How bad is the Bergdahl matter for the President? Meet Adam Schiff, reliable California liberal Democrat (and member of the Armed Services Committee), refusing to defend (H/T: Hot Air) the President’s decision to cut Congress utterly out of the loop on the Bergdahl/terrorist swap:
One other fact I’ll raise is that most of the leaks that have taken place have come from the administration and not from Congress, so they really should have brought at least the leadership within their confidence, and I think that was a mistake.
Continue reading Adam Schiff: White House should have informed Buck McKeon, John Boehner about #Bergdahl.
And Hagel approaches the Place of Sacrifice:
The last question asked at Monday night’s closed-door briefing of members of the House of Representatives was a simple one: Who made the decision to transfer five top Taliban officials held at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the return of the Taliban’s lone American POW, Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl?
According to Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services committee, the Obama administration’s briefers told he gathered House members that the person responsible for the decision to make the deal was not President Obama but Chuck Hagel, the secretary of defense.
Continue reading OBAMABUS *HUNGERS*, Chuck Hagel!
Mind you, the country in general also dislikes the swap (43/34). But that’s nothing as compared to how veterans feel both about Bose Bergdahl, and the deal that Barack Obama made to bring him back: “Veterans are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision.” A couple of other things:
- The Pew poll found a two-to-one ratio in favor of having the President inform Congress before he does this sort of thing.
- The Pew poll also found that this story was tied with the ongoing Veterans Affairs meltdown – and the meltdown is only getting worse – as being the most important thing that Americans were paying attention to right now. Third thing? The economy*.
- This poll is of adults. How all of this is playing out among likely voters… well. Glad I’m not the one who has to worry about that!
Continue reading New USA Today/Pew poll: Veterans hate the Bergdahl/terrorist swap.
I… got nothing, sorry.
Except to note that, yea indeed, Brandon Friedman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at Housing and Urban Development. Which makes one wonder just what HUD considers professional behavior to be, over there…
PS: OK, one other thought. I think that the guy assumed that being an infantry officer in Afghanistan and Iraq would insulate him from any harsh feedback that might be generated from accusing enlisted men of being psychopaths. Guess we’ll see…
PPS: The next VoteVets get-together that Friedman attends? Awk-ward. Yes, even though they’re apparently Democratic shills.
This is as nasty as the Left can get:
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.”
Remember, to Democrats ‘Swift-boating‘ doesn’t mean ‘Telling people accurate, yet inconvenient, details about a candidate’s military record.’ To them that term means ‘lying.’ Which is an absolutely fascinating thing for the White House to say about what appears to be a nigh-universal reaction from the US military. The relevant video footage is below… Continue reading White House accuses military veterans of ‘Swift-Boating’ them.
I don’t think he’s doing it deliberately, either.
Or perhaps he meant to do it deliberately, only he… forgot? Discussing Reid’s mental state is getting to be an awkward topic.