Well, he did it again. Exploited the lives of others for personal aggrandizement. Of course, anyone with a "smidgeon" (to use a familiar term) of decency would have to be elated over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban for more than five years. Anyone, especially any Republican, who in any way questions the terms of his release, would have to be considered heartless and cruel.
But anyone with that same smidgeon of decency would have to be disgusted at the grandstanding of the President as he paraded the mother and father of Sgt. Bergdahl on national television. According to experts in the psychiatric field, it was just another classic example of the actions of a psychopathic narcissist.
In his publicly televised statement, Mr. Obama said, "Sergeant Bergdahl's recovery is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield." Well, one has to wonder if our limp-wristed engagement with the enemy left Sgt. Bergdahl behind until an appropriate political opportunity came along.
What do you imagine caused Mr. Obama to suddenly feel the need, after five years, to come to Sgt. Bergdahl's rescue? Not hard to figure. The need to present his administration as being really concerned for the welfare of those who have given so much for this country, even though we now learn that hundreds of our veterans are being left behind to die on their own doorsteps in order for his Veterans Administration bureaucrats to receive fat bonus checks!
Said Mr. Obama, "We've worked for several years to achieve this goal, and earlier this week I was able to personally thank the Emir of Qatar for his leadership in helping us get it done. As part of this effort, the United States is transferring five detainees from the prison in Guantanamo Bay to Qatar."
What Mr. Obama failed to mention is that the "detainees" being freed are five of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody, and in the opinion of Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), "are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands."
Beyond this individual instance, some raised the larger question of whether it is sound policy for the United States to have, in the words of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), "negotiated with terrorists." Rogers said the action marked a "fundamental shift in U.S. policy."
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-CA) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (OK), said in a joint statement, "Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk."
A similar opinion was expressed by several FOX NEWS military consultants.
Personally, I do believe that the life of one American for five Afghans is a good swap. In fact, I feel the life of one American is worth more than the lives of all the Afghans, and all their camels, put together! But may I suggest that if President Obama had been really serious about his commitment to "leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield," perhaps it would have been more appropriate, but possibly less politically correct, to have sent one of our Special Ops agents, early on, to visit the President's friend, the Emir of Katar, stick a government issued 45 Magnum under his fat chin, and suggest that, "Either you deliver our soldier within 30 minutes, or I will blow your f----ing head off!"
And we could have kept our five Guantanamo "detainees" to boot!Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.