To fathom even further the potentially fatal absurdity of the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange, just imagine that it’s June 1943. Rather than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Obama is in the Oval Office. The American armed forces have captured and then detained scores of high-level Nazis at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, which America opened in southeastern Cuba in December 1903. Currently, 149 Nazi heavyweights remain at Gitmo. Nonetheless, Obama wants to close the Guantanamo Detention Camp because, well . . . just because.
Among Gitmo’s top Nazis, Berlin has insisted for years that it wants five specific prisoners released: Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, and Wilhelm Keitel. The German government unwaveringly has demanded these five detainees as they have negotiated this matter with Obama. For his part, Obama clearly has demolished America’s previously stalwart policy of not negotiating with Nazis.
Thus, Obama has agreed to exchange the Nazi Five for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who left his post in the desert of North Africa as General George S. Patton battled Nazi general Erwin Rommel. Did Bergdahl simply wander off, AWOL, and then get swiped by the Afrika Korps
? Did he, more affirmatively, desert the Army? Was he, even worse, a full-out Nazi collaborator? Now that he is back in American hands, debriefing Bergdahl should answer these and other questions, which rage at home.
The controversy began as soon as this story broke. Bergdahl’s parents came to the White House to stand beside Obama in the Rose Garden as he announced the prisoner swap. Perhaps in solidarity with his son’s captors, Bob Bergdahl sported a square moustache.
“I’m your father, Bowe,” the elder Bergdahl said. “The people of Germany, the same.” He thanked Obama in English and then added, “Sieg Heil! Deutschland über alles!”
These comments seemed to parallel another statement that the elder Bergdahl tried to erase from the record. As he once wrote: “I am still working to free all Nazi prisoners. God will repay for the death of every German child. Amen.”
A U.S. military transport flew the Nazi Five to Madrid, where Generalissimo Francisco Franco has given assurances that he will keep close tabs on these top Teutons. However, it now transpires that the Nazi leaders will not be incarcerated. Rather, they will be free to visit Barcelona, Granada, or any place they like within Spain. Also, nothing will stop them from visiting the German Embassy or any of its consulates. From such venues, if they wish, these Nazis securely may contact Berlin and offer their advice and ideas for defeating the Allied war effort.
Under Obama’s accord with Franco, the top Nazis may travel as they wish after one year — even back to Germany. This should put them in Berlin around mid-June 1944, about two weeks after an Allied landing that is rumored to be in the works for somewhere on France’s Normandy coast.
The vicious, Nazi anti-Semites whom Obama traded for Sergeant Bergdahl turn out to be eerily similar in rank and stature to their equally Jew-hating Taliban counterparts.
• Nazi interior minister Heinrich Himmler and former Taliban interior minister Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa are rough equals.
• Deputy Gestapo chief Adolf Eichmann and former deputy chief of Afghan intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq are about on par.
• Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment Paul Joseph Goebbels and the Taliban’s chief of communications Mohammad Nabi Omari share analogous portfolios.
The five high-level Taliban terrorists recently freed and their approximate Nazi counterparts. Photo composite: Deroy Murdock.
• Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess and Mullah Norullah Noori are peers. U.S. intelligence describes Noori as “directly subordinate to Mullah Omar” of the Taliban, much as Hitler placed Hess immediately below him in the Nazi hierarchy.
• Wehrmacht chief of staff Wilhelm Keitel and the Taliban’s army chief of staff Mullah Mohammad Fazl actually share the same title.
So, one question-plagued U.S. GI has come home and Herren Himmler, Eichmann, Goebbels, Hess, and Keitel are back in Europe while U.S. soldiers are helmet-deep in a shooting war with the Third Reich.
What possibly could go wrong?