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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Crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:50am
No admiration for Rice from me. I never did like being lied to and still don’t. Liars are cowards.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

“The U.S. never leaves a man behind!” Barack Hussein Obama

… unless of course it is just before an election, and the truth might damage my chances … in which case we will let them die and then lie about it with a lame video as an excuse … and no one will ever know where I was for 7 hours …

r27cj on June 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

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

It’s never too late to ask this. We all need to. He is listening. All the time. Never quits.

And, we all have eternity ahead of us.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 8:50am
No admiration for Rice from me. I never did like being lied to and still don’t. Liars are cowards.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I just meant I admore her ability to lie. Everybody has to be good at something. Hah.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

“The U.S. never leaves a man behind!” Barack Hussein Obama

unless of course, you’re not a Muslim-sympathizing Deserter and you’re in a jail in Mexico.

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

“The U.S. never leaves a man behind!” Barack Hussein Obama

… unless of course it is just before an election, and the truth might damage my chances … in which case we will let them die and then lie about it with a lame video as an excuse … and no one will ever know where I was for 7 hours …

r27cj on June 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obama is going to make a fine spectacle when they dig him out of his spider hole Sadam Hussein style.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

And you know that the WH will fall back on the HIPAA dodge when trying to justify their “move quickly because of concerns over Bergdahl’s health” lie, just as they do with all other scandals which can’t be commented on “until the official investigation has concluded”. Everything about this stinks and is perfectly timed for his European summer vacation.

sh221b on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Of course we don’t want to leave him behind . . . he must be brought home and tried as a deserter and for other crimes not yet listed.

rplat on June 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

General Dempsey: Army Will (Again – RWM) Investigate Desertion Claims Against Bergdahl…

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Except that having traded 5 terrorist leaders for this piece of filth already (two of which are wanted by the UN for war crimes) we know what the conclusion of this investigation is going to be before it even starts.

To do anything else would be to undermine Obama’s narrative and the Official Susan Rice Lie, and nothing may be permitted to do that, right?

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Could we get a statement from the three brave military men that ran to rescue our Ambassador in Benghazi (WHY was he in Benghazi???)… oh wait… they’re dead.

stenwin77 on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

kingsjester on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Sadly, yes.
We are openly embracing our sworn enemy…from the grinning devil at the top.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Of course we don’t want to leave him behind . . . he must be brought home and tried as a deserter and for other crimes not yet listed.

rplat on June 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Why not use a drone instead? Doesn’t Obama already claim the authority to kill Americans by drone?

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Except that having traded 5 terrorist leaders for this piece of filth already (two of which are wanted by the UN for war crimes) we know what the conclusion of this investigation is going to be before it even starts.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

They must be pretty bad fellows if even the UN wants them for war crimes.

esr1951 on June 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM

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…

Then why were they in Gitmo in the first place? Lost in all of this were the lives lost in capturing those animals in the first place, all for naught as we’ve given them up in exchange for a deserter.

It’s scary how naive this president is, and how easily they lie to the public to suit their own political ends.

changer1701 on June 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I can’t begin to comprehend the insanity of trading five terrorist leaders for a deserter/terrorist. Every day Obama seems to be going further over the deep end. When is Boehner going to begin impeachment proceedings against this maniac?

cajunpatriot on June 3, 2014 at 9:15 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

^^^^^^ THIS is what the fool in the WH is having sleepless nights over. He knows he’s been an absolute failure (despite all the work of Jarrett to bring her pet into the arena) and that Daddy is going to cut the strings. Knowing how wolf packs operate, his fate after the WH may be very, very difficult, if not outright dangerous. How can I say this? He knows too much about how things go within this group and how propaganda can be used.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

It’s a true testament to the incompetence of Obama and his administration when they can’t even execute what should be a very noble action appropriately without stumbling into negative circumstances that eclipse any potential good…

dpduq on June 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Except if you are a Marine in Mexico.

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

Or at a consulate in Benghazi.

magicbeans on June 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM

In case I wasn’t clear earlier, BUCK FARACK.

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

We don’t condition that

condition[ kuhn-dish-uhn ]
noun
1. a particular mode of being of a person or thing; existing state; situation with respect to circumstances.
2. state of health: He was reported to be in critical condition.
3. fit or requisite state: to be out of condition; to be in no condition to run.

That’s right King Barry, “condition” is a noun not a verb. Jucking Fackass.

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Did he mean he never leaves a man’s behind?

NoPain on June 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

For Obama to say we never leave a man behind is so out of character for him it’s comical. When he first said it at the press conference my jaw dropped and I just looked at him in wonder. Soon afterwards it became clear he just said it to try to justify the prisoner swap. It’s certainly not anything he cares about, or something that drives him. Also, it does pull at the heartstrings of those who do care.

I can imagine his thought process — “We’re leaving Afghanistan, this guy is a loose end, we need to tie that up. Do what you have to do to get him back”.

LashRambo on June 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Nope we only leave ambassadors and their security who are fighting to save their lives behind…..Benghazi barry……….

Come Lord Jesus, come soon

crosshugger on June 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

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

What’s true isn’t even a factor these fools ever consider. EVERYTHING this vile man and his sleazy enablers do or say is based on their assessment of its political implications, and that alone.

But of course eventually the truth will emerge. It’s just that in their case it typically emerges immediately because of their startling stupidity in failing to do due diligence beforehand.

And Obama cares nothing for any soldier or any soldier’s creed; he and his bunch were just trying to change the subject from the VA fiasco.

Two and a half more years of this? Whew….

mpower on June 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

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.

That is one if the bigger questions that needs to be asked. From what I understand, the Taliban asked for these five prisoners for the trade and got them. Did the US try get the list down? It doesn’t look like it. Or they are just horrible at negotiations.

Patriot Vet on June 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Looks like you guys have already covered all the bases. I just have one thing to add.

“Obama, I’m ashamed to call you an American.”

Oldnuke on June 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

We all are talking about the cat, when we should be talking about the master (of the cat).
“…It’s astonishing that so many commentators seem genuinely confused about the real power behind the democrats. They talk about Obama’s plans as if he were some kind of normal president who just happens to be very bad at it. In reality, Obama has little sway over his own operation. All the ruminating about whether Obama will now move toward the center or modify his policies to reflect the will of the people is sophomoric. It is inexpiable to suggest that Obama has the freedom to run afoul of his boss’s orders…”
http://joytiz.com/2010/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-soros/

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

B. Hussein Obama: “The US never leaves a man behind”

Stevens, Woods, Doherty and Smith would certainly disagree, if they were still alive.

Pork-Chop on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS IMBECILE KNOWS NO BOUNDS…

Pest on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

He had to include the part about the ‘uniform‘ just to cover his own ass on the account of Benghazi.

Willys on June 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

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.

Old habits die hard.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Just a thought I feel compelled to say: Even at this dark moment, your continual humorous titles are uplifting. :)

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM

THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS IMBECILE KNOWS NO BOUNDS…

Pest on June 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

THREAD WINNER

ToddPA on June 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

This is a clown show from top to bottom, and a stunning example of what you get when you choose the mail room clerk to run your Fortune 500 company.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

This exchange figuratively blew up in his face. I can only give him so much credit on his destroy america goals truth. Be told O is damn clumsy and this is more proof I mean this did not go the way they planned.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The MSM will surely provide us with some comic relief today by spinning this one.

TimBuk3 on June 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

This is a clown show from top to bottom, and a stunning example of what you get when you choose the mail room clerk to run your Fortune 500 company.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

This is why the Presidency can’t be run by an affirmative action hire.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

No soldier left behind except for Mexico.

generouse on June 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

…said the Indonesian.

jangle12 on June 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“The US never leaves a man behind” ~ the obamanation.
Rest assured, obama will negociate for the victims’ remains after the smake has cleared.

lel2007 on June 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This is a clown show from top to bottom, and a stunning example of what you get when you choose the mail room clerk to run your Fortune 500 company.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

But whose fault is it really? The mail room clerk or the fools who thought it would be a good idea to elevate him to post turtle status?

“A man gives a gun to a chimp and the chimp shoots someone, you don’t blame the chimp.” Married With Children episdoe 976-SHOE

dreadnought62 on June 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

This is why the Presidency can’t be run by an affirmative action hire with an ax to grind and a far-left agenda to pursue.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Just a modification.

BuckeyeSam on June 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Troll-free threads are boring.

CurtZHP on June 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Where is Boehner???…

PatriotRider on June 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Obama is going to make a fine spectacle when they dig him out of his spider hole Sadam Hussein style.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

From your lips to God’s ear.

Midas on June 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

First of all, this guy took off his uniform figuratively -and I’ve even heard literally- when he decided to desert his mission, his unit, and his country. Had Obama said “we pursue American criminals even in foreign lands,” I could agree with him. What we shouldn’t do is trade five of the worst criminals for one stupid kid with a flower in his hair. (We also shouldn’t let him accrue rank and back pay, either.)

Second of all, Ed has gone really soft on this topic. It’s a bit disconcerting to see someone like Ed continually defend -at least in part- the swap and the decision-making behind it. His empathy sometimes seems to get the better of him.

BKeyser on June 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Where is Boehner???…

PatriotRider on June 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I think he was last seen watering the roses in the Rose Garden with buckets labeled “Obama”.

And brushing up on his Spanish.

The POS.

BKeyser on June 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

What kind of deal is 5 Taliban for one of our soldiers?
And ad an aside, I’ve never heard “condition” used as a verb. Is that something new?

hopeful on June 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

As not ad

hopeful on June 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Good thing we don’t leave soldiers behind in Mexican prisons, either.

HopeHeFails on June 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Imagine the following possible scenario: One or more of the prisoner escapes Qatari eyes, and heads back to battlefield, and kills or masterminds the killing of us or our allies, obama will have serious blood on his hands and I do not see any way he gets away from impeachment. The vast majority of Americans will be calling for it. obama will either have to resign or face a trial.

More likely scenario: the prisoners, I would say, are already in contact with their associates. (I don’t care what obama, his minions, or the Qataris say, they are). They are orchestrating actions behind the scene to bring about more death and destruction to America and our allies (albeit possibly not directly), but is leading from behind (to use an obama term) to set these courses into actions. As evidenced by the vids coming out of Qatar, these prisoners are not really being watched. I can guarantee that do to their high level and expertise that these prisoners are doing everything in their power to do more harm.

And the only way, I can imagine that these guys would not do harm to America, is if you saw them preaching Jesus on the street. And then of course their lives wouldn’t likely last more than a couple of days over there.

ConservativePartyNow on June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Keep Obama in preznit, you know?
He gave us a phone! He gonna do more!

Galtian on June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

What Obama meant to say was, “We don’t leave soldiers behind when we need a political distraction.”

HopeHeFails on June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

On one side, those who:
– fought for America in Libya were abandoned.
– fought for America in America, and were labeled terrorists,
then harassed by the IRS.
– work hard and to have their income redistributed

On the other side, those who:
– desert his post, aide the enemy, and was called a hero by POTUS
– refuse to study and are given a high school diploma
– refuse to work and are given money by the federal gov’t

Yeah, I think I see what’s going on here.

higgins1991 on June 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Obama is going to make a fine spectacle when they dig him out of his spider hole Sadam Hussein style.

ConstantineXI on June 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

ROFL

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM

bazil9 on June 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Absolutely. An amazing, disturbing article that I read over and over again.

kozanne on June 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

whole bunch of people that need shooting.

dmacleo on June 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

What F happened to “We don’t negotiate with terrorists?”

He’s supposed to be a soldier, there to protect us, not a damsel in distress.

pedestrian on June 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Susan rice harbors a terrifying combination of stupidity and malevolence

Spyder23 on June 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

This is typical Obama. Everyone of his accentuated points are vindictive by their very false premise. He couldn’t care less about the military much less about casualties. In fact, he has disdain for the armed forces as well as this nation’s founding ideology and heritage. So he goes out of his way to blatantly accentuate the extreme opposite of his actual beliefs and intentions. And he gets away with it with surprising easy.

This is the simple yet effective use of Hitler’s Big Lie technique. And frankly, I think Barry is even surprised at how easy it has been to push the envelope with this spiteful ruse. But then, he inherited the rotten fruits of 50 long decades of the Left’s efforts to dumb-down and contra-educate the populace. And it shows.

And all of this should give everyone extreme pause for concern. Because there is nothing to stop him from pushing the envelope without any restraints whatsoever once the midterm elections are over. I don’t see this guy stepping down after 2016. Why should he? Who’s going to stop him from declaring an indefinite dictatorship?

I don’t think most people on the Right have any clue of what’s coming. These aren’t mere Leftists – they’re Commies. And they are emboldened beyond your wildest assumptions.

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

What Obama meant to say was, “We don’t leave soldiers behind when we need a political distraction.” – HopeHeFails on June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

His bungled attempt at a political distraction might be his ultimate undoing.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Obama was in the Rose Garden on Saturday announcing this deal, but Congress didn’t get their official notification until yesterday.

They had to have a press conference so Obama could find out about the exchange.

Since the President only finds out things by reading the news, that ought to be good enough for Congress.

AesopFan on June 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM

That is one if the bigger questions that needs to be asked. From what I understand, the Taliban asked for these five prisoners for the trade and got them. Did the US try get the list down? It doesn’t look like it. Or they are just horrible at negotiations.

Patriot Vet on June 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

You are going at this backward.
Releasing the Gitmo 5 was already a done deal; Obama asked for something in return, and Bergdahl was the best he could get.

They are horrible at negotiations; however, we are generally mistaken about their goals, which are not what most of us would be after, so that they look even worse.

AesopFan on June 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So the, uh, Obama Foreign Policy is supposedly “Don’t do dumb $hit”.

I guess they should expand that to include “Don’t SAY dumb $hit”, huh ?

deadrody on June 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Command in 2010 determined he deserted. They called off the search. Obummer then goes after the deserter and illegally releases 6 of the most dangerous leaders of the Taliban… for a deserter. It is clear where the President’s alignment is. Did he think he would improve his foreign policy record by this move?

jake49 on June 3, 2014 at 11:21 AM

don’t forget that because Obama declears him a hero he gets all back pay and allowance pluse 10% interest. That’s well over a 1/4 Million dollars.

The families of the men that died trying to get him back got the flag that draped their coffens.

Ah the way of the Democrates.

jpcpt03 on June 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

5

jake49 on June 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Or, he could just ammend his little statement with a simple modifier: “Mostly”.

deadrody on June 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I think President Square Pants Sponge Brain needs to attend the Benghazi hearings and take notes.

Stepan on June 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

the US does not leave men and women behind.

They droned Anwar al-Awlaki and they should have droned this guy.

Buddahpundit on June 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

http://joytiz.com/2010/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-soros/

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Seven years ago, BOE (Before the Obama Era), I would have set this article aside as a partisan hyperbole.
But look at this excerpt:

Soros also is working to throw out our Constitution and replace it with his own version:

“In April 2005, Soros’ Open Society Institute was the primary sponsor of a conference at Yale Law School, called, ‘The Constitution in 2020.’ The conference’s task was to produce ‘a progressive vision of what the Constitution ought to be.” (Emphasis mine.) When one sees references in progressive speak about the ‘evolutionary character of constitutional law,’ they are talking about changing the Constitution to formally enshrine their policy preferences so they can avoid the messy necessity of having to win elections. (Shadow Party; Horowitz and Poe; p. 71)”’

Puts Reid’s call to change the First Amendment into perspective.

“The Shadow Party operates through deception. It uses the Democratic Party as camouflage. By posing as ordinary Democrats, Shadow Party candidates trick mainstream voters into supporting them. Their true agenda remains concealed. As Soros writes in The Age of Fallibility, ‘[T]he Democratic Party does not stand for the policies that I advocate; indeed, if it did, it could not be elected.’”

Why is Soros so open about his secretive methods?
And I can’t see how he will be better off in the long run if the USA economy goes down in flames, even if it does payoff in the short term.

AesopFan on June 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Your only way out of this obummer is to send in the assassins to Qatar, find those five, and kill them.

jake49 on June 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

But then, he inherited the rotten fruits of 50 long decades of the Left’s efforts to dumb-down and contra-educate the populace.

Augustinian on June 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

o.O??? Did you mean FIVE decades? Or are you trying to pin the blame for this on Martin Luther?

GWB on June 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The treasonous Liar in Chief…bla, bla, bla…all a feature, not bug. He freed 6 of his bros, 5 to the terrorists and one back to the USA. Period.

All else is hogwash.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

POTUS conceded

released detainees might return to terrorism against US,

but he defended release to obtain Bergdahl’s freedom.

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I wish Obama’s mother would have left him behind.

philoise65 on June 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

No time to tell congress, but time to tell this guys parents. they knew without a security clearance in order to stand next to the alleged president to do the press conference before anybody in congress knew. Lying is just SOP with this bunch in the white house.

warmairfan on June 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

They are horrible at negotiations; however, we are generally mistaken about their goals, which are not what most of us would be after, so that they look even worse.
 
AesopFan on June 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

 
+1.
 
They only look bungling because people (us especially) find it so hard to believe that an administration wouldn’t try to do what was best for the United States.
 
Obama (and also President Jarrett) has been an extremely successful, extremely skilled politician once you stop projecting your own pro-jobs, pro-economy, and other pro-America goals onto his presidency.

rogerb on June 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I can’t begin to comprehend the insanity of trading five terrorist leaders for a deserter/terrorist. Every day Obama seems to be going further over the deep end. When is Boehner going to begin impeachment proceedings against this maniac?

cajunpatriot on June 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

The swap has to be one of the worst horse-trades in history and was nothing but a big ‘ol 1-800-F1U-CKYO America. A twelve year old could tell you it’s an indefensible deal.

It was also a big illegal kick in the teeth to Republicans.
It looks to me like he’s practically begging them to impeach.

Now even if Bergdahl wasn’t a controversial figure, this 5-1 deal would still be highly questionable, would still be a fundamental policy shift and it still would have been illegal. The administration had to expect a good amount of blowback even if they somehow overlooked all the questions surrounding Bergdahl (which to me seems practically implausible.)

As smaller matters, the VA did get bumped. Maybe temporarily, maybe not and Obama extended a goodwill gesture to his base about closing Guatanamo Bay.

Omama may have accomplished everything exactly as he wanted and the (more-than likely) short-term uproar was considered to be worth it.

lynncgb on June 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

obama is a treasonous traitor to the USA and he and Bergdahl Jr. s/b tried, one by the military and one by the treasonous congress.

Both s/b judged and punished for their treasonous actions.

Wake up America. The entire world laughs at you, all due to obama and his thugs. You let yourselves be taken over by the enemies, from within.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

So we negotiated with terrorists to bring back a deserter and freed the top Taliban terrorists we have in custody….

mnjg on June 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 47s

Reaffirms “enduring” US commitment to Poland. Pres Obama today to Pres Komorowski. (CBS Photo by Erick Washington)

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/473852446994104320/photo/1

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I’m reminded of the far too commonplace series of events that takes place too often in sports – when the team owner ‘reaffirms’ his commitment and loyalty to the team’s manager / coach…before sacking the manager / coach a few days later.

Given the track record of our feckless, petulant, narcissistic, and mendacious President – I doubt Pres Komorowski is overwhelmed and empowered by the ‘reaffirmation’ as he looks east…

Athos on June 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Soros’ shadow party isn’t really a shadow. The only thing thats a shadow is Soros’ involvement. Most people are not aware of who is behind the hijacking of the party by marxist dictators and Chicago gangsters.

crankyoldlady on June 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

“Obama: The US never leaves a man behind”
Like he did at Benghazi?

mrmurph on June 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Never leave a man behind?

What about these two?

Tyrone Woods & Glen Doherty?

HondaV65 on June 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Mexico, Benghazi come to mind

neyney on June 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Good cartoon of King Putt on Townhall – “I don’t negotiate with terrorists. I give them whatever they want.”

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Tyrone Woods & Glen Doherty?

HondaV65 on June 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

They weren’t deserters/traitors and they never said they were embarrassed to be Americans – that special connection Berghdal and King Putt have….

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I’m reminded of the far too commonplace series of events that takes place too often in sports – when the team owner ‘reaffirms’ his commitment and loyalty to the team’s manager / coach…before sacking the manager / coach a few days later.

Given the track record of our feckless, petulant, narcissistic, and mendacious President – I doubt Pres Komorowski is overwhelmed and empowered by the ‘reaffirmation’ as he looks east…

Athos on June 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Athos: Agreed, Hopey can not be trusted!:)

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The “Benghazi Four” unavailable for comment, you POS

PJ Emeritus on June 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

http://joytiz.com/2010/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-soros/

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Seven years ago, BOE (Before the Obama Era), I would have set this article aside as a partisan hyperbole.

I’ve been talking about the Soros connection for the past….7 years or so. It’s interesting that you would say this. As I thought of this comment of yours, I remembered years ago having this conversation with someone with your name, or something similar, someplace. I’ve only been a member here for about two years so it couldn’t have been here. Maybe you’ve used your moniker elsewhere? Or, maybe it WAS here when I first joined? I dunno. Whomever it was I had a great regard for that person and their opinions and was dreadfully disappointed in that person’s inability to connect the dots. We had quite the vigorous exchange with that person stating your conclusion: “partisan”. If it WAS you, I’m so ever thankful that you’ve changed your mind.

Why is Soros so open about his secretive methods?
And I can’t see how he will be better off in the long run if the USA economy goes down in flames, even if it does payoff in the short term.

AesopFan on June 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

He has no country. He’s in it to make $$. He’s done it to other countries/banks. As you know….He is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds, giving him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros

He has his own views on how to best control/help this planet and its various nation/countries; therefore, considers himself to be the arbiter of what’s best (for everyone) and is out to make it come true. The dead bodies he leaves behind? Meh!(ie, the fellow Jews he had to help destroy in order to save his own 14y/o life. In my world, I call that being a psychopath.)

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Let me correct myself. It’s been since the late 1990′s. Prior to Bush’s election. Time flies fast.

avagreen on June 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

…what a phucken POS this president is!…and our media and our other leaders are enablers!

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I would love to biotch slap you for saying that after Benghazi you prick.

F_This on June 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Over?

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Not quite.

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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