As the reader has no doubt noticed, the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release from captivity by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan is currently front-and-center in the news. Bergdahl had been held captive since June 2009 and was released on May 31. In exchange for Bergdahl's release, the Obama administration freed five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay.
The release of Bergdahl and the Gitmo detainees immediately became steeped in controversy. Some soldiers who had served with Bergdahl claim that he deserted (or was at least AWOL) prior to his capture in 2009, and this appears to be supported by the Army. The Obama administration and the State Department on the other hand, assert that Bergdahl was captured, making him technically a prisoner of war. Some members of Congress allege that the White House broke the law by not giving them a required 30 days notice of the impending release of the Gitmo detainees.
At present, my morbid curiosity is pondering the question of how many among the conservative press and politicos are more or less clueless with regard to the underlying implications of this affair and its function as a distraction from more grave matters, how many are being professionally irresponsible, and how many are simply posturing.
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It isn't as though the questions, concerns and criticisms being leveled aren't valid ones. The issue of the imprudence of negotiating with terrorists and the precedent this sets, releasing extremely dangerous Taliban assets in exchange for someone who may be a deserter and Islamist sympathizer, and the questionable legality of the administration's actions cannot be ignored. The administration's having arranged for Bergdahl's release while Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi languishes in a Mexican prison is also a profound slap in the face to America and the military, which ought to be discussed, if for no other reason than to neutralize White House propaganda.
Though the Bergdahl issue has ostensibly provided President Obama with the opportunity to claim that his administration supports veterans, in the current political climate, he is probably more than happy to have Congress excoriating him over the legality of the arrangement, the irresponsibility of negotiating with terrorists and so forth. Compared to what could come to light if the truth is ultimately revealed with regard to Benghazi (to offer but one example), the potential fallout from this prisoner swap is hardly a worry.
I believe that when all is said and done, the Bergdahl-Taliban deal will have served its purpose in distracting Americans from the Benghazi select committee hearings and the Veteran's Administration scandal. To a lesser extent, it will also distract us from the NSA and IRS scandals, the administration's illegal support for Islamist rebels in Syria, the Fast and Furious scandal, Bureau of Land Management excesses (and the revelation of high-level political corruption attendant to that), the administration's collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood at home and abroad and their complicity in the Arab Spring, which has cost tens of thousands of lives, their support for al-Qaida in Libya, Obama's insinuation of Muslim Brotherhood operatives into the Department of Homeland Security, dismantling of terror training protocols in the FBI and Pentagon, backing Nazis in Ukraine, as well as the mountain of fiat federal regulation calculated to cripple America economically.
Regarding the latter, most noteworthy is the recent announcement that Obama plans to enact new fiat law via the Environmental Protection Agency, which will soon mandate that power plants cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030. Given their abysmal knowledge of economics and Obama's true agenda, Americans remain unaware that not only will this aid in his quest to facilitate skyrocketing energy costs (his own words), but that it will exponentially inflate the costs of absolutely everything upon which Americans spend money.
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For Obama, I guess it's all in a day's work. We must look at the aggregate of this president's policies and actions and cease criticizing the symptoms thereof. Speaking of criticism: You might also ask yourself why there has been so much outcry over the Bergdahl-Taliban swap from a GOP leadership that has remained more or less mum on far more egregious actions Obama has taken during his presidency.
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