Calls For Obama’s Impeachment Could Well Grow Louder With Army’s Decision To Charge Bergdahl

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When President Obama agreed in mid-2014 to exchange five top Taliban leaders in U.S. custody for an American soldier held by a terror group in Afghanistan, prominent critics of the deal charged that the commander-in-chief had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and should be impeached.

At the heart of those early calls for impeachment were claims that Obama had broken federal law against supporting terrorists. A June 2014 post on WND quoted Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano:

“’We have a federal statute which makes it a felony to provide material assistance to any terrorist organization. It could be money, maps, professional services, any asset whatsoever, include human assets,’ [Napolitano] said.”

Colonel Allen West, a former member of Congress, called on Capitol Hill lawmakers “to draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America.”

Joining in the stinging criticism of Obama’s questionable “Taliban Five” trade deal was the former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted Islamic radicals behind the first bombing of the World Trade Center.

Andrew McCarthy argued that “transferring the five terrorists to Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl ‘violates the law against material support to terrorism.’”

Commentator Matt Barber (whose columns frequently appear on Western Journalism) added his voice to the chorus calling for impeachment. Via CNS News:

Whether Obama is intentionally trying to overthrow his own government is open for debate. But that he is, ‘adhering to [America’s] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort,’ is without question.

Those calls for Obama’s impeachment came after controversial details of the deal were made public last summer, but long before the Army’s investigation of the Bergdahl case was complete…and longer still before today’s announcement that the military is charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

When President Obama formally and proudly announced Bergdahl’s release after five years in captivity, there was a high-profile Rose Garden celebration of sorts featuring Bergdahl’s parents. Fox News reminds us:

“Bob Bergdahl, who had studied Islam during his son’s captivity appeared with a full beard and read a Muslim prayer, while Bergdahl’s mother Jani embraced the president.”

Then the administration set about trumpeting its triumphant accomplishment in the media.

Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice — known for her adamant assertion that the Benghazi attack was caused by an Internet video — went so far as to praise Bergdahl on national television, hailing the newly freed soldier as having “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Rice’s declaration that the release of this “honorable” soldier marked a “joyous day” seems all the more removed from reality now that the Army has determined to prosecute Bergdahl for willfully leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” close to two months ago, retired Army officer, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, claimed the Pentagon had determined to charge Bergdahl; but the White House was desperately trying to keep that fact from going public because it would embarrass Obama.

Some of Bergdahl’s platoon-mates in recent months have been outspoken in their claims that Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily walked away from his unit and put his fellow soldiers lives at risk when they conducted dangerous missions to try to locate him.

At a Wednesday afternoon briefing about the Bergdahl case, an Army spokesman said there are two charges being lodged: “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and “misbevaior before the enemy” that endangered his fellow soldiers.

The next step in the case is for the Army to hold a preliminary hearing at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. If taken to a court martial and found guilty, Bowe Bergdahl could face life in prison.

The consequences for Barack Obama, beyond potential embarrassment and renewed political grief, are yet to be determined.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Breaking: The Army Has Made Its Decision About Charging Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

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In what could open a huge can of worms for the Obama administration, the Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to multiple news sources.

The Washington Post reports:

“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to his lawyer.”

Bergdahl, then a private assigned to a post in Afghanistan, went missing from his base in 2009. His correspondence prior to his disappearance indicated Bergdahl had grown disillusioned with the U.S. military’s mission, and many of his colleagues claimed that Bergdahl had abandoned his post.

He was held captive in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group allied with the Taliban. Then, in a highly controversial move, President Obama agreed to swap five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo for Bergdahl.

Now, with the decision to charge Bergdahl as a deserter, that Taliban-swap deal approved by Obama is likely to come under even heavier fire.

Army officials have announced they will provide an update in this case at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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Electric Shock: Americans’ Pocketbooks Have Just Been Pounded As Obama Wages War On Coal

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It was back in 2008 when candidate Barack Obama said, “Under my plan…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Now, some seven years later, a new report shows that Obama’s promised “skyrocket” is soaring to record heights.

And you’ve likely seen the results of the president’s energy policies reflected in your monthly bill for electricity.

As CNS News reports, the seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose to a new record in February. In other words, what Americans are paying for electricity has continued its climb into the pricey stratosphere.

The average price for a KWH [kilowatt-hour] of electricity — at 13.8 cents — was also the highest it has ever been in the month of February.

The situation is Massachusetts is so bad for rate-payers — described as “unprecedented” and “outrageous” — that a legislative committee has launched an investigation.

From coverage by the Boston Herald, we learn that “the Bureau of Labor Statistics said electricity prices in Boston were 63 percent higher than the national average in February — well up from last year, when local prices were 29 percent higher.”

The CNS News report notes that generation of electricity in the United States peaked in 2007, the year before Obama was elected president. The Obama administration’s well documented war on coal is cited as a major factor in reducing the amount of electricity produced at the same time that the U.S. population, and thus demand, has increased.

…the U.S. produced 64,134 million KWH less electricity–or 1.68 percent less–in the first eleven months of 2014 than it did in the first eleven months of 2007.

There has been a particularly dramatic decline in amount of electricity produced by coal in the United States since 2007.

…[in 2014] a decline of 382,584 million KWHs or 20.7 percent.

When you take a look at the following chart from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the staggering increase in the price of electricity really hits home.

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As for the trend in retail prices for the electricity you use to power your home or business, government forecasters say to expect the Obama skyrocket to continue its upward climb.

“Average U.S. residential electricity prices increased in 2014 at the highest rate (3.1%) since 2008. EIA [Energy Information Administration] expects continued growth in average residential electricity prices over the forecast period, albeit at a slower pace than last year.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

POW! Mitt Romney Lands A Perfect Punch When Asked How He’ll Fight Champ Evander Holyfield

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As you watch this video in which former GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney is asked about his upcoming charity boxing match with Evander Holyfield, remember an infamous moment from a 2012 debate pitting Romney vs. Obama.

Many consider that moment to have been a turning point in the face-off between the two men — a contentious debate moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. As The Washington Free Beacon reminds us:

“[Crowley] interjected that President Obama ‘did in fact’ call the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an act of terrorism. Obama crowed, ‘Can you say that a little louder, Candy?’ as some people in the audience applauded.”

After the damage had been done to Romney’s position, Crowley later conceded the former governor was essentially correct in claiming that Obama and his administration team had falsely blamed the attack on a YouTube video that sparked a spontaneous demonstration.

So, when Fox News’ Neil Cavuto asked Romney about the scheduled charity fight with the former heavyweight champ, Mitt’s response was classic. You can see the exchange by clicking on the video above.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

SHOCK VIDEO! Watch What A Dean Of This Top University Just Said About ISIS On Campus

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One of America’s prestigious Ivy League universities, Cornell, has a motto that’s a popular quotation from a founder of the New York institution of higher learning: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

In light of a shocking new undercover video from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, that motto takes on new, and to many, disturbing meaning.

As The New York Post reports, Cornell University’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, has been caught on camera saying the school would welcome active members of the terror organizations ISIS and Hamas onto campus.

“Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS ‘freedom fighter’ to conduct a ‘training camp’ for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.”

So, according to this university official, radical Islamists would be welcomed — even members of organizations the State Department has identified as terror groups — organizations that the U.S. military is engaged in fighting — organizations that have taken the lives of American soldiers who have fallen in the effort to defeat them.

“[Dean] Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — ‘care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.’”

Social media has exploded with reaction:
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By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Project Veritas video that exposes the political correctness that colors the thinking at Cornell as well as at so many other colleges in America.

In reaction to the furor over the dean’s welcome for ISIS and Hamas, Cornell has issued a statement, the The New York Post relays:

“‘Cornell fully supports the free exchange of ideas and does not review or control the political ideology of our students. We do not, of course, tolerate unlawful advocacy of violence, and the comment about training by ISIS freedom fighters does not reflect university policy,’ said Joel Malina, Cornell’s vice president for university relations.”

h/t: Twitchy

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