WHITTLE: Bowe Bergdahl is Not One of Us

A Nation is a family. And those that swear an oath to defend that nation form a tighter family -- one that depends on the loyalty of each member to protect their very lives. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle discusses the cultural disconnect not only of Bowe Bergdahl, but of the people who traded five deadly terrorists for his return.



Hi everybody: I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall.

Benedict Arnold is the most famous traitor in American history. He was a general who wanted the British to win the American Revolution. Charles Cornwallis was also a general who wanted the British to win the American revolution. So why why is Arnold despised while Cornwallis is not?

Well, Benedict Arnold was one of us. And General Cornwallis was not. General Cornwallis maintained his honor by fighting, in uniform, for a cause he believed in. General Arnold lost his honor – not just during his own time but down trough the halls of history – for wearing one color uniform on the outside and a different one on the inside. Traitors damage us in ways enemies cannot. A nation is a family, and traitors destroy their own family from within. It is the lowest form of treachery.

Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier recently released after five years as prisoner of the Taliban, apparently had some fairly anti-war feelings for a long time. That alone doesn’t mean he’s not one of us: many Americans have anti-war feelings. But: when you put on the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, you join in a smaller family. A family that depends on you for their very lives. And you swear an oath to protect that family. 

When people like Bowe Bergdahl willingly walk out on those brothers and sisters and into the hands of the people trying to kill them; when his absence weakens the security of his family members, and when six of his brothers go out into that world looking for him, and don’t come back – not that day, not ever – then Bowe Bergdahl does not deserve to come home to America because this is not his home. The six people who were killed looking for him deserve to come home – come home as heroes – but they won’t. Not ever. They were killed by Bergdahl’s real family. 

We have, at the cost of many thousands of lives, killed or captured many of the Taliban that Bergdalh walked out to join. The very first American soldier killed in the war to avenge the three thousand members of our family killed on September 11th, 2001 was named Mike Spann. He was killed in a prison uprising on November 25th, 2001 while interrogating Taliban prisoners. The leader of that uprising, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, was captured and taken to Guantanamo bay. The man who killed the first soldier to die in Afghanistan was traded back to the Taliban, along with four other highly-skilled terrorists, in exchange for the soldier who caused six more Americans soldiers to be killed, searching for the brother that walked away. 

When Barack Obama was up to his eyeballs in scandal regarding the appalling treatment of our soldiers at the Veteran’s administration – in Phoenix alone we let 40 members of our family die from the wounds they took on our behalf – he needed not a solution to the VA scandal, but a quick photo op that would wallpaper over that disgrace and let us know how much he cares about our soldiers. 

Here’s the photo op. 

So how did we end up swapping a deserter and traitor for five key terrorists? Did no one vet this deal? Does anybody actually work at the White House? 

One person who works at the White House is National Security advisor Susan Rice. It’s ultimately her responsibility to look out for the National Security of the United States of America. In other administrations she would merely be an advisor, of course, and the ultimate responsibility would lie with the President. But this President is not responsible for anything. 

In 1997, Susan Rice was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council. The government of Sudan offered to turn over actionable intelligence on the precise location of a key terrorist to US officials. Susan Rice was instrumental in blocking access to that information, not once but repeatedly. That terrorist was not one of those traded for Bowe Bergdalh. That was named Osama Bin Laden. If Susan Rice had not repeatedly turned away that help, Spann, those six soldiers, the thousands of others lost in Afghanistan, and the 3,000 of our family members that died in fire and horror in New York Skyscrapers and the pentagon and on four crashed airliners would be alive today. She is not one of us. That’s why Bergdahl’s story didn’t cause her the revulsion the rest of us feel. She’s on a side – it’s just not our side.

And what about this man? 

The man who grew up in Muslim schools in Indonesia. The man whose chosen mentor was a known communist and self-proclaimed pedophile. The man who thanked his pot-smoking gang, but not the grandmother who raised him, in his yearbook picture. The man that roomed with Muslim radicals at Occidental College. The man who was President of the Harvard Law Review but who never wrote a law review. The man whose political career started in the living room of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers – by the way, here’s a picture of the President’s sponsor coincidentally taken on the same day that the towers fell thanks to his future National Security Advisors ideological blinders. The man who orders his Attorney General not to secure our borders from armed invasion from narcotics traffickers and then ordered him to sue the states for trying to secure their borders on their own. The man who offered to surrender our missile defense shield to the Russians in exchange for personal political gain – in precisely the same way that Benedict Arnold offered to sell out the defenses at West Point in exchange for personal political gain. The man who with the wave of a finger illegally and repeatedly re-writes his own health care law in reaction to poll numbers. The man who stood in front of the United Nations and gave away our first amendment rights in exchange for the promise that the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam. The man who decided not to attend six consecutive daily intelligence briefings prior to the Benghazi attack, who ignored the pleas for additional security, who ordered the rescue attempt to stand down then watched via surveillance drone as our family members Glen Dougherty and Tyrone Woods fought for two and a half hours in real time, then died on the roof of the Benghazi Consulate and who then went to bed to be fresh for the big Vegas fundraiser the next day. 

That guy. What about him? Is he one of us?