The Bergdahl deal: A test case for emptying Gitmo?

posted at 11:21 am on June 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

A smart take from Josh Rogin that helps explain not only why they did the deal but why they did it the way they did it.

There are now four different dubious angles, by the way, to the Bergdahl prisoner swap. One: Was Bergdahl captured against his will or did he desert? Two: Is his return worth the price of releasing five Taliban capos (actually four Taliban and one Haqqani), two of whom are wanted for war crimes? Three: If Bergdahl did desert, how many American soldiers’ deaths did he indirectly cause by doing so? (Tapper’s much-linked CNN piece this morning says six at least.) And four: Did Obama have the legal authority to make this trade? Rogin’s piece picks up on the last thread:

In his 2014 State of the Union address, Obama promised to shutter the prison built on Cuban soil by the end of the year. Obama now has seven months to fulfill his latest promise to shut down Guantanamo—or come as close to it as he can. During that time, Congress will be unable to prevent the release of the 149 prisoners still there.

“This whole deal may have been a test to see how far the administration can actually push it, and if Congress doesn’t fight back they will feel more empowered to move forward with additional transfers,” said one senior GOP senate aide close to the issue. “They’ve lined up all the dominoes to be able to move a lot more detainees out of Guantanamo and this could be just the beginning.”…

Now there’s growing concern on Capitol Hill that President Obama intends to bypass Congress to fulfill his promise to close the prison by releasing scores of more Guantanamo prisoners with little public or even private debate. Lawmakers and staffers see the Bergdahl case as only the latest maneuver in a larger plan to cut Congress out of the Guantanamo issue; and they’re not exactly reassured by senior administration officials’ refusal to disclose what steps will be taken to mitigate the risk that these prisoners could become involved again in the Afghan insurgency.

Of course, the Bergdahl case is a special one. Partially due to concern over Bergdahl’s fate, Congress actually gave up a significant amount of oversight of Guantanamo releases last December by passing a defense policy bill that eased the burden on the administration before releasing prisoners. Now, it’s just a simple Congressional notification. The law itself contains no enforcement measures and Obama even issued a signing statement at the time saying even the remaining restrictions violated his Constitutional prerogative.

The law says the White House needs to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing a prisoner from Gitmo — but since there’s no penalty if President Overreach fails to comply, go figure that he wouldn’t be a stickler about doing so. He learned that lesson years ago when he ignored the War Powers Act to intervene in Libya and Congress, true to form, did nothing about it but grumble. Naturally, if they let him get away with going to war in violation of federal law, he’d conclude that they won’t hassle him about a prisoner swap.

Or will they? BuzzFeed’s got a clip up of House Armed Services committee chairman Buck McKeon telling Fox News that he’s going to hold hearings on the Bergdahl transfer. That’s the point of Rogin’s piece — even if there are no meaningful legal restraints on Obama in emptying out Gitmo at this point, there are still potential political restraints if the GOP is willing to take up the four questions I raised above. (Actually, there’s a fifth question now that I think about it: Shouldn’t Karzai and the Afghans have had some say in this deal? They’re the ones who’ll have to live with the five degenerates we just handed over to Qatar.) If they aren’t, O might conclude that he’s got the green light to start releasing more detainees, albeit probably not until after election day so as to minimize the electoral fallout for Democrats. Much depends on Republicans’ appetite for tackling yet another Obama scandal this summer, when their plate’s already full with Benghazi and the VA and when they’re guaranteed lots of pushback in the form of fake liberal outrage that anyone would object to the return of an American soldier to his homeland and his parents. Obama figures, I think, that there’s no way the GOP’s going to go into table-pounding mode while the Bergdahls are doing teary interviews with Oprah about how they never gave up hope. Is he wrong?

Still, though: Why give up so much for Bergdahl, knowing the pain the White House will suffer if the desertion charges prove true and/or the Taliban Five end up back on the battlefield, blowing up American troops? My first hunch when I heard about the deal was that this was part of a new “feelgood” approach to foreign policy over the rest of Obama’s presidency to distract from the fact that he’s accomplished so little internationally. Hashtag activism, the kidnapped Nigerian girls, securing the return of the last American POW in Afghanistan — none of these are major strategic victories but they show the average voter that the White House’s heart is in the right place even if its head is up its ass. My hunch must be wrong, though, just because there’s too much political peril in the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance and release. You wouldn’t pick this as a slam-dunk “feelgood” gesture with big-time reporters like Tapper wondering if this guy went AWOL. So what’s the White House’s real motive, then? I think it’s all about building goodwill with the Taliban in hopes of restarting peace talks. Obama wants out of Afghanistan but he wants at least some cosmetic promises from the enemy that they’ll respect the new government, let girls go to school, etc, so that withdrawal looks like less of a capitulation. Handing over the Taliban Five might jump-start something. The biggest foreign-policy “achievement” of his second term is the phony nuclear rapprochement with Iran, which he’s touting as a success. Go figure that he might try something similar with the Taliban.

In lieu of an exit question, take some time to read three different accounts from veterans who served (or claim to have served) at the same time as Bergdahl and are skeptical that he was taken against his will. Ed already linked this one by Nathan Bradley Bethea, but if you missed them this weekend, make sure you read the ones from “CodyFNfootball” and “Raven-Wolf” too. Think Oprah will be interviewing them?

Update: Let’s add a sixth question for those House hearings to explore.


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obama is a traitor and deserves commensurate punishment for it.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Dear Leader can do what he wants…who is going to stop him?

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

How many Americans died saving Obama’s political a$$ in 2012?

Electrongod on June 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

obama, the traitor CiC freed a useless deserting idiot, with a horrific father who created him, in exchange for 5 terrorists.

The Harquaniis, whom Bergdahl joined, but the throats of 6000 sheepherders and such, with their wives/children watching.

Every single American is now endangered by obama.

Susan Rice is obama’s hussie in guilt.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Wasn’t Obama a deserter on 9/11/2012?

Electrongod on June 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Now there’s growing concern on Capitol Hill that President Obama intends to bypass Congress to fulfill his promise to close the prison by releasing scores of more Guantanamo prisoners with little public or even private debate.

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t releasing a bunch of suspected(if not confirmed) terrorists and murderers not exactly play well politically with the country at large? I thought the original idea by the regime was not to release everybody from Gitmo, but to transfer the prisoners to other detention facilities. The problem Obama ran into was that no one wanted them, especially at prisons within the US.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Hahaha! I think it’s cute that the chattering class is considering what could happen to Obama over this. NEWS FLASH: Nothing will.

gryphon202 on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

but cut the throats of 6000 sheepherders and such

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Slightly OT: And they call Islam a religion of peace???

ConservativePartyNow on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

BuzzFeed’s got a clip up of House Armed Services committee chairman Buck McKeon telling Fox News that he’s going to hold hearings on the Bergdahl transfer.

To be portrayed by the Fascist-Democrats as “more GOP obstructionism, as they are hostile to anything Dear Liar does. They won’t credit him with making a difficult decision and a hard choice that results in the freeing of an American soldier.”

rbj on June 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Obama, just like the liberals before him during Vietnam – let us leave, then do what you want.

The piss-ant political hack from Chicago is in way over his pointed little head.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

A goodwill gesture towards savages who would kill their own families to advance their cause one inch? Makes sense.

I’m voting lifer GOP this year because they’ve promised to hold Dog Eater accountable for his criminal actions sometime in the year 2048, or maybe later if the optics aren’t right.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I think it’s all about building goodwill with the Taliban in hopes of restarting peace talks. Obama wants out of Afghanistan but he wants at least some cosmetic promises from the enemy that they’ll respect the new government, let girls go to school, etc, so that withdrawal looks like less of a capitulation.

This isn’t a bad take, but really, I think he simply wants to close Gitmo so he can do a victory lap in front of the cameras. I rather doubt there’s any more strategic thinking here involved than that.

Doomberg on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

“The US doesn’t ever leave anyone behind”.

This biggest of traitorous swine has forgotten Benghazi.

The first two minutes tell all.

In the video you have your Traitor in Chief and a horrific father.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

How exactly is releasing 5 of the most fanatical terrorists in the world and bending over for the Taliban, “a case for emptying Gitmo”?

Cruz was exactly right, if we wanted to rescue the soldier, we should have found out where he was being held and send a special forces team in to get him. All while killing the bastards that held him there.

All this and Talibama won’t lift a finger to get the marine released from prison in Mexico.

What a pathetic, infuriating joke of a government we now have. Talibama should be removed from office and tried for treason.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I’m voting lifer GOP this year because they’ve promised to hold Dog Eater accountable for his criminal actions sometime in the year 2048, or maybe later if the optics aren’t right.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

No, Bishop– you’re wrong. They promised when they got the house and the Senate. I am sure we might see something happen in this century.. Maybe.

melle1228 on June 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Good gracious. These people have the codes and the keys to the vault, and are intent on destroying our country. The country burns and the populace is too busy taking selfies to notice.

LIV reaction: oh wow, Obama cares. Group hug!

“This whole deal may have been a test to see how far the administration can actually push it, and if Congress doesn’t fight back they will feel more empowered to move forward….

That’s the issue. Get a freaking backbone Congress.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hahaha! I think it’s cute that the chattering class is considering what could happen to Obama over this. NEWS FLASH: Nothing will.

gryphon202 on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

If you mean impeachment, then it’s doubtful. The GOP has no stones for that. But politically, the Dems could be destroyed over this, especially on the heels of the VA scandal. To allow veterans to die by denying them health care(and covering it up) and then to go and release a bunch of terrorists from Gitmo. Why not just go on TV, give the middle finger, and tell every man and woman in uniform(and their families) to go F themselves?

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Not even Jimmy Carter negotiated with terrorists…

The Iran hostage crisis, referred to in Persian as تسخیر لانه جاسوسی امریکا (literally “Conquest of the American Spy Den,”), was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students, belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who were supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran.[1] President Jimmy Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy,” adding that “the United States will not yield to blackmail.”

What did the terrorists want?

The Shah.

That’s right. Jimmy Carter could have returned the Shah to Iran and the Iranian terrorists would have released our 52 Americans…

…But, unlike Barack Obama, Carter refused to negotiate with terrorists and yield to their blackmail because he knew that it would have only resulted in more hostage-taking.

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

And the “President” ignored the law in doing this deal with the Taliban.

Someone tell me, who’s going to stop him? The GOP refuses to even say the “I” word, let alone pursue it.

Talibama can literally do anything he wants to do because he knows no one is going to do anything to stop him.

Hope the GOPe enjoys living under our first American Dictator for the next two and a half years. Because that’s what they’ve enabled.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Soopermexican [He's a sooper. mexy. conservative! :) ] Has lots of good stuff:

http://soopermexican.com/

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Question.

Why Bergdahl is still sporting such a bushy beard? Surely he had a chance to clean up.

Nevsky on June 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The law says the White House needs to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing a prisoner from Gitmo — but since there’s no penalty if President Overreach fails to comply,

One question, one statement. Exactly what kind of penalty can Congress inflect on The Won, short of impeachment, which isn’t going to happen. And my statement is that this little rule was hatched up between both sides. So there will be lots of whining and no action. Gee, that’s different.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

…But, unlike Barack Obama, Carter refused to negotiate with terrorists and yield to their blackmail because he knew that it would have only resulted in more hostage-taking.

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Carter, the worst president, for a loooong time, lived to see his status elevated by this oaf, who’s chief. obama is a traitor. Period.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

It was reported that he did try to escape. But I believe that was only after they failed to acknowledge he was a special unique snowflake and treat him accordingly.

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

A few more U.S. soldiers taken by the savages, a few subsequent trades to free Gitmo terrorists, the place empties out, Dog Eater fulfills his promise to then shut the place down.

THIS is how you keep a campaign promise, wing dings.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

How did the Bergdahls make it to DC so quickly?

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

A few more U.S. soldiers taken by the savages, a few subsequent trades to free Gitmo terrorists, the place empties out, Dog Eater fulfills his promise to then shut the place down.

THIS is how you keep a campaign promise, wing dings.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

You, wing ding, you forgot the weasels in DC, Boehner et all.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Tell me they at least injected these guys with a track-able radioactive isotope.

blowing smoke on June 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Cruz was exactly right, if we wanted to rescue the soldier, we should have found out where he was being held and send a special forces team in to get him. All while killing the bastards that held him there.
All this and Talibama won’t lift a finger to get the marine released from prison in Mexico.
What a pathetic, infuriating joke of a government we now have. Talibama should be removed from office and tried for treason.
Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Great point. Maybe you could be a citizen journalist appointed to the WH and ask them about this conflict of interest? It seems the “pros” don’t care to ask the obvious questions and connect the dots.

And what happened to Special Ops? Surely, they could’ve found this traitor.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Allahpundit: could there be any connection to this trade and the CIA chief who was “accidentally” outed in Afghanistan???

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

So what’s the White House’s real motive, then?

It is a photo op for Obama. Nothing more than that.

Joseph OHenry on June 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

This is getting stranger and stranger.

cozmo on June 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

When the rest of the Jihad is released from Gitmo they will be outfitted with all the latest war gadgets that were developed.They have been out of circuit so an upgrade is warranted.Can’t send them back to kill Americans without the latest greatest stuff.

docflash on June 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

With all this extra room at Gitmo, we’ll have a place for obozo, Holder and their cronies to live after they’ve been convicted of treason.

Flange on June 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

This is getting stranger and stranger.

cozmo on June 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

From day one when he disappeared I knew that he was drunk and left on his own, not like Susan Rice said “he was caught by the Taliban in the field”.

First, he has never been with the Taliban. He’s been with an AlQauida branch of really bad terrorists, one of the worst.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Great point. Maybe you could be a citizen journalist appointed to the WH and ask them about this conflict of interest? It seems the “pros” don’t care to ask the obvious questions and connect the dots.

And what happened to Special Ops? Surely, they could’ve found this traitor.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

LOL, thanks. That’s the other enabling factor for the Talibama and the Regime, their State-Run media covering for them.

If we had a real Press in this country, this Regime wouldn’t even have attempted the vast majority of the anti-American, destructive things they’ve succeeded at to this point.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Obama figures, I think, that there’s no way the GOP’s going to go into table-pounding mode while the Bergdahls are doing teary interviews with Oprah about how they never gave up hope. Is he wrong?

I don’t think the public is going to have much sympathy for Ma and Pa Bergdahl, especially after they hear about Pa’s anti-American, terrorist-sympathizing tweets, or junior’s “I’m ashamed to be an American, and I want out of this horrible, stupid Army” e-mails.

When even CNN is reporting that Bergdahl appears to be a deserter, the official narrative of him as brave soldier/deserving POW gets harder to maintain.

AZCoyote on June 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Blame the gop for not doing their jobs because they are afraid of the lsm….

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

If there is an ounce of truth to this theory, Bergdahl is becoming a footnote. In order to close Guantanamo by the end of the year, he cannot wait until after the elections to release another batch. He is out of hostages to trade, or is he?

I still don’t see an end game that isn’t a disaster for his entire party.

cozmo on June 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Yet another tiresome Allahpundit version of “Obama is brilliantly playing 9 dimensional chess to subtly befuddle normal mortal political institutions.”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Obama’s playing a very dangerous game here, and Congress needs to do its job and assert some oversight. He’s not god or king, and the fact he ran roughshod over a law JUST PASSED in order to let these animals loose is something he needs to be held accountable for. If not now, when? After these terrorists have killed more Americans on the battlefield, or perhaps here at home? Will that be what it takes for them to do more than just pay lip service to the very idea of oversight?

changer1701 on June 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Allahpundit: could there be any connection to this trade and the CIA chief who was “accidentally” outed in Afghanistan???

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

With this Regime, there are NO coincidences. There are NO accidental “screw ups”. They are 100% politics 100% of the time. That’s all they think about. That’s all they care about.

Look at the Benghazi cover-up. We don’t know a fraction of what really happened with that. Rumor has it that the White House was working with the CIA to create the video in the first place, well ahead of 9/11/12, all so they could use it for their cover up.

Of course this leads to the White House, knowing what was going to go down in Benghazi well in advance, and the WH actively working WITH Al Qaeda to kill the Ambassador.

Suddenly, the little question as to where Talibama was when all this went down becomes much more clear. Plausible deniability.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I still don’t see an end game that isn’t a disaster for his entire party.

cozmo on June 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

All his moves, until the election, are out of fear.

His moves after, when he loses the senate too, will be utter desperation.

Legacy, my friend!

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

If they aren’t, O might conclude that he’s got the green light to start releasing more detainees, albeit probably not until after election day so as to minimize the electoral fallout for Democrats.

One problem with that, what country is going to take them? He may have got Qatar to take these five for a year but that’s a far cry from 150 terrorists. I’m sure there’s Islamic countries that wouldn’t mind taking them but even they got to play the international PR game.

lowandslow on June 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Taliban Leaders Released By Obama Given Hero’s Welcome After Arriving In Qatar…

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Expectation confirmed.

There are no patriots in DC.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Obama’s playing a very dangerous game here, and Congress needs to do its job and assert some oversight. He’s not god or king, and the fact he ran roughshod over a law JUST PASSED in order to let these animals loose is something he needs to be held accountable for. If not now, when? After these terrorists have killed more Americans on the battlefield, or perhaps here at home? Will that be what it takes for them to do more than just pay lip service to the very idea of oversight?

changer1701 on June 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Congress can’t do anything. Only thing dangerous here is Bush setting up Guantanamo.

No libertarian should be supporting Guantanamo

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Legacy, my friend!

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

What legacy?

cozmo on June 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Allah, come on.

Barry’s biggest Gitmo headache were the high-level operatives.

Whichever top ones are left, he’s going to hand over to the UN.

The rest are entering “House Arrest” in their country of choice.

What I’m not sure about is if this is about his legacy, or a deal with the Progs/Team Hillary to eliminate the issue.

If Gitmo is closed, Hillary can take her “what difference does it make now” stance on that one, too, come campaign time.

And this is all part of the larger anti-prison/prog-rehab movement. If they can point out that “Taliban members aren’t even incarcerated for life”, than they begin to hammer on the life sentences…

…which, lest we forget, was a cause Holder took up just two months ago.

Look for the bigger picture. Progs do not separate war criminals from criminals.

budfox on June 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I think Allahpundit means that the Obama administration might have done this deal as a way to test Americans’ reactions to Gitmo prisoner releases. The exchange gives them a reason to do a release. If nobody squealed, then they might be brave enough to do more releases.

blink on June 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Ah, k, that could be. Poor choice of words there maybe. Could have been a trial balloon I agree.

I think they’ll do more releases anyway. They know the GOP isn’t going to do a d@mn thing to stop them.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Congress can’t do anything. Only thing dangerous here is Bush setting up Guantanamo.

No libertarian should be supporting Guantanamo

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Congress CAN do something about it, if they had the b@lls to do it.

I’m fine with getting rid of Gitmo, as long as we kill them instead and be done with it.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I think you guys are digging too dip there. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”, remember? Obama saw an opportunity to help a couple of his militant brothers, and he helped them. He’d rather have less attention on the deal, but given how much spine the Republican opposition has demonstrated so far and how deep the media is up Obama’s behind, the fallout risk was deemed minimal.

Rix on June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I can predict the future right now.

The rat-eared wonder empties Gitmo and then spends the next Presidential administration talking about the terrorist problems that he kept under control when HE was president. Sorta like Bill Clinton taking credit for the response after the 9/11/01 atrocities because he built up the military or something.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Dear Leader can do what he wants…who is going to stop him?

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

He should be arrested.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I can predict the future right now.

The rat-eared wonder empties Gitmo and then spends the next Presidential administration talking about the terrorist problems that he kept under control when HE was president. Sorta like Bill Clinton taking credit for the response after the 9/11/01 atrocities because he built up the military or something.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The next 9/11 will have Obama’s name written all over it.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The next 9/11 will have Obama’s name written all over it.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Well, after the Jihad he has waged against America that would only be fair.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

…a pen and a phone are running the country…f*ck the Constitution!…and Republicans stand there with *@#%* up their azzes!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

…a pen and a phone are running the country…f*ck the Constitution!…and Republicans stand there with *@#%* up their azzes!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Yep. And to me, those who stand by and do nothing, and thus enable Talibama to do whatever he pleases, are no better than Talibama himself.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The guy’s a prisoner for five years, but suddenly his situation is so tenuous Obama didn’t have any time to notify Congress as required by law before releasing five dangerous terrorists in return for one deserter?

We “leave no man behind” but we leave four Americans to die in Benghazi?

As narcissists do when their fantasy world comes a cropper leaping over reality, Obama is stubbornly refusing to acknowledge reality and shrinking back into his supportive bubble. He is going to be less and less restrained by reality, the law, and public opinion, instead being guided only by what his enablers think and his desires for his “legacy”.

He is going to do as he wants unless he is forcibly stopped. Emptying Gitmo, crushing the economy even further with EPA regs, flooding the nation with illegals and effectively legalizing as many as possible, stacking the federal judiciary with leftist ideologues, building up his massive “civilian army” at Homeland and by adding militarized “police” units to every federal bureaucracy, and whatever else he can imagine that advances his goals, particularly his goal of glorifying himself as the Progressive Messiah.

He’s giving signs of being too impatient even to wait until after the elections in November, after which he will well and truly be off the leash.

novaculus on June 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

He’s giving signs of being too impatient even to wait until after the elections in November, after which he will well and truly be off the leash.

novaculus on June 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The rest of Obama’s (hopefully but not absolutely certain final) term are going to be the scariest years of my lifetime.

And I’m old enough to remember being afraid of the Soviet Union promoting a nutjob to Premier and launching World War III at us.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Well, after the Jihad he has waged against America that would only be fair.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The ironic thing is that in one respect his incalculable ego will orgasm over the notoriety, but the other half of his NPD won’t be able to stand the scorn.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“Emptying Gitmo”? Sure, chum the water and empty it into the Bay of Pigs. Perfect resting place for these guys.

NoPain on June 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

…TROLLCOTT…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Of course this whole incident was less about Bergdahl and more about closing Gitmo. Begdahl was nothing more than an attempt to cover for releasing prisoners, that is now blowing up in the face of Obama.

Tater Salad on June 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Of course this whole incident was less about Bergdahl and more about closing Gitmo. Begdahl was nothing more than an attempt to cover for releasing prisoners, that is now blowing up in the face of Obama.

Tater Salad on June 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

This man let an Ambassador die (THAT HE HAD APPOINTED!) because he calculated that the political cost of doing so a better risk than trying a rescue.

I have no doubt that he’s HOPING more prisoners are taken so he can exchange the rest of the filth at Gitmo for them.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

With any luck, all five of these will end up on the business end of a US Predator Drone in the next few weeks…

HornHiAceDeuce on June 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

“Emptying Gitmo”? Sure, chum the water and empty it into the Bay of Pigs. Perfect resting place for these guys.

NoPain on June 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

How about put them into a building then flying a remote controlled plane full of gasoline into it?

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

With any luck, all five of these will end up on the business end of a US Predator Drone in the next few weeks…

HornHiAceDeuce on June 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I doubt it. They are probably on Preezy Dronekiller’s do not drone list.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Allahpundit: could there be any connection to this trade and the CIA chief who was “accidentally” outed in Afghanistan???

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

VERY good question. At the time I thought the accidental outing was a neat way to get someone removed from the job without having to fire them etc.

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

The guy’s a prisoner for five years, but suddenly his situation is so tenuous Obama didn’t have any time to notify Congress as required by law before releasing five dangerous terrorists in return for one deserter?

novaculus on June 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The Bergdahls offered their son up for jihad. They were working with this administration, and every bit of this was planned and timed. Obama was held to his campaign promises by the radical antiwar left.

This news was timed with Memorial Day, (the Veterans scandal). They decided to dump everything at once. Shinseki and Carney retired on the same Friday. After the weekend, they announce this deal.

And yes, the plan is to empty Gitmo and end Afghanistan as part of Obama’s legacy. They’ll never shut up about OBL, either. This means the GOP can no longer run on national security in presidential years.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

We have a president actively seeking the destruction of the US

The Notorious G.O.P on June 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

We have a president actively seeking the destruction of the US

The Notorious G.O.P on June 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Yeah, and there isn’t a damn patriot in Washington D.C. with the balls conviction to stop him.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

This means the GOP can no longer run on national security in presidential years.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Huh???? If anything this just bolsters the ability of the GOP to run on national security.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

One: Was Bergdahl captured against his will or did he desert?

From what I can tell (unverified so far) he deserted and looked for the Taliban (asking questions of locals to find the Taliban)… while unarmed.

Which makes me confused about the trade. We trade to free 5 people on their side, in return to free on other person who also wanted to be on their side?

We’re trading their side for their side and getting nobody for our side? That’s a good trade?

Well we can clear out Gitmo tomorrow. Separate them in two groups.

Group A will be released in return for Group B being released… and vice-versa. Then we’ve released everyone opposed to the US in the trade.

If that’s how the trades work, why wouldn’t this be an equally valid and useful trade?

Bonus, we can make the deal with ourselves, so nobody has to bargain too much to get it done.

gekkobear on June 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The very same Gitmo that Zero was supposed to close down within one year of his taking office (roughly, 1/21/2010)? The very same Gitmo that was so very much being used as a recruitment tool by our enemies and was, by its very existence, putting an even larger target on our troops’ backs? Yet, he allowed such a dangerous enemy propaganda tool to continue and threaten our military personnel, for what will be almost 5 extra years? Call me crazy but this is clearly not a serious man.

Does anyone really think Gitmo will no longer be used as enemy propaganda? Like, one day, some terrorist faction nutbag is gonna be all like, “Hey, man, that was, like, 2 years ago, dude!” or “What difference, at this point, does it make?!”. LMFAO

Gymistokles on June 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

obama is a traitor and deserves commensurate punishment for it.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

OK … I see what you did there.

Jaibones on June 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

THE HEART OF LIBERALISM IS PURE EVIL !

Rook on June 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I am sure that Sgt (????) Bergdahl is wearing his beard proudly as is mandated by Islamic training. If he was a dedicated G.I. he would have been able to find a razor between his release and being put on display by the President.

MSGTAS on June 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM