I'm not the one who first suggested that Obama's driving motive with the release was to lay the groundwork for closing Gitmo, and more people are suggesting it. If we can release five of the worst, after all, why should we maintain the facility?
More than that, Obama released them in exchange for not a war hero but a man who appears to be the furthest thing from it -- a soldier who is being called a deserter by his fellow troops. No one could possibly be this bad a negotiator.
For Obama to have rushed into this exchange at all reveals his warped mindset, but to do it against the advice of senators, the Pentagon and certain White House aides makes it very likely that he had an ulterior motive that had nothing to do with Bergdahl.
If Obama had been angling for a wise exchange, he wouldn't have had to sidestep Congress, and he wouldn't have had to cover up the truth about Bergdahl -- possibly removing evidence of his desertion from the classified files and rewriting his history as a hero and as one who was in desperately ill health.
But once again, Obama has painted himself in a corner with arrogance-colored paint, which has necessitated a massive propaganda campaign to justify his actions. Once again, he sent Susan Rice out to lie for him, and once again, his aides have had to walk back what she said.
The similarity of the pattern is striking. Remember Jay Carney saying that Rice was talking about a video not in relation to the Benghazi, Libya, attacks but concerning the Middle East in general? Now the White House is saying that Rice was referring not specifically to the circumstances of Bergdahl's captivity when she said he had served with honor and distinction but to his service in general.
Obama and the leftist radicals he surrounds himself with have no clue how most patriotic Americans think. If they did, there is no way Obama would have made such a monumental miscalculation -- unless he really just doesn't care what we think, as long as he can proceed with his dangerous obsession to transform America.
How can Obama conceivably not comprehend that by negotiating with terrorists for a hostage -- not even a conventional prisoner of war -- he is inviting further hostage taking by jihadi and endangering American lives throughout the world? Our policy against negotiating with terrorists is not some macho-oriented stance designed to show how tough we are; it is an approach aimed at protecting American lives and not emboldening terrorists to attack, capture and kill us.
Of all the disgraceful actions Obama has taken in his 5 1/2 years of passing scorched-earth policies against America as founded, he may have outdone himself on this one.
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