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Bergdahl-Taliban fallout has the left spooked
Legal Insurrection ^ | June 5, 2014 | neo-neocon

Posted on 06/06/2014 1:11:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Most Democratic Party house media organs staying clear as lonely lefty writers struggle to deflect.

There’s a growing sense that, at least for now, the Bergdahl/Taliban exchange and its fallout has the left spooked.

Maybe Obama will wriggle out of this mess, too, either by way of the same tricks that have extricated him from so-called “scandals” such as Benghazi, or by distracting us in some new and horrific way. Or maybe there will be a hurricane somewhere that can provide a serendipitous photo-op to impress those Americans who have political attention-deficit disorder.

But at the moment this story, probably more than any other incident of Obama’s presidency, is one that makes him look bad. It appears to simultaneously expose his disregard for the safety of America and Americans, his sympathy for fundamentalist Islamist governments, his failure to do his homework, his drive towards greater executive power, his disregard for Congress (including some members of both parties) and the law itself, his mendacity, and the stupidity and collaboration of his advisors in all of the above.

I may have left something out, but you get the idea.

The military men and women who served with Bergdahl and on whom Obama counted to keep their mouths shut are (unlike the diplomats in Benghazi) speaking up and telling what they know.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

The NY Times and Time and other organs that normally can be counted on to carry Obama’s water are spilling it all over the place.

That leaves lonely folk such as TNR’s Brian Beutler and Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce doing their level best to convince the world that it’s only vile Republicans complaining about the swap, and that their carping is motivated by petty politics and a cold attitude towards the suffering of prisoners of war.

But it’s not taking too well so far, not as well as during previous dustups. Obama and his advisors may be surprised at that because they may not have understood the feelings this story would tap into.

Peter Wehner understands that this story has had a visceral effect, shocking even some people who didn’t think themselves shockable anymore about anything Obama might do:

"My response to what has occurred is not just intellectual but visceral. I consider what occurred, when everything is taken into account, to be substantively indefensible and morally dishonorable. The president, in my estimation, has rendered a great service to our enemies, and they know it. (Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, hailed the release of the top five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo as a “great victory” for the mujahideen of Afghanistan.) The president’s decision may well endanger American lives down the road. And his administration has elevated an apparent deserter–one whose actions were reported on in the past (see this 2012 Rolling Stone article by Michael Hastings) and who is responsible for the death of fellow soldiers who tried to rescue him–into a hero.

This strikes me as morally grotesque…

In this case, it’s the president and I who occupy different worlds, including different moral worlds."

This story, unlike some of the others, is neither hard to understand nor difficult to follow. It seems awful on its face, and many of the American people are reacting on that same visceral level. For how long they will react that way, however, and to what effect, I do not know.

As evidence of the revulsion towards what Obama has done and towards Bergdahl’s actions, I present Facebook’s “Bring Bowe Bergdahl Back” page and its fellows:

"A number of individuals who initially supported the page’s mission are now having second thoughts as troubling revelations continue to emerge…

The page, which is nearly five years old, has about 34,500 likes as of this writing. Other pages, including one called ‘Bowe Bergdahl is a Traitor,’ have already attracted nearly as much attention in just the past 48 hours.

Administrators of that page are sharing anonymous comments by self-identified soldiers who offer a glimpse into their knowledge of Bergdahl and the circumstances of his ostensible capture by the Taliban.

Comments on the page show an overwhelming shift in public sentiment regarding the prisoner."

When Chris Matthews and Diane Feinstein are among the critics, Obama knows he’s got a problem. Jon Stewart, an Obama supporter who was already angry at the Obama administration over the VA hospital scandal, is at least as unhappy about the prisoner exchange, too.

All of this indicates that there’s something about this one that—at least temporarily—is achieving a level of disgust with Obama that doesn’t seem to have been reached previously. But the only obvious remedy, impeachment, seems to still be politically unavailable. I repeat a question that’s been asked before: what would Obama have to due to trigger a real possibility of impeachment in the House leading to actual conviction in the Senate?


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; msm; obama; taliban

1 posted on 06/06/2014 1:11:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, if they lose John Stewart, that’s like Cronkite saying that the war is lost.

JK I’m convinced that anybody brain dead enough to vote for jugears twice is evidence that the republic is already lost.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 1:28:57 AM PDT by GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco (I love liberals. They taste like chicken.)
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To: GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco

Jihad organizer


3 posted on 06/06/2014 1:33:32 AM PDT by gasport (Will operate for food.)
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To: GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco

” I’m convinced that anybody brain dead enough to vote for jugears twice is evidence that the republic is already lost.”
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That has been my contention since his reelection.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 1:56:26 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now the leftist sheep are beginning to realize that hope and change is a disaster and they want out.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 1:58:59 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I repeat a question that’s been asked before: what would Obama have to due to trigger a real possibility of impeachment in the House leading to actual conviction in the Senate?"

Nothing. It will take special forces landing on the White House roof to get him out.

6 posted on 06/06/2014 2:21:39 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are like the bad parent. if there is an alternative good parent, damn the children, they shall not grow with grace with the good parent.

Greedy Democrats think it is about getting the money when it is about giving the very self and money they demand we give them or their minions. That custody paycheck will always get them spooked... It is all they care about.

Between the police state, alienating the military and even getting DC communist sycophants of the state Department murdered by terrorists (what was what that German preacher said?), they have made progress indeed.

Those who live by the rape denying rights, die by the rape, no more rights after retirement, death panel it is whether you are a former soldier, cop or what have you in a Soviet system.

Of course it does not mean we should let it slide that far to make an example... It is going to be mighty difficult to return and fight back to the small dignity of man.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 2:46:42 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Truth29

That Obama fanaticism and blindness to the retardation of Islam is lurid.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 2:48:24 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Remember Nicholas Berg?

He went to Iraq feeling that, since his intentions were good, this would be recognized and the enemy would do him no harm. He was beheaded on video.

Everyone’s been looking for the Obama central foreign policy doctrine, and with this episode we see it clearly. Obama feels that appeasement and good intentions will shield us from harm when, all that happens is the enemy dis-respects us more, thereby inviting further mayhem and attacks on our interests.

Obama has the same mindset as Nicholas Berg, only now it’s our head on the chopping block.

Obama is an adherent of the Nicholas Berg school of foreign policy.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 3:27:11 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: lavaroise

That Obama fanaticism and blindness to the retardation of Islam is lurid.

I just dropped a few words.. Obama retardation


10 posted on 06/06/2014 3:44:33 AM PDT by maddog55 (A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is a drug-addled madman. When are the democrats going to rein him in?


11 posted on 06/06/2014 3:50:57 AM PDT by abclily
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How a person can go to Two places of Honor,tradition and History,after treating people who are so much a part of those histories,with such contempt,The VA mess,the hailing of a traitor as a hero,just shows what a Reprobate this Individual is. It’s almost diabolical how full of himself and delusional this So called President is.
Folks I really fear for our survival for 2 more years with this insane man child at the helm


12 posted on 06/06/2014 4:05:31 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Relax, Leftists. When the Ministry of Truth gets through rewriting this little bit of history, you won't have a thing to worry about--that is until you begin to feel Big Brother's grip on your throat (then it'll be too late...).
13 posted on 06/06/2014 4:43:33 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It won’t stop the jug-eared moron. In fact, I’m betting theat he will increase and accelerate the damage he seeks to inflict on the country, as it seems obvious no one will stop the POS.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 4:47:38 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: wayoverontheright
Oh, Nicholas Berg.

That's the guy whose father who blamed America for his son's death, rather than the mutants who actually decapitated his son.

Sick people have confused children.

15 posted on 06/06/2014 4:50:48 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the three major ‘POW/MIA Biker’ groups out there ought to have whatever people that run their websites (while they’re evidently out riding around on their motorcycles and not paying the slightest attention to the news) log on and delete their “Welcome Home Hero Bowe Bergdahl!” pages because they’re looking like quite the jackasses for supporting this traitor fink.

That’s just my opinion. Maybe they don’t care a whit about Bergdahl’s circumstances as long as they can pretend he’s a POW and use him as an excuse to ride around on their Harleys going vroom vroom vroom and waving the American flag like it belongs to their organization alone.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 4:52:02 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This won’t last. Just as the controversy about Bergdahl’s release was timed to push the VA off the front pages, the next “crisis” will take center stage.

The Bergdahl matter will be a distant speck of a memory in two weeks. Nothing will come of it after the requisite week of rhetorical clucking winds down.


17 posted on 06/06/2014 4:54:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Savage Beast
Relax, Leftists. When the Ministry of Truth gets through rewriting this little bit of history,...

I daresay they're working hard on Bergdahl's Travonization. Watch for more glowing reports re what a great "kid" he is.

18 posted on 06/06/2014 4:54:47 AM PDT by Lacey
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To: dowcaet

“Now the leftist sheep are beginning to realize that hope and change is a disaster and they want out.”

You’re giving leftards too much credit for employing critical thinking... something of which they’re incapable. They’re too emotionally bonded with Obama and their sacred cause of America’s destruction to want out.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 4:58:20 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Lacey
They invented the word spin as a euphemism for propaganda or distortion or downright falsification.

They're struggling right now to define swift-boating as a fabrication or falsification for malicious intent rather than exposing the truth. Tingles had a tizzy about this the other night on TV and was very strident is his insistence that Kerry had been subjected to false accusations.

They have won the battle to redefine gay as homosexual.

I hate euphemisms. They obscure truth. I like it called as it is.

Not all neologisms are euphemisms, of course. Travonization for example.

20 posted on 06/06/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: All

The Unraveling

How the Obama administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apart

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/unraveling_794412.html?page=1


21 posted on 06/06/2014 6:50:42 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: GeneralisimoFranciscoFranco

Case in point.

ABC news ! Had a loooong interview with Hillary. According to her, everything is just hunky dory.

The prison release? Well don’t you know we bring everyone home. Doesn’t matter how they got lost.

The fall concussion? Well don’t you know Ryan (cue large photo of him) had three, and he is just fine. No big whoop.

Golden girls? Well that was a long running popular show.

Oh and her brain per Carl Rove. (Cue fat white piggish picture).. Well don’t you know that it was said that he was Bushes brain.

I wanted to puke.


22 posted on 06/07/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Savage Beast

You mean to redefine sodomite as gay...


23 posted on 06/07/2014 7:58:08 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
No I do not. I hate the debasement of that word, and I have resisted it. However it appears that The Left has won that one. "Gay" has not only become established in English, as in "Gay Marriage", but it has been incorporated into other languages and nations as a synonym for "homosexual".

I still resist "liberal" as a euphemism for Leftist--or whatever they are. There's nothing liberal about these people. But liberal is deeply entrenched in our language and culture--though I continue to resist.

"Undocumented: is another word that has been debased by The Left. It's a replacement for "undocumented alien"--which is a replacement for "illegal alien", which is the accurate designation.

This is how The Left works: distortion, propaganda, deceit, mendacity, lies--anything to advance their nefarious agenda.

24 posted on 06/07/2014 8:25:00 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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