Details in the Taliban-produced video that shows a U.S. Special Forces unit picking Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan last week raise serious questions about the risks those Special Forces took on a supposedly dangerous mission into enemy territory.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on Thursday described a conversation he had with a Special Forces source who said a number of things about the video don’t jibe with the training and tactics Special Forces units normally employ in a situation like the Bergdahl pickup.
“The guys I talked to … said, ‘what is happening here? This is so sloppy on our part,” Beck said. “How many rules were violated by us in this prisoner exchange?”
First, Beck said, his source told him that just the presence of a camera in a war zone at all would normally trigger a “shoot to kill” response. Insurgents use video of destroyed aircraft for propaganda purposes, the source said. That might mean the camera’s presence was approved beforehand. The source asked why the U.S. government would grant such approval.
Second, the location of the pickup, on low ground surrounded by hills where an ambush could have been set, must have been also have been approved beforehand. Why did the U.S. trust the Taliban not to attack the aircraft?
Finally, Bergdahl was almost on the helicopter before the soldiers picking him up took the time to frisk him. Had he been outfitted with a suicide vest or other explosive, the helicopter, Bergdahl and the rescue crew could have been blown up before anything was found.
“This is an embarrassment,” Beck said. “Every soldier I talk to is embarrassed by this.”
And all of this comes after the U.S. released its side of the prisoner exchange – five battle-hardened Taliban chiefs – five days earlier, which no assurances then that Bergdahl or the crew that flew to pick him up would actually return alive.
“We trusted the Taliban!” Beck said. “Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.”
Everything else about this story is tough to believe. Why should the video be any different?
Check out Beck’s analysis of the Taliban video here. It’s something to think about.
Here’s the entire video released by the Taliban. Note the part at the 17-minute mark, where it says, in English, “Don’ come back to Afghanistan.”
All that video work, and they can’t get a contraction right.
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