United against Obama over Bergdahl trade

By Neal McNamara | June 5, 2014
Barack Obama

Commenting on the Bowe Bergdahl release Thursday morning, President Barack Obama said, “We saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.”

The “opportunity” Obama was referencing was the chance to free a captured American soldier.

But increasingly, Republicans, Democrats, the mainstream media, liberals, conservatives, veterans, and everyone in between believes Obama and Co. was just seizing a public relations opportunity.

The narrative was supposed to be, “Obama frees prisoner of war.” Instead, he got, “Obama illegally trades suspected deserter for dangerous terrorists.”

Nearly a week later, there’s almost a full-scale revolt against the Bergdahl release. And this time it’s different. This time, the stink of Obama’s latest calamity is causing even Democrats to retch.

“They thought the reaction was going to be euphoric,” journalist Jim Geraghty told host Michael Medved on Wednesday.

“If you know the character of the people in the military, you know truth matters to them,” Geraghty continued. “The idea that someone could betray their brothers in arms, getting this hero’s welcome, sickens them to their stomach. The idea that the American president and the White House is playing along with this process trying to get a bump in the polls just turns Washington inside out.”

The Bowe Bergdahl release has slowly turned into a nightmare for Obama. On Saturday, when the Bergdahl news broke, there was mostly jubilance over his return. But cracks began to appear as we learned that Bergdahl might have deserted – and when we learned of the murderous thugs we traded to get Bergdahl back.

California U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has expressed “surprise and dismay” over the deal.

“Usually when the president is embroiled in a scandal, the left isn’t interested,” said host David Boze. “The VA scandal? Well, that’s troublesome, but we’re going to give [Shinseki] the benefit of the doubt. Benghazi? Fast and Furious? Not even going to give it a second look.”

Medved pointed out that even left-leaning NPR and the New York Times are saying that Obama and Co. broke the law when they traded Bergdahl for some terrorists, dodging a law that deems that Congress must get a 30-day notice before the military releases prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Of course, the Obama administration is not backing down from its Bergdahl “hero” narrative. Along with that apology comment, Obama on Thursday defended the Bergdahl release saying, “We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind.”

And after Bergdahl’s fellow troops stepped forward to say that their former compatriot deserted his platoon the night he disappeared, State Department spokeswoman Stephanie Harf claimed that those veterans may be incorrect.

“There’s a lot of rumor and telephone game that’s being played here about what happened,” she said.

But, says Boze, the realest harbinger that Obama is doomed on the Bergdahl issue came yesterday when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews ranted against the “nasty deal” that the president did.

“Even Chris Matthews went on a rant, the majority of which, and I know this is shocking, you’ll find yourself agreeing with. What Matthews has to say reflects a little bit of the truths that George Will and Charles Krauthammer have pointed out,” Boze said.

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