Chuck Todd: The White House expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release; Update: WH overrode review process to free Taliban

posted at 4:41 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon. The White House’s theory, per Todd, is that “they thought that the military would rally around them” for bringing home the lone POW still held in Afghanistan. The brutal reality:

Hagel was met with silence when he told troops in a Bagram hangar: “This is a happy day. We got one of our own back.” It was unclear whether the absence of cheers and applause came from a reluctance to display emotion in front of the Pentagon chief or from any doubts among the troops about Bergdahl.

Poll the troops who were there. I’ll bet they don’t think it was so “unclear.” As for Todd’s point about the White House expecting “euphoria,” there are only two possibilities. One: Despite a Pentagon investigation in 2010 into Bergdahl’s disappearance, despite Michael Hastings’s article two years ago in Rolling Stone, despite the fact that Bergdahl apparently left a note confirming his desertion, somehow everyone in the administration who had input into this prisoner swap missed the longstanding accusations against him. They thought they were bringing home a guy who was captured heroically in combat and have now been caught completely by surprise. I don’t buy that, although I’ve had a few dozen conservative pals warn me on Twitter over the past 24 hours to never underestimate Hopenchange’s ignorance and incompetence. Point taken, and if this were purely a policy matter, I might go along. It isn’t. It’s a political landmine too and O’s usually careful to protect his own political capital. Someone surely looked into Bergdahl’s disappearance and signed off on this knowing the allegations against him.

Which brings us to the other possibility. Namely, Obama expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release not because he didn’t know about the desertion claims but because he assumed that most of the public would never find out. I think he expected the media to go face-first into the tank in ignoring the desertion angle in the interest of (a) protecting the White House and (b) playing up the gauzy “POW reunited with parents” human-interest stuff. And you know what? That was a reasonable expectation. They probably thought that any desertion claims against Bergdahl would be confined to Fox and a few problematic segments on Jake Tapper’s show, all of which could be ignored and ghettoized as some new right-wing bugaboo (sorry, Jake) that no one else need take seriously. Michael Tomasky was way out in front of that yesterday morning. But then all sorts of big-media outlets dug in — the Times, WaPo, NBC, ABC, and on and on — and that made the “politicization” defense too difficult (although the left, God love ‘em, is still trying). I’m shocked by how eagerly the media went after it, frankly, although not as shocked as the White House. The X factor they didn’t anticipate, I’ll bet, is that soldiers like Cody Full would come forward and risk retaliation for putting his name to the “deserter” theory. It’s one thing to call a Republican a hack, it’s another to call a veteran who was there and who lost friends in the hunt for Bergdahl one. They’ve been left with no counter.

All of which is to say, this seems to boil down to a fundamental misunderstanding by the White House of military culture. If soldiers had reacted the way O expected, celebrating the release of a POW, it really would have tamped down the criticism of Bergdahl. For obvious reasons: If the men who risk their lives defending America are willing to forgive him and welcome his return, who are the rest of us to question him? But that’s not how the men who served with him reacted; in fact, unless I missed it, not a single member of Bergdahl’s unit has spoken up in his defense. Obama gambled heavily that both veterans and the media would keep quiet. He lost.

Update: You feeling euphoric yet?

But officials in the Pentagon and intelligence communities had successfully fought off release of the five men in the past, officials tell Time. “This was out of the norm,” says one official familiar with the debate over the dangers of releasing the five Taliban officials. “There was never the conversation.” Obama’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should “suck it up and salute,” says the official familiar with the debate…

Those opposing release had the benefit of secret and top secret intelligence showing that the five men were a continuing threat, officials familiar with the debate tell TIME. But in the push from the White House and the State Department to clear the men, opponents to release found themselves under constant pressure to prove that the five were dangerous. “It was a heavy burden to show they were bad,” says the second source familiar with the debate.

Opponents of release say absent a peace deal with the Taliban, the release makes no sense. “When our military is engaged in combat operations you’re always going to err on the side of caution,” says the first official familiar with the debate. “Just conceptually, how much sense does it make to release your enemy when you’re still at war with him?”

Obama’s national security team wanted the transfer to happen so it happened, despite the concerns of the Pentagon and the IC. Closing Gitmo means everything, even if the price is sending these lunatics back into battle.

Which makes me wonder: The media’s assuming that the White House wanted an American POW back so badly that they’d reluctantly agree to release five very dangerous Taliban to make it happen. In reality, maybe the reasoning went the other way. Maybe, in the name of finally closing Gitmo, they were eager to get rid of the five Taliban but realized that they couldn’t free them without paying a heavy political price. If, however, they could get the last American prisoner in Afghanistan back as part of a trade, that might give them enough cover to make it happen. It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.


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In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony God’s blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intellegence.

tcufrog on June 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Evangelical atheists aren’t insufferable in the least.

They tend to be deeply “intellegent” people who are enormously interesting and fun.

I look forward to their input because I can’t read “I don’t believe in God, because I’m smrat” enough times.

It takes a really intellegent person to be euphoric that a traitor was returned in exchange for freeing five dangerous terrorists, and the president broke the law by doing so.

What’s not to be euphoric about?

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

All of which is to say, this seems to boil down to a fundamental misunderstanding by the White House of military culture.

Drove by Claude Rains’ grave this afternoon…

Del Dolemonte on June 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

Yep…that’s the only thing that makes any sense. Great analysis in this post, BTW. I think you’ve got his number, Allah.

AUINSC on June 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Obama’s national security team wanted the transfer to happen so it happened, despite the concerns of the Pentagon and the IC. Closing Gitmo means everything, even if the price is sending these lunatics back into battle.

Very late to the thread. But I want to know why this isn’t being tied to the VA scandal as well. Obama et al. seemed to have this in the barrel to pull the trigger at any politically desirable moment. Obama needed to muffle the VA scandal, he was going out of the country, and he wants to close Gitmo. As a result, they fast-tracked this trade assuming the media and LIVs would simply remain asleep.

BuckeyeSam on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AlQaeda: “We are euphoric”

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Think closely about this:

Harry Reid eagerly opines to the world that he knew about “the
Bergdahl deal” before it occurred. http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php?topic=139622.0

Guy’s majority head in US Senate for Democrats. Even the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn’t involved, but Harry Reid boasts his foreknowledge (means, he was involved).

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

Bingo.

That’s the only explanation that makes any sense, to me at least. The aim was to reduce the GITMO population and also divert attention from VA scandal.

Bergdahl was just a handy pawn.

petefrt on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Allahpundit is of course missing the most obvious motive behind this:

Obama hates the military and despises this country. And he obviously relishes engaging in tactics that he knows will piss his adversaries off. Especially when he can blatantly spin his angry aggressiveness into a false moral virtue that he knows is an obnoxious lie. This is what narcissistic personalities do. And frankly, he really doesn’t give a shit. Besides, it’s clear that every day now in his second term he tries to push the envelope a little further to see what he can get away with. And he now sees that he can get away with virtually anything. He’s drunk with power. This guy is only going to become more emboldened and much more dangerous as time goes on. And after the small constraints of the Midterms are over- watch out.

Besides, does anyone really think that this Dictator is simply going to step down at the end of his term? Why should he? Who’s going to make him? This clown is playing for keeps people. He’s already declared war on us long before he ever secured the office. And he will not go gladly into that good night.

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

So boys and girls ,
have you all apologized to Hussein and the Mooch for disappointing them ? They had such high hopes from you all and this is how you all repay them ? They blessed us with their presence on this planet , they obliged us with their partying and golfing and vacationing in the WH , they sacrificed their lifestyle just so you boys and girls could be proud of your country for the first time and you are not even euphoric over Idi Hussein’s fatwas ?
What more do you want from them ?
Shame on all of you !
;-)

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Harry Reid is a creep, he will set up a committee with Chuck Schummer in charge and let Bowe do the John Kerry,

American fighting men did this, that, other bad thing and its all Americas fault……….ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NBC, etal will cime in at 5:00 news each day,,,,,,,,,

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Which brings us to the other possibility. Namely, Obama expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release not because he didn’t know about the desertion claims but because he assumed that most of the public would never find out. I think he expected the media to go face-first into the tank in ignoring the desertion angle in the interest of (a) protecting the White House and (b) playing up the gauzy “POW reunited with parents” human-interest stuff. And you know what? That was a reasonable expectation.

Yeah, that makes sense to me:
1. They didn’t expect the public outrage coming from soldiers who served with Bergdahl; and
2. They certainly never expected that so much of the media would jump on this story.

TarheelBen on June 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, leaving closed door briefing on Bergdahl prisoner swap, says she is even more concerned about exchange – @CritterDJ

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

So King Putt just wanted to release the top five mass murdering scum who lead our nation’s enemy.

That is treason.

Is Zero trying to provoke something or just amazingly stupid?

dogsoldier on June 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

There is yet another possibility – the White House simply did not check into Bergdahl and was actually unaware that he was a probable deserter.

Remember, this is the clueless gang which just released the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.

Bart DePalma on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

It was unclear whether the absence of cheers and applause came from a reluctance to display emotion in front of the Pentagon chief or from any doubts among the troops about Bergdahl.

Yeah, because troops are going to be more concerned with protocol in those situations. It’s an important point that not one member of Bergdahl’s unit is rallying to his defense. In fact they’ve been far more vocal that Bergdahl did not serve with honor and distinction.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

The punk in charge says, “I ate the dog that are my homework”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

ate the dog that ate my homework

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony God’s blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intellegence.

tcufrog on June 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Yeah. We know, Fredo.
You’re smart.Your not dumb.
Your smart and you want some respect.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

So King Putt just wanted to release the top five mass murdering scum who lead our nation’s enemy.

That is treason.

Is Zero trying to provoke something or just amazingly stupid?

dogsoldier on June 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I have always contemplated that Obama is the 20th hijacker.

What Osama couldn’t destroy, Obama will.

portlandon on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

We just lost 5-0. Brainiac that one.

CW on June 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

IMPEACH.

CONVICT.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

…and then hang, publicly, open access on all networks and live on the internet. Reid and Pelosi next on the gallows.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

That was a reasonable expectation. They probably thought that any desertion claims against Bergdahl would be confined to Fox and a few problematic segments on Jake Tapper’s show, all of which could be ignored and ghettoized as some new right-wing bugaboo (sorry, Jake) that no one else need take seriously.

Sorry that wasn’t a reasonable expectation.

First it was a reunion only came with negotiation and ultimately freeing high-level terrorists from Gitmo in a completely illegal (and impeachable way).

Secondly, if you want to tug at the public heartstrings, you get a better set of parents from central casting. Tali-dad did not win supporters when he praised Allah in Pashto for the release of his son. Obama did not win supporters by his hugging of Tali-dad.

Finally, Bergdahl deserted and possibly defected. This was not like the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch or pilot Scott O’Grady. The media glossed over the Lynch story by ignoring serious questions about just how it came to pass that the convoy Lynch was in came under attack (gross Army incompetence). Bergdahl deserted his post- there is no way the media could ignore circumstances as blatant as that. Even with the photo-op featuring Obama and Tali-dad.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The truth is that everyone, including conservatives, has misjudged Obama completely.

The ideas that he is a brilliant campaign or political tactician or great speaker, which even most opponents acknowledge, are false.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Well said.

But in the case of conservatives, I’ve always wondered how much “acknowledgement” of Obama’s brilliance was little more than ritual kowtowing to the PC gods? Particularly those who make their living in the public arena, who dared criticize The First (Half) Black President without prefacing it with the talismanic disclaimer “Of course, everybody knows Obama is a brilliant campaigner/political tactician/speaker, but… “?

We’re starting to see them not doing that so much anymore. Again, I wonder how much of that is the scales falling from their eyes and how much is dropping the self-protective pretense?

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I cannot help but wonder about the timing of Obama’s recent visit to Afghanistan and this fiasco. It seems just a little too fishy. Was any part of his trip to set up the exchange.

(And on a side note, I hope you do not forget how to ride a bike because later this summer I will attempt to ride a bike for the first time since Ford was president.)

Tinker on June 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Once more we see that the BSA has more adult supervision than does the WH.

Another Drew on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Obama s about to sign an executive order that military ballots will not be sent out until the day after elections.

bw222 on June 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The only one’s confused about this abomination are the Perfumed Prince’s who stalk the Pentagon halls.
They should all thank their lucky stars that ‘Hack’ is gone.
Hagel couldn’t buy a clue, never could.

Another Drew on June 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The truth is that everyone, including conservatives, has misjudged Obama completely.

The ideas that he is a brilliant campaign or political tactician or great speaker, which even most opponents acknowledge, are false.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ever hear of a woman named Sarah Palin? The only reason she didn’t attack Obama even more aggressively in 2008 is that Chuck ScHmIdT and Mark and Nicole Wallace wouldn’t let her.

bw222 on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

Bingo.

That’s the only explanation that makes any sense, to me at least. The aim was to reduce the GITMO population and also divert attention from VA scandal.

Bergdahl was just a handy pawn.

petefrt on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Yep, it’s what I said Sunday morning…

And I don’t believe for a moment that BO negotiated to get this guy back. He negotiated because he wanted to let the Gitmo guys go and needed an excuse.

climbnjump on June 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

climbnjump on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The truth is that everyone, including conservatives, has misjudged Obama completely.

The ideas that he is a brilliant campaign or political tactician or great speaker, which even most opponents acknowledge, are false.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Um, untrue.
Millions of us out here judged him correctly, from the get-go.

pambi on June 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Andrea Mitchell? Gak.

Ward Cleaver on June 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Fortunately, by the time she got married, she was far too old to have kids. Can you imagine what a child of Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan might look like?

bw222 on June 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

tcufrog on June 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

He has been a very disappointing horn frog.

But he ain’t a lourdes level idiot…yet.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

This is a commander in chief that does not know how to pronounce corpsman. It’s entirely possible that he has no clue how serious desertion is. He might even think it’s somehow noble.

stout77 on June 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Let’s play Connect The Dots

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

I cannot help but wonder about the timing of Obama’s recent visit to Afghanistan and this fiasco. It seems just a little too fishy. Was any part of his trip to set up the exchange.

May 26, 2014 – Bagram (Afghanistan) (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai was offered a meeting with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul but declined, a US official said Sunday.

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday.

“The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country,” said the source close to President Hamid Karzai’s palace in Kabul, who declined to be identified.


The petulant child
in the White House ALSO wanted to “send a message” to Hamid Karzai for NOT meeting with him during his less than half a day visit to Afghanistan.

Why have one motive when two will do?

PolAgnostic on June 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

It’s all cool, Bro:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended President Obama’s decision to trade five enemy combatants imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay to the Taliban in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“I don’t believe in second guessing people who have to make these hard choices,” she said at a Denver event promoting her new memoir “Hard Choices.”

Clinton echoed the language repeated by the White House on Monday, telling critics that there was a tradition of bringing American soldiers home.

“We do have a tradition – I ascribe to it, it’s a tradition that’s not only embedded in our military but in our country – and that is we try not to leave any of our soldiers on the field. We try to make sure that, insofar as possible … we bring them home.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/03/Hillary-Clinton-Defends-Obama-s-Hard-Choices-on-Bergdahl-Deal-With-The-Taliban

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Every Soldier, Marine, Airman and Sailor that has been in the service in the last five years or for at least the last 4 weeks, knows that Bowe Bregdahl is a deserter/traitor. Every single one.

Wallythedog on June 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

“The adults are in charge.”

Yup, the adult idiots.

Hey, lets try and close Gitmo by releasing people wanted for war crimes by the UN!

Brilliant!

Superb!

More of the 50 Shades of Maroon showing up.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

…and then hang, publicly, open access on all networks and live on the internet. Reid and Pelosi next on the gallows.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

On PPV and apply to our debt.

katy the mean old lady on June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

My only question, coming out of this, is why does Obama hate this country so much? I ask that because, the way he’s working around Congress indicates that he has no desire to work within the system that’s held us in such good stead for over 200 years. His take no prisoners approach to politics indicates he has no desire to let the other side have any say in policy, which really explains why he refuses to work with Congress. Finally, the way he’s going about destroying the economy, with little regard to the unemployed, etc. would indicate a person who has a desire to completely destroy the system as it exists, with no regard to the people it will hurt.

So, back to the original question, why does he hate this country so much and why do the Democrats, who must realize this, not fight for the country? It could be said the Republicans aren’t fighting for the country either but the tea party is, it’s the establishment who, either doesn’t recognize what’s going on, or doesn’t care.

bflat879 on June 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo.

That does make more sense than all of a sudden trying to get Bergdahl back.

Obama, either through incompetence, intent or some combination, has done more to advance the cause of militant Islam, including sharia law with its oppression/subjugation/killing of women and gays, than any other person on earth.

During his first campaign he had millions (was it hundreds of millions?) of dollars in campaign contributions that could not be traced, much of which was rumored to have come from foreign Muslim sources. Looks like they got their money’s worth.

Even the Democrats need to start considering Impeachment. This looks a lot like Treason to me.

talkingpoints on June 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

On PPV and apply to our debt.

katy the mean old lady on June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Brilliant!

talkingpoints on June 3, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Their mistake was thinking that the military is like the Democratic party, unwilling top-to-bottom to criticize its worst members. But the lower ranks do in fact have some integrity, even if their superiors are willing to go with the flow and hand out non-disclosure forms.

PersonFromPorlock on June 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

There is yet another possibility – the White House simply did not check into Bergdahl and was actually unaware that he was a probable deserter.

Remember, this is the clueless gang which just released the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.

Bart DePalma on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

You are far too trusting. The outing of the CIA station chief was no accident, it was a very clear signal to the intelligence community that they had better get their minds right about Benghazi, pronto. OR ELSE.

bofh on June 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Remember, this is the clueless gang which just released the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.

The rumor mill has it that the CIA Station Chief was very, very strongly opposed to the Bergdahl deal, so the WH burned him.

Wallythedog on June 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Closing Gitmo means everything, even if the price is sending these lunatics back into battle.

So what happens a year from now (or a few months from now), when these released Talibani terrorists are caught in Afghanistan again, killing Americans again?

Something like 1/3 of the low-level detainees who’ve been released from Gitmo have been found getting right back into the terror business. Why would these 5 high-level terrorists be any different? Or did Obama pay them (with our money, naturally) not to commit any atrocities against Americans until 1/2017, when he’s safely out of office?

AZCoyote on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

The blood of those yet to be killed due to the release of these savages will stain Barry’s hands forever.

rmkdbq on June 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Chuck Todd: The White House expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release; Update: WH overrode review process to free Taliban

Tolja. They expected to get all kinds of credit for their commitment to saving American lives abroad, and to the military. This would have been a propaganda coup to counterbalance the apparent negligence — at the best — of Americans in danger in Benghazi, and the complete failure to adress long-known problems at the VA causing the neglect of veterans.

But they played the propaganda game very badly, and now it’s blowing up in their faces. When the propaganda is just too blatant and unconvincing, it becomes a joke — like the famous Baghdad Bob.

And now we have .. Baghdad Barack.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Hard to argue with Allah’s last paragraph – sadly, that’s how I see it.

spinwedge60 on June 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

In reality, maybe the reasoning went the other way.

Tell me this just didn’t dawn on you, today.

Barry got hammered – last month – for not closing Gitmo.

Hillary and the Dems want Gitmo off their plate.

Berggie’s was cover. It was obvious from the start.

Barry has five more Gitmo heavies to get rid of before he can disperse the rest.

That’s the point of the Qatar year-probation.

The agreement is if Taliban Five do nothing physically violent, we won’t drone them and eventually release the rest because Barry will have an argument to make.

budfox on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 PM

My only question, coming out of this, is why does Obama hate this country so much? I ask that because, the way he’s working around Congress indicates that he has no desire to work within the system that’s held us in such good stead for over 200 years. His take no prisoners approach to politics indicates he has no desire to let the other side have any say in policy, which really explains why he refuses to work with Congress. Finally, the way he’s going about destroying the economy, with little regard to the unemployed, etc. would indicate a person who has a desire to completely destroy the system as it exists, with no regard to the people it will hurt.

So, back to the original question, why does he hate this country so much and why do the Democrats, who must realize this, not fight for the country? It could be said the Republicans aren’t fighting for the country either but the tea party is, it’s the establishment who, either doesn’t recognize what’s going on, or doesn’t care.

bflat879 on June 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Let’s count the ways! A simple perusal of the O’bama Timeline will answer your question.

1. 1961: His Majesty is born in Honalula. We’re assuming here that one of the two hospitals he was apparently born at is the correct one. When he’s only 2 years old, his Mum ditches him with her parents so she can go back to waste their money at university.

He lived in Hawai’i from 1961 (early August) until sometime in 1967, when he was 6 years old, when he got sent to live with his Mum, in Indonesia. At that age, he was too young to have been enrolled in any school in Hawai’i, so never got any indoctrination there. I would know, as our family lived there at the same time and the public schools were still intellectually honest, except that they allowed the practice of “Kill Haole Day” (more about that later).

2. Indonesia, ages 6 thru 10. Who knows what he was taught about America there?

3. Back to Honalula in 1970, when he was 10. Grandma raised him again, and used her connections to get him into an elite private prep school, Punahou. That school also practiced “Kill Haole Day” at the time, but more importantly Honalula schools were some of the hotbeds of the epic 1970s Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, which claimed that White Americans “stole” Hawai’i from its rightful owners. No doubt Dear Leader preached at that church.

4. 1979:

At the end of his sophomore year, Barack Obama transfers to Columbia University in New York. Obama becomes a disciplined student. He reads many books about race and social injustice.

What’s not to hate about America, with a backdrop like that?

Del Dolemonte on June 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Remember, this is the clueless gang which just released the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.

The rumor mill has it that the CIA Station Chief was very, very strongly opposed to the Bergdahl deal, so the WH burned him.

Wallythedog on June 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Well, the first sentence implies incompetence; the second implies evil intent.

Lord help us if the second is true.

spinwedge60 on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

“I don’t believe in second guessing people who have to make these hard choices,” she said at a Denver event promoting her new memoir “Hard Choices.”

Of course, Hillary left off, “But only, of course, if the person making those choices is a Democrat, Liberal.”

Which of course, it what she actually means.

Sharr on June 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM

a lot of these soldiers have been fighting for years and years seeing their buddies and innocent civilians get killed by these taliban scum. after 13 years of that patience and understanding for deserters is pretty thin.

obama did it because he is desperate to close gitmo. that is all that’s left to him. obamacare will never be the legacy he wanted it to be, the glorious corporatist-socialist economic revival will never be the legacy he wanted it to be, cap-and-trade on the sly is the next headache and frustrated dream for him, people don’t care anymore that he “ended” the iraq war or how he “got” osama… every thing obama thought he would do that make him a great president has either hurt him or people don’t care about it. and not just people in general, his old buddies in academia and other assorted communists aren’t happy with him either anymore. not really.

closing gitmo is his last chance to have a legacy that will be viewed as unequivocally positive by the people he will have to deal with after he finally leaves the oval office: the faculty and activists and fellow travelers and deep-pocketed commies from the west coast and manhattan.

this is just the first step, he will go all out sooner or later to close gitmo. regardless of the consequences. within 3 months tops the qataris sham security measures will have these guys well back within the loop and responsible for people dying well before they leave qatar in a year.

obama don’t care it’s not obama’s problem after january 20, 2017. he’ll have mountains of money to collect for his foundation and agitprop speeches to make ‘now that i am no longer confined by the oval office.’ it’ll be greek columns all day every day. barack can’t wait.

deepelemblues on June 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM

FDR to Hitler. Yes ill give 5 of your top SS men for one of my guys that wandered into your territory.
Hitler to FDR..its a deal
Imagine its late 1944 and this happens. Ike and Patton would be furious. Wheres the outrage now

jaywemm on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

It wasn’t Bergdahl who drove the deal, in other words, it was springing these guys from Gitmo. Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

Late to the party, AP, but glad you agree.

AesopFan on June 4, 2014 at 2:48 AM

When “Junior” decides to release Khalid Sheik Muhammed, we’ll have mass rioting in the streets. This lunatic has no idea of how to govern. He honestly believes that he is king. He has broken every law on the books and will continue to do so until someone in Congress or the Supreme Court tells him he can’t!

Boats48 on June 4, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Obama was “slow-sinking-boated” on this one.

RSbrewer on June 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Having troops sign nondisclosure agreements is all the evidence we need to see the what obfuscating fools these people are…

Common Sense Floridian on June 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

It was a have to. Somebody saw the Jolly Roger flying for Captain B’s flag ship “The VA Way” and knew his plan. He had to think of something, it had to be fast, and it would require all the wisdom a slip and fall constitutional lawyer could muster…
“Hey, we’ll whoop a #6 on’em. That’s whar we come rid’n into town, a whoop’n and a romp’n giv’n away everything this nation were fought for. Quick! Round up the unicorns! Tonite we ride let me be clearwahooo!”
God I love mixed metaphors! B makes GW’s droppings look like constitutional lawyers.

onomo on June 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

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