Obama: The US never leaves a man behind

posted at 8:01 am on June 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama may be in Warsaw as part of a European tour, but in a real sense he’s stuck in Washington. At a joint press conference after a state meeting in Poland, Obama got questioned about the deal that exchanged Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban detainees, including two wanted by the UN for crimes against humanity. Obama mainly avoided discussing the detainees, although he insisted that he was “confident” that the US could prevent them from being a threat to American security in the future.

Instead, Obama defended the action by focusing on Bergdahl, perhaps learning a lesson from Susan Rice’s jaw-dropping appearance on Sunday. Regardless of the quality of Bergdahl’s service, Obama argued, the US does not leave men and women behind. “We do not condition that” pledge to their families, and said Bergdahl’s case would be evaluated at the appropriate time:

As President Barack Obama starts his third overseas trip in less than three months, he finds himself once again peppered with questions about his foreign policy, even as he attempts to cement his own legacy on the world stage.

Obama landed Tuesday in Poland, his first stop, on a mission to reassure nervous allies in Eastern Europe after Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

His three-nation journey comes as Republicans have unleashed a new line of attack questioning his judgment in exchanging five Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the return of a former prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

At a news conference in Warsaw, Obama defended the decision.

“We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind,” the President said.

Obama added, “We don’t condition that.” That’s the argument to which the White House should have stuck all along. It’s true, and it’s compelling — although it doesn’t exactly address the other side of that question, which is why it took all five of the Taliban’s wish-list detainees to make the trade. Nor does it really address how badly this hurts American security, considering that two years ago these same men were considered unreleasable by the Obama administration because of their danger to the US and others.

Obama tried defending his snub of Congress with much less success:

His administration had previously consulted with Congress on the possibility of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl, Obama said, but had to move quickly because of concerns over Bergdahl’s health and to not miss a window of opportunity.

Really? Obama was in the Rose Garden on Saturday announcing this deal, but Congress didn’t get their official notification until yesterday. As I ask in my column for The Week, if Obama and the White House didn’t have time to inform Congress, how exactly did they find the time to get Bergdahl’s parents to Washington DC from Idaho on Saturday to participate in the Rose Garden speech?

Even by Monday, the White House had not bothered to notify the chair of the House Armed Services Committee of the release of the five Taliban figures and the security arrangements to keep them from rejoining the fight in Afghanistan, despite a pledge made last year that Congress would be consulted on any release. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel argued that “exigent circumstances” prevented the White House from notifying Congress — but those same circumstances somehow didn’t keep Obama from getting the Bergdahls into the Rose Garden from Idaho.

The White House’s nonchalance about the five Taliban detainees also had people scratching their heads. Press Secretary Jay Carney tried arguing that they presented no threat to the U.S., but two of them have been charged with mass murder by the United Nations, and the Taliban celebrated their release as a “big victory” over the U.S. One detainee, Khairullah Khairkwa, was a confidante of Osama bin Laden, while Abdul Haq Wasiq served as deputy intelligence minister to the Taliban.

The deceptions didn’t stop there, either:

Susan Rice, who infamously fronted the false narrative on the Benghazi attack, appeared on ABC’s This Week and arguably did it again. When George Stephanopoulos pressed her on the lopsided trade in the context of his apparent desertion, Rice instead insisted that Berghdahl had “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

That came as news to the men who served with Bergdahl and had attempted to find him after he walked away from the base. Multiple members of his unitwent public after the announcement, despite the non-disclosure agreements, to denounce Bergdahl as a deserter. One set of parents who had been told that their son died while attempting to capture a high-ranking Taliban commander instead discovered that he had been killed trying to find Bergdahl.

Even worse, James Rosen at Fox News reported that Bergdahl’s disappearance became the subject of an investigation by U.S. intelligence, which produced a “major classified file” on the questions of desertion — or perhaps even collaboration.

It’s difficult to credit Obama for any argument when he and his team at the White House keep destroying their own credibility. They seem intent on undermining themselves even when the truth would work better for them.


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Except if you are a Marine in Mexico.

Oil Can on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Unless we’re talking about gay ambassadors, right?

CurtZHP on June 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Obama: Ignorant, incompetent, dishonest, unethical, and arrogant.

The complete jackass.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 AM

There are logical questions that follow from this statement, but the media is too in the tank to ask them.

“Would you have released KSM to get Bergdahl back if that’s what it took?”

commodore on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 AM

The most glaringly dishonest administration in the history of the American experiment.

preallocated on June 3, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Marine Sergeant, Andrew Tahmooressi, who is just south of the border held illegally?

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Unless you’re in Benghazi.

ButterflyDragon on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

At the end of the day, I would have made the trade too. Bergdahl may need to be tried for desertion, and the administration should not whitewash the fact that many soldiers died in the early effort to try and retrieve him.

Having said that, I no longer take seriously claims from military, political and media sources about the “dangerousness” of every AQ member held prisoner or killed. When was the last time an AG member was killed by our forces and he wasn’t declined as the number 2, or 3 in the organization. Being numbers 2-5 in AQ is basically a sign that your number is up.

doufree on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I have to chuckle. I bet they assumed that when they announced this deal that people would be fawning all over Barry and all the scandals would be history.

I bet they are dumb founded that people are pissed at this. They are grasping at straws.

Heh

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I could puke.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

so many typos! apologies.

doufree on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

No one left behind? We don’t condition that?

I expect that will be great news for those guys in Benghazi

MistyLane on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

everyday

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

MIAs in Vietnam were unavailable for comment.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

At the rate ire and disgust against Bergdahl is building (justifiably) I think that he’s going to flee BACK to Afghanistan soon as he can. The Obama Regime will stick to it’s Susan Rice narrative (plus Obama hates the military) but there is no statute of limitations on desertion and treason…

The visceral reaction in the military is probably scaring Obama some, actually. Remember, regardless of his birthplace (which is in doubt) Obama’s foundation is foreign. His mindset comes from places where military coups happen. I think he fears it happening to him.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Excellent point Ed

They had time to fly in the parents but not pick up the phone and call rogers and feinstein

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I could puke.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I just can’t believe that this sorry excuse for a man is the “leader” of our country.

It makes me so angry and sad.

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I won

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Obama: “I’m Going To Bed. You Can Let Me Know About Our Ambassador In The Morning.”

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

“but don’t wake me any earlier than 10, you know I stay up all night watching Sportscenter”

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I just can’t believe that this sorry excuse for a man is the “leader” of our country.

It makes me so angry and sad.

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Sometimes I wish it was all a bad dream and I’ll wake up.
Angry, sad..yes..and so much more..I don’t even have the words anymore.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

+1 Wethal

She defending dear leader with the ‘but the israelis’ excuse

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Obama added, “We don’t condition that.’

Listen, if it is ‘incontrovertible’ that a soldier ‘walked away’ from his post and fell into the hands of the enemy, I am unwilling to let those doing their duty and upholding their oaths to die in an attempt to get the former soldier back.

Just as important, I do not support trading 5 hardened jihadists, including two of whom are wanted by The Hague for war crimes concerning their actions in the slaughter of 6,000 Shi’ite men and boys in the ethnic cleansing of Mazar-i-Sharif, that are clear and present dangers to the United States for someone who put himself in jeopardy.

‘I am ashamed to be an American.’

- Bowe Bergdahl

If Bergdahl was ashamed to be an American, why should we have expended American blood and treasure trying to find him and then given up 5 hardened terrorists for him?

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

They seem intent on undermining themselves even when the truth would work better for them.

The truth? I’m guessing the ‘truth’ is far more convoluted and duplicitous than will ever come out publicly. I hate to sound like a nutter conspiracy theorist, but Obama is making it mighty hard not to.

Fenris on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

That’s the Ranger Creed, but he’s no Ranger.

formwiz on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Sometimes I wish it was all a bad dream and I’ll wake up.
Angry, sad..yes..and so much more..I don’t even have the words anymore.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

It’s going to take decades to recover from this ludicrous experiment in affirmative action Presidency, IF we recover at all.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I wonder if he could speak and make the oceans recede? Simply b/c he spoke it?

I’m sure he wonders the same thing, too. I’m just as sure that he thinks if he would, the ocean would. Delusions will do that, ya know.

He’s full of them. Certified.

Useful.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

After Benghazi, Obama has to be shameless to say that.

WannabeAnglican on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

So has Obama read about Bergdahl being a deserter and a traitor in the news yet? Has he become madder than everyone about finding out that the United States traded 5 murdering jihadis for a “soldier” who likely aided the enemy against his own unit?

Oh, I forgot, it’s 8AM, he’s still asleep.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The Obama Doctrine: Leave no Muslim coddling, antiAmerican, collaborating deserter behind.

BigAlSouth on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM

It’s going to take decades to recover from this ludicrous experiment in affirmative action Presidency, IF we recover at all.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I know…
And we have 2+ years left to endure. Everyday, I wait for WTF is next.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I wonder if he could speak and make the oceans recede? Simply b/c he spoke it?

I’m sure he wonders the same thing, too. I’m just as sure that he thinks if he would, the ocean would. Delusions will do that, ya know.

He’s full of them. Certified.

Useful.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

It’s been a long time since anyone has fainted in His Presence, hasn’t it?

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Rice instead insisted that Berghdahl had “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

I think even more reprehensible is the way Rice, Hagel, and the rat-eared wonder keep using terms like POW and battlefield as if they are using them correctly. A deserter/defector who gets captured by a group is not a POW by any rational definition. A deserter/defector taken after reneging on his military duties was not captured on the battlefield (like Jessica Lynch was).

It is just amazing to me that Bergdahl had such great survival skills. There isn’t another instance in these 13 years of combat in Afghanistan where the enemy took prisoners. And here Bergdahl managed to keep his head (literally) after five years in captivity. Simply an amazing accomplishment. /

And BTW, I think that the administration rushed through the weekend victory laps to try and get the focus of the story on the repatriated “POW” and not about the whole Taliban dream team it cost. They were estimating the story would be dead before Monday and it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I know…
And we have 2+ years left to endure. Everyday, I wait for WTF is next.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

These next two years will be the worst of the lot too.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

They seem intent on undermining themselves even when the truth would work better for them.

“It’s not the crime. It’s the cover-up.”

First heard this during Watergate.

Of course, here the crime is possibly an impeachable offense.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

The Obama Doctrine: Leave no Muslim coddling, antiAmerican, collaborating deserter behind.

BigAlSouth on June 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM

If Obama had a son in the Army……………

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

ConstantineXI

If you read PointnClicks site..read the PigTrap.

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

It’s all s pathetic.

wolly4321 on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Obama is completely utilitarian here, and his words give absolutely no indication whatsoever why he did this mysterious deal.

At best you might give the vague talk of “a peace deal” with the Taliban some credence as a motivation, but that would of course be so thick-headed a goal that even this crack team of idiot foreign policy neophytes would probably see its bizarre nature.

It’s maybe just a clueless PR move to change the subject yet again from domestic failures to ……… foreign failures?

Weird days.

MTF on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

The visceral reaction in the military is probably scaring Obama some, actually. Remember, regardless of his birthplace (which is in doubt) Obama’s foundation is foreign. His mindset comes from places where military coups happen. I think he fears it happening to him.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

This rings so true when I read it. Right on the nose. It’s that mindset from which he’s been operating since he appeared in the spotlight, mentored and fostered by the same kin (Jarrett).

I hope the WH has plenty of Depends. He’s going to need them.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

These next two years will be the worst of the lot too.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

I agree..

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Just like Krauthammer said the other week, Obama expects the media to cover for him ALL the time. When it doesn’t happen at 3000% Praetorian Guard levels he falls apart.

chadlands on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Even worse, James Rosen at Fox News reported that Bergdahl’s disappearance became the subject of an investigation by U.S. intelligence, which produced a “major classified file” on the questions of desertion — or perhaps even collaboration.

According to Catherine Herridge and others, the investigation into Bergdahl actually began before he deserted.

Also, apparently, he left with his cellphone, which he used to contact his commander the next day to inform him that he would not be returning.

The Pentagon concluded by 2010 that it was ‘incontrovertible’ that Bergdahl ‘walked away’ from his post and that it would not take any more ‘extraordinary measures’ in an effort to secure him because he ‘just wasn’t worth putting the lives of Special Forces at risk.’

Evidently, Obama and his ilk don’t consider exchanging 5 top-level, hardened Taliban jihadists, who Jim Clapper and Leon Panetta refused to swap in 2012 because they would almost certainly return to their status as a clear and present danger to the national security interests of the United States, for Bergdahl to be an ‘extraordinary measure.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

…Remember, regardless of his birthplace (which is in doubt) Obama’s foundation is foreign. His mindset comes from places where military coups happen. I think he fears it happening to him.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

More to the point, he shares sympathies and tactics with those Islamist strongmen. Until he bumps up against someone who doesn’t stand in awe of him, such as Putin. Then his real character shows.

Fenris on June 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

55 million innocent American babies slaughtered with your help and approval.
I wouldn’t be so self-righteous about saving American lives. False piety may work down here….but, there will be an accounting someday.

Don L on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

I am afraid impeachment would blow up in our faces, but that is the correct course of action.

bopbottle on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Obama:”We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind.”::Nixon:”I am not a crook.”

apostic on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Basically, Obama just told the entire world that we will pay any price to get the release of any U.S. hostage.

Good work Obama.

Your ignorance and incompetence continues to impress.

JFK – “we will pay any price, bear any burden . . . ”

Obama – “we will willingly negotiate with terrorists that manage to kidnap Americans and will give them whatever they want”

How does anyone in America still believe Obama is intelligent? That he is competent? Seriously? Even on the left, you have to realize this guy is an idiot.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

So why do we have deserters and so many Americans willing to betray their nation in the first place? M
Maybe, just maybe, it’s all the hatred and vile that the leftist political /media machine spews forth 24/7/365?

Don L on June 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I think he did this deliberately to provoke a violent reaction.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

How much more of his nonsense can this country possibly take?

Armyspouse on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

How does anyone in America still believe Obama is intelligent? That he is competent? Seriously? Even on the left, you have to realize this guy is an idiot.

Monkeytoe on June 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Newborn kittens are more intelligent (and more experienced) than Obama.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

bopbottle on June 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

0bama is counting on it.

cozmo on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I think he did this deliberately to provoke a violent reaction.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

POKE, PROD, take this, hey, think that was bad, TAKE THIS… That’s what community agitators do.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Fellow travelers. My take.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

five high-ranking Taliban detainees, including two wanted by the UN for crimes against humanity.

Well, that’s just great. I’m sure that all five of them will start up book clubs and knitting circles when they get to wherever they are actually sneaking off to.

So if some other group takes another group of people hostage, will they give up KSM?

And yes, the Israelis do it, but I wonder how many of those prisoners they send back end up getting killed by the IDF whilst sneaking back into Israel to commit terrorism. And the Israelis have an actual defensive structure to defend their citizens…..

mjk on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

They seem intent on undermining themselves even when the truth would work better for them.

Narcissistic liars cannot tell the truth. They are mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others.

redguy on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I see that Hillary has gone on the record supporting the swap of 5 terrorists for Bergdahl. I’m actually a little surprised. She doesn’t know what is going to come out or what could happen between now and 2016. At the latest, the Taliban jihadists will be back causing mayhem and likely murder by this time next Summer. She had better hope that they aren’t involved in any terrorist or ethnic cleansing activities. And, she had better especially hope that no Americans are harmed as a result of this deal and the precedent it has set.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

“We don’t condition that.” That’s the argument to which the White House should have stuck all along.

Except he used to say that not negotiating with hostage taking terrorists was unconditional.

forest on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

+1 Wethal

She defending dear leader with the ‘but the israelis’ excuse

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

The Israelis are careful about whom they release, and some they just won’t release in an exchange, as the prisoners are just too dangerous to release or have too much blood on their hands.

Of course, such a distinction is lost on Hillary or Obama.

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

This whole thing has blown up, in spectacular fashion, right in Obama’s face. This too is another instance of the administration’s incompetence, groupthink and corruption. We are, indeed, in the very best of hands.

Esaus Message on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

How much more of his nonsense can this country possibly take?

Armyspouse on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

961
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16
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redguy on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

So is this why Carney left? Was this a bridge too far for him?

mjk on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

By “accidentally” outing a CIA station chief.

CurtZHP on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

From the headline thread. Was the station chief in Kabul outed because he objected to the swap?

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Narcissistic liars cannot tell the truth. They are mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others.

redguy on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

They can’t see past their own personal self interest, and are deluded to think that everyone else’s best interests are served by the narcissist’s self interests.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I bet they assumed that when they announced this deal that people would be fawning all over Barry and all the scandals would be history.

gophergirl on June 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I’m betting they thought that the public would focus on the returning POW narrative and not get too interested in the details like the bargaining away five terrorists, the circumstances how the deserter/defector came to be “captured,” or the very real possibility that he willingly joined the Taliban.

This isn’t remotely similar to the operations rescuing Jessica Lynch or Scott O’Grady. I haven’t heard one former unit member come forward and defend Bergdahl in any way. Apparently after he deserted/defected, he used his cell phone to call back and tell him that he quit or something.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

“The US never leaves a man behind.”

I would believe this if it came from hawkdriver, but not you Mr. President.

And the word from him and his compatriots, was leave him there.

itsspideyman on June 3, 2014 at 8:41 AM

I think he fears it happening to him.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 A

I think you’re right. That’s why he is arming the government agencies. I feel a little better knowing that the military rank and file will not support him. I was a bit concerned about that.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

From the headline thread. Was the station chief in Kabul outed because he objected to the swap?

Wethal on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Could very well be. Obama is a vengeful little twit. And so are his underlings.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I think he did this deliberately to provoke a violent reaction.

Naturally Curly on June 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I don’t think so. I would argue the near deer-in-headlights response from the likes of Bahgdad Carney to the vitriol of former military about Bergdahl indicates they expected this to be a victory lap for “rescuing” a “POW” which would distract from the VA scandal and other things.

I think the administration is really just that out of touch.

But then I temper the above by acknowledging that this story is still developing and I certainly could be absolutely wrong. Not being a sociopathic narcissist I cannnot claim to understand Obama’s motivations.

deepdiver on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

The state of play seems to be that there are no fully fair legal procedures to follow in seeking release from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but taking hostages works just fine. (So if you ever want to be free, you need to have the sorts of friends who will be eager and able to seize hostages on your behalf.)

David Blue on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

It was terrible deal on many levels. Period.

The Regime miscalculated this so badly because Progressives just don’t recognize the seriousness of desertion and treason. If you don’t love the country, it doesn’t register as something that’s all that bad.

forest on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Obama placed a priority on this because Bowe is a Muslim-Sympathizer and Bob is a Muslim Convert.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

NYT:

Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Woods, Doherty, Smith and Anderson were unavailable for comment.

Because they’re all dead, having been deliberately left behind by Obama, who needed his beauty sleep.

AZCoyote on June 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Remember. There were days in the past presidencies when nutty things happened and we survived: Woodrow Wilson’s wife ran the country while he was disabled from a stroke for months. No one knew while it was happening, although many suspected.

http://www.essortment.com/edith-wilson-mrs-president-60874.html

We didn’t have an enemy in the W.H. at that time, though. She was “on our side” and we didn’t have as many foreign enemies within our borders as we do now that were being imported for a potential change in government.

On that thought, truly miraculous things happened during WWII that threw battles into our favor when the battles could just as easily gone the other way. I’m hoping and praying that we aren’t too far gone for God to help us now. I keep remembering the story of the 10 souls that God asked for in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 18:32

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

The truth might work better, but they’d rather lie. Rice is a prime example. She’s so new on the big stage, she needs all the practice she can get. I’m sure the Won thought that congress would find out from the news, just as he finds everything out. Come on, guys, get with it.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

So is this why Carney left? Was this a bridge too far for him?

mjk on June 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Not necessarily but it could be part of it. It’s a very stressful job especially having to cover for the lies of this bunch.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Indeed Wethal

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Some days, it’s very hard to stand and salute. Today is one of those days.

flackcatcher on June 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I think you’re right. That’s why he is arming the government agencies. I feel a little better knowing that the military rank and file will not support him. I was a bit concerned about that.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Obama just made himself even MORE unpopular amongst the rank and file with what he just did.

And if it comes down to it, arming every federal agency to the teeth and giving Podunk Police tanks makes them no match whatsoever for real soldiers. These police pretend-soldiers only know how to attack at 3AM with overwhelming numbers, complete surprise, and no one shooting back.

It might end up being the shortest Revolution in the history of the world…

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

On that thought, truly miraculous things happened during WWII that threw battles into our favor when the battles could just as easily gone the other way. I’m hoping and praying that we aren’t too far gone for God to help us now. I keep remembering the story of the 10 souls that God asked for in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 18:32

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I hope you’re right…but it’s hard to feel that way these days. I wrote this on last night’s QOTD:

Just when I think the Obamanation can’t make me any angrier, he exceeds himself. This time he not only made me furious, he made me sick. Sick at heart at what he has done, is doing and continues to do to this country. I am angry, sick, and disheartened, and almost in despair over the fact that no matter what he does…nothing will be done about it…the gutless wonders in the GOPe are too scared of their own shadows to enact any kind of justice. The blood of men who went looking for this creep is crying out for justice…and what will our reps in Congress do? Issue some sternly worded statements???

Dear God, have mercy on us–forgive us our sins and free us from the tyranny of this despot.

theotherone on June 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

theotherone on June 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Obama added, “We don’t condition that.”

What does that statement even mean? That sentence makes absolutely no sense.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The true Americans are the soldiers that were killed looking for this guy. The Taliban knew they would be systematicly searching for Bergdahl. It created a pattern. Patterns are lethal . The Army was following a bread crumb trail laid down by the Taliban and probably Bergdahl himself. Terrible thing to say but but the Taliban became much more effective in this area after Bergdahl was in their company.

Thicklugdonkey on June 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

We should trade Obama to the Taliban for some toenail clippings and a bag of M&Ms

TexasJew on June 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The truth might work better, but they’d rather lie. Rice is a prime example. She’s so new on the big stage, she needs all the practice she can get. I’m sure the Won thought that congress would find out from the news, just as he finds everything out. Come on, guys, get with it.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Obama doesn’t even “RSPECT” the American People enough to make his blatant lies at least plausible.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

The truth might work better, but they’d rather lie. Rice is a prime example. She’s so new on the big stage, she needs all the practice she can get. I’m sure the Won thought that congress would find out from the news, just as he finds everything out. Come on, guys, get with it.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

You have to admire Rice. They tell her what to say and she sticks to it and never wavers. An excellent liar.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Obviously Ambassasdor Stevens wasn’t a man since he was teh ghey.

#gheythread

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

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redguy on June 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

This is what worries me. What is he going to do on his last day in office? Who is he going to pardon, what executie orders is he going to make? Who is his last political target going to be? This is scarier than Hilliary being elected president.

MrsGsBoyTommy on June 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Obama went on to explain that the nazis were really communists because they had the word “socialist” in their name.

Kidding!

vlad martel on June 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Bowe Bergdahl would detail his disillusionment with the Afghanistan campaign in an email to his parents three days before he went missing.

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Bob Bergdahl responded in an email: “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”

This traitor is not worth one of those brave Americans who died trying to save his sorry arse.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

This is what worries me. What is he going to do on his last day in office? Who is he going to pardon, what executie orders is he going to make? Who is his last political target going to be? This is scarier than Hilliary being elected president.

MrsGsBoyTommy on June 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

What makes you think these people are going to leave? Even if they get rid of him they will put someone else in his place.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Bergdahl had been held for 5 years, why the hurry up now to get this done and release 5 terrorists hand picked by the Taliban. Why all of a sudden was there a concern over his health and how come in 5 years we couldn’t find him? If dear leader got Osama why couldn’t he get Bowe? Maybe the military decided not to look too hard because they knew he was a deserter and had become worse.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

OH My Goodness. I had no idea what Walid Shoebat’s thoughts were on this. I trust this man and all his opinions. When he says soething is bad……it’s bad.

This is sad,sad, sad. Cunning traitor we have in the WH.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Bergdahl had been held for 5 years, why the hurry up now to get this done and release 5 terrorists hand picked by the Taliban. Why all of a sudden was there a concern over his health and how come in 5 years we couldn’t find him? If dear leader got Osama why couldn’t he get Bowe? Maybe the military decided not to look too hard because they knew he was a deserter and had become worse.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Why it had to be NOW is obvious: Obama wanted to get the VA off the front pages.

Now that this has blown up in his face, what atrocity is he going to commit to get Bergdahl off the front pages?

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

We should trade Obama to the Taliban for some toenail clippings and a bag of M&Ms
TexasJew on June 3, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I thought Afghan M&Ms were toenail clippings.

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

What makes you think these people are going to leave? Even if they get rid of him they will put someone else in his place.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

The next Soros backed President might not be as bad a bumbler as Obama is, but he or she will not be any different in any meaningful sense.

And the Republican Establishment isn’t measurably better than Soros.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Obama added, “We don’t condition that.”

Actually we do. From the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

ART 105. MISCONDUCT AS PRISONER

Any person subject to this chapter who, while in the hands of the enemy in time of war–
(1) for the purpose of securing favorable treatment by his captors acts without proper authority in a manner contrary to law, custom, or regulation, to the detriment of others of whatever nationality held by the enemy as civilian or military prisoners;
(2) while in a position of authority over such persons maltreat them without justifiable cause;
shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

In short, if Bergdahl had managed to secure his own release by promising the Taliban that he’d say nice things about them when he got back and he’ll also send along a boxed set of Game of Thrones DVDs, he’d have a great deal to answer for. So, no, we don’t just empty out Gitmo to get one guy back. I also think it’s a mistake when the Israelis do one of their 100-for-1 deals as well.

However, I do agree with one of the above posts about being skeptical on the value of these Taliban “commanders.” Case in point: I worked with an Afghan police unit. Their lowest rank, the police equivalent of private, was not used. Turns out you can’t get an Afghan to enlist if he knows he’s the lowest rank. So everyone was an NCO! Lake Woebegoneistan! Final story: we had one smooth operator bamboozle one of our naive American officers with a sad story about how he had gotten promoted to sergeant major and wasn’t getting paid for it. She spent a week chasing this around the Afghan bureaucracy. Turns out his promotion involved him buying the sergeant major rank and sewing it on his uniform.

dreadnought62 on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Daddy Bob’s Youtube account tells you everything you need to know, doesn’t it?

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

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