GOP duplicity has never been more evident than over the prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl successfully carried out by Pres. Obama. After politicians, largely republican Senators, became aware that a US soldier had been held captive in Afghanistan for a period of several years, there was outrage and pledges to get him home.
Senator John McSenile, uh…McCain, yea, that’s it, the 2008 gop nominee for President, and himself a prisoner of war during Vietnam (played to the hilt by him during elections, but always failing to mention that it was his total incompetence as a pilot that got him captured in the first place) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper back in February that he would support an exchange of prisoners to get back US soldiers like that one held by the Taliban.
Similarly, the gop’s ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jim Inhofe, clearly stated that we “must make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family.”
So, what happened? Well, the Black Socialist Muslim president actually did it, and brought the captured American soldier to safety. They couldn’t let him get away with that, now could they?
So, now such a prisoner exchange, clamored for originally, is now not just an affront to the sanctity, and safety, of the United State, but in their words, also an impeachable offense.
As to the five Taliban members released, they were held by the US for 12 years. IF the US government had a shred of competent evidence which could have ever been used to convict any of them of a single crime, they would have been prosecuted and so convicted.
Second, right wingers seem horrified that the US would want to see an American soldier freed from captivity after he has been tried and convicted of desertion and treason. Oh, wait, the only such trials that have occurred have been on Fox fixed news noise, on right wing talk radio, in the rest of the right wing bubble, and wherever two gop politicians gather together. Bergdahl can be, and may well be, placed on trial, but it will be in an actual military tribunal on an actual military base, not in absentia and not in the media. Meanwhile, he is a US citizen and a US soldier, and he deserves to have his freedom from captivity as a prisoner of war as much as does any other citizen in a foreign land.Finally, another part of the story is the venom being directed from all parts of the right wing against Bergdahl’s father, because of his “look”, a look that they say is UNAMERICAN, and one that could only mean that he is a Muslim and likely a terrorist himself. As pointed out by Jon Stewart, put a duck in his hand and a gun at his waist, and the right wing will have a far different opinion of him.
Remember, had Pres. Obama done nothing, he’d get the same criticism for doing that. Heaven forbid the fox fixed noise news and the screams from their gop underlings had Bergdahl died an Afghan captive.