Rice: 30 day notification requirement was too long, so … we ignored it altogether

posted at 12:01 pm on June 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Of all the missteps made by the Obama administration in the swap of five high-ranking Taliban officials (including two wanted by the UN for mass murders) for Bowe Bergdahl, the two worst were ignoring the law requiring Congressional notification … and sending Susan Rice to a Sunday talk show. By that time, questions had already begun percolating about Bergdahl’s record, which is why George Stephanopoulos challenged Rice about the trade in the context of that record, and Rice inexplicably responded that Bergdahl had been “captured on the battlefield” and had served with “honor and distinction,” two claims that fell apart quickly, and made it appear that the White House had set up a false narrative in order to justify the trade. That prompted Bergdahl’s former unit members to speak out, and the White House has been on defense ever since.

CNN’s Jim Acosta caught up with Rice in Normandy earlier today, and asked her to, er, clarify her earlier remarks. Rice claimed that she meant that Bergdahl’s enlistment was honorable and distinctive, or something:

 President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise ofArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner’s willingness to go to war for his country — despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues.

Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with “honor and distinction,” told CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country.

“I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this,” Rice said. “But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing.”

Of course it is. That’s why Stephanopoulos didn’t frame his question in that context, because no one disputes that enlistment in the armed services is honorable in and of itself. Stephanopoulos framed the question thusly:

Q: There are a lot of questions about how he originally was captured, and whether or not he’d deserted and left his post. Is that going to be investigated, and if it’s found that he did indeed leave his post, will he be disciplined, or has he already paid the price?

A: Certainly anybody who’s been held in those conditions, in captivity for five years, has paid an extraordinary price. But that is really not the point. The point is that he’s back. He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction.

That is a non-sequitur walkback to a silly and careless claim, one that did a great deal of damage to the administration. One has to wonder what value Rice has as a national-security adviser when her top two contributions to the Obama administration has been to pour gasoline on a fire — and in this case, it’s all her fault.

She doesn’t get any better when trying to explain why the Obama administration never notified Congress. Despite getting two openings to confirm the latest spin that they ignored the law because of the supposed threat to Bergdahl if the deal went public, Rice instead says that the 30-day notification was too long a time frame — so they just ignored it altogether:

We had reason to be concerned about his life, but we also had reason to be concerned that the 30-day period that would normally be honored was too long, that had we waited that long we may have well missed what General Dempsey has called “the last, best opportunity” to bring him back.

Wait, what? The administration could have notified Congress of this deal any time before the deal took place, and explained that it developed too fast to make the 30-day cutoff — which, if you parse Rice’s statement closely, she isn’t actually claiming anyway. If that’s the case, then give two weeks’ notice, or one week, or whatever the timeframe is, noting the exigent circumstances. They had enough lead time to make sure the Bergdahls showed up in the Rose Garden for the big speech and photo op on Saturday, but didn’t bother formally notifying the relevant Congressional leadership until that day or later — more than 48 hours later for Dianne Feinstein and Mike Rogers, who chair the intel committees.

So it wasn’t about Bergdahl’s declining health, or Taliban death threats, or a need for instantaneous exchange (which would be an impossibility anyway). Rice’s statement confirms that they didn’t notify Congress because they just didn’t much feel like it.

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?


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Hey, Rule Of Law – who needs right? They are “progressives” – they know better. They are gods!!!!

I am sorry – I misspoke – they are dangerous idiots.

Chuck Ef on June 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Rice: 30 day notification requirement was too long, so … we ignored it altogether

When any other American does this, the Courts answer is absolutely always the exact same answer. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.00 go directly to JAIL…

oscarwilde on June 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

My income tax rate is entirely too high. So I’m just going to ignore paying them.

Also I lie a lot.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

But officer the speed limit is too slow!

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I don’t know, but do you think if Sultan Obama had a problem with the 30 day requirement that he would veto the bill?

Brock Robamney on June 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Rice in Normandy

Oh that is just so wrong.

Was the ground heaving under her as she strolled along?

Tsar of Earth on June 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

Comic relief? Because you haven’t gotten enough of your eye-rolling, head-shaking, forehead slapping exercise?

majorzot on June 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I don’t want to scare anyone but this person is the national security adviser. Rice couldn’t advise herself in opening a carton of milk. but hey she will lie directly to the American people and ….. well she has absolutely no problem lying to the American people.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

but we also had reason to be concerned that the 30-day period that would normally be honored was too long

Isn’t that pretty much what they said when he bombed Libya without congressional approval?

Don L on June 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

including two wanted by the UN for mass murders

Didn’t we sign a treaty with the UN that requires us to turn over these two guys instead of letting them go free?

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

So many days in and they still revise their narrative, “the smahhhtest admin. in all of history”.

The scumhag is also a dumb cow. Valerie Jarrett has a perfect ventriloquist.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

But officer the light was green 30 seconds ago!

TX-eye on June 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

My guess is because Kerry refused to dig the hole any deeper for himself. Is there really any evidence that the Obama administration ever had a foreign policy or cared to have one?

doufree on June 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The cancer on the Presidency is metastasizing…

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

We really do have monkeys running the show (and I don’t mean that in a racist way. I mean it in a, “they have the brains of monkeys” way).

No offense to monkeys, either.

Deckard BR on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Just like with the Constitution. Just ignore it.

Oil Can on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Rice: 30 day notification requirement was too long…

Wonder if she’d ever say that about time spent on a VA wait list?

de rigueur on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s really fascinating, this idea how Democrats simply don’t need to follow the law anymore because it might somehow help the Republicans.

Doomberg on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Find the Bob Shaefer tape from last Sunday “maybe obama was not informed about who Bergdahl was”…it’s to die for. Never mind that the leftist mags had this written up over the years, repeatedly.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Laws schmlaws

Pffft

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“Let me clarify my lies which no one believed.”

“Here’s some more lies.”

aquaviva on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I don’t want to scare anyone but this person is the national security adviser

You cab attach a label to anything these days….

Don L on June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

What will the standard be for the next preezie?

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

How did Bergdahl enlist with “honor and distinction”? Was there something special that he said or did when he signed up or at his induction ceremony?

Did someone make a note in his military file: “enlisted with honor and distinction”?

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

My curiosity is killing me. How did Bergdahl’s parents get to Washington for the Rose Garden fiasco? Did Obama send a plane for them?

Sandbar on June 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Remember when they cried Its the law!

Good times

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

In other words, “Barack lies and I swear to it, to prove my loyalty and undying obedience.”

dogsoldier on June 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Of all the missteps made by the Obama administration in the swap of five high-ranking Taliban officials (including two wanted by the UN for mass murders) for Bowe Bergdahl, the two worst were ignoring the law requiring Congressional notification … and sending Susan Rice to a Sunday talk show.

No, the worst was that Rose Garden circle jerk.

NotCoach on June 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Reminder: Anyone questioning Rice is a racist, sexist pig.

portlandon on June 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

If I was a defense attorney I would argue the “Obama” defense for my client.

Hey if the POTUS doesn’t have to follow the law – why does my client?

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Did Timothy McVey enlist with “honor and distinction?”

dentalque on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

“But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing.”

No, it’s not honorable in and of itself. If a person doubts their own loyalty or isn’t sure they are fully committed or only intends to follow orders they agree with, then it’s dishonorable to sign up.

forest on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I don’t want to see the defector on TV interviews and in a lucrative book.

I’m only interested to watch the military trial/cout martial. I don’t care what this creep has to say/lie about. I only care what his lawyer says.

Btw, the doctors at Landstuhl say that he had defected and joined, and he’s in pretty good shape.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

McVeigh

dentalque on June 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Let’s not forget that Ted Bundy was a law student of honor and distinction as well.

NOMOBO on June 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Where insults meet injury.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Scumhag Rice “I said he enlisted and served with honor at that time, bla, bla, bla”

As others said already, so did McVeigh and other scum and traitors.

She so stupid!

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Lee Harvey Oswald entered the Marines with honor and distinction as well.

dentalque on June 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It’s not just their ideology that makes these people odious, it’s their unbelievable stupidity that makes them dangerous.

celtic warrior on June 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

And yet, come 2017, she will be drawing a hearty salary and then retirement benefits, instead of measuring for an orange jumpsuit or decorating a lamppost. Why wouldn’t they lie and cheat if nobody is going to punish them, ever?

Rix on June 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

no one knows the totality of the deal to gain the freedom of the degenerate tali-bowe, and I assume we never will. the way this bunch parses their statements and then breaks into code-speak and then re-parses I would not be surprised if in addition to the 5 sand trash we gave that not only dollars also changed hands–but who knows– maybe arms. I mean we now know according to the jug-eared rat that we “don’t condition that.” maybe if they wanted a nuke we would have “not conditioned that” as well?

Quaere Verum on June 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Rice is so invested in Obama, she’ll prostitute herself to do anything for Obama. Anything. I remember seeing her interviewed after the Jeremiah Wright stuff came out and just after Wright did that bizarre appearance at the National Press Club. At the time, I think Obamatons really feared Wright had torpedoed his campaign. Rice looked as if she’d be sobbing in a corner for three hours. It was unbelievable.

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

My two cents worth about the whole Bergdahl affair (as a former Special Ops Officer with 27 years of military service). Please excuse the long read.

1. “We don’t leave our soldiers behind.” True, but then, hardly anyone is saying that we should have. Further, “prisoner” exchanges have, in the past, occurred at the end of hostilities, not earlier. It isn’t smart to return your enemy’s leaders back into the fight before the fight is over. But then no one really thinks anyone in the Obama Administration is smart. We really don’t know when this fight will be over. They (the Islamic terrorists) certainly aren’t giving up soon.

Regardless if Bergdahl was a deserter or not, we should have tried to get him back. If it is proven he did desert (which, on the surface, is likely) he should face the appropriate punishment. The last deserter executed for desertion, PVT Eddie Slovik, did not desert looking to join up with the Germans, but left the front lines and walked to the rear and turned himself in. Slovik was scared of combat (basically a coward) and simply left the front lines. He was executed. Bergdahl was disillusioned with US policy in Afghanistan, stated he was “ashamed to even be American” and deserted with the intention of turning himself over to the enemy. If you compare the two cases, Bergdahl’s desertion was much worse and probably deserves the same fate as Slovik, but because the Obama Administration has declared his service to be “with honor and distinction”, that will probably never happen. At least not until Obama leaves office, unless he pardons the deserter on his way out.

2. “We don’t negotiate with terrorists.” The Obama Administration will claim that (1) they were negotiating with Qatar, not the Taliban, and (2) the Taliban has not been declared a terrorist organization. Unfortunately, in this case, Bergdahl was not actually being held by the Taliban, but the Haqqani network, which has been declared a terrorist organization. So, the Obama Administration, in effect, lied again.

3. “It was worth exchanging the five terrorists for Bergdahl.” The Obama Administration claims that Qatar will keep a close eye on these five terrorist leaders to make sure they do not go back to their terrorist ways for one year. If you believe that, I have some nice beachfront property in Arizona for sale. They will soon (if they haven’t already) be involved with terrorist activities. In my mind, every US service member killed or injured as a result of a Taliban attack is a direct result of Obama releasing these five terrorist leaders. In effect, Obama will be an accessory to murder in every future American combat death in Afghanistan.

4. “We had to act quickly as Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating.” Prove it. The medical reports out of Germany state that his condition is “stable.” If he was on the verge of death, you can bet that the Administration would be trumpeting every ailment. Since they aren’t, the odds are that he is, and was, in good health. He certainly didn’t look “on the verge of death” when he was turned over to the SF. The Administration is lying. Again.

5. “We didn’t inform Congress because we think the requirement is unconstitutional and the President issued a Signing Statement.” Just because a Signing Statement was issued, it doesn’t make the requirement unconstitutional. It is still the law. By failing to inform Congress 30 days prior to the release, Obama broke the law. Again. The families of every US service member killed in Afghanistan from this point forward need to file suit against Obama for violating the law and allowing the terrorists to return to the fight, resulting in the death of their loved one. Probably won’t result in any trials, but certainly would shine additional light on Obama’s lawlessness.

6. “We didn’t inform Congress because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the exchange was publicized.” That’s odd, since the Taliban told the press that they were working on the prisoner exchange six weeks ago. Another Administration lie.

7. This exchange emboldens the Taliban/Haqqani network to attempt to capture US service members and hold them for ransom, either cash or for more detainee releases. That’s why you don’t negotiate with criminals/terrorists – it just encourages them.

8. “Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.” One of the most brazen lies I have heard. This even exceeds “The Benghazi attack was a result of an anti-Islam video.” If the Obama Administration didn’t know that Bergdahl was a deserter; that the military had stopped looking for him as he had, in effect, joined the “other side”; and that Bergdahl had made anti-American statements, they are more stupid that we thought. That Bergdahl deserted was public knowledge. The lie was an effort to minimize the damage of releasing five terrorist leaders (two of which are wanted by the UN, charged with being war criminals).

9. The optics of having Bergdahl’s father (who appears to be a Taliban sympathizer) in the Rose Garden with Obama was a disaster. Obama was counting on sympathy for the family, but when the father started spouting Islamic verses, coupled with the likelihood that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter, the American people were insulted and disgusted.

10. It is reported that the US kept track of Bergdahl using drones, spies, and satellites and could have conducted a “rescue” operation several times during his detainment by the Haqqani network. We didn’t for two reasons: (1) It wasn’t worth possibly losing a Special Operator to rescue a deserter, and (2) the Obama Administration wouldn’t give the OK as they wanted to trade terrorists for Bergdahl. It appears that the Obama Administration was determined to release the five terrorist leaders back into the fight against us, and used the detainee exchange to do so.

11. Since Bergdahl was actually held by the Haqqani network, not the Taliban, and Taliban terrorists were released from GITMO, what did the Haqqani network get out of the deal? Did they receive cash, as posed by LTC North? If so, we have set another very bad precedent, encouraging terrorist capturing our service members and holding them for cash ransom.

Closing thoughts: The emphasis shouldn’t be on the status of Bergdahl as a deserter. As a veteran, I deplore his actions. But his status is beside the point. It lowers our sympathy for him, but isn’t the main issue. We should focus (as many are) on the illegal release of five terrorist leaders. Obama violated the law by failing to inform Congress, then went and released the last five detainees we should have released. That is the big issue. Obama claims the exchange was worth it. It won’t be if one US Service member is killed or injured as a result of this release. And don’t kid yourself, the five terrorist leaders are already involved in more terrorist activities and attacks against Americans.

Finally, three wishes (as granted by the HA genie): (1) I wish everyone would stop saying he was a POW. It appears that he deserted and was “detained” after finding the Taliban or the Haqqani network. There are reports of him playing soccer with the terrorists and taking part in marksmanship training. Hardly the activities of a POW. (2) I wish everyone would stop saying he was held by the Taliban. It appears that he was held by the terrorist Haqqani network. They are aligned with the Taliban, but separate. (3) I wish everyone would stop saying he was “captured” by the Taliban/Haqqani network. He deserted, went looking for the Taliban, and someone took him into custody. Hardly a “capture”. He basically surrendered to the enemy. When we say that “Bergdahl was a POW captured by the Taliban”, we are supporting the Obama Administrative narrative. When we say “Bergdahl deserted and was detained by the Haqqani terrorist network”, we are being accurate and are negating the Obama Administrative narrative.

That is all. Now back to your normal programming.

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

So has anyone heard why the House isn’t beginning impeachment proceedings and forcing pre-election (D)s in Congress to choose one side or the other of willingly/knowingly breaking the law?

rogerb on June 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

God, she is stupid.

SmallGovtGuy on June 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The worse things get for Obama and his merry band of idiots, the stupider their remarks will become. I’m just surprised Rice didn’t answer that question with “RACIST!!!”

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Keep digging, lady.

rjh on June 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Seems a very nice Man.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

“After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.

Noori pushed to return to Afghanistan after learning that the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.

Yeah right, they promised to be nice for one year and Obama believed them.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

“We don’t need no asteenkin badges.”

Mel Brooks is a genius

Roy Rogers on June 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

Not a tough question. Susan Rice will SAY ANYTHING. That ANYTHING does not need to be accurate, complete, coherent, or even sane. Saying ANYTHING is used in place of telling the truth.

Jay Carney, Ben Rhodes, David Plouffe, Jen Psaki, Marie Harf are other admin spox who will say ANYTHING. Even POTUS himself has proven willing to say ANYTHING and then deny that he ever said it.

pilsener on June 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

For a woman who is supposed to be smart, why does Susan Rice always say stupid things?

bw222 on June 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The first time, you’re a tool. The second time, you’re a prostitute.

Ricard on June 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Prepping the country for normalizing lies.

We get used to it. We begin to love it.

faraway on June 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

Because she can look in the blinking light of a TV camera and lie without any hesitation. Apparently she has no “tells.”

katiejane on June 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Why is Rice involved? That is easy: she is a black woman. It matters not that she is not accomplished.
The subject Rice is in stark contrast with the accomplished Condi Rice, just as obama contrasts with W.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Wow. Well, I guess it fits with the way the Obama administration views everything else. “That Constitution, it’s too cumbersome. We’ll just ignore it.”

NoFanofLibs on June 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Bravo.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/379738/d-day-veteran-politely-declines-obama-invitation-john-fund

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

True men with honor, code and values.

God Bless them all

gophergirl on June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The first time, you’re a tool. The second time, you’re a prostitute.

Ricard on June 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Third time you’re a $10 hooker.

bw222 on June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Let’s see; Bergdahl’s condition warranted immediate action. The Benghazi situation could wait and wait and wait.

Yeah, I got it, I think.

FOWG1 on June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Just piss off already, you hack apparatchik stooge, you are an embarrassment to this great nation and we are lesser because of the authority you hold.

Good Gaia am I sick and effing TIRED of the malignancy of this administration, there is so much condescension and stupidity collected in one place it’s almost inconceivable. We’re being governed by buffoons.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It’s becoming obvious that they did not even know the law existed. Or care enough to find out. They have zero competence in Foreign policy. They are social activists and community organizers.

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Rice: 30 day notification requirement was too long…

Wonder if she’d ever say that about time spent on a VA wait list?

de rigueur on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

…excellent!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Until now I didn’t realize how inferior this second brand of Rice is. It actually leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Like throwing up a little.

meci on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

…THAT b!tch should be in jail!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Rice is the personification of all that is wrong with this administration. The Queen of Lies. And her king is Holder. Two peas in a pod.

NavyMustang on June 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bravo.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/379738/d-day-veteran-politely-declines-obama-invitation-john-fund

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

“It’s not that we don’t want to respect the commander-in-chief,” one told me sadly. “It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.”

NotCoach on June 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

“Lets know the facts, then we will be able to make the judgement”

Does not compute. Your administration proceeded on this decision without knowing the facts?

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Nobody believes that phony “his health was failing” bs. They are locked into that lie but if you look at the video, he’s healthy and shoveling food into his piehole. When you see the handover, he looks like a chubby.

Blake on June 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

‘What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.’

- Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, Normandy, France, 6 June 2014


Mrs Rice, he also voluntarily took his uniform off and voluntarily abandoned his brothers-in-arms during a time of war.

That in itself is a very dishonourable thing to do.

Have you not heard any of Bergdahl’s platoon members speak about his ‘honourable’ service? How many troops, who have allegedly ‘served with honour and distinction’, go AWOL 3 times, at least, in less than a year – twice in country? Bergdahl graduated from infantry school in Fort Benning, Georgia, in late 2008. He disappeared on the evening of 30 June 2009. THREE TIMES!!!

Eddie Slovik put on a US military uniform during WWII, too, but then he deserted. Rather than the FDR administration going on the radio (or, as Joe Biden might tell it, the internet!) to protect, defend, and praise him, Slovik was court martialed, convicted in a trial that lasted about an hour, and E-X-E-C-U-T-E-D for desertion on 31 January 1945…and he NEVER sought out the enemy.

The idea that just volunteering and putting on a uniform during a time of war is enough to make one’s service, in and of itself, honourable and distinct is just absurd and offencive to one’s comrades-in-arms, who actually did serve with honour and distinction, along with placing themselves in grave risk searching for the vile, little b@stard, who voluntarily took off that uniform and voluntarily abandoned his brothers.

Floating such catergorisation is prompting a visceral anger and hatred in this country.

Sgt Bergdahl was NOT, is NOT, and will NEVER be Sgt Alvin York, so stop trying to turn a deserter into a hero.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

bw222 it’s because she is not smart.

8 weight on June 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Third time you’re a $10 hooker.

bw222 on June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

One more time, and you’re Sandra Fluke.

CurtZHP on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

this person is the National Security Advisor. as such she should get her lies straight. Which one is it? 1. he was gravely ill. 2. The taliban said to keep it quiet. 3. the 30 day period is too short. 4. Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules. She needs to shut up, better yet resign. “Tis better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” -President (a real President) Abraham Lincoln.

warmairfan on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

We’re being governed by buffoons.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

High crimes, misdemeanors and buffoonery.

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

How did Bergdahl enlist with “honor and distinction”? Was there something special that he said or did when he signed up or at his induction ceremony?

Did someone make a note in his military file: “enlisted with honor and distinction”?

BuckeyeSam on June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Maybe she’s saying he didn’t misspell any words on his application to enlist. Given the state of public education in the US, I suppose she deems that an honorable thing, and distinguishes him from the typical US-educated young enlistee, thus “honor and distinction”.

But really, she made up such a dumb excuse. The woman is not to be taken seriously. I don’t know why anybody even bothers asking her about anything, especially after Benghazi-gate.

s1im on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Her new title: Secretary of Lies for the Obama Administration

albill on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

She reports to the Liar-in-Chief.

albill on June 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The Adults are in charge.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

People died, Obama lied.

Too bad no one at the embassy in Benghazi got the memo about no man left behind.

vityas on June 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Shes an extremely well paid liar…with benefits…

PatriotRider on June 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

What will the standard be for the next preezie?

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I think they removed the standard that presidents require standards so my guess is we’ll need a transgender lesbian Imam.

tej on June 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

On THIS particular day, I’m just so tired of these people…

ToddPA on June 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

High crimes, misdemeanors and buffoonery.

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Ok, I get the high crimes (Treason) and the Buffoonery (Rice), but what was the misdemeanor?

oscarwilde on June 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Rice is about as useful as a used busted condom.

bbinfl on June 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

It’s becoming obvious that they did not even know the law existed. Or care enough to find out. They have zero competence in Foreign policy. They are social activists and community organizers.

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I agree with you about Obama’s admin’s incompetence, but disagree that they didn’t know the law. They did, and willfully ignored it, which is the preezy’s MO about every law which he sees as an obstacle. What punishment has he ever really faced for this behavior? That’s why it continues.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

“Ready to rule from day one.”

Naked Emperor on June 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

So it wasn’t about Bergdahl’s declining health, or Taliban death threats, or a need for instantaneous exchange (which would be an impossibility anyway). Rice’s statement confirms that they didn’t notify Congress because they just didn’t much feel like it.

They didn’t notify Congress because they had tried previously and Congress kept saying NO (or H3!! NO, or “over our dead bodies”)!

So why tell Congress when the King is above the law? If you don’t believe that, just ask the King!

Steve Z on June 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Riceball says this on a day when we commemorate free men landing on a heavily-defended foreign shore to liberate an entire continent from the very sort of thugs who made their own laws as they saw fit.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

but didn’t bother formally notifying the relevant Congressional leadership until that day or later — more than 48 hours later for Dianne Feinstein and Mike Rogers, who chair the intel committees.

From what I read him say yesterday, he still hasn’t been contacted by the WH or Pentagon.

Resist We Much on June 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

Because Obama is an idiot.

rubberneck on June 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Why does the White House have her doing interviews?

Because they have utter contempt for the American people.

rbj on June 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Just piss off already, you hack apparatchik stooge, you are an embarrassment to this great nation and we are lesser because of the authority you hold.
 
Good Gaia am I sick and effing TIRED of the malignancy of this administration, there is so much condescension and stupidity collected in one place it’s almost inconceivable. We’re being governed by buffoons.
 
Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

 
I couldn’t disagree more. I think this is the most motivated, calculating, and talented administration I’ve seen in my lifetime.

rogerb on June 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Did Timothy McVey enlist with “honor and distinction?”

dentalque on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

And Bendict Arnold, served with distinction, and was a Revolutionary War hero before he switched sides.

I doubt General Washington (or later President Washington) would have swapped any British captives for Mr. Arnold, unless it would have allowed for his trial for treason and subsequent hanging by the neck until dead.

s1im on June 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I couldn’t disagree more. I think this is the most motivated, calculating, and talented administration I’ve seen in my lifetime.

rogerb on June 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I likewise agree, it’s their goal, their end game which scares the crap out of me.

oscarwilde on June 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Riceball says this on a day when we commemorate free men landing on a heavily-defended foreign shore to liberate an entire continent from the very sort of thugs who made their own laws as they saw fit.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

+1000

katy the mean old lady on June 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

We’re being governed by buffoons.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I couldn’t disagree more. I think this is the most motivated, calculating, and talented administration I’ve seen in my lifetime.

rogerb on June 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

If only they would use their powers for good instead of evil…

s1im on June 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

unless it would have allowed for his trial for treason and subsequent hanging by the neck until dead.

s1im on June 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Nope Benedict Arnold was tired in absentia, convicted and sentenced to death.

oscarwilde on June 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

rogerb on June 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bigot.

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

At this point, I wonder why Republicans are making a big deal over the 30 day bit.

If Republicans fail to do something over this lawlessness, then they share guilt in this lawlessness.

Put up or shut up.

chris0christies0donut on June 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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