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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Hagel was met with silence when he told troops in a Bagram hangar

Don’t kid yourself, Obama did this on purpose. It was meant as a slap to the military and they saw it as such.

Fallon on June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

To someone like Susan Rice, I guess active treason probably IS “serving honorably and with distinction”…

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Pretty soon Obama is gonna tell us he didn’t know about this till he read it in the news…

sandee on June 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Dog Eater was flipping through the channels when he happened on a CNN report that he had released 5 uber-terrorists to their homeland. Man, was he pissed, and he promised to bring a patsy to justice for doing so.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

“Valerie, what can we do to get everyone talking about the VA debacle again?”

- Teh SCOAMF

pain train on June 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Gaia help the dog eater if Berg is proven to be the scum that all the evidence is pointing to.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Bergdahl was a useful fool.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

This went to shit quicker then the VA scandal,hell it’s worse it blew up so quickly.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I’m operating under the assumption that Bergdahl does not want to come back. Taliban handed him over by force to get their guys back. Plus Bergdahl was probably just annoying the hell out of them anyway.

forest on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

To someone like Susan Rice, I guess active treason probably IS “serving honorably and with distinction”…

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Exactly. And that just may be what she was expressing.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Harry Reid seems to be the ONLY person who was told about the swap prior to it

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I guess Obama thinks that’s “notifying Congress”.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

…..

Because the occupant of this whitehouse and his supporters are the dumbest bunch of mothereffers to step on soil since the nazis declared themselves the master race, and accepted IRAN as their loyal ally.

Impeach, or face revolution. That’s the message to congress right now.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

You want to see a textbook method to get 99% of U.S. veterans hating a politician with every fiber of their being, this is it.

Gaia help the dog eater if Berg is proven to be the scum that all the evidence is pointing to.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

This is enough that it might lead to a military arrest of the “commander in chief”. He has betrayed every man and woman in uniform and given aid and comfort to the enemy with this disgraceful act.

Remember the all important “AND DOMESTIC” part of the oath…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

As I alluded to on the other thread, my anger level is at a high pitch seeing the faces of those lost men, and the little girl in the photo that her father can’t even hug….whoooooo….steam from the ears.

You want to see a textbook method to get 99% of U.S. veterans hating a politician with every fiber of their being, this is it.

Gaia help the dog eater if Berg is proven to be the scum that all the evidence is pointing to.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Agreed.

At first I thought maybe it was just my personal reaction, but reading about this everywhere, as well as commentary here… the anger is more palpable than ever.

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I think they didn’t care one bit about America’s reaction. They did it because they wanted to.

JellyToast on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

But the Qataris are going to monitor these 5
-cnn hack

There us nothing to fear theyve been out of the loop for 10 years….just a tempest in the teapot…. nothing to worry about them
another CNN hack

They are still spewing crap and Wolfie has no problem with it

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

And meanwhile, Captains are being pitched out left and right, based on OER ratings. Which means if they have commanders that are “compliant”, then they are cut out of the herd quickly. Amazingly, Staff Sergeants are also big targets now. With no good Captains and Staff Sergeants, how anything can ever get done in the Army?

RushBaby on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Don’t kid yourself, Obama did this on purpose. It was meant as a slap to the military and they saw it as such.

Fallon on June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Come on, the military voted overwhelmingly (68% for Romney) in 2012. Obama is just “punishing his enemies and REWARDING his friends.”

Enemies= Americans

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

This is getting uglier by the hour. It sounds like we’re no longer dealing with a deserter here, but a full-blown traitor.

No question.

There’s a certain stratum of American society that’s pathologically antagonistic toward the US military and will do anything to harm it.

I know one such person. He successfully enlisted for the purpose of doing damage to the army. I told the recruiters his real intentions, but they reacted with hostility.

Luckily he washed out of his original military occupational specialty–which was terrifying–and was transferred into the motor transport corps.

He’s a truck driver now, an 88M. He volunteered to go to Afghanistan but was rejected. He’d told me that if he ever went there, he’d kill women and children to make the army look bad.

I’ve since learned that my attempts to sabotage his enlistment backfired. The recruiters waived his automatic disqualifiers (asthma and OCD) as a raised middle finger to me.

It was a giant mess, but I’m grateful that they finally admitted that what I said about him was true, and at least they removed him from the combat arms.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Apparently BC

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Obama gambled heavily that both veterans and the media would keep quiet. He lost.

He gambled heavily on them continuing to abide by the non-disclosure agreements he made them sign. Heh, I laughed out loud, kind of.

He also gambled against the 1st Amendment.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I know a lot of vets from all walks of life and I’ve never seen so much hatred for a CIC. I don’t mean dislike either I mean white hot hatred.

HotAirian on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

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 why not? They’ve covered this POS’s ass HOW MANY TIMES already? “Fast and Furious”, Benghazi, IRS Scandal, VA Scandal……

King Barack wants Gitmo closed. So he starts with five, then starts releasing more as a ‘sign of good faith’.

King Barack doesn’t give a damn about anyone but King Barack.

GarandFan on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Has it been verified that this guy was actually being held captive by the Taliban?

He wasnt officially listed as a POW.

Was he taken from the Taliban willingly?

can_con on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

and it’s only Tuesday…

PatriotRider on June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Abstract Panorama

Early one morning, an elderly retired Navy fighter pilot yelled to his wife… “Honey! Come see what I’ve created! It’s an abstract panorama depicting the five years of the Obama presidency!”

She yelled back, “Flush the toilet and come eat your breakfast.”

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

They really think the Warrior Ethos is just lip service and nobody really believes it.

melle1228 on June 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

“Changing hearts and minds,” isn’t that what Obama/Dems preached as their goal? Most in Leftmedia still are preaching it and that’s what’s going on, to restate the obvious.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

There is only one thing that will bring euphoria regarding this administration and it’s supporters….

….that is the entire lot of them drowning in the center of the Pacific gyre.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Dollars to donuts Bergdahl was a plant and emptying Gitmo was his mission. I’ll bet the administration or CIA allies recruited him. The only POW ever in this war, and the Taliban kept him safe? BS.

ezspirit on June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I wish we could have traded Obama for Putin. At least Putin loves his country.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I wonder if Vets are going to protest this guy’s homecoming…

PatriotRider on June 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

And meanwhile, Captains are being pitched out left and right, based on OER ratings. Which means if they have commanders that are “compliant”, then they are cut out of the herd quickly. Amazingly, Staff Sergeants are also big targets now. With no good Captains and Staff Sergeants, how anything can ever get done in the Army?

RushBaby on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

And with generals who are NO more than PC sissies.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

They’ll be sure to bring the ‘APPLAUSE’ sign next time.

TimBuk3 on June 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

See the Updates, above.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I know a lot of vets from all walks of life and I’ve never seen so much hatred for a CIC. I don’t mean dislike either I mean white hot hatred.

HotAirian on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

DISGUSTING.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

This combination of arrogance and incompetence has to be unprecedented.

supernova on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Obama might have gotten away with this if he had just released the terrorists and quietly brought this traitor home.But ,oh no he had to grandstand and bring the Parents to the WH to gloat…. Big mistake…

sandee on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 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.

obama must be tried for treason.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

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.

They are not doing it in the name of finally closing Gitmo.

They are doing it in quite another name altogether, Allahpundit.

Missy on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

It’s kind of funny to me to see MSNBC try to set themselves up as the next “centrist” news outlet, following CNN’s lame attempt to do so. This is what the Left does. A constant moving of the needle.

Meanwhile, no one talks about the real issue: Socialism is a joke.It was never meant to be taken seriously in the first place. Karl Marx was an idiot.

WhatSlushfund on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

This is enough that it might lead to a military arrest of the “commander in chief”. He has betrayed every man and woman in uniform and given aid and comfort to the enemy with this disgraceful act.

Remember the all important “AND DOMESTIC” part of the oath…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

What I think is it’s MORE than enough to get Obama as CIC arrested. No more preambles.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

somehow everyone in the administration who had input into this prisoner swap missed the longstanding accusations against him.

This is most unfair. Why Obama didn’t know Bergdahl was a deserter until he heard it on TV. Now that he knows he’s mad as hell and won’t rest until he gets to the bottom of this.

Basilsbest on June 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

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.

Pretty sure something like this was in the works for a while. Then when Shinseki’s resignation (fixed!) and Carney’s resignation (squirrel!) and Obama’s visit to Afghanistan failed to derail the VA scandal narrative, some genius in the White House decided it might be time to pull the trigger on it and exploit it to alter the news cycle narrative.

Whether it’s massive ignorance or delusional disengagement from reality, failing to anticipate the response given Bergdahl’s back story is mind-boggling incompetence.

novaculus on June 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

This combination of arrogance and incompetence has to be unprecedented.

supernova on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

He’s not incompetent. Oh not by a long shot. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

He’s very competent at destroying the country.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

somehow everyone in the administration who had input into this prisoner swap missed the longstanding accusations against him.

The people who gave us this?:

1. The Toast:

President Inspector Clouseau completely bungles a toast to Queen Elizabeth:

The screwup: At this point, the band launched into “God Save the Queen” — but Obama continued speaking over the music: “. . . for the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples, and in the words of Shakespeare, ‘To this blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England.’ To the Queen.” She gave him a look, he set down his glass, and then stood motionless until the music stopped. Then everyone picked up their glasses. Oops.

Watch the video. The reaction around Captain Clueless is absolutely hysterical.

2. The iPod:

President Inspector Clouseau gifts Queen Elizabeth with an iPod loaded with videos and photos of…himself:

The bestowing of the Royal iPod brought a cringe from one top etiquette expert, who said it confirmed that Obama hasn’t figured out presidential gift-giving. Or that they shouldn’t all come from Best Buy[.]

Here’s The Playlist of the Narcissist.

3. The Incompatible DVDs:

President Inspector Clouseau gifts Prime Minister Gordon Brown with a cheap box-set of DVDs incompatible with British DVD players:

As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.

Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, the leader of the world’s richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films – a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.

Gordon Brown is a well-known movie fan, so I’m sure he not only appreciated the White House laying out a cool two-hundred bucks or so for a pile of DVDs he couldn’t watch, but also gifting him with movies any movie fan would already own.

4. The Hug:

Touching the Queen is as big a no-no at Buckingham Palace as sincere patriotism is at the Obama White House:

Whoever briefed Michelle Obama on the things one does and doesn’t do with one’s hands when one meets the Queen must be wondering what went wrong.

Within minutes of their first encounter at Buckingham Palace yesterday, America’s first lady broke royal protocol by doing the unthinkable: she gave the Queen a hug. The monarch, for her part, responded with equally flagrant disregard for convention by returning the gesture.

If only Michelle were so eager to embrace American liberty.

5. The Throwing of Churchill Out of the Oval Office:

Thanks to some dogged (and very entertaining) reporting from ABC’s Jake Tapper, we’ve finally gotten to the bottom of the Obama White House’s lies surrounding Churchill Bust-Gate. But the bottom line is that this remains 100% true:

But when British officials offered to let Mr. Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Duzza yer dug bite?

6. The Kitchen Meeting:

“The Special Relationship” hits bottom as Obama makes the British Prime Minister chase him around America like a scorned school girl:

British officials made five attempts to secure official talks with the US President and even agreed to a policy change in an attempt to land a joint appearance between the two leaders, said diplomatic sources.

But the White House rebuffed the offers and Mr. Brown, who had hoped to increase his popularity by appearing on his own with Mr. Obama, had to settle instead for a snatched conversation with the President in a New York kitchen.

7. The, uhm, Special Relationship?

Special Relationship? What Special Relationship?

The gratuitous words of a State Department official in May 2009 were particularly harmful. “There’s nothing special about Britain,” the official said. “You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

I don’t see any Special Relationship. Do you see a Special Relationship?

8. The, uhm Special Relationship? – Part Deux:

Why don’t you take a look, because I’ve looked all over and there’s no Special Relationship anywhere:

The Obama administration is not known for its pro-British track record, but this is by far the strongest indication yet that the current White House has little regard for the Special Relationship and its unique role in modern American history. At a White House photo opportunity with French President Nicolas Sarkozy today … President Obama had this to say:

“We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.”

Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the US president is difficult to fathom, and if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in US foreign policy.

Toldja there was no Special Relationship.

9. The Old Obama’s-Too-Tired-To-Treat-The-British-PM-With-Respect Ploy:

It was March of 2009 and the President was exhausted from putting together the policies that would ensure our economy would never-ever-ever-ever recover.

Sources close to the White House say Mr. Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.

But Washington figures with access to Mr. Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

Hey, putting together an economy that produces more food stamp recipients and people on disability than jobs is exhausting.

10. The Compromising of British Intelligence:

The White House leaking national security secrets to make the President look good?

Go on!

An alleged intelligence leak regarding a covert operation that thwarted an “underwear bomb” plot last week is now creating distrust and ill feelings within the U.S. intelligence community and has led to increased talk about intelligence leaks at the highest levels of government, according to terrorism experts on Friday.

Former Central Intelligence Agency officers are openly blaming President Barack Obama, his administration, and possibly his campaign committee for undermining national security and compromising the British domestic and foreign intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6, for political reasons, according to a U.S. counterterrorism source who contacted the Law Enforcement Examiner on Friday and requested anonymity.

“When presidents are in trouble because of their failing domestic agenda, they attempt to look presidential by getting involved in military or intelligence operations. And Obama has taken that to a whole new level,” said the source.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/28/Obama-Top-Ten-UK-Gaffes

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:20 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.

Genius, truly. Give this man a raise, HA.

However, “sour” is not strong enough. This is long not over and they’ll be crying for “sour”.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Missy on June 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Yes, indeed.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

If this Admin actually read the Tea Leaves this way… we are far more screwed than anyone can imagine.

I used to respect some level of savvy on the Left – but this AA hire is a farking disaster, along with his sycophants in his Admin.

Odie1941 on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Bergdahl may have wanted to be traded for 5 Taliban terrorists in order to further their cause. He took one for the team.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

In reality is was not a trade.

obama just repatriated 6 terrorists, 5 to the Taliban and one back to the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Wow. I’m still glad you spoke up. At least they had some warning.

Missy on June 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Whether it’s massive ignorance or delusional disengagement from reality, failing to anticipate the response given Bergdahl’s back story is mind-boggling incompetence.

Everything I’ve read about Obama is that his managerial style is, “Shut up and do what I want.”

Maybe some Machiavellian aide finally thought, Okay, we’ll free five dangerous Taliban commanders in exchange for a traitor, and you’ll get all the credit. Enjoy!

Abusive bosses tend to be sabotaged.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

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

Most logical and cynical answer. He sure as heck didn’t do it for Bergdahl.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

And it ’til page two to come up.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Bergdahl was just a bit of political sugar for the White House that’s now suddenly turned sour on them.

And, it wasn’t even to be that. Note how the D-rats, none of them, are taking credit.

Wasserman-Schmutz, Peloser, etc. are all hiding in Boehner’s apron.

I find this story most disturbing and telling. The Bergdahl case will be one of the biggest in history.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

somehow everyone in the administration who had input into this prisoner swap missed the longstanding accusations against him.

The people who gave us this?: http://hotair.com/?s=obamateurism+of+the+day

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Resign.

Apologize…

JohnGalt23 on June 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

The White House expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release

Heh, just like 8 year olds going for a sugar high…..

Just goes to show that Obama and his henchmen are idiots….

This will damage the Marxist brand and wake a few people up…..

redguy on June 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Resign.

Apologize…

JohnGalt23 on June 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

IMPEACH.

CONVICT.

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

The US release of the Five Taliban terrorists was due to a YouTube video.

portlandon on June 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Wow. I’m still glad you spoke up. At least they had some warning.

This person told me that his life’s mission was to figure out ways for Russia to defeat the US military.

His hero is Josef Stalin. None of that made any impression on the recruiters when I told them.

Well, one recruiter–who had a Combat Infantryman’s Badge–took me aside and thanked me, telling me he knew how hard it was for me to come forward. The head recruiter basically told me to go pound sand.

The army tried to train this person in the most destructive weaponry in the US arsenal. Now he’ll drive trucks instead.

I did a Snoopy dance when I heard that.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 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.

»»««

He won because blacks turned out in force because they are racist, his campaign aides worked social media to attract low-information young voters to the mythology of “hope & change,” and he used every means at his disposal to depress opposition.

AND he is no great speaker, he can read well enough off twin teleprompters, but has yet to make a single substantive speech that is worth reading later.

The FACT is Obama is not very smart or competent and surrounds himself with people he feels superior to, so his inner circle is as dumb as he is.

»»««

40 years of federal control of public education has dumbed down the electorate to the point the king-makers were able to slide a ringer past us.

Adjoran on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Thank God for the new media.

This will not go away.

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

This is what happens when you govern purely by political expediency and not by conviction. Obama should do the country a favor and quit this evening. What a disgrace.

Ellis on June 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow was the team leader with Bowe Bergdahl the night Bergdahl disappeared and was involved in the immediate search for Bergdahl, pushing a patrol into a nearby local village.

“Immediately as we left the base, two small boys walked up to us, and they told us that they saw an American crawling in the weeds by himself,” said the former Army sergeant. The search followed that lead, and others, for months.

“For 60 days or more, I remember, just straight, all we did was search for Bergdahl,” said Buetow, “essentially chasing a ghost because we never came up with anything.”

At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for him, according to soldiers involved in those operations.

The Pentagon was not able to provide details on specific operations in which any soldiers were killed during that time were involved.

Buetow says even though those operations were not “directed missions” to search for Bergdahl, there was an underlying premise of acting on intelligence to find the missing soldier.

“The fact of the matter is, when those soldiers were killed, they would not have been where they were at if Bergdahl hadn’t left,” says Buetow. “Bergdahl leaving changed the mission.”

Many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.

“Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under the trucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,” said Buetow.

It was “very suspicious,” says Buetow, noting that Bergdahl knew sensitive information about the movement of U.S. trucks, the weaponry on those trucks, and how soldiers would react to attacks.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

It was reported in 2010 that Bergdahl was training the Taliban in bomb making.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Meanwhile, in the Kremlin, Putin is laughing his arse off at President Pantywaist.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yes, and that was included information in the tweets by “@CodyFNfootball” on twitter May 31, 2014 (the guy who served in the same group as Bergdahl).

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

http://weaselzippers.us/188275-soldiers-feared-bergdahl-was-feeding-taliban-intel-ieds-started-going-off-directly-under-the-trucks-they-were-getting-perfect-hits-every-time/

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:35 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

or from any doubts among the troops about Bergdahl.

Hahahahaha. They don’t seem to have any doubts about Bergdahl whatsoever, you liberal nitwit. This reminds of when dopey liberal newspaper drones write about guns — it becomes instantly apparent that they haven’t the slightest idea what they are talking about.

Thus it is with liberal media dopes and the military.

Jaibones on June 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I did a Snoopy dance when I heard that.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

My sister went through basic training with this douche bag.

She said everybody knew he was trouble, but “tolerance” was the Clinton Era Army stance on these a$$holes.

portlandon on June 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Impeach…convict…and sentence.

Jaibones on June 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

There us nothing to fear theyve been out of the loop for 10 years….just a tempest in the teapot…. nothing to worry about them
another CNN hack

CNN hack, slaughtering people is like riding a bike. You never forget how to do it and I’m sure these scum have been chomping at the bit to get some for quite a while.

I predict they’ll be back in Afghanistan by the end of the month and the Qataris and Dear Leader will be shocked, shocked when it happens.

And Obama won’t rest until he finds out who let them go.

NavyMustang on June 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

irony or karma or both

Traitor Bergdahl brings down Traitor obama

Of all the scandals of this admin this is the first one that goes directly to obama. His fingerprints are all over this. Hope he rots in Leavanworth.

Fred

I find this story most disturbing and telling. The Bergdahl case will be one of the biggest in history.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

jrsrigmvr on June 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

What I want to know is are there military leaders who truly understand that you cannot let a deserter from the battlefield get away with no consequence for his actions, regardless of the political fallout for the CIC? What sort of precedence would that set? Obama will be gone in two years, but this sort of precedence will live on.

txmomof6 on June 3, 2014 at 5:39 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

Good for you, son, but you spelled “intelligent” wrong.

I’ll bet you would give anything for an edit function right about now.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Now Weasel Zippers has the story that the IED attacks improved dramatically after bergdahl defected.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Impeach…convict…and sentence.

Jaibones on June 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

(oops, almost got myself banned ala CWalker.)

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

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

Oh Hussein has plenty of military culture, he has served too donchano ?
/

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Watch yourself, brother. I know how you feel.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

BS, they got the “euphoria” they wanted; more discord, more tumult, more angst, etc.

Everything they do is just to put a thumb in the eye of traditional American principle and culture. Let’s release the worst, most violent offenders to deal with overcrowding in prisons instead of those with non-violent “minor” offenses: thumb in the eye. For Gitmo, let’s release arguably the worst enemy combatants 1st instead of a couple lower level scumbags by which we can work out a decent system to prevent them from returning to the battlefield: thumb in the eye. Let’s have ICE release 36,000 illegals, some of whom have committed major violent crimes, back onto the streets of America: thumb in the eye and a big F-U.

And they sit around stroking each other, puffing themselves up, because they live in the greatest country ever known to man and b/c they know how great a people Americans are, wholly civil, law-abiding, faithful to our political process for purposes of removing such demented and despicable, deluded, egotistical, conceited, narcissistic pieces of sh!t.

Gymistokles on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

AlQaeda: “We are euphoric”

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

How long til Obama issues a pardon for Bergdahl and he goes into the witness protection program?

txmomof6 on June 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

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

Makes sense to me.

MT on June 3, 2014 at 5:45 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

Good for you, son, but you spelled “intelligent” wrong.

I’ll bet you would give anything for an edit function right about now.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

How “enlightened by [one's] intellegence” does one have to be to activate one’s browser’s spellchecker?

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

davidk on June 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

He’s a dyslexic atheist. He doesn’t believe that there is a dog.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 5:47 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.

That is a possibility. To me I think it is all the above..

(1) People in the administration (probably Jarrett) have been pushing Rice who has been pushing Hagel to realise people from Gitmo. This, to them, seemed like the perfect setup.

(2) Hagel was involved in those meetings at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with the Chinese that went wild this weekend, so I am not sure how much Hagel knew what was going on, or if he did he is not the brightest lightbulb out there.

(3) Obama and crew thought they would get a hero’s welcome…after all why have the press conference with the family.

(4) They figured the soldiers would not speak out and Obama has no clue about military culture or any other occupation that involves teamwork and loyalty. I am sure the top brass, being the hacks they are, told Obama what he wanted to hear.

(5) Lots and lots of incompetence…probably never cared to look into what really happened when Bergdahl rolled out of camp.

Anything else you can imagine..

William Eaton on June 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,

I smell a new

John Kerry moment

Before a Harry Reid committee

More from Bowe on

How bad American Fighting men are.

Atty Gen. Holder will put a Seal Team on Trial.

Obama will pardon old bubby Bowe.

His dad will run for congress and the nuts will vote from the grave yard in alph. order just like LBJ would want.

Some said Never Happen to others, but there it is live on TV.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

The incompetent buffoons in the obama administration got what they wanted either way. They wanted a distraction from all the bad VA press. They got it. Just not the reaction they wanted. The mainstream media is hopefully tiring of being played by these arrogant idiots.

sgtstogie on June 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hey, is there still an opposition party to, you know, oppose this administration?

Fallon on June 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The guy in Command down “gitmo way” obeyed an illegal order.

Courtmarshall his ass.

The Air Force Gen. who ok’d the plane to haul these ones of terror out of our control. He obeyed an illegal order.

Courtmarshall his ass.

If the Joint Chiefs signed via one of them , he to obeyed an illegal order.

Courtmarshall his ass.

Obama , just let him twist in the wind and watch.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If these guys were among the worst perhaps BO intends to use their release as proof that the lesser terrorists can either be returned to the field for trial o/s or tried in civilian courts here in the US.

And if they don’t get caught quickly doing something wrong BO would be able to try and say that he should be able to get rid of all of them and close GITMO.

katiejane on June 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Sure is tough to ‘look upon these things’, lately. ARRRGGHH.
(Philippians 4:8) … BUT …

I AM feeling a bit more secure in my belief that the military sees and knows the shi/head in the WH deserves NO allegiance, whatsoever.
Methinks they’ll have Americans backs, in times of trouble, domestically.
IYKWIMAITYD.

pambi on June 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Everything I’ve read about Obama is that his managerial style is, “Shut up and do what I want.”

A Chair of some kind

Not quite. “Shut up and do what Valerie says!”

Ozwitch on June 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

AlQaeda: “We are euphoric”

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Isn’t that interesting, so is Harry Reid. And Left-socialmedia.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

thank you for this explanation. i’ve been so confused ever since this whole story broke out. why did obama do this??? but i guess i understand now. still, what a mess.

Sachiko on June 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

He’s a dyslexic atheist. He doesn’t believe that there is a dog.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

You owe me a new monitor!!!

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

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