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  • Valerie Jarrett Cites 'Ending Two Wars' as Obama Accomplishments

    05/23/2016 5:25:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett was tasked with listing some of the ways President Obama made good on his promise to bring “hope and change” to America during her interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” this weekend. She cited a declining unemployment rate, a revived automobile industry and the millions of Americans who now have health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Some of those “accomplishments” are debatable, but one was downright false. During her answer, Jarrett had the audacity to say that Obama “ended two wars” during his two-term tenure. Jarrett’s comments would be news to our...
  • 20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency

    05/23/2016 9:55:43 AM PDT · by milton23 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/23/16 | James Gattuso & Diane Katz
    The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday. More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.
  • So this is what 'full employment' looks like? [That's essentially what we have today]

    02/07/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/07/2016 | Jeff Cox
    For more than seven years, Federal Reserve officials have touted their progress toward achieving "full employment," with the most recent target a 4.9 percent unemployment rate. With Friday's nonfarm payrolls report showing that the goal has been achieved, perhaps the Fed can raise the "Mission Accomplished" banner along with a welcome mat to the world of "full employment." The jobless rate last reached this level in February 2008, following a run from June 2005 to April 2008 during which unemployment never eclipsed 5 percent. Getting a "4-handle" on the number -- using Wall Street lingo -- was supposed to represent...
  • White House lights up rainbow colors to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

    06/26/2015 5:47:38 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 144 replies
    The White House on Friday night is splashed with rainbow-colored lights to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage around the country. The light display capped a day of jubilation over the decision at the executive mansion.
  • Saddam Hussein’s hanging noose up for auction

    02/07/2015 5:00:39 AM PST · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    NYP ^ | February 6, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The rope used to execute ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could be yours for the right price. Ex-Prime Minister Mowaffak Al-Rubaie has put the item up for sale more than eight years after he witnessed Saddam hanged in 2006. An unidentified senior Iraqi political official told the Middle East news site Al-Araby al-Jadeed this week that several individuals from Israel, Iran and Kuwait are vying to purchase the rope — with one making a $7 million bid.
  • ISIS Leader "Critically Wounded" In US Airstrikes, Al Arabiya Reports

    11/09/2014 4:59:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/14 | Tyler Durden
    While US authorities noted the airstrikes on a 10-vehicle convoy near Mosul, they could not confirm the identity of those killed. *U.S. SAYS COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE IS LEADERS NEAR MOSUL: AFP *U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS AIRSTRIKES TARGETED IS LEADERS:REUTERS *U.S. SAYS IT DESTROYED CONVOY OF 10 ISIS ARMED TRUCKS *CONVOY ATTACK WAS LAST NIGHT IN IRAQ NEAR MOSUL *U.S. SAYS ATTACK WAS AT SITE OF GATHERING OF ISIS LEADERS *U.S. CAN'T CONFIRM IF ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI THERE *U.S. SAYS IT HAS NO MORE INFORMATION RIGHT NOW ON AIRSTRIKES
  • Obama’s war on Islamic State militants finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/15/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-15-2014 | Olivier Knox
    Two months after American bombs and missiles began pounding fighters of the so-called Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s undeclared war in Iraq and Syria finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve. The Wall Street Journal had reported on Oct. 3 that the name had been considered and rejected, with one unnamed military officer saying “it is just kind of bleh.” The long search for a name had sparked a flurry of jokes on Twitter, where one leading tongue-in-cheek suggestion was that it be called “Operation Hey Wasn’t That My Humvee” – a reference to U.S. airstrikes hitting Islamic State fighters...
  • Obamacare Implementation Led To Release of EBOLA Patient Zero Into the Public

    10/04/2014 3:45:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    iOwnTheWorld ^ | 10-4-2014 | BigFurHat
    October 4, 2014 Obamacare Implementation Led To Release of EBOLA Patient Zero Into the Public by BigFurHat The Obamacare Electronic Health Record is to blame.As CNSNews.com reported one year ago, a RAND Corporation study conducted for the American Medical Association found that EHRs were a source of frustration for many doctors.Those surveyed said that current EHR technology interferes with face-to-face discussions with patients; requires physicians to spend too much time performing clerical work; and degrades the accuracy of medical records by encouraging template-generated doctors’ notes.Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted that EHRs would lead to “more coordination...
  • Mission Relaunched

    09/29/2014 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | September 27, 2014 | The Economist
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  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • The Islamic State in Iraq Is Altering US Plans for Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    VICE NEWS ^ | August 31, 2014 | Gary Owen
    It's not that Dempsey is unaware of the challenges facing Afghanistan. It's that the General, along with President Barack Obama, thought that the US would by now not only have an agreement with the Afghans, but — thanks to a presidential election that was supposed to have already been decided — that they'd be able to now deal with someone other than President Hamid Karzai when it came to deciding the future of the country. All of which leaves the Obama administration and Dempsey with two options: stay and provide a measure of stability, or leave and run the risk...
  • Fury as Obama is seen laughing on the golf course MINUTES after pledging justice for James Foley

    08/21/2014 10:16:39 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st August 2014 | David Martosko
    'President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying of photojournalist James Foley for five minutes on Wednesday, telling a global audience that 'when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.' Less than 10 minutes after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour game Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha's Vineyard - his seventh round in ten days. The decision brought a chorus of condemnation from TV commentators, journalists, conservative partisans and Twitter users.'
  • The JV Team Beheads an American

    08/20/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So the JV team has beheaded an American reporter, a photojournalist, actually, James Foley, beheaded on videotape. Mr. Snerdley said that he looked at it. I did not. I haven't. I saw Daniel Pearl, the video of that. I didn't go look at this. They're threatening to behead yet another American journalist, the JV team. Obama called ISIS the JV team. Yeah, within the past couple of weeks or something. He found out about it on the way back to vacation on Martha's Vineyard. He was in the air when he found out about it. He stayed...
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • WATCH: Obama Repeatedly Takes The Credit For Ending War In Iraq, But Later Denies Responsibility

    08/11/2014 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Aug 11, 2014
    During his campaign address in 2012, Obama drew applause every time he announced “I promised to end the war in Iraq, and I did.” Yet, it seems he has changed his position and has chosen to re-write history.
  • The Abandoned War [ending Iraq was Bush’s fault]

    08/12/2014 3:37:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/12/2014 | Rich Lowry
    There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. A video produced by his 2012 presidential campaign was titled “Ending the War in Iraq: A Promise Kept.” In December 2011 his website said: “This month, President Obama is making good on his promise to bring the last American troops home from Iraq in time for the holidays.” The president portrayed the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops as testimony to his exemplary political character. “You...
  • CHENEY: The Obama Administration 'Can't Blame George Bush Anymore'

    08/10/2014 11:52:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10,2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out again at President Barack Obama on Sunday, repeatedly accusing him of projecting "weakness" abroad and "crippling" the U.S. military. The frequent Obama critic told radio show host and GOP megadonor John Catsimatidis that he traces "most" of the problems of Washington to the current administration. "They can't blame George Bush anymore," Cheney quipped on AM 970 The Answer's "The Cats Roundtable." "I think he's been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, wth respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations." Nevertheless, Cheney said there...
  • Obama: Pulling All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Was Not ‘My Decision' (it was Iraq's decision)

    08/09/2014 8:25:19 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - When he was running for re-election in 2012, President Barack Obama repeatedly took credit for ending the war in Iraq and bringing all U.S. troops home from that country. Today, at the White House, however, when talking about his decision to use military force against the al-Qaida-related ISIS terrorist group in Iraq, Obama said that removing all U.S. troops from Iraq was not “my decision.” “Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government,” Obama said. “In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of...
  • Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture

    08/07/2014 4:56:24 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 8/7/14 | AP
    Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture HOUSTON — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl was questioned at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he has been staying since returning to the U.S., said his attorney, Eugene R. Fidell. “Sgt. Bergdahl answered all questions put to him. The interview is proceeding. It has been a productive expenditure of time,” Fidell said in a telephone interview during a break in the questioning. Fidell declined...
  • U.S. Troops Shot During Deadly Attack in Afghanistan: Officials

    08/05/2014 6:37:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/5/14 | JIM MIKLASZEWSKI, FAZUL RAHIM AND ALEXANDER SMITH
    As many as 12 Western soldiers -- including several Americans -- were shot in a deadly attack on high-level officials visiting a military academy Tuesday near Afghanistan's capital. U.S. officials told NBC News that most, if not all, of the victims were American. They said a lone gunman opened fire at a group that included American officials at the Camp Qargha training facility. Three Western soldiers died - including a high-ranking officer - and about a dozen were wounded, according to senior U.S. defense officials. The officials said the death toll is expected to rise. Earlier, a spokesman for the...
  • ‘When ISIS takes Baghdad…’

    08/05/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The headlines out of the Middle East leave the reader with the unmistakable impression that Islamic State militants are on the advance. A combined assault on a variety of positions in Lebanon by ISIS fighters resulted in the fall of a series of border posts and a small city to the Sunni militant group. The fighting in Lebanon worsened on Monday. “It’s another front for ISIS and another sign containment of the Syria crisis has failed, a Middle East analyst told The New York Times. Reports indicate that ISIS has also expanded the front in Iraq’s north and has...
  • Did the War in Libya Prove Hawks Right or Wrong?

    07/29/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 29 July 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The unintended consequences of military intervention are nearly impossible to predict. ___ "Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya," The New York Times reported on September 12, 2012. " The attack, which killed the American ambassador and three staffers, would ultimately reveal that the CIA was running a secret mission out of Benghazi. Ross Douthat: The worst-case situation has not come to pass in Libya itself. But thanks to the ripple effects from Colonel Qaddafi’s fall, it’s well on its way to happening in nearby Mali. Not...
  • Ex-Taliban POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Has Hired a Lawyer

    07/16/2014 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2014 | By LUIS MARTINEZ
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban POW who was just returned to active duty, has lawyered up, asking prominent military affairs attorney Eugene Fidell to take his case. Fidell, who teach military justice at Yale Law School, told ABC News today that he has been representing Bergdahl for about a week and is working pro bono.
  • Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

    07/12/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 10:42 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. The Republican governor’s remarks came as Israel targeted civilian institutions with suspected ties to the militant organization Hamas and declared it would step up its bombardment of northern Gaza. Israel says it is acting in self-defense against Hamas rockets. …
  • Photo of Bowe Bergdahl Smiling with Taliban Commander Uncovered

    07/10/2014 5:39:53 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 10, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    The Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) has uncovered a tweet containing a photo of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl standing and smiling with a Taliban commander. Bergdahl became the center of intense media scrutiny when stories of his desertion and sympathy for the Taliban dominated news that Obama had traded five Gitmo prisoners for his release on May 31. According to Fox News, the photo MEMRI found is "an undated photo" showing "an apparently happy Bergdahl posing with Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani."
  • Rival filmmakers plan Bowe Bergdahl movies

    06/18/2014 10:52:31 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 11 replies
    telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 6/18/14 | By Rob Crilly
    Rival filmmakers plan Bowe Bergdahl movies Team behind Zero Dark Thirty in race to tell controversial story of American soldier held captive by Taliban for five years By Rob Crilly Two movie production teams are already gearing up to tell the story of Bowe Bergdahl, even before an investigation has worked out how and why he ended up in Taliban hands. Sgt Bergdahl, 28, arrived back on American soil five days ago after spending almost five years in captivity. He was released last month in exchange for five Guantánamo Bay prisoners. Two versions of his politically-charged story are already in...
  • Exclusive: HUD Official Apologizes For Tweets Critical Of Bergdahl’s Unit

    06/05/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | June 5, 2014 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    WASHINGTON — An official at the department of Housing And Urban Development whose criticized tweets suggesting that there could be questions about the military records of former platoon mates of Bowe Bergdahl apologized Thursday to service members and the Obama administration. “While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” said Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at HUD. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments...
  • AP: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill him if agreement was leaked.

    06/05/2014 10:02:10 AM PDT · by sunmars · 245 replies
    AP
    Just Breaking on AP wires.......I have heard it all now.......lies lies and more lies.
  • As hate mail pours in to Hailey, Idaho, hometown cancels celebration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    06/05/2014 12:40:17 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 50 replies
    AP, MassLive ^ | June 4,2014
    HAILEY, Idaho — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds — both for and against the soldier. The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl, whose release after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has touched off a debate over whether the 28-year-old should be given a hero's welcome or punished as a deserter.
  • Inside the White House's Decision to Free Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 6:40:39 PM PDT · by kristinn · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Steve Holland and Warren Strobel
    President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. As a political firestorm engulfs the White House over that deal, Reuters interviews with current and former Obama administration officials involved in the negotiations, along with U.S. lawmakers, reveal how a close-knit circle in the Obama administration pursued the plan despite intense discord in the past over similar proposals. The White House was ultimately persuaded to go ahead, in part, after...
  • Claire McCaskill: Bowe Bergdahl 'rush to judgment' is 'un-American'

    06/04/2014 6:21:19 PM PDT · by kristinn · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Wednesday evening lashed out at “un-American” rush to judgment over the military record of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, following an all-senators briefing on the prisoner swap that led to the soldier’s release. One of the last senators to leave the two-hour meeting with administration officials, McCaskill said she hopes that eventually all the facts surrounding Bergdahl’s service are declassified “in fairness to the soldier and his family.” “What’s unfortunate is that many people have spoken out about this episode without having all the facts,” McCaskill said in an interview. “I’m not going to make a judgment....
  • Bergdahl's hometown cancels celebration amid furor

    06/04/2014 4:12:16 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 20 replies
    AP via yahoo ^ | 6/4/14 | By Brian Skoloff
    HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing concerns over its ability to handle the large crowds — both for and against the soldier — that were expected. The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl, whose release after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has touched off a debate over whether the 28-year-old should get a hero's welcome or be punished a deserter.
  • Bergdahl's Hometown Cancels Celebration In The Interest of Public Safety

    06/04/2014 3:39:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | June 4 ,2014 | Patrick Sweeney
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho on Wednesday canceled an event to celebrate his release after city officials were bombarded with angry phone calls and emails. *SNIP* The city said the June 28 event was canceled "in the interest of public safety."
  • Welcome celebration for POW Bowe Bergdahl CANCELLED ,Army commander calls a 'monstrous profanity'

    06/04/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 4, 2014 | Ryan Parry I
    A public welcome home celebration featuring Grammy-winning singer Carole King in honor of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl in the tiny town of Hailey, Idaho was abruptly cancelled today. The official reason given was a concern for public safety, but MailOnline has learned that it was not the only reason the party was scrubbed. Today's decision follows a row that erupted in Hailey between Mayor Fritz Haemmerle and US Army Platoon Commander Jonathan Kennedy, who lives in Hailey. And Kennedy wasn't the only towns person who voiced disapproval of a celebration for the soldier under fire. Mayor Haemmerle wanted to throw...
  • Idaho Hometown of Newly Freed Soldier Cancels Planned Celebration (Confirmed)

    06/04/2014 1:46:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WKZO ^ | 6/4/14
    The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday, amid allegations that he was a deserter.
  • Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 12:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | Frank James
    Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay came along. Now President Obama finds himself amid another foreign policy and national security controversy with fresh legs that even features Susan Rice — the White House official who played a prominent early role in the Benghazi controversy — making an encore. While it's still too soon to know whether the trade for...
  • Bergdahl’s Idaho Hometown to Celebrate Homecoming, Despite Anger From Some

    06/04/2014 12:38:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 6/4/14 | Sam Frizell
    Bergdahl's hometown is carrying on with a celebration for the returned sergeant at the end of the month, despite a rising backlash A rally in U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown celebrating his release after nearly five years of captivity will go on as planned, despite growing questions about the circumstances of the soldier’s capture. The joy over the soldier’s return among residents of the small mountain community of Hailey, Idaho has been dampened by claims that he abandoned his post. Some have also claimed that the subsequent search for Bergdahl cost the lives of up to six soldiers,...
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: White House Didn't Expect Critics to 'Swift Boat' Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 11:46:31 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 86 replies
    Acting as a stenographer on Wednesday's NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd parroted the Obama administration's new attack against critics of the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange: "They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself. I've had a few aides describe it to me as, 'We didn't know that they were going to swift boat Bergdahl'.... MSNBC quickly seized on the "swift boat" line, with Last Word fill-in host Ari Melber declaring Tuesday night: "We're gonna look at the right-wing play book for the newly released American POW, a wounded man who isn’t even out of the hospital...
  • Why team Obama was blind sided by the Bergdahl backlash

    06/04/2014 11:10:53 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 30 replies
    www.nationalreview.com ^ | 6/3/14 | Ralph Peters
    Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military. I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops. Exhibit A: Ms. Rice. In one of the most tone-deaf statements in White House history (we’re making a lot of history here), the national-security advisor, on a Sunday talk show, described Bergdahl as having served “with honor and distinction.” Those serving in uniform...
  • Chuck Todd: W.H. Caught ‘Flat-Footed’ by Bergdahl Response ('Swift Boat')

    06/04/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2013
    Chuck Todd told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that the White House was “caught flat-footed” on the backlash against the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bergdahl. “I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as ‘we didn’t know that they were going to Swift Boat Bergdahl’,” Todd said, “And Matt, of course, that’s a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerry’s military service which became so controversial in that campaign. So there’s some fighting words there.”
  • State Dept: Bergdahl Knows Circumstances of His Capture Better Than Squad Mates

    06/04/2014 3:52:13 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 44 replies
    State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf engaged in a heated exchange Tuesday with a reporter over the circumstances surrounding Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s capture five years ago, saying she does not think his squad mates have the best idea of what happened when he disappeared. When Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson asked, “Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Harf replied, “The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here.” “He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows...
  • Report: White House Aides Accusing Bergdahl’s Unit Comrades Of ‘Swift Boating’ Him

    06/04/2014 9:07:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 70 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6/4/2014 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — White House aides are accusing soldiers who served with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are “swift boating” him following his release over the weekend after five years in captivity. NBC News’ Chuck Todd reported Monday that the White House did not expect this sort of vitriolic backlash exchanging five high-level Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl, who left his Army post in 2009 in Afghanistan and was subsequently taken captive. “They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself,” Todd reported on NBC’s “Today.” I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as we didn’t...
  • The Shifting Sands of Obama’s Bergdahl Defense

    06/04/2014 10:22:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    If America's newly free POW really was a deserter, the White House is in deep trouble.On Sunday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said former American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction" before he was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Two days later, the secretary of the Army said the branch will investigate whether Bergdahl deserted his fellow soldiers -- an allegation that if true would transform the public perception of the POW and drastically complicate the White House's attempts to defend its prisoner exchange, which involved the release of five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo Bay....
  • Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says (How Convenient)

    06/03/2014 2:38:09 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 3 2014 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    Newly freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not being asked about the circumstances of his “capture” by the Taliban, though a note he left at his base back in 2009 could help tell the story, a senior defense official told ABC News today. The official, who spoke about the sensitive details of Bergdahl’s case on the condition of anonymity, said that Bergdahl is not being interrogated at the American military medical facility in Germany, to which he was brought this weekend after being released from five-year captivity by the Taliban. The official said there are legitimate concerns about Bergdahl’s physical...
  • Chuck Todd: White House Expected ‘Euphoria’ Over Bergdahl’s Release

    06/03/2014 2:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Todd: White House was 'caught off guard' MSNBC’S Chuck Todd observed Tuesday that the White House was “caught off guard” by the disastrous public roll out of their prisoner exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Todd and Andrea Mitchell agreed that the White House had likely thought there would be “some euphoria around this, the only POW that was remaining in Afghanistan, that there would be a rally around the flag. That didn’t happen.” “They were expecting criticisms of Gitmo, criticisms of the detainees that were chosen,” Todd said. “They did not expect this criticism of the attempt to...
  • Drive-Bys Who Condemned Bush for "Hubris" Celebrate Obama's "Victory Lap"

    04/02/2014 6:57:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Go to the sound bites coming next and you'll hear them: They think they've turned the corner. Like on April 15th, everybody's gonna file their taxes. Is Obama gonna do a Rose Garden ceremony to talk about how persuasive he's been and how many people love the income tax? "My God, look at this, folks! Look at how many have complied this year. Look how many people love the income tax, and the income tax is making our country and a transfer of wealth possible. Look at how many millions and millions and millions of people file...
  • Iraq: The New Liberal Killing Field

    01/21/2014 7:07:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 5 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | 1-9-2014 | Allen West
    January 9, 2014 Iraq: The New Liberal Killing Field Allen West As President Obama returned from a well deserved two-week vacation in Hawaii – ok, being quite facetious here – I wonder if he did any reflection between rounds of golf?Regardless, I have been reflecting upon the words of George Santayana, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” because as President Obama returns to Washington DC he is playing his part in a repeat of history. After the fall of South Vietnam came the rise of Southeast Asian communism. Cambodia was embroiled in a five-year...
  • Obamacare reboot survives heavy traffic

    12/02/2013 6:57:48 PM PST · by madprof98 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/2/13 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    The new and improved Obamacare website struggled under heavy traffic loads on Monday, but still appeared to operate pretty much as the Obama administration has promised: Okay, but not perfect. After a weekend of final, intensive fixes, officials unveiled a somewhat repaired HealthCare.gov on Sunday and promised that it will work well enough to serve the Americans who want insurance exchange coverage by New Year’s.
  • New plan on Healthcare.gov: Declare victory … and fix it later

    11/30/2013 11:09:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, I guess it beats explaining why the Obama administration failed to meet yet another of its deadlines in getting a 42-month web-portal project to work. According to the Washington Post, the White House will announce tomorrow that the Healthcare.gov site has been fixed, even though the site won’t actually be fixed — not even by the administration’s own metrics: Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have...