Funding Palistianian Unity Government

Department_of_StateThe United States said on Monday it plans to work with and fund the new Palestinian unity government formed after an agreement by the Fatah and Hamas factions” NBC News

“The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.” NBC News

“The United Nations on Tuesday welcomed the new Palestinian unity government and said it was ready to lend its full support in efforts to reunite the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said.” TimesofIsrael

Hamas is not a group that will recognize Israel, commit to  nonviolence, and accept all prior agreements. The “the new government will be made up of technocrats”; frontmen who will supposedly run this new unity government and represent it publicly.

 

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Statement

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

On Facebook General Martin E. Dempsey made the following statement:

In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family. Finally, I want to thank those who for almost five years worked to find him, prepared to rescue him, and ultimately put themselves at risk to recover him.

 

Questions Swirl Around Prisoner Exchange

question marks photoThere are many questions on the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and 5 Gitmo terrorist.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in 2009 in Afghanistan.  At the time of his capture he was a private.  BreitBart reports that Bergdahl was promoted twice in captivity and is scheduled for another promotion in June to staff sergeant. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban and was just released in a prisoner exchange that was arranged by the White House through negotiations with the Taliban.

Brad Knickerbocker at the  Christian Science Monitor reports that Bergdahl’s story is one of recovery, reunion with his family, and military debriefings.  “Those debriefings also will include difficult questions about how and why he happened to be in a position where he fell into the hands of Taliban fighters.”

At this point in the developing narrative, Sgt. Bergdahl seems to have grown disillusioned with the mission, bitter about the Army and especially higher ranking enlisted men and officers, and simply walked off – gone “outside the wire” or protective base limits – and disappeared.

There are questions surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture with mixed reactions from the military community.

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No Sign 5 Released Gitmo Terrorist Are Under Custody In Qatar

Brian Ross on ABC reported:

The terror group is calling their release a major victory. New video posted this morning on an Afghan news website shows the five former detainees arriving in Qatar with no sign they are under any sort of custody or guard.  Online video shows the men receiving a kind of hero welcome.

The Miami Herald quotes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Qatar had agreed “to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised” by the release of the five men, all of whom had been placed on a list of terrorist suspects that the United States felt were too dangerous to release.