Skip to comments.Now the White House says Hagel made final call on Bergdahl
Posted on 06/10/2014 5:27:23 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
FInal approval for the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, members of Congress learned on Monday from administration officials.
'They indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),' Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said after a classified briefing, ABC points out.
'It was the president of the United States that came out (in the Rose Garden) with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that theres been a little pushback hes moving away from it and its Secretary Hagel?'
Last week, Hagel said the swap was a unanimous decision when speaking to the BBC.
'It was the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of National Intelligence, Attorney General,' he said.
'It was our judgement based on the information that we had that his life, his health were in peril,' Hagel also told the channel in defense of not giving Congress 30 days' notice of the plan.
'Can you imagine if we would have waited or taken the chance of leaks over a 30-day period?' Hagel said.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
There was nothing he could do.
Hagel....This will p*** him off...
What a guy, nothing like throwing yet another underling under the bus. Ol’ Chuckies book should be a page turner wonder if he will return the favor?
This has to be the 9th or 10th version of the Bergdahl story from the WH.
Taliban Mullah in Chief Hussein Obama has chosen Secretary of Defending the Taliban Hagel to continue to make Grand Bargains with Gitmo Prisoners so that Gitmo can be closed on the last day that all US Military Personnel finally abandon Afghanistan to the Taliban.
ssdd from this administration
He first learned about the deal from the media.
Yes I can imagine - there would have been outrage among Congress and the American public which would have prevented Obama from releasing his jihadist brothers. That's why he didn't inform congress.
So much for the old “the buck stops here” saying
I wonder if Obama read about Hagel making the final decision in the news paper this morning.
Too bad... What ever Hagel gets, I feel like he deserves it.
Obama is such a wussie. Always blaming someone else. Women, children, weather, it doesn’t matter. I’ll bet Obama is scare of Michelle’s shadow. What a complete disgrace.
That point needs to be hammered.
What is this, the 8th or 9th revision to this story?
Don’t expect leadership from one who is incapable of leading. Obama gives ‘orders’ which are nothing more than stating desired outcomes. If those outcomes come to pass, then Obama takes full credit. If those outcomes are never realized, then he blames others for not following orders.
Said it before and I’ll say it again.....the entire Obama administration looks like the JV team.
What channel did they see it on?
“...looks like the JV team....”
You’re being charitable.
If we had a free and independent press, the reporting would be withering, absolutely withering. It would make Watergate look like a third-rate burglary. Oh, wait ...
agree. They look more like a pee wee pop warner team.
NOW you know why Ubama selected you to be SecDef.
You didn't think it was because he thought you were qualified, did you?
Poor Obummer. All these people telling him what to do.
Chuck . . . meet Bus. . . .
Hey, upChuck! How’s the view from under the bus?
Is our president on meth?
“...a pee wee pop warner team....”
Yes, but at the very least, the Pop Warner team TRIES to get it right.
One would think after stepping on one’s own crankshaft day after day, one’s crankshaft would finally be too sore to try it again.
Not so these brainiacs... They just double down.
Looking like the duplicitous idiots we always knew they’d be from day one.
Very early on he was blaming Bush, unprecedented for a current POTUS to blame his immediate predecessor, but for a no class narcissistic buffoon like 'O' no problem. Well into his second term now he has to expand his blame Bush meme and move on to new blame targets.
2. Previously consulted with congress 3. Swiftboating 4. It was an oversight, sorry 5. Platoon full of psychopaths 6. Taliban threated to kill 7. "What difference does it make?" 8. Stockholm Syndrome 9. PTSD 10. No evidence converted to Islam, fraternized with Taliban, and declared jihad 11. Physically abused, confined in cage 12. Racism 13. Moderate Taliban 14. Raggedy" platoon 15. "No matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things" 16. Obama broke unconstitutional law (that he signed) 17. Wasn't only soldier to 'walk off' post 18. Only tenuous link to U.S. deaths 19. PR campaign by Republicans ... to muddy the waters
20. Hagel, NOT Obama, made the final call on #Bergdahl swap, (see also #16)
Whoops.....Hagel.....the moron now slated for an Obama toss under the bus!!!
Even if true (and I do not believe for a minute it is true) it is a lie. The President of the United States as commander in chief had to approve it. So he was the last (buck stops here sort of thing) to give the go ahead. Which means he made the decision.
We are living in a surreal time. Obama claims credit for anything good that happens in this nation, and will not accept anything bad that happens (even when his fingerprints are all over it).
The main stream media needs to wake up. They have changed from “watchdogs to lapdogs” and their credibility decreases each time they defend the indefensible.
I’m surprised Obozo didn’t say “Bush’s fault.”
Hagel can’t make a decision on what suit to wear
The dems must be wishing the repubs would bring impeachment charges
It’s like a spiral
Hagel “Peter Principled” out as a SP4 in the Americal Division.
We are governed by 8 year olds.
Good list and post. Nicely done.
Hagel is so pathetic he doesn’t even come across as a credible fall guy. He is weakness personified.
Hagel saw it and immediately climbed under.
Next version, President Bush did it somehow. Not too far fetched because some at the NYT and MSNBC would believe it
Hilarity ensues at Twitchy.com...
The wheels on the bus: CNN reports WH officials say SecDef Hagel made final call on Bergdahl trade
He’s already taken responsibility for this.
OK Chucky, time to fall on your sword for Bambi.
Who were voted in by 8 year olds.
And who are ready to vote again, soon.
Hagel should abruptly quit. If he doesn’t quit and tell the truth about it, I lose all respect for him. If he does quit, he is a very brave man.
Wait for it.....
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