by William Michael
TCS News Sr. Foreign Correspondent
The Case of Bowe Bergdahl: Would You Trade Ten Snakes for One Rat?
Only if the Broker was a Snake Charmer
The article below will prove that the following points to be true. Because the reality of these events is so outrageous, it is helpful to recount them succinctly, without, at first, the distraction of source material.
- The Obama administration has not freed five high ranking Taliban terrorists for one American POW (Bowe Bergdahl). In fact, the Obama administration freed ten terrorists and one terrorist-sympathizing POW.
- The administration “freed” Bowe through an intermediary, the (terrorist) State of Qatar, which has poisoned America’s anti-terrorism policies worldwide.
- Qatar is intimately entrenched with the American political, military, and economic establishments, and is tied to Islamist terrorism and organized crime (narcotics, slavery, smuggling, kidnappings, money laundering, etc.).
- Like his son, Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert, has a documented history of pro-Taliban/anti-American statements and actions.
- The negotiations that led to the release of Bowe Bergdahl broke a federal law, signed into law by President Obama himself this year.
- Obama and his administration are guilty of criminal, treasonous actions and should be impeached immediately.
Part I: America’s New #1 Ally
This past weekend’s release of the only American POW in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, in exchange for Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, has triggered a deluge of media coverage from multiple angles. Was Bergdahl a deserter? Did Obama break the law in the process of brokering his release? How many of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers were killed looking for him? Will the released Taliban commanders return to the battlefield in Afghanistan to kill more Americans?
Before analyzing some finer aspects of this story, it is important to note who served as the go-between in these negotiations between the administration and the Taliban – the State of Qatar, the only state to openly welcome the Muslim Brotherhood – and provide important context regarding relations between the United States, Qatar, and the Muslim Brotherhood/al Qaeda/Taliban. Only with this context can the story of how Bergdahl gained freedom be properly understood.
Recently on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Home Depot founder Ken Langone asked a NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel, if he could name a single country which the United States has improved relations with under Obama. After deflecting the question several times, Mr. Engel finally conceded that he could not. While it is true enough that most of the United States’ allies have become extremely suspicious of our intentions under Obama, there is at least one country with which our relationship has flourished since (and even prior to) 2009: Qatar!
Qatar, you may reasonably say, has replaced Saudi Arabia as the preferred Sharia-compliant Gulf state ally of America. The number of important American institutions located in Qatar could fill a volume of its own. From two of the largest American military bases outside the United States (As Sayliyah and Al Udeid), to ExxonMobil and Boeing, to Brookings and (until January) the RAND Corporation, to Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown, it is fair to characterize the American establishment (political, economic, academic, and military) as entrenched throughout the tiny Gulf State. Why? Looking at each case individually, which we will not do here, the common denominator seems to be Qatari money/subsidies. For a more comprehensive look at Qatar, the Arab Spring, and American connections, see this online report.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, who in decades in alliance (since the 1930s) has kept their dedication to Koranic law, more or less, confined within their borders, Qatar is an imperialist nation. Indeed, the Arab Spring, which saw the violent removal of secular strongmen and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries such as Egypt and Libya, was the brainchild of Qatar and its ruling al-Thani royal family. One result of the Arab Spring has been the massacre of an untold number of Christians across Northern Africa and the Middle East. Islamic supremacists, whether under the banner of the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram (each supported by Qatar) have no tolerance for other religions.
This is consistent with the program of terrorism and corruption advanced by the Qatari royals. Here are just a few examples of Qatari connections to organized crime and Islamist terrorism.
- The richest country in the world by GDP per capita (USD $102,000), Qatar is infamous for its use of imported “slave” labor. Currently, many of these slaves are employed to help Qatar prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
- Qatar is in a joint venture with the Pakistani ISI’s National Logistics Cell, who are known to be heroin transporters for the Taliban.
- According to a Qatari report in 2012, Qatar, whose population is approximately 2 million (although only a paltry 280,000 are citizens) ranked among the top 20 countries in dirty money outflows.
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was once on Qatari payroll in their Ministry of Electricity and Water.
- According to the same Congressional report linked above, Qatar may have also been responsible for training one of the most prolific terrorists in Iraq during the occupation: “More recent concerns regarding potential support for terrorism by prominent Qataris have centered around claims that the late Abu Musab Al Zarqawi may have transited Qatar after September 11, 2001 and benefitted from a safehouse and financial support provided by a member of the ruling Al Thani family.”
- Qatar has been shown to be one of the original backers of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, which was set up as a “money making venture.” Boko Haram is involved in the smuggling of drugs, as well as kidnapping for profit through ransom and the sale of prisoners for sex slavery.
In the last month or so, Qatar, whose ruling al-Thani family usually keeps a very low profile, has been in the international headlines numerous times.
- The honor of hosting that slave-powered 2022 FIFA World Cup was bestowed, reportedly, after Qatar bribed FIFA officials £3 million. Qatar, directly and indirectly, holds stakes in several football clubs, including F.C. Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
- In May, the Qatar Islamic Culture Center launched a social media campaign telling foreigners what not to wear. “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places.” Heroin is OK. Slaves are OK. Tank tops and skirts… well, they’re haram (forbidden).
The (Not) Taliban Embassy in Qatar
Regarding POW Bergdahl, Qatar’s role as the intermediary between the American government and the Taliban has been established for some time under Obama. In 2011, the Obama administration announced that it would be opening an “office” in Qatar where it could conduct negotiations with the Taliban. The alleged reasoning behind this move was that Qatar was beyond the reach of Pakistan (by this we can safely assume the reach of its meddling intelligence service, the ISI), which is likely true: the ISI is not allowed in Qatar. In 2013, the administration went to great lengths to declare that this office was not an “embassy.” This clarification came after Afghan lawmakers expressed deep concerns over Washington’s apparent willingness to negotiate with the Taliban. Yet the prominence of the “office” has grown, with the BBC reporting last year that “there are now more than 20 relatively high-ranking Taliban members who live here with their families.”
This “office” in Qatar is used by the United States to negotiate, you could even say cooperate, with terrorists.
The Deserter POW and his Terrorist Sympathizing Father
Bowe Bergdahl’s release has led to his former brothers-in-arms to speak out against him. According to various sources, Bowe Bergdahl was profoundly ashamed of America and the way the war was being conducted in Afghanistan. Furthermore, he was not captured in combat but abandoned his post willingly. Shortly before his disappearance, Bergdahl wrote his parents by email:
“I am sorry for everything here… These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world [i.e. America] telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid…I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools… I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”
With this kind of attitude, it is not hard to believe the claims of others in his platoon that he was a deserter. In an article published in The Daily Beast, one soldier who served with Bergdahl wrote:
“Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down… Make no mistake: Bergdahl did not ‘lag behind on a patrol,’ as was cited in news reports at the time. There was no patrol that night. Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon—including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.”
The truth seems to be that Bowe Bergdahl hated his country, and so he decided to walk right into the hands of the Taliban.