Perennial media darling (and President-anointed in waiting) Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs in on Bowe Bergdahl.
Among her erudite comments was this gem:
"If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values," Clinton told Sawyer. "And one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation.”
What is insane about all this are two competing, yet compelling problems:
(1) The circumstances under which Bergdahl was captured were essentially manufactured by his own stupidity. That said, it is in our charter to bring back everyone we send to a combat zone. And if there is dishonorable conduct, we have methods to deal with that, upon recovery.
(2) The circumstances that led to the release involved an onerous penalty that included release of five notorious AQ operatives and (maybe) some transfer of funds. We paid ransom. This would be a scandal if the detained person/POW were captured in otherwise honorable conditions.
Either one of these is bad. When the two situations are merged, it should be cause for removal of exective leadership. For the former Secretary of State cum presumptive Dem nominee to rationalize the second action under the guise of the first is doubly damming.
But this is the world we live in these days. Someone said it during Slick Willy's administration and it is still true. HRC is like a soap opera villainess. They never die, even when they get killed. In the sane world that we used to live in - before being transported to this dystopian world we currently occupy - this woman would have been relegated to the dustbin of history years ago. It is unreal how she remains not only omnipresent, but still touted in many circles as damn-near inevitable as the next President of the US.
Washington Post story linked here: Hillary - What Difference Does it Make (again)