Notorious right-wing NYC tabloid blasts Obama’s “surrender without honor” in editorial

posted at 12:01 pm on June 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

No, not that notorious right-wing NYC daily, although the New York Post certainly can’t be fans of this decision by Barack Obama, either. That headline on the lead editorial comes from the New York Daily News, which is a skosh to the right of the New York Times, not exactly a demarcation for the boundary of conservative thought in the Big Apple or anywhere else. They endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, but then switched and endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, and today’s editorial might be an argument for why they were correct in doing so. The NYDN isn’t exactly underplaying their outrage, either. Instapundit featured their cover page from today’s paper:

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The lead delivers on the headline:

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

The five sworn enemies of the United States are now in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they are free to come and go as they like, beyond the watch of American agents. In just one year, they will be free to return to Afghanistan to fight there and stage terror attacks far beyond that country’s borders.

These facts were known to Obama when he made the deal, and yet he went ahead in irresponsible disregard for lives he has endangered. As the facts have emerged — and more surely will — it has become ever clearer that he lost his presidential compass in the Taliban swap.

And so does the conclusion:

In other words, he wants out so badly that he accepted the Taliban’s terms, regardless of the threat to American security.

He is surrendering without honor.

This is the answer to those who argue that a refusal to trade these five high-ranking Taliban figures meant abandoning all efforts to regain Bowe Bergdahl from captivity. Team Hillary’s reaction today shows clearly that Hillary Clinton didn’t consider it an all-or-nothing enterprise. If this hadn’t worked, what else should we have traded? What would be the limits of the all-or-nothing brigade’s terms? Kabul? A billion dollars?

The NYDN’s outrage is entirely justified when considering just who these five men are. CBS profiled them over the weekend, and pay particular attention to the first figure and his ties:

Khairullah Khairkhwa is the most senior ex-Guantanamo prisoner who comes from “the fraternity of original Taleban who launched the movement in 1994,” according the Afghanistan Analysts Network. He surrendered to President Hamid Karzai’s brother just before he was captured in January 2002. His most prominent position was as governor of Herat Province from 1999 to 2001. He served in various Taliban positions including interior minister and had direct ties to Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden.

Mullah Norullah Noori served as governor of Balkh Province in the Taliban regime and played some role in coordinating the fight against the Northern Alliance. He was a senior Taliban commander in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when the Taliban fought U.S. forces in late 2001.

Mohammad Fazl commanded the main force fighting the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001 and served as chief of army staff under the Taliban regime. Human Rights Watch says he could be prosecuted for war crimes for presiding over the mass killing of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001 as the Taliban sought to consolidate their control over the country. Fazl joined the Taliban early, never held a civilian post, and rose through the ranks because of his fighting ability, ending up up as one of their most important and feared military commanders, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Abdul Haq Wasiq was the deputy chief of the Taliban regime’s intelligence service and the cousin of the head of the service, Qari Ahmadullah, who was among the Taliban’s founding members, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Mohammed Nabi was a Taliban official in Khost Province. He served as chief of security for the Taliban in Qalat, Afghanistan, and later worked as a radio operator for the Taliban’s communications office in Kabul.

Besides being a link between the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, Khairkhwa was also a major opium trafficker before the war. Both Fazl and Wasiq have been accused of conducting mass killings and torture before the US invasion. Nabi helped al-Qaeda smuggle missile parts into Pakistan, and was the leader of the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, according to the JTF-GTMO report quoted by Fox News. Noori was a close associate of Mullah Omar and is wanted (along with Fazl) by the UN for crimes against humanity.

These are the men that Obama is “confident” the US can prevent from becoming a threat to the US, and coughed them up in a bad trade that Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and members of both parties and chambers of Congress refused to endorse when the terms were tougher than Obama’s team arranged. That’s quite a high price to pay for cover to close Gitmo. Let’s hope that the political price is all Americans end up paying.

Speaking of covers, here’s another that demonstrates that blowback over this deal isn’t limited to conservative spaces. Mad Magazine published this yesterday:

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Mad’s target demo is younger readers — and if this resonates among them, well …


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Shouldn’t that headline read, “So, help us, GOD”?

oldleprechaun on June 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Bishop!?

oldleprechaun on June 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Er, didn’t I read on this site that releasing the 5 was no biggie since there will soon be no justification for holding them?

corona79 on June 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I would love to see obozo’s face as he reads this when he wakes up in the next hour or so.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

In the Mad Magazine spoof, which one is Obama?

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Shouldn’t that headline read, “So, help us, GOD”?

oldleprechaun on June 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Obama would say “so help us me, myself”

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Face it, he surrendered.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Friggin’ Koch Brothers!!!

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Thanks, again, LIVs and white-guilt sufferers.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Are you reading this, Verbaluce? Is this not the sort of information you said you needed to render your opinion on this deal?

Chuck Schick on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The first dead American at the hands of one of these 5, will have the finger prints of Obama all over it.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Love that MAD cover, I tweeted the hell out of it yesterday and so did quite a few others.

rockmom on June 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Cripe

Heckuva job barack

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

He’s done with no hope of resurrecting his presidency. Now it is just a question whether he quits.

Exit Question; How many Dem’s will be willing to defend this?

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

…where is V@ginajuice and KochSucker?…using wipes?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The war is winding down doncha know ….

/

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Thanks, again, LIVs and white-guilt sufferers.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

At least they can that race relations have improved, right?

faraway on June 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The first dead American at the hands of one of these 5, will have the finger prints of Obama all over it.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

And it will look similar to this.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

if obama had a son…

mrks on June 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Time for another round of golf or another family vacation to an exotic location.

SmallGovtGuy on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I love this cover, but someone needs to photoshop a beard onto obnama.

Bmore?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Where are the trolls? Obama Defense Force, UNITE!

Actually, just give it a few months and the GOPe will save him by passing amnesty, once again snatching political (and demographic, and economic) defeat from the jaws of victory.

xNavigator on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

But he got Bin Laden…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Can it possible get any worse???…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Correction, Mad: We got two deserting weasels.

Tsar of Earth on June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Can it possible get any worse???…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Much worse. Now obama acts out of fear for losing the senate.

After November he’ll act out of sheer desperation. Beware a cornered dictator.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM

possibly

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

xNavigator on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Why they are to be condemned more for the destruction of America. They enable the D-thugs.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I love this cover, but someone needs to photoshop a beard onto obnama.

Bmore?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

The beard was shaved when the Talibon released him…

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

ROFL

Dog Eater is getting savaged from every side, he would have better luck wearing a meat dress and jumping into a pit of starving wolves.

The most damaging part is that he admits the 5 scumbags may strike us again….AGAIN? If they struck us before why aren’t they dead or at the least in a cell with the door welded shut. Dog Eater released savages who have attacked us.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

It’s going to get worse….

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

…where is V@ginajuice and KochSucker?…using wipes?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

you are without a doubt one of the most vulgar people on this website.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The Obamanation Administration basically committed treason for political reasons. They will get away with it for one simple reason, the Progressive Liberal Left only have one moral or ethical standard, the End Justifies the Means, in this case, retaining Democrat control of every aspect of the United States Government.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Libs over at politico are defending him still and realize the squish Gop wont do squat

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s going to get worse….

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

…in so many more ways.

January 20, 2017 is a long way off.

Athos on June 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

But he got Bin Laden…

And GM is alive. sorta.kinda.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on June 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Verby, try to keep up.

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The damage this idiot has inflicted upon this Country will take generations to undo.

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

In other words, he wants out so badly that he accepted the Taliban’s terms, regardless of the threat to American security.

He is surrendering without honor.

Puh-leez. That’s not why he did it. He didn’t do it because he “wanted out.” He did it because he’s a racist, Islamophilic, America-hating POS.

May he rot in hell. The first time the US has ever had an active traitor in the WH.

WhatSlushfund on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

…where is V@ginajuice and KochSucker?…using wipes?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

you are without a doubt one of the most vulgar people on this website.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It worked!. Chummin’ brings out the trolls every time. LOL

LeftCoastRight on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Dog Eater is getting savaged from every side, he would have better luck wearing a meat dress and jumping into a pit of starving wolves.

The most damaging part is that he admits the 5 scumbags may strike us again….AGAIN? If they struck us before why aren’t they dead or at the least in a cell with the door welded shut. Dog Eater released savages who have attacked us.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Because, as was noted elsewhere, he could murder someone on tv, and the media would say, “Job well done Mr pResident”….

He makes me want to vomit….

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

This is the answer to those who argue that a refusal to trade these five high-ranking Taliban figures meant abandoning all efforts to regain Bowe Bergdahl from captivity.

If it was a “sacred obligation” to trade for that SOB regardless of cost, then why didn’t Obama do it a long time ago? This deal has been on the table for years, so why didn’t Obama honor is sacred obligation? Ask it MSM.

These people are a joke and their arguments are just woeful.

forest on June 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

…where is V@ginajuice and KochSucker?…using wipes?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

you are without a doubt one of the most vulgar people on this website.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

At least he is HONEST in his words.

YOU are not…

Leave KA2 ALONE!!

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Once you’ve lost Mad Magazine… it’s curtains.

Akzed on June 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

MY BRAIN HURTS!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

“Severely” edited for accuracy. :)

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If it was a “sacred obligation” to trade for that SOB regardless of cost, then why didn’t Obama do it a long time ago? This deal has been on the table for years, so why didn’t Obama honor is sacred obligation? Ask it MSM.

Excellent point

LeftCoastRight on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

At least he is HONEST in his words.

YOU are not…

Leave KA2 ALONE!!

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Heh…

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I’d like to see one of the resident lefties take a crack at those words, “Dog Eater admits the terrorists he set free may strike us again”.

There is so much said in so few words.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

This administration is begining to resemble O.J. Simpson after he was aquitted of murder. The rat-eared wonder just does whatever the hell he wants and doesn’t care about how it looks. Another example would be when Teddy Kennedy developed an interest in Portuguese Water Dogs.

In other words, Obama wants to be out of Afghanistan and he wants to close Gitmo. This deal, no matter how bad furthers both those efforts.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

‘Did Obama Violate 30-day Notice Law?’ Is the New ‘Did Lois Lerner Waive Her Fifth Amendment Privilege?’

Pardon me if I couldn’t care less whether Jeffrey Toobin thinks President Obama “clearly broke the law.” It is not at all clear that he did. Yes, it is clear that he ignored a statute that purports to trim his plenary commander-in-chief powers over the disposition of enemy combatants and his Article II supremacy over the conduct of foreign relations. But since a statute cannot amend the Constitution, it is not clear that the statute in question is constitutional.

But this is entirely beside the point.

The president has knowingly provided material support to terrorists. More importantly, he has replenished the enemy in wartime by giving the Taliban and Haqqanis back five senior, capable, rabidly anti-American commanders at a time when, as the president well knows, the Taliban and Haqqanis are still conducting violent jihadist operations to kill our troops. This is a shocking dereliction of duty.

Moreover, as I have been arguing, the Obama administration also flatly lied to Congress in representing last year that it would comply with the statute Obama has now flouted. A president has every right not to enforce a statute he believes in good faith is unconstitutional. He commits a profound breach of faith, however, when he announces he will comply with the statute and consult with Congress and then refuses to do so—precisely to deprive Congress and the public of the ability to mobilize against his objectionable policy of empowering our enemies.

In the IRS scandal, for nearly a year, the Obama administration was able to distract attention from its appalling abuse of power in harassing the president’s political opponents by encouraging an abstruse legal debate over whether Lois Lerner said enough in her opening statement to waive her Fifth Amendment privilege.

We’re now heading into the same feint. The president is recklessly derelict as commander-in-chief and studiously duplicitous in dealing with Congress. And we’re talking about a dubious 30-day notification statute? If you think Jeffrey Toobin has diagnosed to heart of the problem here, good luck.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Also, sorry to go OT again, but Ed, can we get a thread on the NRA’s reversal on open carry demonstrations? I think it’s warranted.

WhatSlushfund on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

What can I say? I voted for the other guy(s) in the last 2 presidential elections. Why is his approval rating still at 40%? What is it going to take to change this? I am truly shocked that it is not at 10%. I am truly perplexed.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

obama is thinking of releasing another one

ConservativePartyNow on June 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I’d like to see one of the resident lefties take a crack at those words, “Dog Eater admits the terrorists he set free may strike us again”.

There is so much said in so few words.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I do not ever wish harm on our own, but I want those words to come back and bite his azz.

You catch every nuance and I love reading your commentary :)

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Because, as was noted elsewhere, he could murder someone on tv, and the media would say, “Job well done Mr pResident”….

He makes me want to vomit….

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Actually Scrumpy, he just did commit murder live on International Television, and the Media is cheering him on. These guys were senior Al Qaeda commanders, they are not going home and opening up peaceful business, they are not going to sit around telling war stories at the local Al Qaeda Terrorists retirement homes.

They are going to go right straight back into the fight, they are going to resume killing American military personal and innocent civilians. Barack Obama is 100 percent responsible for any and every single person who dies at their hands. So, yes, he did commit murder live on Television as surely as anyone who puts a gun to a innocent victims head and pulls the trigger.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Mad’s target demo is younger readers — and if this resonates among them, well …

Like the fluck it will. Most college kids are either completely under sway of liberal propaganda machine (loosely referred to as “academia”) or joined Ron Paul’s cohorts, and both are, unfortunately, fine with the “exchange”. While I am generally supportive of the libertarian sway, this particular issue is a source of our sharp disagreement.

Rix on June 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

In the Mad Magazine spoof, which one is Obama?

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

It doesn’t matter.

They’re all committed to the destruction of the U.S.

And they all think the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound on earth.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

…Barack Obama is 100 percent responsible for any and every single person who dies at their hands. So, yes, he did commit murder live on Television as surely as anyone who puts a gun to a innocent victims head and pulls the trigger.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yes, you are right, he has done so.

He is the shame of Americans who elected him into office.

I want him ousted, gone.

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Still gets under my crawl that he didn’t do squat for the benghazi 4

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

What can I say? I voted for the other guy(s) in the last 2 presidential elections. Why is his approval rating still at 40%? What is it going to take to change this? I am truly shocked that it is not at 10%. I am truly perplexed.

warmairfan on June 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Me too. 40% depresses me. I have friends who voted for him, who still think he hangs the moon. It is all about gay marriage and Obamacare. (although, each and everyone of them have private insurance!)

djl130 on June 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

This wasn’t Barky’s first such betrayal. It wasn’t even his 20th.

This is what you get when you put an ineligible, third-world, dog-eating, America-hating retard in an office he isn’t even qualified to clean. Maybe Barky should take his show on the road for another 2 year World Traitor Tour like he did at the beginning of his illegitimate tenure? he can take Traitor Bergdahl with him and apologize to everyone on earth for lies they both make up about America?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Bush made him do it.

JellyToast on June 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I keep seeing Obama wants this and Obama wants that. The only thing he wants is whatever benefits him and makes him look good. He’s just having trouble finding anything. As forhis marxist handlers we know what they want. If he isn’t getting it for them they’ll have to find someone else.

I said it before and I’ll keep saying it. They cannot allow the Republicans to take over the senate.

crankyoldlady on June 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The first dead American at the hands of one of these 5, will have the finger prints of Obama all over it.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

And do you really think Obama or the democrats will give a shit??
They will blame Bush…

Pelosi was blaming Bush for the VA scandals…..

If I were Bush I would fly up to DC and kick Pelosi’s azzzzzz…..

This madness won’t stop until people (idiots) quit voting for democrats (communists)……

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

…thanks…but I want them to bite those nasty lures.

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

He’s done with no hope of resurrecting his presidency. Now it is just a question whether he quits.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

He won’t quit. He still thinks he’s the greatest prez ever – that won’t change. He most likely already has plans for getting his mug added to Mt. Rushmore. That’s how narcissistic he is.

climbnjump on June 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

Do you think Obama gives a shit????

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

He’s done with no hope of resurrecting his presidency. Now it is just a question whether he quits.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yeah, he won’t quit….

He will spend the rest of his term in office looting the Treasury…..

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Can you imagine a WWI scenario like this one?

Hitler: “Why yes, I’ll be happy to trade Pvt. Smith from Oklahoma for Rommel, Himmler, Goering and Goebbels. When can I pick them up?”

BacaDog on June 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

WWII, not WWI.

BacaDog on June 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Yeah, he won’t quit….

He will spend the rest of his term in office looting the Treasury…..

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Kinda like when the gangs go wild in riots and start looting the stores….

Obama reminds me of the punks carting off flat screens and tennis shoes….

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

…Barack Obama is 100 percent responsible for any and every single person who dies at their hands. So, yes, he did commit murder live on Television as surely as anyone who puts a gun to a innocent victims head and pulls the trigger.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yes Obama will achieve his goals when that happens…..

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

…thanks…but I want them to bite those nasty lures.

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

nasty lures such as

the blonde bimbo spokesslut

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Dude!

gophergirl on June 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I wonder if O’Barry considers Mad magazine a legitimate source? Heck I am really sorry for criticizing O’Barry so much, he must be saving a lot of money by not having staff meetings and reading his updates in the paper. What a fiscal conservative!

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

…Barack Obama is 100 percent responsible for any and every single person who dies at their hands. So, yes, he did commit murder live on Television as surely as anyone who puts a gun to a innocent victims head and pulls the trigger.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yes, you are right, he has done so.

He is the shame of Americans who elected him into office.

I want him ousted, gone.

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

…the crème de la crème…was that the smiling at what pubichair face father said at the Rose Garden…then prompted JugEars to put his arms around the thankful parents… and walk off into the sunset!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

Do you think Obama gives a shit????

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Well, actually yes. He is trying to kill America, so, yes he does give a shit, but not in any positive or constructive sense of the phrase.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

you are without a doubt one of the most vulgar people on this website.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Whereas, YOU still hold the title.

What’s wrong, KockHeadedKlown? Worried you may lose your Krown of Kocks?

No chance, loser.

Even as some say, you’re trying to be sarcastic, you’re completely sucktastic as far as most of us are concerned.

ZeusGoose on June 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

How many servicemen died to bring these Taliban filth in?

I guess when the next little girl is killed for going to school they can thank Obama.

DavidM on June 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Where are the trolls? Obama Defense Force, UNITE!

Actually, just give it a few months and the GOPe will save him by passing amnesty, once again snatching political (and demographic, and economic) defeat from the jaws of victory.

xNavigator on June 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

If the GOP had a brain, they would tie this scandal to NOT passing amnesty, being “we don’t really know who is out there and can easily come into the country, see the Taliban 5 release.”

Make the Dem’s defend this horrid deal, whether they want to or not.

But alas, I am asking too much of the GOP.

Odie1941 on June 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure that’s the reaction your parents had in the delivery room the day you were spawned.

Well, at least after the doctor picked you up off the floor after dropping you on your head.

ZeusGoose on June 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

you are without a doubt one of the most vulgar people on this website.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Then go away. Can’t you take a hint? Nobody’s forcing you to subject yourself to the taunts.

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Obama gives himself a SOLID B+ on the Bergdahl deal. He was going to give them ten murderous terrorists so it is all WIN!!!!!!!!!

If only Obama would consider terrorists the enemy like he does his fellow Americans whom disagree with his policies.

jukin3 on June 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

While we now know of the loss of American lives searching for Bergdahl, in reality we gave thousands of lives lost and wounded in the invasion itself to eradicate these terrorist vermin. Now, while we are withdrawing from Afghanistan, Obama has returned the Taliban commanders to their prior post of duty and their source of power. These terrorists should have been tried and executed. This was a surrender to the Taliban.

Our current political ‘leadership’ is a collection of some very sick souls.

cthemfly on June 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

New 0bama T-shirt for sale in the White House gift shop:

“I released 5 deadly Al Qaeda leaders and all I got was was this lousy deserter.”

UltimateBob on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

There are still a few GITMO prisoners available for ludicrous, one-sided trades. How about a deal with Mexico–you get the GITMO prisoners and we’ll take all your convicts and mental cases.

Oh!! I see!!! We’re already taking all of Mexico’s convicts and mental cases through Amnesty without any GITMO deal. Never mind.

MaiDee on June 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The Mad Magazine spoof was spot on except for one detail–they should have removed the flag pin from Obama’s lapel. It’s an insult to the flag and the country for which it stands.

Steve Z on June 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

TRAITOR

crosshugger on June 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Mad Magazine: We got one deserting weasel.

I’m trying to figure out which person on the cover is the deserting weasel. I think there’s more than one…

worldtvlr on June 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

“They got 5 Taliban leaders, we got one deserting weasel” — MAD

Hah, idiots, we got 3 of them, obama, Bergdahl Jr, and Sr.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

These facts were known to Obama when he made the deal, and yet he went ahead in irresponsible disregard for lives he has endangered. As the facts have emerged — and more surely will — it has become ever clearer that he lost his presidential compass in the Taliban swap.

They didn’t mention the ones who died in pursuit of Bergdahl, capturing the 5 bad ones, just released, and more.

Plus, this gives carte blanche to terrorists the world over to capture Americans everywhere, at any time.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Team Hillary’s reaction today shows clearly that Hillary Clinton didn’t consider it an all-or-nothing enterprise.

“Team Hillary’s reaction today” simply shows she’s calculated a comment to put her in the best possible position given the explode-in-your-face reaction the ‘enterprise’ gave Obama.

It has no bearing on what she may or may not have thought about the plan before the swap was made. For all we know, she though it was an awesome idea, and she hoped she’d get to take credit for it somehow as an accomplishment (finally got one!) as SoS. Watching it blow up, however, you’d expect something other than a cautionary “well, *I* wouldn’t have done it that way* comment *now*?

Pffft.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Keep on on scanning the threads and feigning outrage. Its what your task has been the entire time. Your jig is up.

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.

Just as an aside, is this a preview of coming attractions for say December 2016 when Obama announces his final Presidential pardon list? I mean if he has no problems with releasing these five because it reduces his Gitmo headache, just imagine the people he’ll pardon, let out of jail in his final month with no qualms.

To quote Star Wars, I have a bad feeling about this.

parke on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

from one non-scandle to another.

phatfawzi on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Or should that have read, gig? No matter, point made.

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

“War on Vets”

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

New 0bama T-shirt for sale in the White House gift shop:

“I released 5 deadly Al Qaeda leaders and all I got was was this lousy deserter.”

UltimateBob on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

As MasterCard would say “Priceless.”

parke on June 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hitler gave orders that when the Nazi regime fell, the entire country of Germany was to be destroyed.
Is this some sort of occupational hazard among fascist dictators?

jbspry on June 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

…where is V@ginajuice and KochSucker?…using wipes?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I resent your comparing a mindless, vile troll to v@ginajuice, the elixir of life. :-)

UltimateBob on June 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

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