Bowe and Arrows: Obama Swap Takes another Hit
By Tony Perkins
The only thing worse than a soldier abandoning his post is a commander-in-chief who abandons his duty to keep the nation safe. When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his unit behind, we had a President willing to leave the law behind in what could go down as the most dangerous prisoner swap in U.S. history. I say “could,” because the five terrorists this White House released are already trying to reconnect with their Taliban networks in an effort to reengage in the war against the West.
FRC’s Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin — like most military leaders — saw this coming. “I hope that this does not come as a surprise to anyone. It was predictable and many of us said so at the time of the release. The only surprise for me would be if it was proven that the other (two terrorists Obama freed) are not doing the same thing. I bet you that they are.”
Of course, last year most everyone — including the President’s own party — saw this trade for the ticking time bomb it was. And now that the military has officially charged Bergdahl with the desertion his unit accused him of, the “feel good” story of Bowe’s release doesn’t feel good to anyone. Where is the comfort for those parents, whose sons made the ultimate sacrifice to protect America from the very terrorists we released? Instead, six of our finest soldiers were killed in the hunt for a selfish traitor who premeditated his disappearance and declared he was “ashamed to be an American.”
What are we thinking, Gen. Boykin fumed, “when Americans risk their lives and some even die to lock these bad actors up in the military prison in Gitmo? Then, the President just disregards the sacrifice of these young men and women and releases the very people who have sworn to destroy America? It is a slap in the face to the vets as well as every mom and dad who have lost a son or daughter in this war… Did it ever occur to the President that Bergdahl may not have wanted to come home to a country that he abhorred and that he was forced to do so by the Taliban so that they could get five of their top leaders back?”
Now that Bergdahl’s case is being referred to the military’s version of a grand jury, the person most Americans are holding in contempt is the man responsible for the deal in the first place: the President. For the White House, this is not just another messy PR embarrassment. This is a real national security threat. President Obama’s act of trading five known terrorists for a known deserter — without consulting Congress — probably would have toppled previous administrations. But unfortunately, we’ve been forced to walk through so much incompetence these last six years that we’ve almost become calloused to poor and immoral leadership.
These six soldiers who were killed trying to find Bergdahl were sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers. And their sacrifice was rewarded by a President who traded five of the most dangerous terrorists, who others had previously fought to stop, for a man who turned his back on his country and his fellow soldiers. If this is the President’s idea of a good deal, then Americans should be sweating bullets over his negotiations with Iran.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
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