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Obama, not Hagel, responsible for Bergdahl, says White House
The Hill ^ | 6/10/14 | Justin Sink

Posted on 06/10/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT by Libloather

President Obama was responsible for the decision to swap five Taliban militants for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House said Tuesday.

The White House sought to deflect charges from congressional Republicans that the administration was trying to pin blame on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for the trade.

“The president's the commander in chief, and the president's the one that's ultimately responsible for making sure that we fulfill this commitment that we don't leave anybody behind,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Earnest added that there was “no daylight between the president and any of his national security advisers about the wisdom of this decision.”

Earlier Tuesday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) suggested the administration might me framing Hagel as the “fall guy” for the controversial prisoner swap.

McKeon said that in a closed-door classified briefing, administration staffers claimed Hagel was ultimately the one who decided to go forward with the mission.

“It sounded like it was a presidential program all the way, [but] now that there's been a little pushback yesterday in our briefing, the briefers from the various departments were asked who made the final decision, and they said Secretary Hagel,” McKeon said. “So I hope they're not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this.”

McKeon speculated the officials may have been looking to sift blame because “there's been some negative feedback on this.”

“I think people see, now that they are learning a little bit more about the five terrorists that were released from Guantánamo, there's lots of concern,” McKeon said.

Recent surveys, including a pair released Tuesday, have shown a plurality of Americans disapprove of the prisoner exchange.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; fraud; hagel; obama; underthebus
Too early to tell. All of the facts aren't out there yet. (Are these idiots really in charge?)
1 posted on 06/10/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

He’s not responsible...LIE.
He even doubled down on it by saying he’d do it again.
So this is another lie to add to the many.


2 posted on 06/10/2014 5:31:37 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Libloather

“The buck stops... er, call me next Monday when I read about where it stopped!”


3 posted on 06/10/2014 5:32:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Libloather
Yeah ... that's the story ... it was Chuck's deal, 0bama just read about it in the papers ... under the bus Chuck!

Chuck Hagel was hiding in the shadows during this press conference ... 0bama had to step in for him.

4 posted on 06/10/2014 5:38:00 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

What a trio! I do not think you could light a 15 watt bulb using all three.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 5:40:16 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: Libloather

Too late to walk back this story. Hagel still has tire tread marks all over him from being thrown under the bus.


6 posted on 06/10/2014 5:41:30 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Libloather

Obama: “I didn’t do it, Hagel did. But even if I did, screw you, I won”.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 5:42:36 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Libloather

I wonder if Hagel gets to pick which wheels on the bus get to run over him.


8 posted on 06/10/2014 5:43:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Libloather
..."The president's the commander in chief, and the president's the one that's ultimately responsible for making sure that we fulfill this commitment that we don't leave anybody behind,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.... "

.... Just a minor correction to a small detail in this article .... but the proper way to address "White House spokesman Josh Earnest" .... he should actually be addressed as "Former White House spokesman Josh Earnest."

.... just a minor detail that we will be reading about sometime in the near future.

9 posted on 06/10/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Libloather

They’ll probably flip this story back and forth a few more times.

My understanding is that Les Flerntner, a tropical fish salesman in Chanute, KS, actually was the one who made the decision.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 5:48:09 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Libloather

Wait does this mean they throw Hagel under the bus and since that did not play well they are pulling if out again


11 posted on 06/10/2014 5:53:10 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Libloather

The Hagel Trial ballon didn’t float....

The MSM aren’t biting that bait....

Back to the drawing board to toss another lie to see if it sticks...

Before you know it....there will be so many lies.... The truth will get buried...


12 posted on 06/10/2014 6:06:00 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Libloather

That trial balloon got shot down in a hurry.


13 posted on 06/10/2014 6:07:21 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Libloather

Somebody cue John Belushi in the sewer....


14 posted on 06/10/2014 6:22:05 PM PDT by PTBAA
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To: SeaHawkFan

Yeah, I’m kind of impressed at how speedy they were.

Desperation is setting in. I wonder what he’ll do next...


15 posted on 06/10/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT by livius
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To: Libloather

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/marc-thiessen-the-taliban-is-playing-obama/2013/06/24/27c07038-dcdb-11e2-9218-bc2ac7cd44e2_story.html


16 posted on 06/10/2014 6:35:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
The article at Post 16 is 2013. There's a lot of info in it. This was not some big secret mission. It's all about closing Guantanamo....on Obama's terms.

So what is the enemy saying??? "He told you he would side with us".

17 posted on 06/10/2014 6:39:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Good old Les. He sold me a Killer Whale once. Turned out to be a goldfish. Told me it had just eaten a lot of oranges. So I sold him a champion Rottweiler. Turned out to be a three-legged cat with one ear and half a tail. I told him it had eaten a lot of cucumbers.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 6:44:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: livius
Yeah, I’m kind of impressed at how speedy they were.

Desperation is setting in. I wonder what he’ll do next...///

It's time for another scandal. They are coming so fast, the first one hasn't been settled yet.

Wasn't there something going on about Fast and furious?

19 posted on 06/10/2014 6:47:25 PM PDT by Know et al (Keep on Freepin'!!!)
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To: Libloather

Hagel is, and always has been, a puppet for king baraq. Gates was no better.


20 posted on 06/10/2014 6:54:32 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: Libloather

He was responsible for it before he was not responsible for it.


21 posted on 06/10/2014 6:57:40 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Yeah. Let's pull a 360 and get the he11 outa here!
22 posted on 06/10/2014 7:02:39 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Libloather

I guess the Hagel trial balloon didn’t fly well.


23 posted on 06/10/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Libloather

If you retrace the backtrack, where is your compass pointing now?


24 posted on 06/10/2014 7:32:56 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: Libloather

Sure. Let’s play finagle with a Hagel, OK? The utter contempt of Odumbo for the intellect of the American people is simply dripping all over us. Only the dumb-o-crats will buy his baloney.


25 posted on 06/10/2014 11:00:41 PM PDT by EinNYC
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