A prominent therapist and author has publicly questioned the mental stability of both Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. president who traded five terrorists back to the Taliban to secure Bergdahl’s release.
Dr. Gina Loudon is host of “Smart Life with Dr. Gina” on Money Biz Life Network and has appeared on or been cited by the BBC, ABC, CNN, New York Times, Fox News and more. Her columns also appear regularly on WND.
Earlier this week, Loudon told Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that Bergdahl’s anti-American rhetoric doesn’t suggest someone suffering from torture or even “Stockholm Syndrome,” but rather the mind of a man whose thinking had been twisted long before his capture by the Taliban.
She also suggested President Obama may relate to Bergdahl’s “anti-colonialist” rantings, and his recent “erratic” behavior may not be what we “deem sane.”
“This isn’t your typical prisoner-of-war situation,” Loudon told Dobbs of Bergdahl. “This man obviously had some real hostility toward the American government and even the American military before he ever left.
“He was certainly – at best – insensitive to the others in his unit, knowing that they might have to risk their life to come for him, knowing that he was deserting them and knowing that their families could be highly impacted by this very irreverent decision,” she continued. “At worst, perhaps this guy really suffers from a serious case of narcissism, or even worse than that, somebody who’s completely self-obsessed and was thinking only about his own opinions when he made the decision to walk away that fateful day.
“This is not something that I think developed overnight,” Loudon continued. “They’re going to talk a lot about Stockholm Syndrome and some of those things, but I think the evidence is looking like it’s going to unfold to say that this is something that had been going on in his mind for a long time.”
According to a 2012 Rolling Stone article, in fact, three days before Bergdahl walked off his base in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, he emailed his parents with a string of anti-American sentiments, including, “I am ashamed to be an American” and “The U.S. Army is the biggest joke. … It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies.”
“Lou, to be honest with you. I don’t think these anti-American feelings developed once [Bergdahl] was already in captivity,” Loudon said. “It sounds to me like he’d been raised with … an anti-colonialist attitude, and perhaps that’s the reason why psychologically this president could so well identify with [him].”
Loudon’s comment about the president referenced the work of Dinesh D’Souza, whose movie “2016: Obama’s America” asserted Obama also grew up steeped in “anti-colonialist” philosophy, an idea that attacks America’s integrity by claiming the U.S. has grown wealthy only at the expense of other, poorer nations.
Dobbs asked Loudon why Obama would trade five terrorists for Bergdahl, a serviceman suspected of deserting his unit, but not even speak out about the imprisonment of decorated 25-year-old Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who sits in jail in Mexico for inadvertently crossing the border with a gun in his vehicle.
“I am very, very concerned about the mental stability of this president at this point,” Loudon said. “Some of his behavior seems irrational to me. It seems beyond that of just a typical, narcissistic, arrogant sort of ‘I’m a leader of a big country and I feel tyrannical at the moment’ kind of attitude.
“It really seems to me like this president is demonstrating behavior that is not only anti-American, but irrational and erratic and perhaps not exactly what we might want to deem sane,” she concluded.
See Loudon’s comments to Dobbs below:
Obama’s trade with the Taliban has astounded many, not only because it appears to represent “negotiating with terrorists,” but also because it releases dangerous men that even Obama has admitted are likely to try attacking America again.
Loudon isn’t the only one to question president’s thinking process.
“Obama and his aides have lost their minds,” said former Rep. Col. Allen West, R-Fla., in an email for the Allen West Guardian Fund.
As WND reported, West’s outrage reverberated throughout his comments.
“One of his aides was quoted as saying the administration believed it had won another ‘kill bin Laden moment’ that would earn them praise,” West said. “Praise?!! Even Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, called the released terrorists the ‘hardest and toughest of all’ and ‘wanted war criminals.’
“One is suspected of war crimes including the murders of thousands and another was ‘directly associated’ with Osama bin Laden and was an Afghan drug lord,” West said.
“Consider this – this is Obama is his own words: ‘That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo. There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place. Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely.’”
West earlier was among critics saying that dealing with terrorists for Bergdahl was the last straw and that impeachment should be considered.
“I call upon the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives; Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to draft articles of impeachment,” West wrote, “as no one is above the law in America.”