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Undated image from video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man who says he is Private First Class Bowe R. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in late June. The Afghan Taliban said on December 25, 2009 that they had issued a new video tape of Bergdahl and added that in it he asks his government to take part in a prisoner exchange deal. REUTERS via Reuters TV (CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR28CBI Undated image from video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man who says he is Private First Class Bowe R. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in late June. The Afghan Taliban said on December 25, 2009 that they had issued a new video tape of Bergdahl and added that in it he asks his government to take part in a prisoner exchange deal. REUTERS via Reuters TV (CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR28CBI  

America Betrayed Over Bergdahl, Taliban Leaders POW Exchange

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J. D. Gordon
Executive Director, Protect America Today
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      J. D. Gordon

      J.D. Gordon is a retired Navy Commander and former Pentagon spokesman who served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005-2009. He is a Senior Adviser to several think tanks in Washington, DC.

And while President Obama has lectured Americans about human rights in the context of Guantanamo, how does he explain his latest actions to the tens of millions who have suffered under the Taliban? What’s his message for Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school in Pakistan? What does he tell the countless women and girls who have acid thrown in their faces in Afghanistan and Pakistan for similar reasons, crimes perpetrated by many of those formerly under the command of the Taliban leaders he just released?

In his haste to close Guantanamo, free as many Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists as possible, and rush for the exits in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama is not only abandoning millions of women and girls like Malala, but he’s putting all Americans at grave risk for another 9/11-style attack on our nation.

Congress should immediately hold hearings into Bergdahl’s highly suspicious disappearance and the shameful trade for Taliban top leaders. And the American people must hold Mr. Obama and his team accountable for their actions.

J.D. Gordon is a retired Navy Commander and former Pentagon spokesman who served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005-2009. He is a Senior Adviser to several think tanks based in Washington, DC.