— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) March 25, 2015
So it is apparently now the official position of the US military that the US government went out and traded five terrorists for a deserter. I’d almost – almost – be close to maybe understanding it if we were at least planning to hang the guy afterward, but let’s be realistic. Bowe Bergdahl, even if convicted for desertion, will not be executed for it. He’d probably spend a lot of time in jail, but he’d be unlikely to be hung, shot, or given the needle.
Three things about this story I want to specifically address:
- There’s already been reports that at least one of the freed terrorists has been trying to get back into the kill-and-oppress-innocent-civilians business.
- Lots of critics of this administration told you that the Obama administration’s original spin on this story was pernicious nonsense. And, as is drearily usual, critics of this administration turned out to be right.
- [mc_name name=’Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000368′ ] (R, New Hampshire) probably feels fairly vindicated right now, given that she’s been banging the drum on just how badly the administration messed this entire situation up.
Moral of the story: look, if you’re a Democrat, stop trusting this administration to get its story straight. Or to show basic competence. Or to do anything except count the days until January of 2017, really. It’ll just save you heartache in the long run*.
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Moe Lane (crosspost)
*I don’t actually care if the Democrats take that advice, or not. I get brownie points for honesty either way.