Of all the missteps made by the Obama administration in the swap of five high-ranking Taliban officials (including two wanted by the UN for mass murders) for Bowe Bergdahl, the two worst were ignoring the law requiring Congressional notification … and sending Susan Rice to a Sunday talk show.
George Stephanopoulos challenged Rice about the trade in the context of that record, and Rice inexplicably responded that Bergdahl had been “captured on the battlefield” and had served with “honor and distinction,” two claims that fell apart quickly, and made it appear that the White House had set up a false narrative in order to justify the trade.
Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with “honor and distinction,” told
CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country.
“I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this,” Rice said. “But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing.”
So let me make sure I understand Rice.
When asked about the matter by G.S., Rice said he was "captured on the battlefield." Is this true? Actually, all of the evidence and testimony says otherwise. She either deliberately lied on command, made it up or is just plain ignorant on the matter.
Rice claimed that Bergdahl served with honor and distinction. When questioned about that in light of subsequent developments, she had been referring to the fact of his enlistment.
OK, so if G.S. had asked her at the time, are we supposed to believe that she would have said something like, "No, no. I don't mean he served with honor and distinction. I mean he enlisted with honor and distinction. I said 'served' but I meant 'enlisted.'" She did the one thing at which she is an expert: backtrack/cover up.
Look. I don't know that Bergdahl deserted or went AWOL. I do know that every one of his comrades said he had deserted. Am I to believe that they ALL conspired to lie? When did they do that? How would we know they did that? Why would they do that? What would they have to gain by doing that?
I think the Obama administration (Susan Rice, most assuredly) just plain miscalculated what they were doing and had no idea that there might be unintended consequences. I believe they had neither researched nor understood the situation with Bergdahl and they thought both the President and he would be considered heroic.
That they obviously did not "vet" their situation is further evidence of the total ineptness of President BO (the amateur president).