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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Conservatives Wanted Bowe Bergdahl Home. They Just Didn't Want Obama to Be the One to Do It.

Posted by on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

This morning, Brendan Kiley told you the complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl, the POW who was "traded" for five men who were being held at Guantanamo Bay. Republicans, who were previously trying to revive Benghazi as the witch hunt du jour, are now expending all their energy on Bergdahl. But it took a while for them to get the message that they were hopping mad about this. Brian Ries at Mashable collected a little anthology of Republican lawmakers (and one Democrat) who deleted their posts welcoming Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home.

At least three prominent Republicans appeared to offer praise on Twitter for the rescue of American POW Bowe Bergdahl — only to later backtrack, scrubbing their tweets or websites of any mention of the soldier after questions arose over the prisoner swap that freed him.

It's not the flip-flop that bothers me about this—it's a strange story, and more information is coming out all the time—but rather the attempt to expunge the record. Why wouldn't you admit that you made a mistake? Because of Obama. Republicans can't be seen agreeing with Obama, even once. They're terrified to even court the momentary perception that they're standing on his side, and the minute this story slipped from black-and-white "support our troops" hagiography into shades of grey, they had to pretend that they were never for a second standing on Obama's side. Essential Twitter user Matt Binder collected a record of the most obvious sign of this conservative dementia in a single screenshot.

That is a spectacular about-face, right there.


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Kinison 1

If this embarrassed Bush, Republicans would be screaming "Lets not play the blame game".
Posted by Kinison on June 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM · Report this
sirkowski 2
Rescuing POWs was cool before it went mainstream.
Posted by sirkowski on June 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM · Report this
I imagine a lot of the biker types that wave POW/MIA and cry about how much they support the troops will be talking out both sides of their mouths for awhile now.
Posted by GermanSausage on June 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
not to mention the attacks on Bergdahl's dad for growing a "Taliban-style" beard in solidarity while his son was a POW.

they love the Duck Dynasty idiots' beards though - those are totally cool.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM · Report this
schmacky 5
I feel sorry for Shannon. What's it like to go through life with that level of self-delusion...the ability to lie so thoroughly to one's own face?
Posted by schmacky on June 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 6
@5 Considering the Fox & O'Reilly tags in her tweets, she's not doing a lot of introspection or analysis. Just parroting whatever is said to her from the pulpit (TV).
Posted by Sir Vic on June 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
@5: is she lying or just having buyer's remorse?

"I was cool with it when I thought it would just be 2 low-level Taliban, but 5 senior leaders? for one American grunt? OUTRAGEOUS!"
Posted by Max Solomon on June 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 8
I love McCain's flip flop, too. Shannon is just a talking bobble-head, but McCain is a senator and former POW. You'd think he'd be a little more consistent.…
Posted by Reverse Polarity on June 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM · Report this
Let's face it, if President Obama were to end world hunger, or single-handedly halt Global Climate Change, or magically eliminate all nuclear weapons, the GOP would still find something to criticize. It's been their sole strategy since he took office.
Posted by COMTE on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 10
Haters gonna hate
Posted by Urgutha Forka on June 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Banna 11

*offer invalid when not politically advantageous
Posted by Banna on June 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Is Shannon //(*_~)\\ someone of consequence or just an easy mark in the Twittersphere?
Posted by California on June 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
@9: The Onion has been there.…
Posted by venomlash on June 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM · Report this
biffp 14
@4, did you happen to watch the Daily Show last night? I loved Hannity's intentional mispronunciation of his name a guy from Idaho sound foreign.
Posted by biffp on June 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM · Report this
Gets worse: parade in Hailey cancelled.
Posted by unregistered 9182 on June 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM · Report this
Finally, a Slog post about Bergdahl. This is an easy ones for liberals (or at least independent thinkers) - The Taliban has one of our soldiers, we have a bunch of theirs, we're not doing anything with ours and we have to release them at some point anyway, and we have a responsibility to our soldiers to do what we can to bring them back. Boom. Just like that. It's an easy deal and everyone is happy... unless, as everyone's pointing out, you want to oppose every little think Obama does a priori, plus you're in the middle of an election and in need of a marketable controversy, since Obamacare is running dry and Benghazi didn't really take. It's all bullshit, Republicans are showing their true ideology-before-soldiers colors, and they'll look like unpatriotic clowns in the long run.
Posted by Bring it on! on June 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM · Report this
fletc3her 17
The sad thing will be when we find out all the allegations were made up by a Republican PR firm.
Posted by fletc3her on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM · Report this
JonnoN 18
@17 if this all turned out to be false, that would be the funniest thing ever
Posted by JonnoN on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM · Report this
@17, I like how they dug up video of him many years ago dancing ballet.

As if that somehow means something
Posted by GermanSausage on June 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 20
The # 1 problem with this bullshit reaction is that they are calling these Taliban members "terrorists". No the Taliban are not terrorists since terrorists are not, by definition, state actors. The Taliban are the group that ran Afghanistan until we overthrew them. They were the government and, thus, state actors.

We DID NOT just release five terrorists. We released five enemy POWs for our own POW which is what you do when you are winding down a war, as we are currently doing.

This is an absolutely nothing story. The people that are now attacking this American soldier are traitors. Nothing more and nothing less.

I say this as someone who despises the Taliban for everything they stand for and for their crimes against humanity, especially for what they did to Afghanistan women after they took power.
Posted by passionate_jus on June 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM · Report this
Obama could walk on water and Fox News would still be calling him the anti-christ.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on June 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM · Report this
Sandiai 22
What @20 said.
Posted by Sandiai on June 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM · Report this
If 5 Guantanamo prisoners nets one American POW I wonder what I can get for my Pete Rose rookie card?

I'm not adept at negotiating with terrorists though. due to lack (zero) of experience.
Posted by crumley on June 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM · Report this
raindrop 24
@13: Considering the Obama administration's gutting of NASA, their inability to procure competent software project (as demonstrated this year) I'd say that it would be a good call by the House to block the funding when it surely would not have worked.
Posted by raindrop on June 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM · Report this

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