Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Bergdahl Case Shows Clearly Why The Obama Administration Cannot Be Trusted In Foreign Policy

Always remember: Obama went golfing within a few minutes of Foley's beheading yet gave Bergdahl's parents a Rose Garden Tweet this morning

  • Almost a year ago, I wrote several pieces about the Bergdahl swap for 5 Taliban prisoners {"The Release Of The Taliban 5: An Act Of Betrayal?"}. At the time I wrote the piece, we still didn't have as much information about the prisoner exchange as we do today. My focus was primarily on the prisoners that were released. Even the Washington Post referred to them as "battle hardened." We now know most senior level Taliban. In addition, two are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes. 
  • If you recall,  Susan Rice---infamous for her Benghazi talking points---was sent out to defend the administration's actions. In fact, she even said Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction." That was certainly a curious and disturbing comment to make with the information we had then. In addition, some of his fellow soldiers were certain he deserted. {They were interviewed on Megyn Kelly's show).
  • And to add insult to injury, Obama decided to have a Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl's parents. At the time, the  UK Telegraph reported that senior government officials were "baffled" at that Rose Garden photo-op. I had also written the photo-op was inappropriate considering the president had not had any photo-ops with the families of those Americans killed in Benghazi or the parents of the soldiers who were killed trying to find Bergdahl.
  • All of this and more should lead any casual observer to question the foreign policy decisions of this administration. This week alone, Yemen is imploding. This after the Obama hailed it as an example of how well his administration's counter-terrorism actions have been. Perhaps Jonah Goldberg of the National Review wrote it best: "Obama is at his best when ignoring his own comments. His 'red lines' are drawn in disappearing ink as far as he's concerned. Twenty-two times Obama said he didn't have the authority to unilaterally legalize immigrants. He did it anyway. You can keep your doctor and your insurance he said---before he stopped saying it."
  • And now we're suppose to have any trust in the administration's negotiations with Iran? Just last week Iran's Supreme Leader proclaimed "death to America" as John F. Kerry said there was "genuine progress" in negotiations with Iran.
  • The Bergdahl case clearly illustrates the administration cannot be trusted in negotiating with Iran. In fact, they can't be trusted in negotiating with anyone considering their disastrous track record in foreign policy from the Syria debacle to the myth of the Arab Spring. Nowhere has this been more evident that in the administration's hostility toward Israel---a disdain that puts our strategic alliances in jeopardy and more allies and Americans at risk.