In June of last year Mrs. Clinton was interviewed by Diane Sawyer concerning her (majorly failed) book. Sawyer asked Mrs. Clinton about the Bergdahl swap and whether it was a good move on Obama's part.
"If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values," Clinton said. "And one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation.”
Really, Mrs. Clinton? It doesn't matter? And you want to be the next Commander-in-Chief? I guess your answer to the grieving parents of the six soldiers killed while out looking for Bergdahl would be "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Or perhaps you could simply lie to them and say "We're going to arrest the man who made that video," as you did Charles Woods, grieving father of Tyrone Woods, after the debacle in Benghazi that was very much your fault.
Bergdahl is an "innocent until proven guilty" deserter from a war zone. Unhappy with the Army and how they were doing things, he left his gun and his supplies and walked off into the night seeking the enemy. Local Afghani witnesses said he was asking how to find the Taliban. And without a weapon or supplies it seems pretty certain he wasn't out to kill them.
Bergdahl wrote home about his displeasure with conditions in his unit in Afghanistan before he left. (Reprinted exactly as written.)
"The future is too good to waste on lies," Bergdahl wrote. "And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting."
"The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same."
"I am sorry for everything," he wrote. "The horror that is america is disgusting."
Those are not the words of a patriot serving "with honor and distinction," as Susan Rice said. Those are the words of a man who has become disillusioned with the Army and his situation - who then decided he was done with it. And he didn't legally have that option. (His father told him to "Follow your heart." Apparently he did just that.)
Yes, Hillary - it matters. The Taliban didn't get a deserter in exchange for a deserter. They got five of their top commanders released for our deserter. It kind of compares to Obama's "Cash For Clunkers" program - also a failure. We gave the Taliban cash (and that also may be true) and they gave us a clunker.
Following the recent deal to restore relations with Cuba, Senator Marco Rubio said of President Obama “At minimum, Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe in the modern history of the country.”
I certainly can't disagree. In fact - bad as they were, I would place Carter's negotiating skills above Obama's. Obama is perceived (correctly) by our allies and enemies as being very weak and having no leadership capabilities whatsoever. Vladimir Putin laughs at him. As do the Iranian leaders with whom Obama is negotiating a deal on nuclear development even as the mullahs are saying "Death to America."
ISIS is laughing at him for his minimal response to their activities. Egypt and Jordan are scratching their heads in wonder as they receive criticism from a do-nothing Obama for their retaliatory strikes on ISIS.
The biggest problem with the things Obama is doing is whether he is incompetent or he is doing them intentionally. Many believe he is intentionally helping Iran, intentionally allowing ISIS to gain power, and intentionally downgrading America. He has increased hatred of America around the world while decreasing the size of our military and firing top military leaders who may disagree with him. He has alienated many of our allies and has threatened to downgrade our relationship with Israel, who has been one of hour best friends and allies since her rebirth in 1948.
The more I watch Obama the more I'm convinced that his actions are intentional and not incompetent. I saw Trevor Loudon speak yesterday evening. Mr. Loudon is a New Zealand author and political activist who has studied and researched our government extensively. His descriptions of Barack Obama's communist/Marxist ties, as well as those of the Democrat party, make one truly wonder about the future of America in Democrat hands. I have included a link to his blog page at the bottom.
My hope is that with a majority in the House and Senate we can survive another 22 months of Obama's continued failed (as far as America goes) policies and practices. Our brilliant founding fathers set things up in our government to prevent a President from becoming a tyrant. It is now time to test their wisdom.
If Obama is incompetent (which I don't believe), and our Republican elected officials get off their butts and act, Obama's negative actions can be thwarted. If they're intentional and Republicans act they can also be thwarted. But if they're intentional and Republicans continue to sit around and appease him and do nothing, our nation is doomed. And if another Democrat, or Jeb Bush, is elected to the Presidency in 2016 it could easily be the end of this great Constitutional Republic.
Think about it...