This guy normally can’t get through a column without losing it over Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, or any other right-wing bogeymen who haunt his dreams. So as criticism over Obama’s reckless trade of a deserter for five Taliban terrorists grows, we can safely say this isn’t merely a Republican-driven scandal. When you lose Mike Lupica you know things are bad.
Seventy years later, the ceremonies honoring the heroes of D-Day play out in France, on the beaches of Normandy and in solemn, holy places like the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. But in this country, they also play out in the shadow of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Bergdahl, the POW just released in exchange for five very hard, bad guys from the Taliban who’d been held in Guantanamo, was also treated like some kind of hero by President Obama, whether the President used that word or not when he brought Bergdahl’s parents to the Rose Garden the other day. Bergdahl was some kind of hero, and so was the President who brought him home, you bet.
Almost immediately after that, the President sent out one of his chief flacks, Susan Rice, one who clearly learned nothing after Benghazi, to talk about how Bergdahl had served his country with “honor and distinction.”
Rice, who sometimes seems so light you think she might float away, doesn’t know that, anymore than she knows whether it will eventually be determined if Bergdahl deserted or not. She doesn’t know, the President doesn’t know, neither does Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
It is why more and more you get the idea that no matter how honorable and distinguished it is for a President not to leave a single POW behind, he desperately wanted to look strong at a time when so many in his own country, and around the world, think he is weak.
Now we are told that if Congress had been told of Obama’s plan and that if news of the deal had somehow leaked, that the Taliban would have killed Sgt. Bergdahl. Really? In the runup to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, what is known as the “Gang of Eight” — leaders of the two parties from the Senate and House — were briefed on the extremely classified information on what was about to happen to Bin Laden in Pakistan.
They didn’t leak the news about Bin Laden before the fact, but now the President couldn’t trust the same people to keep their mouths shut on Sgt. Bergdahl?
Which tells you how flimsy that latest story is and how even the most strident liberals aren’t buying it.
Once the legitimate backlash on what the President had done and how he’d done it began, you heard that anybody criticizing him or his decision was engaged in a “rush” to judgment. If that’s true, somebody needs to explain what the rush was to get Bergdahl’s parents to the White House.
Good point. Don’t expect any answers from Team Obama.