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Bryan Preston


June 2, 2014 - 4:04 pm

President Obama has given his own military a reason to hate him — not just be skeptical of him, but actively hate him — for releasing five senior Taliban commanders in exchange for a captured US soldier who appears to be a deserter.

Here’s another. Those five Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar, under no evident guard of any kind, and got a hero’s welcome.

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The politics and legalities of all this are bad enough. We have a president knowingly breaking laws because he knows he can get away with it, and we have a government that has set the precedent of negotiating with terrorists to obtain the release of a worthless US soldier (if he is a deserter, as his fellow soldiers maintain). We have now freed five terrorists who ABC’s Brian Ross points out in the video were once deemed too dangerous to release. It’s highly likely that they will return to the battlespace in one way or another. What does the government then say to Americans who get killed because these five Taliban commanders were set free? How do we maintain confidence that our government is defending us, when it did such an obviously harmful and stupid thing?

All of that is terrible. But a commander-in-chief giving the military he commands reasons to hate him, is positively dangerous for the country. If I was still in the military at this point, I would have an extremely hard time finding anything about Obama to respect, other than the office he happens to hold. He is intentionally flouting the laws that he demands his subordinates follow, and he may be intentionally endangering their lives. At best, he is endangering our troops and our citizens for what he expected would be, at most, a fleeting boost in his own job approval. And he badly misjudged even that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Preston raises an alarming point here, caused by our amateur, nouveau arriviste "administration" who are simply clueless.

The Uniformed Services under a disrespected commander-in-chief are faced with a very large loyalty and disciplinary problem, and one of contempt leading to near insubordination.

Loyalty isn't to be trifled with.

This unease is susceptible to all ranks, throughout the officer corps. One helluva potential Service-wide problem.
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Do I have to have been in the military to hate him? And if, with all the rest that he's done isn't enough, now he imposes a value added tax known as a carbon tax, in order to further bankrupt, impoverish and enslave us.

In the words of Patrick Henry, 'is life so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God.'

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"Welcome back!"

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