New WH spin on Taliban 5 swap: Hey, it was Hagel’s call

posted at 9:01 am on June 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: The Taliban 5 swap was a demonstration of authority by a Commander in Chief who isn’t afraid to act and make the final decision. New hotness: Hey, Chuck Hagel had the final call on the swap! As criticism mounts on Barack Obama over the decision to release five high-ranking and dangerous Taliban commanders in exchange for an American soldier, the White House shifted gears last night in its first briefing to the House — and attempted to shift blame as well:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – not President Obama – executed the administration’s final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.

“They indicated [it was] Secretary Hagel [who made the final call],” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, told reporters following the briefing Monday evening. “It was the president of the United States that came out [in the Rose Garden] with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?”

Really? Hagel himself told Meet the Press that the decision process went the other direction — that Hagel recommended the deal, but that Obama had to make the final decision. Which one is lying, and why?

That’s not the only part of the story under construction at the moment, either. Recall that the White House insisted that it could not comply with the law requiring 30 days’ notification and consultation of Congress before any detainee release from Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility because of the sensitive nature and speed of the negotiations. Had the story leaked, the White House insisted, Bergdahl’s life would have been in danger, although the parameters of this deal had been discussed openly by both sides for years — including Bergdahl’s own parents, and the Taliban. So how many people did get informed of the deal? Oh … 80 or 90:

Several congressmen told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that they remain frustrated that “about 80 or 90″ people within the administration knew about the Bergdahl trade before it was announced on May 31, particularly considering none of the appropriate committee chairs or even House and Senate leadership were notified beforehand, save for Harry Reid.

“They couldn’t brief a single member of Congress because they didn’t trust us, yet the Qataris knew about it,” said Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas. “It’s phenomenal.”

Even one Democrat who supports the deal found that information troubling:

If anything, the briefing caused some lawmakers to become more upset after being told that 80 to 90 officials within the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and other agencies had knowledge of the deal while key members of Congress didn’t.

“I think it’s part of an erosion of the relationship between Congress and the Executive,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. “I support the swap, I mean the president made a very difficult decision, but I am concerned about the growing distance between the executive branch and Congress, and I think some consultation sooner would have been appropriate.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said the White House’s handling of Bergdahl’s release is “a pattern, and they need to learn that we actually matter under the Constitution.”

“It’s hard to trust this administration on anything they tell you,” Walden said.

Success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan.  Earlier today, a new CBS poll showed that the White House has created yet another failure in the Taliban 5 swap, and a new poll from Pew shows very similar data. The deal is largely unpopular, but more so among veterans:

Overall, 43% say it was the wrong thing for the Obama administration to exchange five Taliban prisoners for captive soldier Bergdahl, while fewer (34%) say it was the right thing to do; 23% do not offer an opinion. …

Overall, 33% of the public says someone in their household has served in the U.S. military or the military reserves at some point. Among this group, 55% say the exchange of five Taliban prisoners was the wrong thing to do, compared with just 26% who say it was the right thing to do. Non-veteran households are evenly divided (37% right thing, 38% wrong thing).

Furthermore, veteran households are somewhat more likely to say they are angry with Bergdahl (23%) than sympathetic toward him (12%), though most (57%) say they hold neither feeling toward him.

And when it comes to U.S. responsibility toward Bergdahl, 37% of veteran households say the country was not obligated to do all it could to secure his release because he walked away from his post; 47% say the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to return an American captive soldier, no matter what the circumstances. Non-veteran households are more likely to back U.S. efforts to free captive soldiers, regardless of the circumstances (60%-26%).

Respondents provided another overwhelming majority of support for following the law on Congressional notification, too:

President Obama has received criticism for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance of the transfer of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl. When asked to think generally about situations like the Bergdahl exchange, most Americans (64%) say “the president should be required to inform Congress in advance of decisions like these”; just 30% say he “should have the flexibility to make decisions like these without informing Congress in advance.”

This view is nearly unanimous among Republicans (87%-11%), and 67% of independents also say the president should be required to inform Congress in advance of decisions like these. Democrats are more divided, with a narrow 53%-majority saying the president should have the flexibility to act without informing Congress in advance, while 44% say he should be required to notify Congress.

The more they talk and shift their stories, the more the Obama administration digs the hole even deeper.


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obama isn’t a capricious dictator who rules by whims. obama is a good leader who leaves no man behind.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Rahming speed!

The wheels on the bus go, “Thump. Thump! THUMP!”

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Really? Hagel himself told Meet the Press that the decision process went the other direction — that Hagel recommended the deal, but that Obama had to make the final decision. Which one is lying, and why?

It’s pathological. Dear Liar cannot accept any responsibility for any wrong decision. 25th Amendment, section 4. He’s unable to serve. I don’t care about a President Biden.

rbj on June 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Who hired Hagel? Who gave Hagel permission? And Ultimately who is responsible for the actions of those beneath him?
These democrats play musical chairs with responsibility.

Flange on June 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Textbook Narcissist Personality Disorder behavior. With Obama it will always be someone else’s fault if X turns out to be a bad decision, and Obama will take credit if Y turns out to be a good idea.

I worked with a guy who was diagnosed NPD for about 15 years. This is exactly what I had to deal with on a daily basis.

Johnnyreb on June 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hagel made a career in the Seante of out-Mavericking Maverick, in being the Republican Senate Democrats loved the most on foreign policy, because he was the most likely to attack whatever position other Republicans were taking. So while this is just the latest example of the Obama travel bus squashing another subordinate, for Hagel to be the one after all the years he got favorable press trying to do the same thing to his own party has a lot of built-in karma.

jon1979 on June 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Public does not have any say on the swap. that is a decision only made by the Commander-In-Chief.

Ned Pepper on June 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Unless it turns out to be an exploding box of dookie.

M240H on June 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

obama showing more weakness.

tim c on June 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Obama: the did nothing President.

Except the part about personally killing Bin Laden, he did do that.

ConstantineXI on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Impeach him, now!

The House will not move on Obama or Holder for skin color, affirmative action reasons. But Hagel is a blundering BOOB, who did not perform well in front of his Senate friends during confirmation.

Start the “death by 1000 cuts” technique on BHO, and start w/ Hagel. Then get another white guy.

gonnjos on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I’m sorry, but I’m convinced that Obama is crazy. Just plain nutjob crazy. He and his puppet master, Valerie Jarrett have reached a new level of bottom.

BettyRuth on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

So apparently, if Hagel had recommended not to make the deal, Obama would have been fine leaving Bergdahl behind contrary to previous claims.

Again, what evidence do we have that this guy is “smart”?

WisRich on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

What happened to No Apology Obama?

NotCoach on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Unless it turns out to be an exploding box of dookie.

M240H on June 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Guess the Troll Fax Network is running a bit slow this morning.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

If Hagel had any sense of dignity (ha!) he’d resigned.

Second point: I want the libs to tell us again what an awesome leader Obama is. He apparently gets no input on anything, except for single-handedly killing Bin Laden with his bare hands (the gutsiest call in the history of the Milky Way).

307wolverine on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The wheels on the bus go round and round….

gophergirl on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

One thing you’ll never see with Godless liberals–it sufficient guilt an shame to cause them to fall on their own swords, especially when they get caught red-handed in shameful behavior,if there I still one other person to stick it in their back or throw under the bus.

Don L on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I’m sorry, but I’m convinced that Obama is crazy. Just plain nutjob crazy. He and his puppet master, Valerie Jarrett have reached a new level of bottom.

BettyRuth on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

YEP!

gophergirl on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Why do we have a Congress?

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

This new story is a load of excrement. subZero himself took credit just the other day on TV.

He must be very desperate. He sure likes to blame others for his foul ups.

Really? Hagel himself told Meet the Press that the decision process went the other direction — that Hagel recommended the deal, but that Obama had to make the final decision. Which one is lying, and why?

That was the story all last weekend. I’ll wager their internal polling (not performed by CBS or the NYT ) show a very different picture.

dogsoldier on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Public does not have any say on the swap. that is a decision only made by the Commander-In-Chief.

Ned Pepper on June 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Unless it turns out to be an exploding box of dookie.

M240H on June 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

This NSFW clip of Richard Belzer from 40 years ago is how Ned wishes Obama would talk to the non-cooperative public. Instead, his leadership skills and willingness to take the blame for bad decisions is on par with Col. Klink from “Hogan’s Heroes”.

jon1979 on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Don’t worry, we are in the “revise the talking points” phase of this scandal. Dang! Doesn’t anyone pay attention to how these things go? There’s a PATTERN here, people!

UnderstandingisPower on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Simply a barometer of “trying” as long as it fits a victim template and is ideologically politically correct.

Starlink on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I just mean the person “responsible” was unable to find a chair when the music stopped and they were the one left standing to take the blame. It has nothing to do with actual responsibility.

Flange on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

The obligatory President Jake Blues clip.

The sad thing is the ObamiNation is even more gullible than the Mystery Woman.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

BettyRuth on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

You are correct. A few of us have been saying that for a while now.

dogsoldier on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Obama is not even a man.

docflash on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Why do we have a Congress?

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

To stop Republicans.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

“They couldn’t brief a single member of Congress because they didn’t trust us, yet the Qataris knew about it,” said Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas. “It’s phenomenal.”

The Arab League is Obama’s congress. The exact same thing happened in Libya.

Buddahpundit on June 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Keep digging there champ

And yet Havel will fall on his sword…valerie will push him

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Hagel

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

If an election were held today, Obama would still win against any Republican.The Nation has been lost. The greatest generation spawned,well let’s just called Merde.

celtic warrior on June 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

This is what happens when pot heads take over the White House

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

So, if Hagel is the prime man in this corrupt deal, how is it that he wasn’t the one in the rose garden taking the accolades?

Don L on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Secretary Of Defense Bob Uecker takes one for the team..

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&authuser=0&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=628&q=bob+uecker&oq=bob+uecker&gs_l=img.12..0l10.1653.19690.0.22097.16.10.2.4.1.0.238.924.7j1j1.9.0….0…1ac.1.45.img..6.10.863.ZBcoPw189bU#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=Iy0X9zWEzcDNnM%253A%3B4xa_rmqmmu-t8M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffingerfood.typepad.com%252F.a%252F6a012875949499970c01287594f472970c-pi%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffingerfood.typepad.com%252Ffinger-food%252Fbob-uecker%252F%3B375%3B500

Tim Zank on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

lest we forget.

“…I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.”…

“I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

WisRich on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

HeII of a job Chuckie.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Slam dunk

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Well you could have looked at Obama’s speech pattern:

Pre blow-back: “I. I. I. I.”
Post blow-back: “We. The United States. We. The United States.”

Marcus on June 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

The wheels on the bus go round and round….

gophergirl on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

How many times do I have to point out the bus has run over so many people, the wheels are no longer round, but in a new shape called Thump? :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

So, if Hagel is the prime man in this corrupt deal, how is it that he wasn’t the one in the rose garden taking the accolades?

Don L on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Exactly.

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Senators in tough election fights are absolutely giddy with happiness that the President kept them out of this, I have to believe.

If Kay Hagen, Mark Begich, Mary Landrieu et al had to answer questions on Bowe Bergdahl on top of every other failure it would start to get overwhelming, even for lying-lier Democrats.

MTF on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Being a narcissist means never having to take responsibility.

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

How many times do I have to point out the bus has run over so many people, the wheels are no longer round, but in a new shape called Thump? :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

There’s no rubber left on the tires…it’s running on the rims.

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Somebody get Captain Renault on the red courtesy phone…
Obama committed treason, and now is trying to blame Hagel for it. Oh… wait, not even Captain Renault can feign shock over that…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

…the White House insisted that it could not comply with the law requiring 30 days’ notification and consultation of Congress before any detainee release from Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility because of the sensitive nature and speed of the negotiations.

They first said was it was because of Bohammed Bergdahl’s allegedly poor health, then it was because the Taliban threatened to kill him if congress leaked the plan ahead of its execution.

Is this a third excuse from the administration or some kind of mashup shorthand for their excuses?

Akzed on June 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Next administration gear shift….

obama was really, really angry when he read about the trade in the morning newspaper.

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

With Obama, The Buck Stops …somewhere else.

BigGator5 on June 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

It was a “unanimous decision” by “my government.” “I make no apologies for it.”

That was quick.

World turning…

Fallon on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The obligatory President Jake Blues clip.

The sad thing is the ObamiNation is even more gullible than the Mystery Woman.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I don’t even have to click the link. I know exactly what scene you’re referring to. At least in that movie, Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God. I don’t know whose bidding Obama is doing, but it ain’t the Almighty’s.

Doughboy on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The more they talk and shift their stories, the more the Obama administration digs the hole even deeper.

Yet they can be trusted on immigration…

ladyingray on June 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Sgt. Hagle found face down on his own lawn after tripping over a garden hose commetted,, “Who me I’m always face down in some mess but if they say I did it ask my staff they make all the decisions for me”. Just ask Ms Clinton how it works for dumb Democrat leaders.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

I don’t even have to click the link. I know exactly what scene you’re referring to. At least in that movie, Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God. I don’t know whose bidding Obama is doing, but it ain’t the Almighty’s.

Doughboy on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I believe the late, great Paul Harvey has that answer.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

In the leading picture, “Sen” obviously stands for “senile idiot” because Hagel is no Senator.

Rix on June 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Being a narcissist means never having to take responsibility.

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Being a Progressive means never having to take responsibility. It’s one of the most attractive features of that ideology, especially for young people.

visions on June 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

So… Hagel broke the law?

Should he be arrested? Impeached?

faraway on June 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

It was a “unanimous decision” by “my government.” “I make no apologies for it.”

That was quick.

World turning…

Fallon on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

He just needs to figure out now on what day he first learned about the Bergdahl swap from the newspaper.

NotCoach on June 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

We didn’t elect Hagle to make these kinds of decisions.

We’d be better off if there was no president for the last 5 years. In fact, lets do that, since it seems that senators are doing the President’s job now.

ConDem on June 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

There’s no rubber left on the tires…it’s running on the rims.

HumpBot Salvation on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

So is Dear Liar giving us a rim job?

rbj on June 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

And… still nothing on the borders being overrun.

Surprise.

Midas on June 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan.

Speaking of failure, where is Joe Biden hiding?

myiq2xu on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Doughboy on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I believe the late, great Paul Harvey has that answer.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

yup, ole Paul nailed it squarely on the head…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

New WH spin on Taliban 5 swap: Hey, it was Hagel’s call

Just like the Dems, always blaming the GOP. The only card carrying Republican in the obama cabinet is blamed for this debacle.

ConservativePartyNow on June 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan.

myiq2xu on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

So we’re being run by an Adminstration full of Orphans?

ToddPA on June 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

2 things:Obama Schedule || Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5:25 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel

Coincidence, I don’t think so. The wheels on the bus…

Next excuse they will use from their playbook: Obama only found out about it by seeing it on news reports.

sh221b on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Once again, Harry Truman unavailable for comment.

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

How many times do I have to point out the bus has run over so many people, the wheels are no longer round, but in a new shape called Thump? :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

To save myself from total breakdown, when this phrase comes up I think of the old Bridgestone tire commercial with the cute girls. Especially the one sitting in the tire typing on a laptop.

cheers

eon

eon on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Who hired Hagel? Who gave Hagel permission? And Ultimately who is responsible for the actions of those beneath him?

Hagel made an ass of himself. He should have told Obama to stuff it, the law says Congress is to be notified, not some sub-set hand-picked by the executive branch to act as proxy. He’s helped to undermine the entire federal system of government and all its checks and balances.

Socratease on June 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

And next they will blame it all on Republicans because Hagel is the only Republican they talked to and he gave Obama bad info.

JoshuaH on June 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Other bad kids did that!

claudius on June 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I don’t even have to click the link. I know exactly what scene you’re referring to. At least in that movie, Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God. I don’t know whose bidding Obama is doing, but it ain’t the Almighty’s.

Doughboy on June 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM
.

I believe the late, great Paul Harvey has that answer.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

.
yup, ole Paul nailed it squarely on the head…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

.
If Paul Harvey were still on the radio today, how would he cover what’s happening to this country? . . . : (

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

How many times do I have to point out the bus has run over so many people, the wheels are no longer round, but in a new shape called Thump? :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

LOL!

gophergirl on June 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Of course it’s Hagel’s fault, God forbid Obozo takes responsibility for anything. Never The One’s fault. Disgraceful!

Patriot Vet on June 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Two things:

1. Obama knows the press will float this out as plausible and not really show the inconsistencies in the story that are glaringly obvious to anyone who pays attention, which leads me to…

2. Obama knows the intellectual level of the majority of American people. He has such little respect for it that he feels he can say anything and get away with it.

(Hard to argue this strategy politically when the Republicans are even afraid of him.)

If Hagel cared about what this means to the perception of his own integrity and legacy, he would resign immediately.

jjjdad on June 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Next excuse they will use from their playbook: Obama only found out about it by seeing it on news reports.

sh221b on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Obama only found out about his Sunday football-spiking Rose Garden appearance with TaliDad when he read about it in the news?

ConstantineXI on June 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

+1jjjdad

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I think the President is the one with broad powers as commander in chief under the constitution, not a cabinet member. This excuse only makes it worse, Hagel broke the law if that is the case. Obama needs to accept resposibility for this disaster or fire Hagel for breaking the law.

Ellis on June 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So why aren’t we opening impeachment hearings for Hagel?

Whoever approved this without congressional oversight violated the law. If Hagel is to blame let’s try the case. If he isn’t to blame he’ll have the option to point the finger at Obama.

18-1 on June 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

.
If Paul Harvey were still on the radio today, how would he cover what’s happening to this country? . . . : (

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Unlike everyone who works for Salem Communications, I’m pretty sure Paul would call it straight up treason. Paul Harvey was no coward and knew what real morals, ethics and principals were. Nor was he timid or shy about speaking the truth because it might offend people or hurt his ratings.

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Being a narcissist means never having to take responsibility.

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Indeed. For someone with narcissistic tendencies, the question is always framed in the context of who is right/wrong rather what is right/wrong. And the narcissist must always be the one who is right.

Hence, they are never wrong, and they never fail. Any perception of such is because someone else did not do what they were supposed to do.

They really think this way.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I work in a building serviced by an elevator that includes an AP-driven video channel. Its breakdown of the poll cited by Ed stated that 56% of Americans feel we are obligated to obtain a prisoner’s release regardless of the events leading to his capture. No other questions were listed, no other data were mentioned. Incredible.

cbenoistd on June 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Unlike everyone who works for Salem Communications, I’m pretty sure Paul would call it straight up treason. Paul Harvey was no coward and knew what real morals, ethics and principals were. Nor was he timid or shy about speaking the truth because it might offend people or hurt his ratings.

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

.
Dittos.

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Why do we have a Congress?

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Because it’d be too time-consuming if Barky had to personally spend all of the money himself.

Ben (“Cornhusker Compromise”) Nelson and Chuck Hagel. What’s wrong with those people in Nebraska, anyway?

bofh on June 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

See, on the South Side, this is what’s known as the “SODDI defense”.

Some

Other

Dude

Did

It.

And any judge who has sat on any bench in any criminal court knows it…

JohnGalt23 on June 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The buck stops where?

Who is the CINC?

right2bright on June 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Next excuse they will use from their playbook: Obama only found out about it by seeing it on news reports.

sh221b on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Obama only found out about his Sunday football-spiking Rose Garden appearance with TaliDad when he read about it in the news?

ConstantineXI on June 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Who will seriously question him? The low info slaves will likely argue that very premise from every venue they regularly mark with scent.
I’d say the countdown to gospel is: by Friday these were never the drones we were looking for period. BigAlSouth is right. Being the narcissist in chief means never having to say you’re sorry.

onomo on June 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

If you believe this, you also believe in Santa Claus.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Nadler of NY, the former hot air balloon, stood up in the well of the Congress last night and said “The Taliban are freedom-fighters, like our revolutionaries were”.

Pelosi stood up and supported obama.

The house booed them.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Stand! UpChuck!

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

O T :
.
There’s a thunderstorm that has developed right against the northeast side of DC, and it ain’t movin’.

The weather service threw a flood warning over that area, just a little bit ago.

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Obama on Thursday –

Bergdahl swap? No apologies. I would do it again if I had the chance.

The White House on Monday –

Oh, that? That was all Chucky’s fault!

Responsibility? Dude, that was like four days ago, man!

DublOh7 on June 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

O T :
.
There’s a thunderstorm that has developed right against the northeast side of DC, and it ain’t movin’.

The weather service threw a flood warning over that area, just a little bit ago.

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

That is no thunderstorm, that is the Eye of Mordor forming

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

News Flash! – The White House today condemned that “Rose Garden Video of President Obama with Sgt Bergdahl’s parents. The video is a fake! The President declined further comment, pending an investigation of who made the video.

GarandFan on June 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hagel won’t object, remember . . . where there’s no sense there’s no feeling.

rplat on June 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

GarandFan on June 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

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Did he just see it on the news, for the first time?

listens2glenn on June 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Let me help Mr Hagel:

“While I was in on the negotiation for the prisoner exchange and I supported the very tough decision that was made, I was NOT the final decision on this matter. This was a heavy decision that requied the Commander in Chief to have the final say.

The great leaders in any walk of life gain respect when they deflect accolades that come their way down to those that helped achieve successes and take responsiblity when failures occur, and then quietly make changes within the organization to see to it that these failures do not continue. This administration has that concept completely backwards. And I will not allow my name to tarninshed by this Adminstration for their own political gain.

I have appreciated the opporunity to serve this great country and it is with deep regret I submit my resignation.”

Or he could just suck it up. Be tarnished by his superiors and remain a media hero and keep going to all the Washington parties.

Lets see what he chooses…. (we already know the answer)

jjjdad on June 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

More mutually exclusive explanations = lying.

rlwo2008 on June 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

‘It’s impossible to believe anything this administration tells you’. fify.

Kissmygrits on June 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

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