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The Unraveling
The Weekly Standard ^ | JUN 16, 2014 | STEPHEN F. HAYES

Posted on 06/06/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

Late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama strode confidently to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden flanked by the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who had gone missing from his platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in June 2009.

“This morning I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son, Bowe, is coming home,” Obama said.

The president thanked service members who “recovered Sergeant Bergdahl and brought him safely out of harm’s way.” Obama also expressed gratitude to the diplomats who had handled the case, and he reported that his administration had “worked for several years to achieve this goal.” The president confirmed news reports from earlier in the day that Bergdahl had been freed as part of a prisoner exchange with the Afghan Taliban—a deal that was brokered by the government of Qatar. “As part of this effort, the United States government is transferring five detainees from the prison in Guantánamo Bay to Qatar,” he announced.

The Bergdahls were understandably emotional about the news and in brief statements thanked their friends and their government for supporting them through the long ordeal.

It was, for Obama, a fleeting moment of triumph. For more than a year, the president had been buffeted by events that he could not—or would not—control. The disastrous debut of Obamacare, the continuing fallout from the Benghazi attacks, the consequences of intelligence disclosures by Edward Snowden, the unfolding human tragedy in Syria, the Russian power play in Ukraine, the scandal that has engulfed the Veterans Administration—in one crisis after another, the man who once boldly declared his intent to be a transformative president had shown himself to be a reactive one.

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; obamatreason; obvioustreason; salienttreason; simpletreason
How the Obama administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apart
1 posted on 06/06/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

bump


2 posted on 06/06/2014 7:13:07 AM PDT by gibsosa
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The MSM is today busy showing images of Obama genuflecting to the survivors of D-Day.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 7:14:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Hotlanta Mike
The president thanked service members who “recovered Sergeant Bergdahl and brought him safely out of harm’s way.”

Yeah, those soldiers threw away the bag he had when first contacted and then frisked his ass again before he boarded the helicopter. That fact speaks VOLUMES about what he really is.

4 posted on 06/06/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Apparently unknown to Obama (or perhaps known) was that he was not in “harm’s way” at all. He got along well with his “captors”, converted to Islam, and reportedly was even allowed to possess a gun.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 7:19:18 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: skeeter
The MSM is today busy showing images of Obama genuflecting to the survivors of D-Day.

Which side's participants? Did he find some 90+ year old Nazi machine gunners still alive?

6 posted on 06/06/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
For more than a year, the president had been buffeted by events that he could not—or would not—control. The disastrous debut of Obamacare, the continuing fallout from the Benghazi attacks, the consequences of intelligence disclosures by Edward Snowden, the unfolding human tragedy in Syria, the Russian power play in Ukraine, the scandal that has engulfed the Veterans Administration—in one crisis after another, the man who once boldly declared his intent to be a transformative president had shown himself to be a reactive one.

What a damning statement.

He can only focus on an issue for 5 mintutes. Anything that requires some thought as to the 2nd and 3rd order effects is beneath/beyond him.

7 posted on 06/06/2014 7:20:39 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Susan Rice .... on the Sunday talk shows ... lying about a video ... AGAIN.. She is the equivalent of a jihadi suicide bomber, going out and blowing herself up (politically), but the difference is she survived the first explosion and gets to outright lie AGAIN. What has she been promised for totally destroying her credibility and character (along with the administration who sent her out there) ... 72 male virgins on an estate in Hawaii and a couple of million bucks? [/heavy sarc]


8 posted on 06/06/2014 7:21:41 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Qiviut

Rice said we do not leave our men and women behind. What was Benghazi then??


9 posted on 06/06/2014 7:26:36 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: skeeter

He knows he is in trouble....he must have used the word “God” a half dozen times in the few seconds I could stomach watching the news clip this moring


10 posted on 06/06/2014 7:27:28 AM PDT by rights with responsibilities
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Rice said we do not leave our men and women behind. What was Benghazi then??

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The stench of the hypocrisy (Obama said the same thing) is sickening and overwhelming. Mark Steyn summed it up pretty well: “Chris Stevens was one of them, a Team Obama loyalist. But they abandoned him and dishonored him in death because the President’s political needs outweighed his life. The heartlessness of all these caring, compassionate Democrats would impress Putin - if it was ever applied to America’s enemies.”

From article: The Cavalry That Never Came
http://www.steynonline.com/6325/the-cavalry-that-never-came


11 posted on 06/06/2014 7:32:51 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Gaffer

His excellency cites history to support the exchange of prisoners. I wonder if he ever heard of Rudolf Hess whom was held by the Brits for the war before turning him over to the War Tribunal? I guess they did not see the rationale to trade Hess for say a few pilots held captive.


12 posted on 06/06/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Qiviut

And we still don’t know where the little islamist was or what he was doing while our people were being murdered in Benghazi.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 7:48:30 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Qiviut; vette6387; holdonnow; ZULU; unkus; mazda77; bevperl; seekthetruth; kristinn; SkyPilot; ...

Not one anchor at FNC has pointed out that this Regime left men to die in Benghazi and then puff themselves up and proclaim “we don’t leave our men and women behind.” Someone needs to shout this from the rooftops.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 7:48:38 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Telepathic Intruder

I wonder if his father came up with the plan: “ Bowe, here’s how you might get some of our Taliban friends freed from Guantanamo”


15 posted on 06/06/2014 7:50:52 AM PDT by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

It only took him three words to say “I”.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Hotlanta Mike
From the article:

"When top Obama administration national security officials briefed senators on June 4, they expressed frustration with the public debate around Bergdahl’s departure, telling lawmakers that his fellow soldiers were more nuanced in their initial interviews than in their recent comments."
What a packet of sly, devilish misdirection.

"Nuanced" in this case obviously means "naïve," because in their initial interview, his "fellow soldiers" were still giving him the benefit of the doubt, not having yet personally experienced the full evidence of his treachery.

As they would. Read the rest of the article to learn the details.

Let's see which senators trot out this "more nuanced in their initial interviews" line of clap-trap. Whoever does is in league with the worst of the worst of this disastrous administration, which would do each of us to death if it possibly could find the means.

17 posted on 06/06/2014 7:53:14 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

““Unless the goal is to increase the combat power of the enemy, they should have remained under U.S. government control,” says one former intelligence official who worked on Guantánamo issues. “Those five in particular should have remained at Guantánamo at least until the last U.S. military person [in Afghanistan] has been withdrawn.”

Logic


18 posted on 06/06/2014 7:58:24 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Obama came out holding Mrs. Bergdahl around her waist very close to him, just like 50 Cent holds his women’s. Then Mr. Bergdahl spoke in Arabic to his son and the world...Obama smiled? Then the story telling lies began and continue to this moment...Obama desperately searching for a lie to stick and be swallowed, hook line and sinker by all?

Truth and Obama’s honor are always the casualties of anything the Won does.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT by zbogwan2
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To: Gamecock

He can focus long enough to get elected president. Twice

He’s not THAT much of a puppet

I refuse to call him incompetent


20 posted on 06/06/2014 8:00:31 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Qiviut

“What has she been promised for totally destroying her credibility and character...?”

You’re on the wrong course there.

If she HAD any credibility or character would she be where she is?


21 posted on 06/06/2014 8:00:48 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Mouton

His Most Excellent Excellency knows only Islam.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 8:03:14 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: rights with responsibilities

He might have said “God” but you know he really meant “Allah”.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 8:04:02 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: rights with responsibilities

He’s going to a place where he’ll be mercilessly tortured for all eternity. By God. And no matter how many times he invokes God’s name, his torture will never cease.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 8:09:28 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: Steely Tom

Senators Said They Learned Nothing From Bergdahl Briefing

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/05/senators-said-they-learned-nothing-from-bergdahl-briefing/


25 posted on 06/06/2014 8:11:24 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: Hotlanta Mike
Senators Said They Learned Nothing From Bergdahl Briefing

Wow. I read the piece you linked to, and I'm experiencing a strange emotion: "grudging surprise," which feels as odd as it sounds.

Thanks Mike.

26 posted on 06/06/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Steely Tom

And if Obama thought the VA scandal would go away, it looks as though it is going to get much worse with cover-up activities including attacking whistleblowers.

VA confirms additional 18 vets in Phoenix died in wait-list fraud

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/06/va-confirms-additional-18-vets-in-phoenix-died-in-wait-list-fraud/


27 posted on 06/06/2014 8:20:34 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: Hotlanta Mike

I wonder how many of those 18 voted for Obama.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 8:23:45 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Gaffer

Yes not to mention the tender goodbye scene with his captors. I almost barfed.


29 posted on 06/06/2014 8:25:23 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

“Rice said we do not leave our men and women behind”

Yeh unless they are ambassadors and Navy SEALs.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 8:26:49 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Steely Tom

They can vote democrat in the upcoming elections I suppose.


31 posted on 06/06/2014 8:28:07 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: SMARTY

If she HAD any credibility or character would she be where she is?

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Touché! ~Q


32 posted on 06/06/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Unless the goal is to increase the combat power of the enemy, they should have remained under U.S. government control,” says one former intelligence official who worked on Guantánamo issues. “Those five in particular should have remained at Guantánamo at least until the last U.S. military person [in Afghanistan] has been withdrawn.”

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Well, I am afraid that increasing the combat power of the enemy is exactly what the Soros Administration desires.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 8:54:50 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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