Toobin, Turley: Yep, Obama broke the law in Bergdahl deal

posted at 10:11 pm on June 2, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Two liberals, two strikes against the president. As with all the other times the Obama White House blatantly disregards the law, they have their reasons, think they’re in the right, and give not a damn about the actual law. In this case, we have the added ridiculous hypocrisy of the man who ran against signing statements basing his breaking the law on a signing statement.

First up, Toobin via our new colleague Noah Rothman. In this clip, Toobin disconcerts Wolf Blitzer with this grave and totally factual accusation:

“I think he clearly broke the law,” Toobin said. “The law says 30-days’ notice. He didn’t give 30-days’ notice.” Toobin added that Obama’s opinion expressed in a signing statement “is not law.”

“The law is on the books, and he didn’t follow it,” Toobin added.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that former President George W. Bush also issued signing statements even though they thought their action may not have been constitutional or legal. “But liberals were outraged by George W. Bush’s signing statements,” Toobin noted.

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

Click through for video.

And, then there’s Jonathan Turley:

“Did the White House violate federal law?” Costello asked Turley.

“They did,” the professor replied matter-of-factly. “I don’t think that the White House is seriously arguing that they’re not violating federal law. And to make matters worse, this is a long series of violations of federal law that the president’s been accused of. … This is going to add to that pile. I don’t think there’s much debate that they’re in violation of the law.”

Turley explained that President Obama “is essentially arguing the very same principle as George Bush, that when it comes to Gitmo, he has almost absolute power, that it’s his prerogative, his inherent authority, to be able to make these decisions as he sees fit.”

“Well, does it matter?” Costello asked. “Because the administration says that the Department of Defense consulted with the Justice Department, and that was enough. Does that matter?”

“Well, unfortunately the Justice Department has been involved in many of these controversies, and they tend to support federal power,” Turley replied. “The federal law seems quite clear.”

And, this is why the White House’s decision on this Bergdahl deal becomes more perplexing by the minute. If the law-breaking— which, let’s face it, may be the least of the problems with this deal— is blatant enough to have liberal lights scolding their contemporaries for accepting this president’s lame signing-statement excuse, this is just the first and perhaps smallest in a string of very serious miscalculations about how this would play out. I’ve dispensed with analyzing this administration as if they have a plan for anything they do beyond pulling their own chestnuts out of the political fire on any given day by whatever means necessary. There is no larger strategy or or longer sight than that, for the most part.

Given that, one must assume the White House thought this deal would bring an immediate political benefit, at least by wiping out the VA story for a couple days with a feel-good returned POW story. But how could they have miscalculated so badly what the reaction would be? Did they not know all of this information about Bergdahl’s conduct? We’re finding out, especially within the military community, very serious suspicions about Bergdahl were an open secret if not common knowledge. I will not put it past this White House to be ignorant of the intelligence community’s work on Bergdahl. I won’t even put it past them to be ignorant of the openly reported strange accounts of Bergdahl’s conduct on the night of this disappearance. I’m not convinced anyone who makes a decision over there is engaged even on the minimal level necessary to glean this information. I do think it’s possible this White House could be so detached from the military community as to overestimate the extent to which everyone would fall in line with the story of the glory of bringing one of our boys home. I think it’s entirely possible they could have underestimated the anger the men who claim they were betrayed would feel at having lost some of their friends in the search for an alleged deserter now getting a Rose Garden welcome.

Surely this isn’t going the way the White House envisioned. Right?

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“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

Oh my…did you fill your Depends at the thought, Blitz? Since when is the preznit above the law?

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Incredible day – emotions from this issue are running very high.

I wonder when and what issue will finally boil the public’s blood.

We’re getting close to that time.

jake-the-goose on June 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Surely this isn’t going the way the White House envisioned. Right?

WH is like honey badger !

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Issa to hold hearings in … oh, screw it!

ShainS on June 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

Um, Wolf, explain how his action did not break the law.

mankai on June 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I will not put it past this White House to be ignorant of the intelligence community’s work on Bergdahl. I won’t even put it past them to be ignorant of the openly reported strange accounts of Bergdahl’s conduct on the night of this disappearance. I’m not convinced anyone who makes a decision over there is engaged even on the minimal level necessary to glean this information. I do think it’s possible this White House could be so detached from the military community as to overestimate the extent to which everyone would fall in line with the story of the glory of bringing one of our boys home. I think it’s entirely possible they could have underestimate dthe anger the men who claim they were betrayed would feel at having lost some of their friends in the search for an alleged deserter now getting a Rose Garden welcome.

Precisely.

And it’s shameful that this is the state of this President and his administration.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Bergdahl, the father, next to the proud and gleeful obama, praised Allah, in Pushtu. I hope they both find their 72 virgins satisfying, when they get to them.

Bergdahl the son is a traitor.

obama is treasonous.

They both need to be tried for their crimes; Bergdahl by the military, obama by the other traitor, Boehner.

The senate hearing on the Bergdahl case, and the swap, s/b for all the Americans to see/hear, not behind closed doors.

It is not a secret that your president is a treasonous CiC, who sides with the terrorists.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

the 404 presidency

can_con on June 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

White House isolation? Alienate the intelligence community now alienate the troops and congress. I’m sorry for all this talk of him destroying the country the guy is a moron…

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

Woff has no problem with Hussein breaking the law,
just DON’T ACCUSE Hussein of doing that !

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Can we impeach zero now? Please?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

He broke the law and no one does anything about it. Our own president broke the law while in office.

No wonder this country is a huge mess.

mrscullen on June 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

At this point in time, exactly what difference will any of this make?

Scrumpy on June 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Given that, one must assume the White House thought this deal would bring an immediate political benefit, at least by wiping out the VA story for a couple days with a feel-good returned POW story.

Won’t let them. I will post this to eternity, because it’s perfect.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

He is becoming a serious liability to the Democrat party. They will have to do something about him.

crankyoldlady on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

So he broke a law he signed into law…he changed Obamacare 38 times! To the point were its not the shitty law that was passed but a on the fly changed shitty law.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I think it’s entirely possible they could have underestimated the anger the men who claim they were betrayed would feel at having lost some of their friends in the search for an alleged deserter now getting a Rose Garden welcome.

Barack Obama doesn’t give a shit about anyone but Barack Obama. He uses the military for photo-ops. Period.

Wonder how many of Bergdahl’s former platoon members will now find themselves the subject of an IRS audit?

Or prosecution of ‘hate crimes’ by the Dept of “Justice”.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that former President George W. Bush also issued signing statements even though they thought their action may not have been constitutional or legal.

But he was “chimpey”, by the Left.

Now obama is GWB, and it’s a compliment?

“You’re doing a fine job, Brownie” — GWB

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

Why aren’t YOU, Wolfie?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I wonder how Bergdahl is going to be kept under wraps?

Any public statement from him or his family are bound to be explosive.

Everyone better be careful.

jake-the-goose on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

“I think he clearly broke the law,” Toobin said. “The law says 30-days’ notice. He didn’t give 30-days’ notice.”

OK, now that we agree on that…how soon can the IMPEACHMENT process begin?

wren on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Afghan Bob Tweets Story From Taliban Bragging About Murder Of U.S Troops In Attack On U.S Base

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Jeebus…someone at the WH is crapping bricks right now over that photo-op of Dog Eater with this ahole.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

If Obama can ignore the law why can’t the states ignore the rules on coal emissions that just came down?

No Chop Charlie on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

He is becoming a serious liability to the Democrat party. They will have to do something about him.
crankyoldlady on June 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Yeah that’s my point although I have no doubt he is trying to change the US he is even starting to suck at that he might be the best thing that ever happened to conservativism.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

So many scandals, so much time.

Even if these 5 POS terrorist maggots are directly responsible for another massive attack on innocent civilians here or abroad – even if they are responsible for more US military casualties while this uber-douche is still in charge, nothing is going to stick to him.

No one is going to stop (or at least has the balls to) this treasonous bastadge and his fellow traitors IMO.

I forget who said it or where I heard it, but to paraphrase;
This nation can suffer fools like Barack Obama, but it cannot endure the fools who vote for the likes of a Barack Obama.

StubbornGreenBurros on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

30 days, 300 days 3000 days, unless the media blow this up, IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!

These skank pols can say what they want, speak the speak, and sit back and form an investigative committee, and do eff all!!

Scrumpy on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

wiping out the VA story for a couple days with a feel-good returned POW story.

Bergdahl is not a POW.

Bergdahl is NOT a deserter.

Bergdahl is a defector, who aided the enemy, while hating his country.

He s/b tried for treason and executed.

These men are dead because of him. Yet, they are forgotten and obama, the treasonous CiC lauds Bergdahl.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

We’re finding out, especially within the military community, very serious suspicions about Bergdahl were an open secret if not common knowledge.

Open Secret“? “Common Knowledge“? C’mon, MKH–it was REPORTED!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Dear old dad is a full-blown jihadi, the only part he hasn’t yet fulfilled is the “blown” part.

Look at those tweets, I mean WTF.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

How many scandals do we have going now I’ve damn near lost track…

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Afghan Bob, excellent name, should also be tried for treason.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Given that, one must assume the White House thought this deal would bring an immediate political benefit, at least by wiping out the VA story for a couple days with a feel-good returned POW story. But how could they have miscalculated so badly what the reaction would be? Did they not know all of this information about Bergdahl’s conduct?

There’s always the possibility Team Obama looked at Bergdhal’s record and didn’t see a problem, based on their own mindset about the U.S. being in Afghainstan (i.e. — They would have bugged out on 1/20/09 if the political risk of a new terrorist attack on the U.S. based out of Afghanistan hadn’t been too high to risk following their progressive instincts).

They probably figured a POW is a POW, and there’s nothing different between this guy,Jessica Lynch or even John McCain, and Obama can use him as his own pro-military prop on tours around the country at least through Election Day. Combine that with the White House’s ongoing belief they can spin any pile of dung into rainbows and unicorns via a compliant media, and it’s no surprise they’d grab at this military action to take the focus off the VA debacle.

jon1979 on June 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Obama has the felling that he can do whatever he wants and the MSM will turn the other way.

jaywemm on June 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Dear old and Dear Leader looked pretty friendly this past weekend…..

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

C’mon, MKH–it was REPORTED!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Super Sleuth NatB ON THE JOB!!!! Nice find :) ^5

Scrumpy on June 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I wonder how Bergdahl is going to be kept under wraps?

Any public statement from him or his family are bound to be explosive.

Everyone better be careful.

jake-the-goose on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

They no spik inglis

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

With all the problems and scandals lately Obama’s approval rating will probably collapse one point.

Mark1971 on June 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Executive Privilege.

TimBuk3 on June 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

So they got another military scandal going to take the heat off the VA scandal?? I’m sorry the logic the WH uses it’s just absurd I can’t even…..

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that former President George W. Bush also issued signing statements even though they thought their action may not have been constitutional or legal. “But liberals were outraged by George W. Bush’s signing statements,” Toobin noted

HAHAAAHHHAHHA! Yeah, how bout that Wolf?

Didn’t THIS President campaign in 2008 on the premise that
BOOOOOOOOOOOOSH was BAD!! and he’s not following the LAW!!

And the Grand Messianic Obama would have the most
transparent Administration EVAAAAAHHHH!!

Over to you Carol! Noted First Lady observer of that
Bill that the First Lady got passed!!

Welcome to CNN, Dumb as Sh*t, and Not Afraid!!

ToddPA on June 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Hey, with Obama’s doctrine ” Don’t Do Stupid Sh!t” what do you expect?

Barred on June 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

It was just a “little” law … no biggie.

listens2glenn on June 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I was thinking today of the level of incompetence we’ve seen in this President and his administration.

People are asking how they could have been so mistaken in the reaction to this trade for a deserter and the rose garden welcome they gave that deserter.

I think they understood exactly what the risk was and didn’t care. It was a political calculation.

This is how much they want to close Gitmo, so Obama can say to his base, and the history books, that he ‘kept his word’ to close Guantanamo Bay.

They’re gambling that they can get away with this shameful act that has loosed five individuals on the world who will most likely be responsible for many more deaths and injuries, and they can stick their finger in the eye of military law and military service members as they choose. They’re gambling that they can continue to release these detainees from Gitmo and close that facility.

They believe that no one will dare to require Obama to follow the law, much less ‘faithfully execute the law’.

His attitude is “I broke the law, again. So what are you going to do about it? I’m the “First African-American President” I’m untouchable. ”

This nation has become lawless. The rule of law lies trampled under the hobnailed jackboots of the progressive agenda.

States ignore federal law when they choose, so long as it’s in keeping with the progressive agenda. Illegal aliens given ‘sanctuary’ and marijuana made legal. Both in violation of federal law. The DOJ runs ‘Operation Choke Point’, ‘Fast and Furious’, no charges against them. The IRS openly targets conservative groups and individuals. No charges against them. The President brags openly that he has ‘… a pen and a phone’ and that he will bypass congress at will, and does, 38 times on ObamaCare alone. No impeachment. Four Americans die in Benghazi, the President himself lies to the world about what happened there, obfuscates and scapegoats an amateur filmmaker. The VA, under Obama’s executive authority, is willfully delaying treatment of veterans,covering up that delay, resulting in at least 40 deaths at the Phoenix facility alone. No impeachment.

Congress is supine and gutless. Someone might call them an unpleasant name or they may lose a few votes if they do their sworn duty under the law.

There are those in the world who may still expect this nation to stand up and enforce the rule of law. They will face bitter and sobering disappointment.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Here you have him, the National Parrot.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Obama does stupid sh&t all the time I mean 9 scandals at least or more I’ve lost track.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Afghan Bob Tweets Story From Taliban Bragging About Murder Of U.S Troops In Attack On U.S Base

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

You can’t make this stuff up. Alert the media! Oh yeah…..

KCB on June 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Super Sleuth NatB ON THE JOB!!!! Nice find :) ^5
Scrumpy on June 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

*blush* Aw shucks, Ma’am… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Wow, when you’ve lost Jeffrey Toobin….

Robert_Paulson on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Why Putin owns the moral authority on the global stage, because he can. obama made the LilliPutin great.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

We need a new speaker to deal with this…and the senate O’s EPA may help make that happen.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

But how could they have miscalculated so badly what the reaction would be?

I have to say that I really don’t even understand this question. This situation is no different than anything else Barky and his junta have done. They have made idiotic, bone-headed, retarded (and often illegal) decisions on just about every single issue they have ever touched. Nothing has happened to them so they just keep doing it. This criminal act to help the deserter and help the Taliban by returning a chunk of their leadership to them is par for the course for Barky. As moronic as its execution was is also par for the course.

After 5 years of this same stuff, day after day, week after week, I find it hard to believe that anyone is really surprised by it or even has any questions as to why Barky and his junta do stuff that is so obviously stupid (and illegal). Have people been in comas all this time??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Surely this isn’t going the way the White House envisioned. Right?

Shinseki who?

nope, it’s working…..

/

ted c on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

+ 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!!

Scrumpy on June 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

There are those in the world who may still expect this nation to stand up and enforce the rule of law. They will face bitter and sobering disappointment.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

We already are.

KCB on June 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

After 5 years of this same stuff, day after day, week after week, I find it hard to believe that anyone is really surprised by it or even has any questions as to why Barky and his junta do stuff that is so obviously stupid (and illegal). Have people been in comas all this time??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Nothing shocks me anymore.

Mark1971 on June 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Indeed. And Obama has covered our nation in shame.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

They could have closed Gitmo a long time ago if they wanted to. I think they decided they might want to be able to use it for a political purpose.

crankyoldlady on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

There are those in the world who may still expect this nation to stand up and enforce the rule of law. They will face bitter and sobering disappointment.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The leftist thugs think the world respects the US more now. NO one does any more. The US is a global laughing stock, because obama made her so. Even the Taliban laughs at the US now. Yes, they can.

Even Afghanistan is against the swap.

Maybe the USA was just an illusion all along.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Have people been in comas all this time??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Yes. That they brung him once, for his latte-hue, is one thing, but that they kept him gave him incredible horns.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Indeed. And Obama has covered our nation in shame.
thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Then it’s best we cover our nation in glory. We will make it through Obama but we have lots of work to do

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I don’t know, if he is so clueless about military culture, why did he have them sign non-disclosures? Or did he? I think he’s been making a lot of miscalculations lately and I’m enjoying the heck out it.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

So, no trolls ?
:P

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

.
Toobin was crystal clear, Blitz.
.

“Did the White House violate federal law?” Costello asked Turley.

“They did,” the professor replied matter-of-factly. “I don’t think that the White House is seriously arguing that they’re not violating federal law. And to make matters worse, this is a long series of violations of federal law that the president’s been accused of. … This is going to add to that pile. I don’t think there’s much debate that they’re in violation of the law.”

.
That’s pretty “crystal clear” as well.

listens2glenn on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

A blast from the past:

we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it.

urban elitist on February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I don’t know, if he is so clueless about military culture, why did he have them sign non-disclosures? Or did he? I think he’s been making a lot of miscalculations lately and I’m enjoying the heck out it.
Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Sometimes I think we give him too much credit for being destructive now he has turned clumsy.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Wow, when you’ve lost Jeffrey Toobin….

Robert_Paulson on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Someone needs to ask Jeffrey how that Young lass he knocked
up is doing…

ToddPA on June 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM

A blast from the past:
we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it.
urban elitist on February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM
Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Then term is now clumsy and pretty damn self destructive.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Maybe the USA was just an illusion all along.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

No. That much is not so. We have been brought low, systematically, by stupidity, avarice, sloth, cunning,ignorance, hate, and malice.

The progressives have accomplished much. They always thought this nation was ‘too rich, too proud, too healthy, too well educated, too free, too strong’ and they’ve done all they can to change that… to complete that “fundamental transformation of this nation”, to make of it ‘just one nation among many’.

However, the human spirit is immutable. Those who have known and understood freedom will not be enslaved. There is nothing so strong, so enduring, as an idea, and freedom is, first and foremost, an idea.

We can still rectify those things that have brought this nation to such a low ebb. But it will never be under this administration or under progressive governance.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Bergdahl needs to be hanged.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Talibama can break any law he wants because no one is going to do anything about it.

Enjoy our first American Dictatorship the next two and a half years, that is IF he even leaves when he’s supposed to. Would anyone do anything about it if he didn’t? I doubt it.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

So, no trolls ?
:P

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

IShovedCokeupmyAzz will be here shortly…..

ToddPA on June 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Then send someone to arrest him and put him in an orange jumpsuit. All the rest is just talk.

neyney on June 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

The Progs didn’t think that Dear Leader’s lawlessness was going to hurt them…….

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

“You realize, of course, you’re accusing the President of the United States of breaking the law” Blitzer observed.

“When the President does it, it’s not illegal!”
Frost-Obama

malclave on June 2, 2014 at 10:57 PM

When you lose a leftist POS like Jeffrey Toobin ….

bw222 on June 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I will not put it past this White House to be ignorant of the intelligence community’s work on Bergdahl. I won’t even put it past them to be ignorant of the openly reported strange accounts of Bergdahl’s conduct on the night of this disappearance. I’m not convinced anyone who makes a decision over there is engaged even on the minimal level necessary to glean this information. I do think it’s possible this White House could be so detached from the military community as to overestimate the extent to which everyone would fall in line with the story of the glory of bringing one of our boys home. I think it’s entirely possible they could have underestimated the anger the men who claim they were betrayed would feel at having lost some of their friends in the search for an alleged deserter now getting a Rose Garden welcome.

Hard to wrap your head around ignorance of this magnitude from the purveyors of Smart Power?

As improbable as it seems that the key Obama people were oblivious to the serious questions about Bergdahl’s disappearance, it’s the least complicated theory that covers the operative facts.

I’ve dispensed with analyzing this administration as if they have a plan for anything they do beyond pulling their own chestnuts out of the political fire on any given day by whatever means necessary. There is no larger strategy or or longer sight than that, for the most part.

I’m thinking they had something like this in the works to exploit Bergdahl to advance Obama’s Guantanamo agenda, and some genius got the idea moving it up would serve some useful purposes after the Shinseki (fixed!) and Carney (squirrel!) resignations failed to distract from the VA scandal. So change the subject by feeding a new story into the media machine, with “Obama cares about the troops” and “No man left behind!” narratives also deployed to counter the increasingly inconvenient Benghazi narrative. It’s multi-pronged BS!

Only somehow they had an “unknown unknown”; they didn’t know that much about Bergdahl, and they didn’t know they didn’t know. Unfortunately, what they didn’t know was pretty common knowledge, outside their bubble.

novaculus on June 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The Progs didn’t think that Dear Leader’s lawlessness was going to hurt them…….

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

It probably won’t. We’re still going to get amnesty, thanks to the GOPe, ObamaCare isn’t going anywhere, the entire leftist agenda is being snuck in under the table and through the back door, and the next (D), whoever that is, will likely win in 2016 because Conservatives are having to fight the Dims, the State-Run media AND the GOPe just to survive.

It’s not going to hurt them in the least.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

The Progs didn’t think that Dear Leader’s lawlessness was going to hurt them…….
d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM
It seems god and fate had other plans that were not dear leaders.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

We can still rectify those things that have brought this nation to such a low ebb. But it will never be under this administration or under progressive governance.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

While I understand what you said, I also know the other progressive governance, the RINO/DIABLOs, and why there’s no shiver of light, not yet.

To be certain that they are not progressive, nor liberal, not any of the current two parties, but you know this already.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

This is not the hill to die on for the GOP.

There is no hill to die on in the near future either. In fact, there is no hill, there never will be.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

How about this for a conspiracy theory? This seems so egregious that maybe Obama is trying to bait the Republicans into a lot of impeachment talk…even an attempt so he can become the victim. Look how it worked for Clinton. He became a sympathetic figure. The media would certainly play along and he would drive his base turnout for the 14 midterms.

TomJefferson on June 2, 2014 at 11:12 PM

The Obama Republicans will stand by, like they always have, and do nothing.

Sure they’ll go bluster for a few minutes one day in front of a microphone so it’s on the record, like Boehner did today. But they have no intention of doing a damn thing about it.

And the more it pi$$es off Conservatives and Tea Party people, the more they like it. All while they’re scheming on when they can shove amnesty up America’s azz.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM

TomJefferson on June 2, 2014 at 11:12 PM

The GOPe is doing their best to kill turnout on our side in November anyway. They don’t care. They’re willing to lose in 2014 and again in 2016 so they can do amnesty, as was commanded by their masters the Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t forget, the GOPe pro-amnesty wing has been bought and paid for by the CoC. It’s going to happen, only question is before November or after.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

why there’s no shiver sliver of light, not yet.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM

defector…..
Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Thank you.
That’s the word I was looking for yesterday.
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As to Baraq being ignorant or incompetent on thinking that this would be a feel good distraction from benghazi and the VA Criminal enterprises….
No, you don’t get it.

Abu Bin Baraq got not five, but SIX of his jihadi brothers released, five to their ‘middle east’ homelands, and one to his U.S. homeland.

Allahu Ackbar.

LegendHasIt on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

This is not the hill to die on for the GOP.

There is no hill to die on in the near future either. In fact, there is no hill, there never will be.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Weasel Boehner and Turtle McConnell have introduced legislation to outlaw hills.

viking01 on June 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

LegendHasIt on June 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I said earlier today in another thread that if you read the writings from this Bergdahl guy, he sounds just like Nidal Hassan of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack.

If he deserted and collaborated, which is what current info is pointing to, he should be court marshaled and either imprisoned for the rest of his life or put to death.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

High crimes and misdemeanors anyone. Some people in congress need to grow a pair.

lpd_1 on June 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

889 days to go.

xNavigator on June 3, 2014 at 12:39 AM

My apologies if someone posted this already:

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 6/21/2013

“As we have long said, however, we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/21/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-6212013

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 3, 2014 at 1:15 AM

This is a stupid diversion and the fact it is two leftists who have been abject apologists for Obama since the beginning should clue in even some of you dullards.

The effect and validity of signing statements is controversial, but can only be finally settled by the courts. Neither Congress nor any President wants those blurred lines on foreign policy authority strictly clarified indelibly, so it won’t go to court.

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So those crying “Illegal!” might as well be hunting unicorns.

I note that those on our side never said a word against signing statements when Reagan and Bush used them to sign legislation with objectionable provisions. At least these two leftist jerks are consistent.

The statute in question DOES intrude on presidential authority. Requiring 30 days notice to Congress to do a swap of prisoners held as combatants just isn’t constitutional, and if it were to go to SCOTUS Obama would win and on this one he should.

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That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a bad deal, stupid, and dangerous to our security. It doesn’t mean Obama hasn’t violated the law in dozens of other instances, either.

But getting hung up on this inside baseball serves Obama’s purpose well, which is to divert attention from his failed Presidency and the VA scandal, as well as the actual details of this awful deal.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Nobody is going to impeach our first ‘black’ president because the MSM has beautifully conditioned everyone in Amerikka to be wary of being branded a RACIST.

Even though we all know that, certainly no sitting congressman will risk picking a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel.

0bama literally has a Media Goon-Squad casting fearful doubt in the minds of Americans and democrats alike.

Tard on June 3, 2014 at 1:22 AM

The Nazis targeted communists as communists.

vlad martel on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

And the other way round. So??? Different brands/branches of socialists, ever heard of trotskist, lassallists (derived from the name of Ferdinand Lassalle, German socialist leader), social democrats (that’s what socialists evolved into after WW2 in Europe) etc. Just because their goals/ agenda and the ways of achieving them differed more or less, and Stalin and Hitler destested each other, doesn’t mean they did not reclaim themselves from the same ideological roots.

jimver on June 3, 2014 at 1:30 AM

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that former President George W. Bush also issued signing statements even though they thought their action may not have been constitutional or legal.

There is nothing controversial, unconstitutional or illegal about a signing statement. It’s what you do afterwards that matters. If a president wants to say he doesn’t agree with a law, fine…he doesn’t have to agree with it. It’s only an issue if he violates that law. Not liking a law isn’t unconstitutional or illegal.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Your argument is just as dumb at 1:20 AM as it was when you first made it earlier.

xblade on June 3, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Gulp. the co-ruling GOP must be getting anxious that they may soon be forced to actually stop this lawbreaker with their sworn responsibility to oversee the laws they make and take serious action–such as impeachment or perhaps throwing a few folks in jail for contempt?

Don L on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 AM

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