Rich Galen

"Let's allow the country to share a national moment of joy and relief in getting our lone POW back safe and sound.

"This will be another 'We got Bin Laden' moment for the President."

In the words of the sainted Governor of Texas, "Oops."

It is impossible to believe that the President's people were in such a state of panic over the growing Veterans Affairs scandal that they grasped at this straw without anyone doing even the most basic background check to see what the possible blowback might be.

Blowback? This is a category five hurricane.

I don't believe President Obama traded those five Taliban for political purposes. I choose to believe he traded them because that was the only deal he could get.

But, I DO believe once the opportunity presented itself, the White House completely lost whatever professionalism they have left and talked themselves into turning the Bergdahl release into a major production.

By attempting to take what should have been a pretty positive story into a major victory for the President, the White House totally bungled Bergdahl.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at