Obama: “Absolutely no apologies” for swapping five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl

posted at 12:01 pm on June 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

First off, take a listen to the question that prompted this answer. It’s a marvel of incoherence, leaping not just from Barack Obama to David Cameron but from the Bowe Bergdahl swap all the way through to Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup next decade. Diagramming that question might need a wall-sized Venn diagram.

Nonetheless, Obama responded on the swap that he had “absolutely no apologies” to make over the swap:

President Obama said Thursday he would make “absolutely no apologies” for ordering the controversial prisoner swap to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

Obama said he was never surprised by “controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” but deflected criticism from members of Congress and the military over the trade of five Guantanamo prisoners for Bergdahl, who has been accused of abandoning his post in Afghanistan before his capture.

“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents,” Obama said at a joint press conference with in Brussels with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

None? None at all for, say, using the Bergdahls for the big announcement before even bothering to notify the relevant members of Congress, like the chairs and ranking members of the intelligence committees? Apparently not, because Obama says he needed to “humanize” the swap:

The president also defended the decision to appear alongside Bergdahl’s parents during an announcement of the deal on Saturday. Some have argued that decision elevated the soldier’s profiles and invited the tougher examination of his conduct on the battlefield.

But Obama said he felt it was important to humanize the decision, and said he wrote “too many letters” to parents whose children don’t return from war.

“I think it was important to understand this is not some abstraction, not some political football,” Obama said.

Clearly that turned out to be an utter failure, as well as a total contradiction in terms. He didn’t want to turn the swap into a political football, but then brought the Bergdahls into the Rose Garden for public-relations purposes. Huh?  Obama had weeks to notify Congressional leadership of the pending swap and didn’t because either (a) Bergdahl was too ill to wait, and/or (b) it went too fast to make the calls — but they just so happened to know that the Bergdahls were in DC and where to find them. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Chuck Lane notices something else about Obama’s argument from the transcript:

He’s Bob Bergdahl’s “child,” but not a child on his own. We don’t have “child” soldiers in the US Army, nor in any of the service branches. Bergdahl fils was and is a young man, responsible for his own actions.

Speaking of total failure — if Obama hoped to accelerate the closing of Gitmo with this trade, it’s about to backfire in a very big way. Members of Congress of both parties are so angry over his violation of the law that they’re going to make it harder to do more transfers of those left at the detention facility:

President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison is facing re-energized opposition from Republicans and increased questioning from fellow Democrats amid widespread anger in Congress over the swap of five Taliban detainees for the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

Obama appeared to advance his effort last month when a Senate panel approved greater authority for him to transfer suspected terrorists to the United States, on condition he presented a plan to close Guantanamo and Congress approved it.

But the deal that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years of captivity has driven a new wedge between the president and lawmakers of both parties who accuse the Obama administration of breaking the law. …

Members of Congress say the prisoner trade almost surely will end with the Taliban commanders returning to the battlefield. Lawmakers also say Obama ignored the law and his administration’s own pledge to provide Congress with notification at least 30 days in advance. The White House insists it acted lawfully.

The disagreement is prompting some lawmakers to try to tighten rules on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo.

Obama expected euphoria over the release of five dangerous Taliban figures when packaged with the return of one soldier who was captured after going AWOL. He also apparently expected Congress to do nothing while he high-handed them over a swap that had almost unanimous bipartisan opposition in both the House and the Senate, when considered with even tougher restrictions than the five Talibani have now in Qatar. That’s about the level of competence we have seen from this White House all along, and incompetence has dangerous consequences at this level. Apologies for it do little to mitigate them, but a few might at least signal that this administration might learn from some of its errors and arrogant overreach.


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Please step down. The office is too big for you.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

obama must be IMPEACHED – there is no other choice.

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Nobody is interested in this liar’s apologies.

ezspirit on June 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

A young man back to his parents? They will be dead by the time he gets out of prison, if he does.

Sven on June 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

SIGH just SIGH

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl were each someone’s child. The fatherless children of those soldiers were each someone’s child.

I’m surprised Obama didn’t release a middle-school picture of Bergdahl in a hoodie, like the out-of-date picture of high school football player Traaaaaayvon to further infantilize Bergdahl.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Straw man again. Critics don’t want to return this “child” to his parents. Eeeevil, heartless critics.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“administration might learn”

What Obama is learning is no one can stop him. Staff presented him a list of options and he rejected them all, ordered ordered the trade.

and it was done.

Joseph OHenry on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Of course not, Terrorist In Chief.

TerryW on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I fail to see why he just didn’t close GITMO, he doesn’t have to run again and Democrats in Red States could run from that just as easily as this. He ran on it for goodness sakes.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Is a beauty to behold operation Boomeranggate.

The foolish Clarabell obama stood there, while an even more foolish TaliPa claimed unscientifically that his son “doesn’t understand English any more” and then proceeded to babble in Pushtu, and then send Allah his greetings, and the “Ameen”.

The Taliban and Qauida now have the perfect marketing video/s, forever, with a clearly content obama smiling and nodding. Right or wrong, they will claim that obama is on their side.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama has committed murder by releasing those 5 Taliban 4 star generals, moreover he has committed treason by giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. He has publicly embraced a deserter and a traitor. If Congress and one single testicle amongst them all, Obama would be being Impeached right this second.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

So, basically, he can do whatever he wants to, since Congress does not have the intestinal fortitude to stop him.

In honor of this lack of an auspicious occasion, I channeled my inner bard, and wrote the following little ditty, to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”.

Everybody sing!

WHEN BOWIE COMES MARCHING HOME

When Bowie comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout.
The ladies they will all turn out.
And we’ll all be glad when Bowie comes marching home.

Oh wait, you say that he bugged out?
Oh, no! Oh, no!
What happened to our cub scout?
Oh, no! Oh no!
From the Army base he strayed,
And new Taliban friends he made,
Now, we won’t show up when Bowie comes marching home.

Obama lied to you and me,
The Putz! The Putz!
The backlash he did not foresee,
The Putz! The Putz!
Five Muslim Terrorists he did trade,
Upon the Public’s trust he preyed,
Now no one’s fooled when Bowie comes marching home.

Now Obama’s in a world of hurt,
Oh, crap! Oh,crap!
He can not hide behind Val’s skirt,
Oh,crap! Oh,crap!
A bonehead move he did make,
And came off looking like a snake,
Let’s impeach this fool when Bowie comes marching home

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

What Obama is learning is no one can stop him. Staff presented him a list of options and he rejected them all, ordered ordered the trade.

and it was done.

Joseph OHenry on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

He’s completely surrounded by azz-kissers right now. The Lincolnesque “team of rivals” shtick is gone. Hagel, the token Republican, is a joke.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Today it’s a decade since President Ronald Reagan died.

This oaf is not allowed to spit on that man’s shoes.

He fancies himself “Washington, Lincoln and FDR” and is in reality “chimpey” and Nixon on speed. I love the irony of it all.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Apologies will come when the bodies of the GITMO5 attacks start piling up.

JoshuaH on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

At this time, impeachment might be too soft an option for Obama. I do not want him to go into a cozy, money-filled Hawaiian retirement while the country licks the wounds he left. We need Obama executed or in jail without parole, and we need someone with a large pair of gonads to conduct a serious conversation on this country’s racial relationship in the wake of that punishment.

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

To paraphrase Brandon Friedman:

What if the Obama administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership???

‘If’ being merely rhetorical.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Obama would NEVER admit to a mistake. And he shouldn’t. US Presidents need to stand by their decisions. Its our job to destroy them for making bad ones.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I blame Valerie Jarrett.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Every Democrat who has to run for election this year are PRAYING for a guy with a vaudeville hook to pull him off the stage so he can’t keep doubling down and making this worse!

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The Left now claim that it’s a good thing that obama does what GWB did or would do…why you don’t hear criticism of “chimpey” these days.

“You’re doing a fine job, Brownie” — GWB, the Prescient.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

So, when are our military guys going to refuse to obey this illegitimate prezidint’s illegal orders?

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Apologies will come when the bodies of the GITMO5 attacks start piling up.

JoshuaH on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

You seem to assume there is rationality on the Left. They never apologize for anything. It would wound their fragile egos.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I blame Valerie Jarrett.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

She is the de facto preezie.

When obama meets Allah he’ll assign him Eleanor Clift and Valerie Jarrett, not Reggie Love. It’ll be his Hell.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I blame Valerie Jarrett.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

‘After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.’

- Valerie Jarrett

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Conspiracy Theory switched ON:

Obama had these 5 Prisoners surgically implanted with tracking beacons. They will go back to the Al Queda Cockroach nests, and we can Drone the hell out of them and end Al Queda.

Conspiracy Theory switched OFF:

Obama is an idiot.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

St Barry truly believes that he is so smart that we mere mortals cannot possibly see the brilliance in all he does. The joke’s on him though because fewer and fewer are willing to keep drinking the kool aid.

rmkdbq on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I blame Valerie Jarrett.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I blame Congress for not having Impeached Obama already.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Obama: “Absolutely no apologies” for swapping five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl

As I wrote in the headlines yesterday,

Obama will never be able to admit in any way, shape, or form that he was wrong. Because …

[For the narcissist] to admit to one failing, to acknowledge a mistake, even a simple human error of judgement, would be to open the door to the deep internal lack within. … Such feelings of worthlessness are like an ocean being held back by a fragile d1ke. The illusion of perfection, maintained by projecting faults onto someone else, is a barrier to be constantly tended, mended and shored up. To admit any feelings of deficiency would be the equivalent of poking a hole in the d1ke, an event to be feared as a total disaster.

LashRambo on June 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

(modified to get by word censor of ‘d1ke’)

LashRambo on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Obama don’t GAF – he’s got short-timer’s disease.

myiq2xu on June 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Obama is clueless, stubborn, and irresponsible.

Reminds me of a spoiled brat.

Not a leader.

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Yeah sure, say that in a foreign country. Wait until you come back home. We cannot trus twhat he says anymore. A president going rogue. hmmmm.

jake49 on June 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

what

jake49 on June 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Child? How about saying someone’s “son”?

Perhaps Barry like to look upon all of his subjects as his children.

reaganaut on June 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

He has publicly embraced a deserter and a traitor. If Congress and one single testicle amongst them all, Obama would be being Impeached right this second.

oscarwilde on June 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

That’s the problem. And the fact that 51% of voters in this country are morons.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Well, at this point, what else is Obama going to do but double-down on doubling-down?

Reminds me of the lyrics of an old anti-war song:

We were — neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on
.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

So, when are our military guys going to refuse to obey this illegitimate prezidint’s illegal orders?

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I think they are completely justified at this point in marching a division into DC, occupying it, and putting everyone from Obama down to the mail room clerk before a military tribunal.

Congress too…

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

So, now Bergdahl is a “poor black chile”?

Blake on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sport fails to understand that members of Congress are fired up because the American people are irate over Obysmal’s obvious political stunt, which jeopardizes our military and our nation.

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

(modified to get by word censor of ‘d1ke’)

LashRambo on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

OMG, /facepalm

melle1228 on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

You expect a black man to apologize?????

vlad martel on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

But Obama said he felt it was important to humanize the decision, and said he wrote “too many letters” to parents whose children don’t return from war.

Would that include letters to the soldiers killed looking for a worthless piece of crap who decided he was tired of serving in the Army and just walked off his post?

Why aren’t Bowe Bergdahl’s victim’s humanized even if their taliban daddies don’t praise Allah and Obama for his worthless son’s release?

The active duty military has got to be pissed off about this.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

This guy is a maroon. He needs to resign. Will the GOP please find some cojones and impeach the idiot? I hear Joni Ernst has some available – she might be willing to the let the Washington GOP use them for a bit.

Frickin’ idiots. Stupid “progresssives”. Their infantile ways will get us all killed – eh, Libby Freordie? Idiots.

Chuck Ef on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

- Valerie Jarrett

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

That sleazy Iranian slumlord needs to remember that once Obama’s out of office (however that happens), he will continue to have 24/7 SS protection — but she won’t.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

So, now Bergdahl is a “poor black chile”?

Blake on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

No, he’s just a jerk.

Flange on June 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Being Obama is never having to say saying you are sorry.

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Frickin’ idiots. Stupid “progresssives”. Their infantile ways will get us all killed – eh, Libby Freordie? Idiots.

Chuck Ef on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

You won’t see them on this thread.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I think they are completely justified at this point in marching a division into DC, occupying it, and putting everyone from Obama down to the mail room clerk before a military tribunal.

Congress too…

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I think that’s pretty much the only hope left to salvage the republic. I’ve been wishing for a coup for years now.

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Look were that pen and phone got you know O!!

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

That sleazy Iranian slumlord needs to remember that once Obama’s out of office (however that happens), he will continue to have 24/7 SS protection — but she won’t.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

That’s not going to be that big of a boon even to Barry… Traditionally, most Presidential details stay with their President when he leaves office. They opted not to when Clinton left office, and I seriously doubt that Obama’s detail will either. Which means he’ll get the agents no one else wants…

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

We’re all psychopaths now….

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

So, now Bergdahl is a “poor black chile”?

Blake on June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Nope, but a ‘poor black chile’ lost his life searching for the despicable, little b@stard…

Private First Class Morris Walker, 23

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

He also apparently expected Congress to do nothing while he high-handed them over a swap that had almost unanimous bipartisan opposition in both the House and the Senate, when considered with even tougher restrictions than the five Talibani have now in Qatar.

Harry Reid ensured the “almost” part of the phrase.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

This VA scandal must be even worse than anyone thought.

reaganaut on June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Apologies will come when the bodies of the GITMO5 attacks start piling up.

JoshuaH on June 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

You seem to assume there is rationality on the Left. They never apologize for anything. It would wound their fragile egos.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I agree with John. I expect the talking points to go like this:
1) The released Gitmo prisoners are attacking us now because of the harsh treatment they received prior to Obama taking office (i.e. “It is Bush’s fault”),
2) If they had not been released when they were, it would have been worse (kind of like the economy that still sucks after the trillion dollar ‘stimulus’ that went to Obama’s cronies, which they explain away not as incompetent use of funds, but as ‘it worked and it would have been worse without it’).

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I loathe the President. He really is a petulant a-hole.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I think that’s pretty much the only hope left to salvage the republic. I’ve been wishing for a coup for years now.

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Republic is NOT going to be saved at the ballot box. That’s how we got into this mess to begin with. It’s going to take external forces outside of DC, be it a Constitutional Convention of states or some form of Revolution.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM

When will Susan Rice be resigning?

Presently false narratives…..twice.

can_con on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

“Absolutely no apologies” for swapping five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl

Translation: How dare you question me! How dare you ask me that in public!

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

He also apparently expected Congress to do nothing while he high-handed them over a swap that had almost unanimous bipartisan opposition in both the House and the Senate…

As far as I can tell, Obama’s expectations were spot on.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Being Obama is never having to say saying you are sorry.

No Truce With Kings on June 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Not at all, but Barky only apologizes about lies that he makes up about America and how likes to portray us as evil, bitter clingers, like he did for his two years on that World Traitor Tour. The thrid-world, dog-eating retard even apologized to the scumbag Egyptians for colonialism! Barky should have been impeached for that World Traitor Tour … as he should have been impeached for so many un-Constitutional, illegal, and anti-American acts.

Barky will only apologize to dirtbag America-haters for lies he makes up about you and me.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

We’re all psychopaths now….

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

My, won’t that provide a convenient excuse for the Obama brownshirts wtshtf.

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

But Obama said he felt it was important to humanize the decision, and said he wrote “too many letters” to parents whose children don’t return from war.

Would that include letters to the soldiers killed looking for a worthless piece of crap who decided he was tired of serving in the Army and just walked off his post?

Why aren’t Bowe Bergdahl’s victim’s humanized even if their taliban daddies don’t praise Allah and Obama for his worthless son’s release?

The active duty military has got to be pissed off about this.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’m certain that those “letters” are just form letters where he pastes in the names of the parents.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

As I said on another thread–because he’s the first black president–NOTHING he says or does will impeach him. Also he’s a lame deck. This means HE IS TOTALLY INVULNERABLE. Nothing can stop him.

MaiDee on June 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Imagine being one of the soldiers that served with Bergdahl, watching as the commander-in-chief hoists a deserter up while he dismisses the rest of them as just part of a ginned up controversy. They have to be fuming right now.

changer1701 on June 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

When will Susan Rice be resigning?

Presently false narratives…..twice.

can_con on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Never.

Susan Rice is this admin’s Fed Ex gal.

“When you absolutely, positively have to have a lie overnight.”

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Fascinating how Obama recasts Bergdahl as a “child.”

Unfortunately, the only child here happens to be President.

Obama expected euphoria over the release of five dangerous Taliban figures

Why wouldn’t he? The media and democrats in both houses of congress have enabled and covered his every mistake for 6 goddamn years. I’m sure he was shocked they didn’t do it again.

BacaDog on June 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

This VA scandal must be even worse than anyone thought.

reaganaut on June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

It is. And so is this one.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

boy is the lsm defending him on this response…big time…

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Pic of the Day: ‘Will Trade Obama To Mexico For Sgt Tahmooressi. God Help Us All’

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The mexicans aren’t that stupid. Maybe “give back Sgt. Tahmmooressi OR we are going to send you obaME” might work.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

GWB didn’t make glass of the Taliban.

obama resurrected them.

Infamy for America and the world.

Every single American is now more endangered by obama.

The Haqqanis love them some loot, contrary to their Allah. They are NOT just the Taliban. They cut 6000 throats and made women/children watch. They will be in charge in Afghanistan soon, with the 5 released in the Cabinet.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is akin to watching an old “Twilight Zone” themed “Jeopardy” show….

CONTESTANT: “Rod, I’ll take TOTUS for $1.367 please”

ROD: The answer is – “Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, VA, Bergdahl”

CONTESTANT: “Rod, what is “controversies that are whipped up in Washington,”?

ROD: Correct!
————————————————————

This inept & corrupt regime and it’s enablers and sycophants in the media are a cancer on the Republic….

tanked59 on June 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The VA scandal is off the front page. Mission accomplished.

Dan_Yul on June 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Obama: “Absolutely no apologies” for swapping five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl

It’s too late to apologize.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Halfway through the day and not a single troll?

itsspideyman on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

- Valerie Jarrett

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

That sleazy Iranian slumlord needs to remember that once Obama’s out of office (however that happens), he will continue to have 24/7 SS protection — but she won’t.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Should be funny if she tries to go back to Chicago and exert political influence there. She pizzed off Rahm and Bill Daley.

Without her puppet (who will likely be playing golf in Hawaii), she really has nothing to offer.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Imagine being one of the soldiers that served with Bergdahl, watching as the commander-in-chief hoists a deserter up while he dismisses the rest of them as just part of a ginned up controversy. They have to be fuming right now.

changer1701 on June 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

They are so angry that I doubt Obama will even allow Marines to be carrying umbrellas when he uses them as props from now on…

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

boy is the lsm defending him on this response…big time…

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

No way!

bazil9 on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I can’t wait until tomorrow’s charade….

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Please step down. The office is too big for you.

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

^^^THIS +1000^^^

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

He needs to start wearing aviator sunglasses and a big military hat.

Galtian on June 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Well, Miss Lindsey might have something to say about this. Errr… Nevermind.

Fallon on June 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

GUTSY CALL!!! Mk 2, Mod99.

BigWyo on June 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Members of Congress of both parties are so angry over his violation of the law that they’re going to make it harder to do more transfers of those left at the detention facility stamp their tiny feet rather than actually hold anyone accountable for flagrantly violating the law and releasing terrorists back into the wild:

FIFY.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

- Valerie Jarrett

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

That sleazy Iranian slumlord needs to remember that once Obama’s out of office (however that happens), he will continue to have 24/7 SS protection — but she won’t.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Should be funny if she tries to go back to Chicago and exert political influence there. She pizzed off Rahm and Bill Daley.

Without her puppet (who will likely be playing golf in Hawaii), she really has nothing to offer.

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

There’s still time for Obama to declare himself “President for Life”. I’m sure ValJar as given him the order to do so when she feels the time is right.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I think that’s pretty much the only hope left to salvage the republic. I’ve been wishing for a coup for years now.

Harbingeing on June 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Republic is NOT going to be saved at the ballot box. That’s how we got into this mess to begin with. It’s going to take external forces outside of DC, be it a Constitutional Convention of states or some form of Revolution.

Unless you’re willing to burn the Obamabots out of your own neighborhood, convince others to do the same AND remove by force the top four levels of the federal government bureaucrats from office and agency, you’re just going to have to wait for change.

And by change, I mean Obama’s drones, local military police force and undocumented citizens forcefully removing us.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

The Army knew all along and NEVER classified private Bergdahl as a POW.

Bergdahl stretched the rug out for the terrorists. The Haqquanis welcomed him, from behind. It’s when his azz began to bleed and he went “Holy shit, what have I wrought?”

He was not with the Taliban. The Haqqanis, contrary to their Allah, love loot, of all kinds. They are in total cahoots with the Pakistani intelligence. That’s why no move into obama’s Pokistan.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

KINGS DO NOT APOLOGIZE TO THEIR SUBJECTS.

Tard on June 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The Republic is NOT going to be saved at the ballot box. That’s how we got into this mess to begin with. It’s going to take external forces outside of DC, be it a Constitutional Convention of states or some form of Revolution.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Frankly, a ‘convention of the states’ isn’t going to work either – it’s going to simply be another rest stop on the way to the final destination.

Look – *everything* in DC ignores the Constitution/laws we have *now*; there is *no* reason – NONE – to expect that they would suddenly take everything seriously and behave themselves if some new Constitutional guidelines were provided.

They will simply ignore those as well – it truly seems willfully delusional to think otherwise, imo.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Unless you’re willing to burn the Obamabots out of your own neighborhood, convince others to do the same AND remove by force the top four levels of the federal government bureaucrats from office and agency, you’re just going to have to wait for change.

And by change, I mean Obama’s drones, local military police force and undocumented citizens forcefully removing us.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Then let it begin. One or the other, it’s coming – let’s have at it.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

If we save one child it will all have been worth it.

Kenosha Kid on June 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

You have no idea how bad this really is. People who never talk, are talking. Congressional committees are being briefed right now, and it is starting to get ugly for the administration. This is a four star cluster for them. There are parts of the story the administration “misplaced from the Intel and arms services committees that got exposed today. You all will be seeing it real soon. Senior leadership has reached their breaking point on this. At this point, it could go in any direction. But this is a real constitutional crisis that the current civilian leadership must deal with.

flackcatcher on June 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

In addition to those who lost their lives searching for Bowe Bergdalh, there are others who were wounded. Their lives and the lives of their families will never be the same:

http://bejohngalt.com/

bw222 on June 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

He needs to start wearing aviator sunglasses and a big military hat.

Galtian on June 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Obama can in one swipe show his solidarity for “his” military and reinforce the fact that he is commander in chief by donning a uniform with 6 stars and a whole bunch of medals with Nobel Peace Prize for Not Being George W. Bush oakleaf cluster.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Whipped up in Washington?

Uh, this isn’t some isolated Washington thing you dope.

ConDem on June 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I am sorely saddened that out of a nation of 320,000,000 people, there does does seem to be enough of the citizenry with the mettle, the dedication, the pride, the courage and the WILL of those 1st hearty Americans who faced tyranny and risked their very lives, liberty and sacred honor in the name of liberty. We sit behind our computers and bleat like wounded sheep at every nail that Barack HUSSEIN Obama drives into every shackle, and we simply wait for the patriots to bale us out. I am not a military veteran, and I lack the organizational skills to lead the charge, but at 65 years of age, I hereby swear an oath that I will commit whatever small resources I may possess in any real effort to rid our nation of the threat and the scourge that is consuming it. Seems to me that I heard of a group of former and current military and police officers that call themselves ‘The Oathkeepers’, whose mission is the preservation of our Constitutional Republic. In my view, the alarm has sounded, the bell has rung, the Midnight Ride happened in Benghazi, and I am wondering…Where’re y’all at???

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Unless you’re willing to burn the Obamabots out of your own neighborhood, convince others to do the same AND remove by force the top four levels of the federal government bureaucrats from office and agency, you’re just going to have to wait for change.

And by change, I mean Obama’s drones, local military police force and undocumented citizens forcefully removing us.

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Then let it begin. One or the other, it’s coming – let’s have at it.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I admire the pluck. But in this time, We the People are not up to the task. No leadership. No organization. No stomach for such an undertaking. It would be right for the Republic, but there are bills to pay, the dog is sick, the DVR is f’ing up, my knee hurts…

ROCnPhilly on June 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Obama says he needed to “humanizePoliticize” the swap

FIFY

The reason why Jugears didn’t include congress is because it is all about him. HE got our men out of Afghanistan. HE is closing GITMO. HE is combating climate change and saving lives through the EPA. HE is saving children from fun violence. HE ordered UBL killed. HE ordered the release of the five from GITMO to trade for the deserter. HE is fixing immigration by allowing illegals to stay in the US…and the newly arriving from Central America.

It is all about what HE has done, not what he got done. Which isn’t much.

Patriot Vet on June 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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