Jewish World Review June 16, 2014 / 18 Sivan, 5774
The stench of Obama's hubris may be even worse than that of Bergdahl's clothes
By Ron Hart
JewishWorldReview.com | “It was unanimous among MY principals in MY government.”
– Barack Obama, on his decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five top members of the Taliban.
The arrogance and incompetence continue.
Obama is even more callous and indifferent in his lame-duck term. He is certainly a “me, my, mine and I”-type guy and seldom “us” – unless he is blaming someone. I wouldn’t be surprised if al-Qaida issued a statement claiming responsibility for the shambles that is the Obama administration.
Obama’s circumventing of the law and unilaterally releasing the “Obama Five” Taliban leaders in exchange for one soldier, who is, at best, a deserter, shows hubris. If he threw in Harry Reid and Joe Biden with the trade, then, maybe. But five for one? The Taliban, or “tally bon” as Obama likes to call them, just to show he is smart, should give him honorary membership, or at least a 25 percent discount at the Jihadist Gift Shop.
The Obama administration is purely political. Its goal is not to wipe out radical Islam but, instead, to register the fanatics to vote Democratic in Chicago and Miami. To this administration, the only terrorist network is Fox News.
Even CNN was forced to actually practice journalism. Reporter Jim Acosta challenged Susan “Sunday Talk Show” Rice on her statement that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.” Surprised at a legitimate question, her response was, “Jim, really?” In essence, she was saying, “I cannot believe you are asking me a tough question. How rude. Don’t you know we have a deal? We do what we want, and the mainstream media cheer.”
To be fair, Rice said Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction,” but did not say for whom.
I’m not sure what motivated Obama to have Bergdahl released at such a high cost. Maybe Bergdahl’s mother was quite compelling. When she and Obama entered the Rose Garden to spike the ball on announcing the release, they looked like they had just left the hot tub at a Sandals Resort.
She might be like Forrest Gump’s mom. Don’t blame her. Maybe she’s the only hero in this mess.
Now these hardened Taliban leaders will go back into the fight. But how can we keep suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices from blowing up our troops? By not being in that country.
I’ve long opposed wars of choice and wars of occupation. Our brave soldiers would not be killed and maimed if they were not sitting ducks in these Islamic-extremist countries. Obama justified his actions by saying “We never leave an America
n behind.” Which is true, because we never leave these countries. Nothing has been gained by these wars, and, by occupying their countries, we have only created more enemies and future jihadis.
If we have had success, it is with drones and financial sanctions. Al-Qaida and the Taliban are reported to be in financial ruin. Osama bin Laden pulled off a sucker punch on us only because he was the rare radical who had family money to do so.
The Taliban and al-Qaida are broke and are not the threat we have been led to believe. The Taliban showed up to turn over Bergdahl, driving a 1986 Toyota truck with flame decals on the side – just to give it that intimidating look. This is what we are scared of?
These folks don’t have a truck newer than 1995, running water, cable TV or homogenized milk. They can’t invade us. I’m no military historian, but I think their order of priorities would have to be: Get a new truck, cable TV and a rudimentary selection of dairy products, and then cross the ocean and conquer the infidel Americans.
Even though we perpetually kill their top leaders, al-Qaida replaces them. But that’s not what bugs Obama and his Justice Department. They are just mad that al-Qaida has yet to promote a Hispanic, woman or Jew to their leadership ranks.
We occupy their country and support a corrupt Afghan leader. Having cane-toting, fur-hat-wearing Hamid Karzai as your friend is like having a brother-in-law with a heroin and gambling habit who lives in your house and knows your account passwords.
At least six U.S. soldiers died looking for Bergdahl. But to avoid potential problems here, let me make the only point that matters: It’s hard to shoot or blow up Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq if we are not there. Innocent bystanders would agree.
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