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June 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Update: But what difference does it make?

We’re in farce territory now.

The Obama White House failed to inform Congress about the Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap until it had already happened. That violated federal law, and the White House has come up with a couple of attempts to justify why it broke the law to swap terrorists for Bergdahl. First, it was his health — he was so sick that we had to get him back as soon as possible by whatever means were necessary. The Taliban’s video of the exchange proved that wrong. He’s undernourished but not malnourished, and looks about as healthy as his captors. Obama used that talking point again today, but it’s a dead letter. He’ll have to walk it back somehow. Or pretend that he never said it, and you’re a political meanie if you bring it up!

The collapse of that talking point has led to a new, even more absurd, one. And this one comes with an added feature — it’s dangerous to American rule of law.

That talking point is already somewhat undone by another, which is the White House’s claim that it informed Sen. Harry Reid before the swap. Did the Taliban give the ok for that? The logic that it creates also cracks it more than a little bit. The Taliban can’t order the President of the United States to break federal law. They can tell him to do whatever, but it’s still up to him to jump.

And it’s undone by the fact that the Taliban had run around killing people for five years, but had not killed Bergdahl when they had him in their clutches. They obviously had some use for him. He was, at least, a bargaining chip. Had they killed him, they had reasons to expect a drone would be on its way to retaliate. In fact, the Taliban apparently warned the US that some of our drones nearly killed Bergdahl more than once. The Taliban were going out of their way to keep him alive. They had been wanting to deal him out for years. So, they would kill him if Dianne Feinstein or Ted Cruz suddenly started talking about a swap? Really? Does anyone believe this other than the most feverish Media Matters videobot?

I join Ed Morrissey in mocking this latest talking point for the nonsense that it is. These people are going to have to come up with a new lie. Which, rest assured, they will. There is some reason that they keep telling one ridiculous lie after another. The truth they’re covering up must be even worse than most of us speculate.

More: By the way, when Obama and his minions aren’t smearing the military who did their duty, he’s infantilizing them.

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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So this is the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" phase of the controversy?
38 weeks ago
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He was on death's door. Well, not on death's door exactly, but in the neighborhood. Well, not exactly the neighborhood, but on the map.

And he was a captive. Well, not really a captive, more of an unfree visitor. Who maybe collaborated a little.

Therefore, the trade of five terrorist masterminds was imperative. Well, not imperative, but urgent. Maybe not urgent, but ...hey, you're a racist!
38 weeks ago
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I'm waiting for the excuse that Bo ate the letter notifying Congress of the swap.
38 weeks ago
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This points to the level of trust the Administration has in Congress - they couldn't count on Congresscritters to keep their mouths shut for a month, even if talking would get a guy killed.

But then, maybe it's projection?
38 weeks ago
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Sign in a Katy, Texas gun store:

“Will Trade Obama To Mexico For Sgt. Tahmooressi. God help us all.”

(How about we thrown in Reid, Pelosi, Holder & Hillary ? Make it another 5 for 1 swap.)
38 weeks ago
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Obama was telling the truth it was not a negotiation, it was a capitulation.
38 weeks ago
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Bryan, you think you've got a career-maker in smearing this soldier, don't ya? As O'Keefe is to ACORN, so Preston is to Bergdahl?
38 weeks ago
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NYChemist? Would that be an "undocumented chemist"? I think you've been sampling a little too much of your own product - to borrow a phrase.
38 weeks ago
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Soldier?

You mean deserter, and collaborator. You can't smear scum like Bergdahl.
38 weeks ago
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I'll reserve judgment on collaborator just yet. But deserter? You betcha. Bergdahl walked off his post; he deserted. No matter how hard the Left tries to spin it Bergdahl left his post. That is desertion. I've heard the argument that Bergdahl shouldn't have been a soldier, that he was a pacifist. Well he volunteered for the Army, then for the infantry, then for Airborne. By the time he was shipped off to Afghanistan he would have had a REALLY GOOD FREAKIN IDEA OF WHAT HE WAS GOING TO BE TASKED WITH DOING. And handing out M&M's wasn't it.
37 weeks ago
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Where have you been the past few days? Almost every news report has been describing Bergdahl as a deserter and probably a traitor. Is telling the truth a smear?
38 weeks ago
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James O'Keefe exposed ACORN & certain underhanded practices that were a matter of course, such as promoting trafficking of underage girls & other corruption.

Such that ACORN's funding was withdrawn, but, of course, in this political atmosphere, that corrupt crowd sneaked back under another guise.
38 weeks ago
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Troll, please begone.
38 weeks ago
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Actually, I'd rather he continue making a fool of himself. He can't say we didn't
iv him an opportunity to speak.
38 weeks ago
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O.K. the "trade" was made. It was successful. Nobody got hurt. Islamist Radicals got their key individuals and Obama got his lonely pawn in the global scheme of things. The Jihaddi sympathizing deserter was quickly whisked off to some hospital someplace for "critical care" and close observation...so goes this administration's narrative. The Pawn is undergoing treatment, care and a series of exams. Wonderful story line. What's missing in this narrative? DEBRIEFING!!!
This worm of an American is being pumped dry for all he's worth. Brainwashed with the new POTUS narrative and soon will surface the "knight-in-shining-armor!" Get the picture??? They're emptying his brain, filling it with niceties. Nice things to say in his up coming meetings with the press, talk shows and all the media blitz surely to follow. Of course, undercover agents will be at his side and family's side just to make sure, nothing "untoward" happens while all this is going on...in North Korea, these are called "minders!" Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party, urgently. Register to vote and vote.
38 weeks ago
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So by trading one rather insignificant army pfc for five (5) senior Taliban Commanders the "Wizard of Odds" figured he'd bump the VA scandal from the front pages. Instead he's opened a Pandora's box of trouble for his administration and now instead of one white hot scandal (the VA) he's got a couple of (red hot) scandals on the burners. At the same time. And this is the smartest guy in the room??? Sure he is but only if the room is empty and someone put the parrot out on the back porch.
38 weeks ago
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And this is the smartest guy in the room???...Remember the good old days when they were selling this about the lying failure of a POS .
“He knows exactly how smart he is,” Jarret told Obama biographer David Remnick. “And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them.”

Obama “has never really been challenged intellectually,” she went on. “He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”Or what an ordinary president does, for that matter.
38 weeks ago
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Lets see what Obama replaces Bergdahl with. He did, after all, replace the VA with Bergdahl.
38 weeks ago
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Yeah, the “Distract from the Scandal” strategy does not work so well when the distraction is another – arguably worse – scandal.

At this rate, the headline in a few weeks will be: “Bergdahl Scandal Fades as Congress Focuses on Why Administration Accidentally Nuked Belize”
38 weeks ago
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Not to mention, the commentary now emanating from this Administration - "Swiftboaters," etc. - is guaranteed to piss off all serving military and Veterans.
38 weeks ago
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So this is the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" phase of the controversy?
38 weeks ago
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And, lo!, they went lower. What a disgusting spectacle to see our nation subjected to this artlessly mendacious regime day after day after day. It's just disgraceful. ಠ_ಠ
38 weeks ago
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So now the justifying phrase has been truncated to "For the child(ren)".
38 weeks ago
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