Uh oh: Feinstein says she’s seen no evidence that Taliban would have killed Bergdahl had deal leaked

posted at 3:21 pm on June 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Not sure how else to read this except as Feinstein accusing the White House of lying flat-out about its reasons for keeping Congress in the dark before the swap.

When asked whether there was a “credible threat” on Bergdahl’s life if word had gotten out, the California Democrat responded: “No, I don’t think there was a credible threat, but I don’t know. I have no information that there was.”

Feinstein’s comments, part of an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Political Capital with Al Hunt airing Friday evening, put her at odds with White House officials. At a briefing Wednesday, administration officials told lawmakers that they couldn’t give Congress advance notice on the Bergdahl deal because the Taliban vowed to kill him if any details about the prisoner exchange came out.

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, Feinstein’s no random member of Congress. She’s the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, routinely privy to all sorts of tightly held info that the White House shares with her and other committee members in the name of keeping the legislature apprised of threats. Nor is this the first time a member of the Intel Committee has claimed that information about Bergdahl was withheld from them. Saxby Chambliss says it was news to him to read in the New York Times that Bergdahl may (or may not) have left a note before he disappeared. That info wasn’t in his classified file.

Two possibilities here. One: It’s all true — the Taliban was set to kill Bergdahl if anyone blabbed — but the White House couldn’t share that info with Feinstein because she’s got a big mouth and would have spilled the beans. Any evidence to support that theory? Actually, yeah.

[A]t least in Feinstein’s case, the administration may have had a reason to keep her out of the loop. In March 2012 with Josh Rogin—then with Foreign Policy magazine—Feinstein accidentally acknowledged the negotiations, appearing to disclose classified information about a potential Bergdahl deal (Rogin also reported that the White House briefed eight senators, including Feinstein, on a potential deal in Jan. 2012).

They kept Congress in the dark about a potential Bergdahl exchange ever since. Even if it’s true that Feinstein was careless with information previously, though, that’s no defense to the White House breaking the law in refusing to notify Congress. They could have simply huddled with her, impressed upon her how high the stakes were — “you talk, he dies” — and then trusted her to be quiet. She’s known all sorts of things that she hasn’t disclosed. There’s no reason to think she couldn’t have been trusted to keep this a secret too, provided they gave her some reason to believe Bergdahl would be in jeopardy if she said anything. Why didn’t they? Or is this all a big lie and the Taliban never intended to kill him over a leak?

Second possibility: This is all a big lie and the Taliban never intended to kill him over a leak. You already know the arguments on this one if you read Ed’s post yesterday. It simply makes no sense to believe the Taliban would have cared much if anyone leaked. For one thing, the prospect of a Bergdahl/Taliban swap has been reported in papers like the NYT for at least two years. The Taliban themselves chattered about it to the AP last year. Plus, if you think about it, having the deal leak in advance would only enhance the propaganda victory for them. If news of an impending swap had broken a week earlier, American media had erupted over it, and then a battered Obama had bowed to the Taliban and done the deal anyway, it would have been a supreme humiliation. The only reason to think the Taliban was skittish about leaks was because they were afraid that news breaking in advance would cow Obama into scuttling the deal — but in that case, with Obama’s course of action uncertain, why would they have gone ahead and killed Bergdahl before O had made a final decision? It may be that they told the White House that they’d kill BB if Obama backed out at the last minute, but that’s not the same as saying they’d kill him if it leaked. And it’s certainly no justification for O to withhold notice from Congress.

Feinstein’s not the only big-name Democrat causing trouble for the administration about Bergdahl today, either. Remember that the next time Obama dismisses this as a phony scandal cooked up by Republican psycho-partisans. Exit question via Guy Benson: Remember when Jay Carney said that Bergdahl was a “prisoner,” not a “hostage”? How can that be true if the White House’s story is correct, that the Taliban were ready to murder him in captivity if the deal leaked? Legitimate armies don’t threaten to kill POWs; they hold them until the end of hostilities and then release them to the enemy. The word for a group that would slaughter a prisoner over a scuttled exchange is something different. It starts with a “T,” I believe.


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That picture is the perfect portrait for this traitor!
Bishop?

LeftCoastRight on June 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

FrankenFeinstein sides with the ones that carry concealed weapons…?

Electrongod on June 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Doesn’t she knows that Barry is “The One”. How dare she question the great and power Obama?

1 to 3 odds that Barry goes after his own party members.

Oil Can on June 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I haven’t seen any evidence that this guy shouldn’t be impeached.

crrr6 on June 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Sounds like Choom finally ticked off somebody willing to do something about it.

Remember, Katherine Graham was mad at Nixon over a TV station license.

formwiz on June 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

WOW…. Democrats speaking ill of the President when he’s overseas. WILL IT EVER STOP?

originalpechanga on June 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Shut up, racists! Obama is King and anyone who disagrees with His Munificence and His omniscience is racist by definition. And if that includes senior Democratic Senators, well, we all know the Left is the home of the KKK.

Vanceone on June 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

When you lose Feinstein…(I always here the winny of a horse in the background when I hear her name)

right2bright on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Why in the world would they have killed Bergdahl had the deal been leaked?

bw222 on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Time for Obama to whip out his steel Queeg balls.

ElectricPhase on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Who knew that Feinstein was a racist…other than the fact she is a democrat.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

All spinning this for their own benefit.

Where are the leaders of the GOP(e)?

Ah yes, it does start with a “T”…

Terrorists, there I said it for you!!

Don’t be shy Allah :)

Scrumpy on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Allah, you must not be aware of this:

State Department: No specific threat against Bergie.

The reason Frankenstien wasn’t informed of the threat is because there wasn’t one to inform her of!

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Where’s the love Di….dang
-obama

Go with door 2 monty

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

No, you’re saying the White house might have lied about something?!!

Free Indeed on June 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Feinstein better send people out to start her car, taste her food, and live underground.

Obama doesn’t like being undermined.

portlandon on June 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

All’s fine and dandy NOW, Dianne, but what will you be saying once HRH King Barack I returns home and decrees his Democrat Congressional Minions come a-calling? Roll over to have your tummy scratched, like Dinghy Harry? Or will you start calling on Boehner to start Articles of Impeachment?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Why in the world would they have killed Bergdahl had the deal been leaked?

bw222 on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Yeah reminds me of the scene in Blazing Saddles where the sheriff kidnaps himself. My best guess is we just do not see how super smart the world’s best body builder and negotiator, Obama, is. Like all the “errrrs”, “ummmms”, and “ahhhhs” prove how smart prezzy mom jeans is.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

They are losing their taste for the One’s crap!! How sweet it is to see them waking up from their dream!!

Deano1952 on June 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Vanceone on June 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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Ha!

More racism: Impeach, impeach, impeach, baby. Vanilla Ice.

Chuck Ef on June 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

In the words of our next president captain of destruction, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Is anyone going to stop his rampant lawlessness, constant partying and dereliction of duty? I think not.

maryo on June 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Rats…sinking ship.

kingsjester on June 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Looks like DiFi’s hubby still hasn’t got a multi billion dollar contract he ‘s been waiting for. I’m sure once he gets it, DiFi will shut the he11 up.

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama is the King……King Making Sh!t Up.

Tater Salad on June 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Like all the “errrrs”, “ummmms”, and “ahhhhs” prove how smart prezzy mom jeans is.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Those vocal ticks, used to mask his stupidity, really get my goat.

But Hillary says “you know” about 4 times per thought. That will be even harder to stomach once she is supreme ruler.

maryo on June 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Occams Razor would say that the Obama regime is lying about this.

Kind of sad when I believe the tollybon more than King Barky the Liar.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

They should have called her beforehand. DiFi don’t like to be snubbed.

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Of course there is no evidence. It is a lie made up several days after the exchange hoping people will but it. Why in the world would the Taliban kill the deserter under any circumstances when 5 top terrorists will be released. After all, they claimed victory.

rjoco1 on June 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

…she’s being racist!…what will she get…to get back on the plantation?

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The story hasn’t gelled yet..that’s why they aren’t letting Bergdahl talk to his parents yet.

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Obozo is no longer an asset but a burden to many democrats.

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

No national euphoria.

Lots of harrumphing from Foggy Bottom.

Even the national media seem dazed and confused.

The administration’s story will keep changing until it hears at least one hosannah from somebody. Apparently allahu akbar in the Rose Garden isn’t enough to cut it anymore.

de rigueur on June 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Classic Rats Abandoning the Sinking Ship…. I mean, midterms are practically upon us, kids, and by golly things look GRIM.

Tard on June 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Even if it’s true that Feinstein was careless with information previously, though, that’s no defense to the White House breaking the law in refusing to notify Congress.

More importantly, even if the administration was worried about Feinstein blabbing, they should have given her the relevant information quickly after the fact to keep her on the reservation. The fact that they did not, and she’s out bashing the White House, is very telling. I mean, you expect this sort of thing from Chambliss, but Feinstein should know better than to stir up the pot in public.

Unless, of course, she, like Panetta, is on Team Hillary, or is angling for a slot.

Joseph K on June 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I don’t remember if ti was here or at AoS where there was a post that went something like this:

Obama: I have five Maseratis to trade for your Yugo.

Tollybon: If you tell anybody that we are making this deal we will torch the Yugo.

Yeah doesn’t pass the smell test. If King Barky the Liar wanted any of us other than the stupid voters he should NOT have sent out Lady Susan the Baldfaced Liar to lie on the Sunday shows.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Obozo is no longer an asset but a burden to many democrats.

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

And the more they realize it, the more they’ll turn on him.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

So can she receive absolution for this grevious sin against Obama? Questioning His actions is of course a sin, punishable by any one of a multitude of entities. If you are a Republican, especially a conservative, then just like an Islamic infidel, you shall receive no mercy.

But Feinstein is a high priest in the cult. Can she backtrack? Or is this an unforgivable sin?

Vanceone on June 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

“The difference this time is you have me.”
King Barky the Liar.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Occams Razor would say that the Obama regime is lying about this.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

We don’t even need Occams Razor – the track record of this mendacious Administration supports that it will not hesitate to lie in order to push a politically expedient meme. Hell, they will lie even when the truth will suffice given they are so mendacious and comfortable lying.

We all know that the Admin is under one set of rules when it lies to the American people or Republicans, but what will be interesting is what the elected Democrat’s in Congress will do when it becomes clear that the Administration lied and decided to toss them under the bus of political expediency.

Athos on June 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I don’t buy the leak story, but I can see the Taliban threatening to kill Bergdahl if they didn’t get what they wanted.

Barry: We don’t negotiate with terrorists.
Taliban: Those five guys, or we cut your boy’s head off.
Barry: O.K., deal.

Joseph K on June 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

saying the Taliban didn’t want leaks is an obvious lie. clearly obama is projecting onto the Taliban with that lie.

Obama is the one who doesn’t want leaks, they’re obsessed with not having leaks, so when its time to come up with a lie, they use an argument that makes perfect sense to them. they’re incapable of seeing how ridiculous their argument is.

jetch on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

They’re not going to impeach the liar Talibama. So just get comfortable with the fact that we’re living under our first American Dictator. We have at least two and half years left of lies and deceit.

That is IF he leaves without a fight.

Meople on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The story hasn’t gelled yet..that’s why they aren’t letting Bergdahl talk to his parents yet.

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

CID and Army Psychiatrists have already chatted with him numerous times according to reports. I expect he will be signing all sorts of receipts and acknowledgements of direct orders before he gets to talk to anybody outside of Landsthul.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

There’s an interesting dynamic at play here.

One would expect a certain group of folks to be front and center on this, like:

John Kerry
The jackass in charge of the intel community (his name escapes me)
Hagel
Biden

and other high ranking admin cronies.

To date, the only one who has made a sound is Hagel, and he’s dropped completely off the radar since his joke fell flat the other day.

Instead, its been up to their press reps to get the words out.

Cowards. He’s your man…..defend him.

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

There is one reason and one reason only that Congress was left out: This deal would have never happened. Period.

supersport667 on June 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“Eric don’t call my bluff.”
King Barky the Liar

I’m beginning to think that we need some of these tollybon leaders on the next budget negotiations.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The word for a group that would slaughter a prisoner over a scuttled exchange is something different. It starts with a “T,” I believe

TEA Party ?

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Barry: We don’t negotiate with terrorists.
Taliban: Those five guys, or we cut your boy’s head off.
Barry: O.K., deal.

Joseph K on June 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I see it completely differently:

Barry: What do you want for Bergdahl?
Taliban: Those five guys.
Barry: O.K., deal. I’ll need cover, though.
Taliban: Tell’em we threatened to slice his head off on live TV.
Barry: Wow, you guys are good at this stuff…..

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I just smell something fishy.
I wouldn’t be surprised if zero made a deal with the Democrat Senators, that they can b/tch and moan and everything else against him all they want, to improve their election chances, as long as they let him do everything he wants in the meantime.

pambi on June 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I thought Biden’s statement said he was “neutral” on this….neutral….wth does that mean?

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

saying the Taliban didn’t want leaks is an obvious lie. clearly obama is projecting onto the Taliban with that lie.

Obama is the one who doesn’t want leaks, they’re obsessed with not having leaks, so when its time to come up with a lie, they use an argument that makes perfect sense to them. they’re incapable of seeing how ridiculous their argument is.

jetch on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Explains his admin perfectly.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I thought Biden’s statement said he was “neutral” on this….neutral….wth does that mean?

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

He has no idea what the story is about. No one has told him which way to screw it up yet.

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

There’s an interesting dynamic at play here.

One would expect a certain group of folks to be front and center on this, like:

John Kerry
The jackass in charge of the intel community (his name escapes me)
Hagel
Biden

and other high ranking admin cronies.

To date, the only one who has made a sound is Hagel, and he’s dropped completely off the radar since his joke fell flat the other day.

Instead, its been up to their press reps to get the words out.

Cowards. He’s your man…..defend him.

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

And supposedly State was the one who brokered this deal so Kerry had to sign off on it, but he clammed up and isn’t saying anything. As a matter of fact, almost the entire State Department has pushed the mute button on this. Very, very odd.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Barack Obama had one thing in mind when making this deal: Emptying Guantanamo Bay Prison….This man is in full-bore legacy mode.

supersport667 on June 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

It makes no sense that the Taliban would want to keep a deal quiet. These guys hang grade schoolers because their family speaks out against them. They don’t need to prove their street cred…it would be in their best interest for everyone to know that they’re not beheading this guy and instead exchanging prisoners the way civilized nations do.

Of course they know they’re sending home a highly divisive character. Everyone wins if the Taliban is known to be negotiating.

Sgt Steve on June 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Why doesn’t someone call the Taliban and ask them?They seem willing to talk.

docflash on June 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Barry: What do you want for Bergdahl?
Taliban: Those five guys.
Barry: O.K., deal. I’ll need cover, though.
Taliban: Tell’em we threatened to slice his head off on live TV.
Barry: Wow, you guys are good at this stuff…..

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

vallery : hey tollyban, we want to give you your men in gitmo back to you

tolly : good, we also want 50 million dollars

vallery : you got it

tolly : you’ll have to take back your man

vallery : ok, but only if you threaten to kill him first

tolly : ok, that’ll cost you another 10 million

vallery : done. Now transfer my commission and your tax free contribution to Hussein’s PAC . We’ll send a ride to pick him up.

tolly : inshallah

vallery : alahuakbar

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Allah, you must not be aware of this:

State Department: No specific threat against Bergie.

The reason Frankenstien wasn’t informed of the threat is because there wasn’t one to inform her of!

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Yep, they walked back that lie just as soon as it was shown to BE a lie…

climbnjump on June 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Maybe someone finally pointed out to Feinstein that Obama, a Democrat, is responsible for releasing five (5) of the most dangerous and brutal terrorist commanders back onto the battle field, and they have already vowed to re-join the fight against America…

… in an election year.

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

That picture is the perfect portrait for this traitor!
Bishop?

LeftCoastRight on June 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Except it doesn’t have a row of numbers under his chin.

tej on June 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The story hasn’t gelled yet..that’s why they aren’t letting Bergdahl talk to his parents yet.

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

CID and Army Psychiatrists have already chatted with him numerous times according to reports. I expect he will be signing all sorts of receipts and acknowledgements of direct orders before he gets to talk to anybody outside of Landsthul.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I’m wondering if there is going to be an unfortunate mix-up in his meds shortly…

climbnjump on June 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

The word for a group that would slaughter a prisoner over a scuttled exchange is something different. It starts with a “T,” I believe.

“Tea Party.”

-lefty

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I thought Biden’s statement said he was “neutral” on this….neutral….wth does that mean?

d1carter on June 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

The same as voting “present!”

Deano1952 on June 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

DiFi and her R colleague knew for a month ahead of time, before Osama was killed, and didn’t leak.

Why the obama-admin recluctance now?

Doesn’t add up and smells like rotten fish, at best.

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

When you lose Feinstein…(I always here the winny of a horse in the background when I hear her name)

right2bright on June 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Yeah, but nobody wants to see those knockers.

SteveInRTP on June 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

TEA Party ?

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Dang you to heck!

Bishop on June 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

He has no idea what the story is about. No one has told him which way to screw it up yet.

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Bidiot told us that tollybon is not our enemy
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/19/white-house-stands-by-biden-statement-that-taliban-isnt-us-enemy/

The White House on Monday defended Vice President Joe Biden for saying that the Taliban isn’t an enemy of the United States despite the years spent fighting the militant Islamic group that gave a home to Al Qaeda and its leader Usama bin Laden while he plotted the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Also
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpJ3YmugR4M#t=51

burrata on June 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Lies, Lies, Lies…

warmairfan on June 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

…but the White House couldn’t share that info with Feinstein because she’s got a big mouth…

Not a valid excuse even if true.

Dianne Feinstein is a validly elected member of Congress, a co-equal branch of government. She is a sitting member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Simply saying “she can’t keep a secret” does not give the President the authority to exercise unilateral authority and exclude the legislative branch.

I’m no more a fan of Feinstein than anyone else here. But she was elected by the people, serves on the committee specifically charged with oversight of sensitive, classified activities, and is entitled to be in the loop.

Just another example of the lack of respect for the rule of law that this administration has.

Shump on June 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Courtesy Bmore, the coolest HA photoshoper…

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

And the more they realize it, the more they’ll turn on him.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

In a sane would for sure, in this one it’s questionable. Let’s hope so though, I’ve been waiting for years now. There has to be that moment. There just has to be.

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

As a matter of fact, almost the entire State Department has pushed the mute button on this. Very, very odd.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Not entirely mute. Their spokesmoron did take the time out to describe those who served with Bergdahl, and spoke up about his desertion, as liars.

This is an Administration that is staffed, not based on whom is best qualified for their jobs / responsibilities or has the best background to serve the country and it’s people, but based on their ideological and political loyalty.

They reside within the same echo chamber and their decision process is based not only on that ideological and political loyalty, but on their naive and fundamentally wrong world view.

Athos on June 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

They would, however, cut back on the number of pudding cups he could eat per day.

Blake on June 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Just like rabid Zombies…they are staring to attack each other. Love it.

Cherokee on June 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Perhaps equally scary is Feinstein as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee…we are so hosed…

hillsoftx on June 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Laws, you see, are for the Little People.

And, oh, I won.

Little did Congresscritters ever expect to become the Little People.

ajacksonian on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

In a sane would for sure, in this one it’s questionable. Let’s hope so though, I’ve been waiting for years now. There has to be that moment. There just has to be.

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Look at the pressure he started to receive over Shinseki from the ‘rats. When they understand their own political lives are at risk, they will not stand by him-it’s all ‘rats for themselves at that point. And let’s not forget their personal egos, either. Feinstein, Reid and others don’t like it when they feel Obama is overlooking them.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Wow he really,really f$&@# up this time.

sorrowen on June 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Athos on June 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM Well Obama threw them under the bus for a epic,epic debacle then.

sorrowen on June 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Not entirely mute. Their spokesmoron did take the time out to describe those who served with Bergdahl, and spoke up about his desertion, as liars.

This is an Administration that is staffed, not based on whom is best qualified for their jobs / responsibilities or has the best background to serve the country and it’s people, but based on their ideological and political loyalty.

They reside within the same echo chamber and their decision process is based not only on that ideological and political loyalty, but on their naive and fundamentally wrong world view.

Athos on June 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

That guy was from HUD not State. Unless I missed yet another stupid statement from somewhere in the Obama Administration.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Absolutely. They intend to be around after he’s gone. Some might stand with him but it only takes some of them pursuing their own self-interest. Plus, anything they can’t get to stick on the GOP, they can try and pin on him and his people, deflecting blame from the party.

Flange on June 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Shame on that racist Feinstein, whipping up controversy in DC.

Midas on June 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

And nothing will come of it. GOPe is too worried about their image to go after The Won.

I sometimes wonder what it would take to impeach him. Still drawing a blank at this point.

Deckard BR on June 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Well, Dianne, have another look at that file. Things seem to be appearing and disappearing into and from that thing all the time. Just give the administration and the Alphabet Soup of intelligence agencies a list of what you need and they’ll find it for you, whether it exists or not…

ROCnPhilly on June 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Don’t worry Feinstein will be back to gun grabbing by Monday.

bgibbs1000 on June 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Like all the “errrrs”, “ummmms”, and “ahhhhs” prove how smart prezzy mom jeans is.

jukin3 on June 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I never could see how anyone got the idea he was an orator. His speech is stumbling and hesitant.

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Barry: What do you want for Bergdahl?
Taliban: Those five guys.
Barry: O.K., deal. I’ll need cover, though.
Taliban: Tell’em we threatened to slice his head off on live TV.
Barry: Wow, you guys are good at this stuff…..

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Barry: I want Bern…Berd…Berf…
Taliban: Bergdahl?
Barry: Yeah…him. I want him back.
Taliban: We want these five messengers of Allah back.
Barry: Out of the question, and don’t call my bluff.
Taliban: We’re calling your bluff.
Barry: Dammit! OK, you win.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

One: It’s all true

Think about that for a while. What reason would the Taliban have to kill this guy? Why would they keep him alive for five years and then kill him losing a bargaining chip? And last why in the world would it matter to the Taliban if someone found out they were negotiating for Bergdahl? And last but not least when has the Senate or House Intelligence Committee leaked a top secret?

Herb on June 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

O.K., we’ve reached a point in this Country
where we need to sell bobble head dolls
of Ted Kennedy rambling LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE…..

ToddPA on June 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

WFB Senior intel official: We probably paid a cash ransom for Bergdahl too

This’ll set you free…unbelievable..just like Ollie North said.

Dude is utterly desperate to empty Gitmo…and we have the pleasure of seeing the inner self we always knew he had.

gracie on June 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, if you follow the logic path here, there is no credible reason that if the Taliban was threatening to kill Bowe Bergdahl, that they would want it kept quiet. Their leverage is from the threat itself against the President. It’s power comes from it being public and wildly disseminated. This way it puts Obamna in a humiliating position no matter what. Either he can capitulate, or he can watch an American soldier publicly beheaded while the American public tears themselves apart over it. The Taliban 5 were in no danger. There was no threat the administration had to counter. So there was not any benefit to the Talibans secrecy and much compelling reason to clue out that if they had made such a threat it would have by necessity been public not private. The only benefit here for secrecy is to the Administration. The Taliban would never have any reason to extend them that. Hence the only rational conclusion is the threat was yet another lie.

patches on June 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM

And libfreeordie returns to the basement to work on his new lady skin.

CurtZHP on June 6, 2014 at 5:43 PM

At a briefing Wednesday, administration officials told lawmakers that they couldn’t give Congress advance notice on the Bergdahl deal because the Taliban vowed to kill him if any details about the prisoner exchange came out.

Good grief, are the Democrat talking points composed by Hollywood screen writers? This “Oh crap they have _____ held hostage, now I am forced to commit serial felonies to get them back.” and the rest of the movie is wall-to-wall lawlessness, violence and wanton destruction all to save ____ from harm from the bad guys.

Reuben Hick on June 6, 2014 at 5:50 PM

O.K., we’ve reached a point in this Country
where we need to sell bobble head dolls
of Ted Kennedy rambling LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE…..

ToddPA on June 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

And another blast from the past.

“John McCain Has Repeated This Notion That I’m Prepared to Negotiate With Terrorists, I Have Never Said That!”

This is the day after President Bush spoke to the Israeli Knesset in 2008 when he called out ‘the false comfort of appeasement which has been repeatedly discredited by history’

Obama responds to McCain and Bush: “Never” would I negotiate with terrorists

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

That’s Senator Feinstein to you, AP. She’s worked so very hard for that title!

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

That’s Senator Feinstein to you, AP. She’s worked so very hard for that title!

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

ahem…thats Mrs. Mam Sen. Boxer

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM

That guy was from HUD not State. Unless I missed yet another stupid statement from somewhere in the Obama Administration.

Johnnyreb on June 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Marie Harf, spokesmoron for the State Department, pontificated under questioning Wednesday that Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers (from the same unit), were an unreliable source for what happened when Bergdahl left his post.

It’s possible you missed it – it was buried in the avalanche of info exposing the Administration’s fecklessness, mendacity, and contempt towards those who wouldn’t accept the meme of the hour.

Athos on June 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

ahem…thats Mrs. Mam Sen. Boxer

BobMbx on June 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I thought they were the same person. Honest mistake.

kcewa on June 6, 2014 at 6:36 PM

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