supports the military. But he says it is time to bring the troops home.” The commercial continues by noting Alameel’s commitment to reinvesting much of the money from this pricey war into domestic programs. Without citing specifics, the commercials notes that jobs, education must be sought after, as well as a protection to Social Security for future generations. The 30-second spot does not reveal any inkling as to how these commitments would be accomplished, but does try to hit the highlights from assorted liberal causes.

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