June 5th, 2014

‘Lopsided’ Deal With Enemy For Bergdahl In Sharp Contrast To Inaction On Tahmooressi, Say Critics


Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (L) and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (R)

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (L) and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (R)

This article comes from Fox News

By Joseph J. Kolb

The Obama administration’s extraordinary effort to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has some wondering why the president can’t make a simple phone call on behalf of a former Marine being held in a Mexican prison after mistakenly driving across the border with registered guns.

Obama announced Saturday in a dramatic Rose Garden news conference that five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay would be exchanged for Bergdahl, a 28-year-old infantryman held captive for five years by the terrorist group. The swap angered many in the military and on Capitol Hill, because it went against long-standing policy of not bargaining with terrorists.

” … as far the Administration went for Bergdahl, Andrew Tahmooressi is still stuck in a Mexican jail for making a wrong turn and the only thing grabbing the President’s attention so far is an online petition that forces him to respond.”

- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

“He wasn’t forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind,” Obama said.

Although Tahmooressi is not a prisoner of war, he served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his mother, Jill Tahmooressi. Friends who have visited him in prison say he has been tortured and threatened with rape and death, and they question whether the administration is doing enough to help him.

“This Administration went to unprecedented lengths for Bowe Bergdhal by making a lopsided deal with an untrustworthy partner, even when there other options still on the table that neither involved the Taliban nor prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. “Meanwhile, as far the Administration went for Bergdahl, Andrew Tahmooressi is still stuck in a Mexican jail for making a wrong turn and the only thing grabbing the president’s attention so far is an online petition that forces him to respond.”

Mark Podlaski, who served with Tahmooressi in Afghanistan, told Fox News in a phone interview if President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry “can give up five Taliban leaders for a ‘traitor’ why can’t they make a phone call to Mexico to free a Marine who served honorably?

“I’ve never been this upset with my government.

“Tahmooressi gave his mind and body two times — referring to his two tours of duty in Afghanistan – for this country.”

Sam Vranicar, who also served with Tahmooressi in Afghanistan and convinced him to go to California to receive treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, echoed his comrades.

“It’s absurd how we can negotiate with terrorists in Afghanistan to get back a deserter soldier, but we can’t negotiate with an ally in Mexico to bring home a loyal and honorable combat veteran,” Vranicar said. “All the monies spent on preventing and fighting terrorism, many of the lives lost, have been in vain because of this ‘deal’ Obama made.”

Jill Tahmooressi declined to comment on any comparison between her son’s plight and that of Bergdahl, saying only that she was sure his family is grateful for his return

Hunter, a former Marine, was echoed by a former colleague in the House who served in the Army.

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5 Responses to “‘Lopsided’ Deal With Enemy For Bergdahl In Sharp Contrast To Inaction On Tahmooressi, Say Critics”

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    Ron Jr. Says:

    I have an idea. Let’s trade 20 million illegals for the poor Marine. At least he is an honorable man and isn’t a traitor or defector. Or trade Reid ,Pelosi, Boehner, McCain. And we’ll throw in Sharpton. and Chris Mathews. Obama sucks! Sorry, I had to say it.

  2. 2
    Cal Says:

    “Or trade Reid ,Pelosi, Boehner, McCain. And we’ll throw in Sharpton. and Chris Mathews.”

    Wait, can we also add Dempsey (traitor to the USA), Panetta (traitor to the USA), Feinstein (traitor to the USA), Ogden, C. Rice, H.Clinton (with Bill as a bonus), …

    Sorry my list is VERY long so stopped there for now.

    ““It’s absurd how we can negotiate with terrorists in Afghanistan to get back a deserter soldier, but we can’t negotiate with an ally in Mexico to bring home a loyal and honorable combat veteran,” Vranicar said.”

    That is exactly why Tahmooressi is stuck in a Mexican prison. He is an honorable, combat vet – the kind of vets that are on multiple US terrorist watch lists BECAUSE they stand or their country.

    But even that is OUR fault. Obama was never vetted, he was put into place as a presidential candidate by election fraud and WE STILL ALLOW IT TO GO ON.

    The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include language stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why else did they
    change the form?

    Want more, no problem – and notice that there is NO “racism” involved:
    South Bend, Indiana jury found that election fraud put BOTH President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

    Never was a lawful candidate, cannot be a US president. We have an imposter in the WH. The same type of election fraud is already going on now. Are we still rolling over and letting them kick us again?

  3. 3
    Ron Jr. Says:

    Cal my man I don’t have an ounce of disagreement with you. My list is also long as is yours. I was saving those for future trades. Actually if I was president I’d just tell the people holding this Marine you either let him go or we’ll come and get him! And if he get’s harmed by us threatening you then we will end your life. YOU HAVE ONE HALF HOUR TO RELEASE HIM! As far as the list you and I have. I’d just as soon tell them we’re not going to prosecute you for your crimes. We’re letting you go. In the middle of the Atlantic! Swim to what ever country you desire to b in that suits your ideals.

  4. 4
    Mark Says:

    I personally need a bit more information concerning the detention of Tahmooressi. I’m afraid I don’t understand how a marine can ‘accidently’ cross into Mexico with weapons. I’m just as angry as anyone over this situation, but before I can pass judgment, I’d like more info. Can anyone help point to a good source?

    [Editor's Note: Mark, he had driven his pickup truck from another State to move to California. He had all his personal stuff loaded in his pickup truck, including his guns, because he was moving to California. He did not know about the street layout as he went too close to the border and once he was in the line to cross the border there was no way for him to turn around, so he went on through thinking he would turn around on the other side of the border. The whole thing would be questionable except for the fact that he had all his worldly goods in a loaded pickup truck when he got lost. The Mexican government is having fun with this, showing our own government how ridiculous "the law" can be when it prefers statute over common sense, saying "but it's the LAW!" as they pull you over for not wearing your seatbelt, as if laws were made by perfected beings instead of fallible humans. Both the Mexican and the U.S. governments should be forced to spend a few months in jail themselves - maybe forever, eh? ;)
    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

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    bob Says:

    He got turned around the sign that was there left alot to be desired he had all his belonging with him. a mistake and he should be free. obama hates americans with guns so he won’t help. my wonderment is…when6-8 mexican soldiers crossed the borden into the us and held a boder agent at gun point (an act of war) ?why was nothing done. state dept said no follow up it was a mistake and the border was crossed by accident show the govs priorty

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