Written by Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Obama’s Trade For Bowe Bergdahl Releasing Five Taliban Commanders Was A Betrayal By Those Entrusted With the Responsibility For America’s Defense
By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side News
According To Obama, The SECDEF And JCS Were His Enthusiastic Shills
Definition of “Shill”: One who poses as a satisfied participant to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle – To act as an enabler of a deceitful enterprise.
President Barack Obama on the Bergdahl prisoner trade: “I make no apologies for it. It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government, and a view that was shared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is something I would do again and will continue to do whenever I have an opportunity.”
The genuine danger to U.S. national security of Obama’s craven political deal trading five Islamic jihadist leaders for Bowe Bergdahl is undeniable. These Taliban general officer-equivalents are dedicated to the imposition of draconian Islamic Sharia law, which is a total Islamic code of living, on Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Leaving aside the fact that Bergdahl has been accused of being a deserter by his platoon comrades-in-arms, Obama’s releasing the Taliban leaders back to the Taliban general staff would have been equivalent of President Franklin Roosevelt returning Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich, and Erwin Rommel to Adolph Hitler’s Nazi high command after they had been captured during World War II. It is certain that generals George Marshall and Hap Arnold, and admirals Ernst King and William Leahy of the wartime U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff would have disapproved and opposed such an egregious presidential decision that so imperiled the nation.
Yet, the current JCS of generals Martin Dempsey, Ray Odierno, Norton Schwartz, and James Amos, and admirals James Winnefeld and Jonathan Greenert have approved and endorsed Obama’s preposterously dangerous scheme! Furthermore, add to that list of shameful flag officer shills the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel as an Obama lackey.
We have entrusted the defense of our nation to a weak leader of demonstrated incompetent judgment who is advised in security matters by a sycophantic collection of military marionettes. This is not a winning team. It is no wonder that Islamic jihadism is growing unchecked worldwide.
Col. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired) served over a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, working with Pakistani military intelligence. During his year in Vietnam he daily scheduled 130 U.S. Army and Air Force intelligence collection aircraft. In his final overseas tour he was the U.S. Air Attaché behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland.
In total, Col. Snodgrass was variously an Intelligence Officer or an International Politico-Military Affairs Officer serving duty tours in seven foreign countries, as well as teaching military history and strategy at the Air War College, US Air Force Academy, and USAF Special Operations School during a thirty-year military career.
Additionally, he was awarded an Air Force scholarship to get a history master’s degree in revolutionary insurgent warfare at the University of Texas, as well as being granted a year's educational sabbatical to teach and to write about international relations on a graduate school level as an Air Force Research Associate at the Center for Advanced International Studies, University of Miami, Florida. Following the Air Force, Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona.