A little Obamafreude on the Bergdahl Debacle
State Sez: Bergdahl Knows Circumstances of His Capture Better Than Squad Mates

Elephant in the Room- Let's make a dopey deal

The news about what Bergdahl was involved with gets worse every day. But what is really sad is that the Secretary of Defense Hagel and Director of National Intelligence Clapper both signed off on this deal with the devil. They should have the decency to at least be embarrassed.Eli Lake has a good piece on this in the Daily Beast.

Leaders of the U.S. intelligence community and military were opposed to freeing five senior Taliban commanders in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when the White House first began exploring the prisoner swap in 2011 and 2012...

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, according to three U.S. intelligence officials flat out rejected the release of the five detainees, saying there was too high a risk these Taliban commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against Americans...

But current U.S. intelligence and defense officials who spoke to The Daily Beast on Monday say the process for exchanging Taliban for Bergdahl this time was rushed and closely held, in some instances leaving little room for any push back against a policy clearly favored by the White House.

“This was an example of forcing the consensus,” one U.S. military official said. “The White House knew the answer they wanted and they ended up getting it.”

Well Hurray for that. Now some of the baddest men around are free and hailed as conquering heroes and Clapper and Sec Def Gates Hagel put their reputations on the line to make that happen. I hope they feel at least a bit of shame. I take a run at making them feel some or at least fell some mockery here.

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