Update II: A day too late defense for Hillary Clinton 2016 on the healthy Bergdahl. Team Hillary distancing themselves from Bergdahl swap? The Daily Beast gets the dollar short re-stratergery:
Hillary Clinton Was Skeptical of Taliban-Bergdahl Swap
In 2011 and 2012, Hillary Clinton’s State Department negotiated directly with the Taliban over a swap for Bowe Bergdahl, but Clinton was not a fan of the idea.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week.
It’s a great article for Hillary Clinton 2016 which all should read (Hillary’s conditions were tough and reality based) to see the difference between treacherous boob Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But it comes too too late. This should have been the initial response not the day later response.
Once again, as we write below, Hillary Clinton must realize that Barack Obama is a spraying fountain of Ebola and Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton 2016 must keep completely and totally away from him. Barack Obama is a poisonous, radioactive, blob of treacherous boobery.
Update: As we’ve written so many times, “elect a boob, expect boobery, reelect a boob, expect more boobery.” That simple formulation escapes Big Media Obama fanboys. Ya gotta laugh. Chuck Todd: The White House expected “euphoria” over Bergdahl’s release.
So why was the White House wrong? We think a great deal of the answer is HERE.
June 2014. Republicans have finally developed a brain. Will Hillary Clinton 2016 likewise grow some gray matter?
We have pounded on this point for years. The formula for victory in 2016 is simple. For Republicans the key to victory is to tie the 2016 opposition nominee to Barack Obama. For Hillary Clinton 2016 the key to victory is to think of Barack Obama as an Ebola saturated sprinkler system that kills all who approach even at a distance.
In recent days we see the Republicans have stopped helping Hillary Clinton 2016 by no longer talking about brain traumas, Monica Lewinsky, or age. Instead Republicans have gotten a clue and started to tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. As Republican strategists rejoice and embrace our formula for victory, Hillary Clinton 2016 is caught woefully dumbfounded.
Did Hillary know about the Bergdahl swap last week? That’s the question Republicans have cleverly planted on the respected The Hill newspaper.
It’s a devilishly clever ploy by Republicans. Hillary met with Obama last week in a somewhat odd way. The meeting might have been to discuss Obama’s latest vacation in Europe (he’s in Poland today further embarrassing this nation) or how to neuter Bo the dog. But the subject matter of that meeting, um, makes no difference at this point. What matters is that Hillary Clinton still has not learned that she needs to stay the Hell away from Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton must have nothing to do with Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton must realize that Barack Obama is using her to bolster his flabby self. Hillary Clinton must realize that any association with Obama by phone, meeting, communication of any sort, harms her. And that is where we are today.
Here’s a summary of what happened:
Last week, the White House caused a stir among the press corps by failing to announce that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had met for a private lunch. Reporters began questioning the White House after People Magazine tweeted about the Thursday lunch meeting, which was not part of the public presidential schedule. People Magazine deleted the tweet, but the White House finally confirmed that “The president enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon” later in the day.
Now Republicans are wondering just how informal that lunch was. Obama and the White House failed to notify Congress of the release of five high-value Taliban detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl until Monday despite statutory requirements for 30 days’ notice, although the White House managed to get Bergdahl’s parents to the Rose Garden by Saturday. Did Obama tell Hillary Clinton about the trade on Thursday?
We don’t think it matters substantively if Barack Obama told Hillary of his nefarious plans. But politically it is very destructive to Hillary Clinton. Why? Because it ties her closer and closer to Barack Obama. Republicans saw this and they leaped. The Hill explains:
Prisoner swap: Did Hillary know?
Republicans are raising questions about whether Hillary Clinton knew about the White House plan to release senior Taliban commanders in exchange for the last U.S. prisoner of war.
President Obama met with his former secretary of State for lunch on Thursday, two days before it was announced that Bowe Bergdahl had been released from captivity in exchange for five high-profile Taliban prisoners.
Republicans are furious that they were not told of the deal in advance, and argue that this broke U.S. law.
They are also suspicious that Obama may have informed Clinton, the likely Democratic frontrunner for the White House in 2016. [snip]
“If Mrs. Clinton remains politically active, people will want to know what her advice was on the subject,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said questions about the meeting are fair game.
“It’s fair game to ask her, “Did she know about this, what does she think about it, does she agree with the decision to withdraw troops in 2016?” he said. “These are all really good questions potential candidates for president need to answer.
“These are major policy decisions. This has ramifications long term for the U.S., this prisoner swap,” he added.
The House Armed Services Committee will hold hearings because the Obama prisoner exchange “violates the National Defense Authorization Act, which required the administration give Congress 30 days of advanced notice.” The Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Carl Levin (D-Michigan) will also host a hearing on June 10, the publication date for Hillary’s new book.
This is a Hillary Clinton 2016 self inflicted wound. A Carl Levin hosted hearing is not good news and not a propitious beginning for a book sales tour. Add CNN’s Jake Tapper to the bad news because he too wants answers.
It doesn’t help that Hillary herself answered a question about the noxious prisoner swap:
“This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military,” Clinton said in response to a question about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose release was announced Saturday.
“The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.”
That is the Hillary quote that is getting attention. It’s a rather anodyne response that does not say anything anyone can really disagree with. But the headline for this Maggie Haberman Obama protection article is: Hillary Clinton defends Bowe Bergdahl exchange.
Left behind is the rest of the Hillary Clinton quote:
“You don’t want to see these five prisoners go back to combat,” she said, according to the Associated Press. “There’s a lot that you don’t want to have happen. On the other hand you also don’t want an American citizen, if you can avoid it, especially a solider, to die in captivity. I think we have a long way to go before we really know how this is going to play out.”
As we have noted before, this is another example of a too cute by half response. The headline ties Hillary to toxic Obama and the substance of the comment is a mushy distancing from Obama.
What all this mushy muddled message mess does is help Barack Obama by tying him to Hillary and helps Republicans by tying Hillary to Obama. Hillary? She gets hoisted along with Barack the boob.
Who is the culprit that suggested that Hillary Clinton meet with Barack Obama as she prepared her book tour? Hillary Clinton 2016 is increasingly infested with offensive clods. The “dude” (Tommy Vietor) who was so close with the gropers (Jon Favreau) in the Obama 2008 campaign is part of the toxic Obama crowd now ensconced in Hillary Clinton 2016 as Obama protectors.
The lesson from this Bergdahl mess for Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton 2016 is to keep away from Barack Obama because he is more toxic than Ebola on a hot day in a steam room. Barack Obama has once again defecated on America but wants the stink to stick to someone else.
How bad is this Bergdahl mess? Bad, real bad.
Real, real, real bad:
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.
Clapper was not alone. Leon Panetta, who was then the Secretary of Defense, declined to certify that the United States could mitigate the risk to national interests of releasing the Taliban commanders.
A lot has changed since 2012. To start, President Obama won reelection. Panetta is gone, and in his place is Chuck Hagel, a Republican former senator who has been much more in sync with Obama’s views on the war on terror than his predecessors. [snip]
“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.”
The White House did not even consult or inform Congress until after the prisoner release had begun. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Daily Beast, “Should we have gotten advance warning? I actually think so.” She added, “We had participated in a number of briefings some time ago [on a possible future deal] and there was considerable concern.”
Why would Leon Panetta resist giving up the terrorist top five for Bergdahl? Maybe it was because of those 2010 reports that Bergdahl was teaching bomb making to his terrorist captors/friends? Maybe it was because Bergdahl left a good-bye note on the night he left after having sent all his personal belongings back to the United States. Maybe it was because of the men who died while searching for Bergdahl even as the evidence indicated Bergdahl had deserted. Maybe it was because Bergdahl was never listed as a prisoner of war by the Pentagon. Maybe it was because Bergdahl deserved a court martial not a welcome home. Maybe it was because Panetta like so many Americans does not believe it is wise to negotiate with terrorists.
Whatever the reason once Leon Panetta was gone, Barack Obama was able to violate the law. The criminal Obama is able to do as he pleases. And it appears that what Muslim terrorists want is what Obama wants:
Obama’s decision to phase out U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of this year has raised legal questions about the basis for keeping prisoners from that conflict locked up after the U.S. declares itself done with the war. [snip]
Obama has hinted repeatedly that those prisoners related to the Afghanistan conflict will have to be let go soon. The transfer of the five Taliban could be a harbinger of future releases.
Why would anyone attach themselves to the author of that policy?
We can easily see how Barack Obama arrived at the Bergdahl release decision. After weeks of news about the Veterans Administration scandal and with his looming vacation in Europe, including a June 6 Normandy invasion commemoration, Barack Obama figured he would not only blow those scandals away but also be hailed a hero for masterminding the release of Bergdahl.
Obama figured no one would dare challenge his decision. Obama probably figured that politically he would devastate anyone who did not like his exchange of the terrorist dream team (as Lindsay Graham terms them) for a deserter if not traitor. The cherry on top was inviting the mother and father of Bergdahl to the White House for a hug. Who could resist a mom and pop welcoming home sonny boy?
But it did not work out as Obama planned and expected. There is a firestorm in the country that added to the other Obama scandals feeds upon itself.
Republicans saw the political firebomb Obama ignited and they pounced. Not only did they fight Obama (with lots of help from patriotic Democrats) on the release of the terrorist dream team, they grew a brain and are now trying to ensnare Hillary Clinton. Republicans are wisely trying to tie Hillary Clinton 2016 to Barack Obama 2014. It’s smart politics and smart policy.
The question now is will Hillary Clinton 2016 learn to keep the Hell away from Barack Obama? If Obama calls to talk about the weather, Hillary should not answer the phone. Hillary Clinton must realize that from now on Republicans will exploit every publicized and secret contact between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
No doubt Barack Obama will try to tie himself closer to Hillary Clinton. Obama benefits from such a connection. Obama operatives in Hillary Clinton 2016 will try to keep Hillary bound to Barack too. Hillary Clinton’s job is to keep the Hell away from Barack Obama.
June 2014 reminds us of April 2007 when we first published. Back then we warned about everything that was to come. Hillary Clinton 2008 listened but did not act accordingly. Will they listen now?