Skip to comments.Obama, not Hagel, responsible for Bergdahl, says White House
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.
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.
“The buck stops... er, call me next Monday when I read about where it stopped!”
Chuck Hagel was hiding in the shadows during this press conference ... 0bama had to step in for him.
What a trio! I do not think you could light a 15 watt bulb using all three.
Too late to walk back this story. Hagel still has tire tread marks all over him from being thrown under the bus.
Obama: “I didn’t do it, Hagel did. But even if I did, screw you, I won”.
I wonder if Hagel gets to pick which wheels on the bus get to run over him.
.... 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.
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.
Wait does this mean they throw Hagel under the bus and since that did not play well they are pulling if out again
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...
That trial balloon got shot down in a hurry.
Somebody cue John Belushi in the sewer....
Yeah, I’m kind of impressed at how speedy they were.
Desperation is setting in. I wonder what he’ll do next...
So what is the enemy saying??? "He told you he would side with us".
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.
Desperation is setting in. I wonder what hell 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?
Hagel is, and always has been, a puppet for king baraq. Gates was no better.
He was responsible for it before he was not responsible for it.
I guess the Hagel trial balloon didn’t fly well.
If you retrace the backtrack, where is your compass pointing now?
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.