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‘Fall guy’? Under fire, White House says Hagel ‘signed off’ on Taliban prisoner swap
Fox News ^ | 6/10/14 | Justin Fishel

Posted on 06/10/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson

The buck stops with the president. Or maybe it's the secretary of Defense.

As the fallout grows over the controversial Taliban prisoner swap, White House officials are emphasizing that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the one who "signed off" on the deal -- a move one Republican lawmaker suggested is an effort to shift blame.

"I hope they're not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this," Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told Fox News.

According to a congressional source, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken refused to answer directly when asked point-blank during a briefing with House lawmakers Monday evening who made the call.

McKeon noted the White House is stressing Hagel's role, though, following intense controversy over the trade of five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He noted that he "didn't see Secretary Hagel" on TV when President Obama first announced the release alongside Bergdahl's parents in the Rose Garden.

Defense officials say that Hagel's comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" immediately following the release speak for themselves.

"I signed off on the decision," Hagel said in that interview. "The president made the ultimate decision."

Asked Tuesday to clarify who made the final call, White House spokesman Josh Earnest gave a multipronged response.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bergdahldeal; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; hagel; noaccountability; noconstitution; nohonor; nointegrity; nojustice; nolaw; notruth; taliban5; treason; underthebus

1 posted on 06/10/2014 2:01:44 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

The list that was floating around? Add, “Blame someone else”


2 posted on 06/10/2014 2:03:35 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Obama is pathetic.

His supporters are beyond pathetic.


3 posted on 06/10/2014 2:04:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BigEdLB

Thread of the day, from Laz...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3165859/posts


4 posted on 06/10/2014 2:05:16 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Was Hagel at the Rose Garden ceremony with the mom and dad? If not, why not, if this was really his idea, and his decision?????

And why has Obama been out there defending that decision, which he said he himself made, and he himself would do again, if it was really Hagel? Why hasn’t Obama been saying that he accepted the decision of Hagel and trusted his judgement, etc. instead of telling us that he, Obama, made the decision???

What a tangled web is being woven.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 2:05:42 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et o)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Damn it Chuck,just get under the bus already!Your Fuhrer demands this sacrifice from you.
6 posted on 06/10/2014 2:06:31 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Hagel : The sacrificial goat, gets thrown under the bus
ODinga has no fingerprints on the decision
Hagel was the one who 'signed off' on the release
Quite a change from the Rose Garden press appearance of several days ago
ODinga must heard about it on the news, because he is running away from this !
7 posted on 06/10/2014 2:07:01 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

http://i52.tinypic.com/2zs5yeh.gif


8 posted on 06/10/2014 2:07:16 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

So another of Obama’s “Gutsy calls” is somebody else’s fault?


9 posted on 06/10/2014 2:07:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Obama only found out when he saw himself and the Bergdahls in the Rose Garden on the NEWS


10 posted on 06/10/2014 2:09:27 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

“Republican” in a Dem administration = first guy pushed into the gator pit.

Well, screw Hagel, frankly. He has always been a slimy guy, and very cozy with Arab terrorists.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:06 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

“Republican” in a Dem administration = first guy pushed into the gator pit.

Well, screw Hagel, frankly. He has always been a slimy guy, and very cozy with Arab terrorists.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:06 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
President Jarrett actually made the call.
13 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Who is waiting in the wings to take Chuck’s place?


14 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:24 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

NOT ME!

The buck don’t stop here!

Chucky did it mom!


15 posted on 06/10/2014 2:10:44 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

“The buck stops here!” - Harry S Truman

“What buck? I never saw a buck. The buck never got here. Bush stole the buck.” - Barry H. Obama


16 posted on 06/10/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Smells like another case of The Won not knowing anything about it ‘till he read it in the NY Times - Hagel did it.


17 posted on 06/10/2014 2:12:07 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

IIIRC, He was in Afghanistan on June 1st...a few hours after their release. Wonder if he went to the Taliban “Office” in Qatar...the one Obama helped to set up.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 2:13:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

Even, and perhaps especially, the RINOs should be very careful when going to work for or making direct deals with the Current Regime. Chuck Hagel was always expendable, and his life expectancy with the Current Regime very likely is measured in days, if not hours.

Kind of like the GIs who were stationed in West Berlin in the bad old days of the Cold War. If the Russians had started anything, they would have been the first casualties.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 2:14:55 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: 353FMG

I think Obama put him there so he could get rid of him. I think I read...First SOD to be filibustered.


20 posted on 06/10/2014 2:16:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BigEdLB
But he said:

"The President said, "I absolutely make no apologies swapping five Guantanamo Bay detainees for the Taliban-held American soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. As Commander-in-Chief I am responsible for those kids."

Guess it depends on the definition of 'I' ??

21 posted on 06/10/2014 2:18:17 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Added to excuss list. Bambi is the Commander in Chief. It’s not like POS Chuckie had any option to veto the trade.


22 posted on 06/10/2014 2:19:40 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Wasn’t it Zer0 that signed some kind of decree bypassing Congress?

Those damn dims, can’t own up to their mistakes.
Hillary blaming her underlings for Benghazi. Never showed her the lack of security.
Zer0 blaming Hagel.
By next week they’ll figure a way to work Bush into the equation.
What a crew!!


23 posted on 06/10/2014 2:19:56 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Well, certainly Hagel should be impeached and prosecuted, along with Obama and also Harry Reid, who knew about the release and did not tell anyone, which also makes him a conspirator in this felony.


24 posted on 06/10/2014 2:20:10 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Kenny

Or, as a former WH occupant would say, “It depends on what the meaning of “I” is...”


25 posted on 06/10/2014 2:20:57 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hagel-discusses-details-of-us-operation-to-exchange-taliban-detainees-for-captive-soldier/2014/06/01/551c21f8-e95f-11e3-a86b-362fd5443d19_story.html


26 posted on 06/10/2014 2:21:27 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

27 posted on 06/10/2014 2:23:32 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Face palm.


28 posted on 06/10/2014 2:23:49 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Didn’t you hear? Obama read about it in Mad magazine!


29 posted on 06/10/2014 2:24:39 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: kaehurowing
I do agree it has risen to the status of a conspiracy. Obama can claim he had the power to make the deal as CIC. He cannot engage in a conspiracy to do it.

I'm trying to weigh this against Nixon...not even comparable

30 posted on 06/10/2014 2:33:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Barry found out about it in the morning newspaper.


31 posted on 06/10/2014 2:34:23 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: molson209

“Obama only found out when he saw himself and the Bergdahls in the Rose Garden on the NEWS”

From the way they walked in and out, I was wondering if Obama and Mrs. Bergdahl were heading for the Lincoln Bedroom!


32 posted on 06/10/2014 2:35:46 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Blood of Tyrants :"Obama read about it in Mad magazine!"

' What ?.. me worry ? '
My prints aren't on it ! (I was wearing teflon gloves)
There is nothing that indicated I had any prior knowledge (Ignore the Rose Garden Presser).
I'll do anything to get the Veterans Administration homicides off the front pages .

33 posted on 06/10/2014 2:37:28 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Asked Tuesday to clarify who made the final call, White House spokesman Josh Earnest gave a multipronged response.

In short, like everyone in the Obama regime, he lied like a rug.

34 posted on 06/10/2014 2:38:05 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: molson209

This sort of reminds me of the cowboy and the liberal sitting in a bar and the 11:00 P.M. news came on the TV....with a jumper out on a ledge of a high rise. The cowboy says, “Betcha 20 bucks he jumps.” The liberal takes the bet, and a few seconds later the guy jumps. When the liberal tries to give the cowboy the 20 bucks, he refuses it and says he saw the guy jump on the 6:00 o’clock news. To which the liberal replies, “I did too, but I didn’t think he’d do it again!”


35 posted on 06/10/2014 2:43:14 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Chuck Hagel and Diane Feinstein are frozen on the court, both balking at `taking one for the team’.
Coach Jarrett rises from the bench and yells from the sidelines, “Up Chuck and Di!”


36 posted on 06/10/2014 2:56:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Listen maggots!

Either 0h0mullah is the CIC or he’s not. They can’t have it both ways.

I KNOW he isn’t. The real CIC IS ValJar and her god is Soros!


37 posted on 06/10/2014 3:03:05 PM PDT by melancholy
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

This is plausible, Hagel is stupid enough, he admits he signed off on it. Of course 0 had to approve.


38 posted on 06/10/2014 3:24:15 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

We all know Bush called Gitmo and got them realeased!


39 posted on 06/10/2014 3:25:54 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Again, this is the White House soap opera, “Days of our Liars”.


40 posted on 06/10/2014 3:26:42 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Kenny

As to Clown Prince nobama...it depends on the definition of “LIAR”.


41 posted on 06/10/2014 3:27:56 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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Imagine Hitler pointing the finger at Himmler.


42 posted on 06/10/2014 3:28:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: DocJhn

That’s probably the next story.


43 posted on 06/10/2014 3:28:57 PM PDT by xone
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
‘Fall guy’? Under fire, White House says Hagel ‘signed off’ on Taliban prisoner swap

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

I missed the memo.
When did Hagel become Commander-in-thief?

44 posted on 06/10/2014 4:04:46 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Yeah, clearly the POTUS in charge of everything wasn’t responsible for this, right? Thanks ghost of stonewall jackson.


45 posted on 06/10/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
It can be really useful to have an obedient,docile Republican in the corner office at DoD.
46 posted on 06/10/2014 5:24:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Note to Hagel:

Stay out of Ft Marcy Park.


47 posted on 06/10/2014 5:30:24 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: SunkenCiv
Yeah, clearly the POTUS in charge of everything wasn’t responsible for this, right?

The first time Obama heard about the swap was when he read about it in the New York Times...it's not his fault. He's blameless.

48 posted on 06/10/2014 6:38:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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