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Mattwall1 June 4th, 2014 11:16pm

Hypothetical: It is 2016, and Bowe Bergdahl was never released from captivity & dies. Someone leaks that the Obama administration could have gotten him released via diplomatic channels, but didn't. Would there be more outrage than there is now?

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Torfin Never Behind
06/06/14 2:18 am

Not once it got out that he was a deserter that collaborated with the enemy.

ravensrave10 massachusetts
06/05/14 8:28 pm

Whatever happened to humility? When did people lives become less important then the government or money? He was still an american regardless and he shouldn't have just been forgotten about. Im sure if the government is concerned about the 5

ravensrave10 massachusetts
06/05/14 8:30 pm

People they released they wouldn't have released them

Iamamerican California
06/05/14 8:13 pm

Obama elected to trade a traitor for 5 Taliban terrorists. Had Obama done his best negotiating without releasing those terrorists, I think he would have looked much better.

jvc1133 61535
06/05/14 7:56 pm

Might be considered a good deal

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/05/14 3:44 pm

No. People would be happy that he didn't negotiate with terrorists.

comppete Las Vegas
06/05/14 2:25 pm

He should have been left to rot with the terrorists.

ScrewU Gone
06/05/14 11:01 am

I think it would get a day on the news, the administration would say they tried but republicans obstructed them and liberals would blame his death on republicans. Same as everything else.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/05/14 3:45 pm

Yes. It's not like the media ever goes after him. He gets a pass from everybody except fox.

closed Lol hi
06/05/14 9:13 am

If what was known about them now then yes

06/05/14 8:14 am

No. One life is not worth risking millions

d0m333 Pennsylvania
06/05/14 6:30 am

People are fickle things

Spartacus AUSTIN
06/05/14 6:29 am

Yes. everyone is looking for a new reason to blame the president for whatever they can.

ScrewU Gone
06/05/14 10:59 am

That's getting to be an old saw. It's incontrovertible that this president has made decisions and taken actions that have been controversial. Criticism is how participatory democracy works.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
06/04/14 9:40 pm

Maybe, it would depend on if his platoon came forward like they have currently & provided the backstory.

DavesNotHere where am I
06/04/14 5:49 pm

Of course. The GOP /FOX would be calling him a weak Taliban sympathizer.

kermie gaytopia
06/04/14 5:36 pm

Matt. Anything and everything Obama does, or doesn't do, or thinks, or doesn't think causes outrage. Conservatives were calling for the exact scenario that happened, until it happened. There's no consistency other than rabid anti-obamaism.

ScrewU Gone
06/05/14 10:59 am

That's just excuse making.

FalloutBoy97 Ohio
06/05/14 1:29 pm

John McCain was supportive of a "5 prisoner exchange" until Obama actually did it. Multiple Republican members of the house tweeted in support of the deal until other started criticizing it, after which they deleted them.

jvberg Winter has Come
06/04/14 5:21 pm

That's the hypocrisy of this country, damned if you do, damned if you don't

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
06/04/14 5:03 pm

NO, we don't negotiate with terrorists.

veritas1 Panda
06/04/14 5:20 pm

Real life isn't a Harrison Ford movie. The Taliban aren't classified as a terrorists organization anyway.

veritas1 Panda
06/04/14 5:21 pm

And doing nothing would be in direct conflict with an actual doctrine: No Man Left Behind.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
06/04/14 5:25 pm

a deserter who renounced his citizenship making him NOT OUR PROBLEM. we have a man in mexico that served our country honorably and is being ignored by the administration. They may not be classified terrorists but thy commit acts of terror.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/04/14 5:51 pm

I must've missed the renounced citizen part, but it doesn't matter. He was a U.S. soldier in a war zone where we put him and he was captured. He's our responsibility even if he faces legal issues down the road. Pretty sad not to rescue our only POW.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/04/14 5:53 pm

The man in mexico was not in uniform and its a completely different situation. We are not at war with Mexico. They have a right to enact their own laws and justice if someone does something illegal in their country.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
06/04/14 5:54 pm

he's not a prisoner of war. he was captured by a political group not a country. we are not at war therefore he is not a POW. If we want to use correct terms for terrorists I figure do the same for POWs

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/04/14 6:08 pm

Good to know none of our soldiers died in a war. Must just be a tourist problem with gun violence in Afghanistan.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
06/04/14 6:16 pm

I'm saying legally it isn't a war. just like legally they aren't terrorists.

06/05/14 5:14 am

That's the part that is really strange. You said it only POW. Why is it he is the only one? Just odd that they spared one American

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/04/14 4:51 pm

The nattering nabobs of the negativism party would spool up the outrage train. How could this administration allow this to happen? Why didn't the president do more to get him back? (Except for, you know, us.)

Maj Worth Economist
06/04/14 11:02 pm

I take an odd joy in reading your posts out loud. They are fabulous. :)

rons Thanks America
06/04/14 4:27 pm

no, Obama would have buried it!

ProFreedom Wisdom beyond my years
06/04/14 4:23 pm

Hell yeah there would, but we still can't excuse Obama breaking the law yet again, especially with such disregard for the consequences

PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
06/04/14 5:16 pm

What law was broken?

rbrown Kansas
06/04/14 4:20 pm

There is always outrage expressed at whatever the President does. It doesn't seem to matter what the actual action or comment is.

Dazey Beagles Rule
06/04/14 4:20 pm

Probably. But I don't think that's the appropriate basis for policy decisions. You create your "doctrine" and stand behind it when the inevitable outrage ensues. He has made it official that our "don't negotiate" doctrine has been reversed.

06/04/14 4:43 pm

I don't agree with your rigid views of foreign policy. I think that each situation is unique, and foreign policies should be adaptable to the situation.

Dazey Beagles Rule
06/04/14 5:10 pm

Diplomacy requires compromise without a doubt. That's not to say there aren't parameters we work within that guide our policies. We will defend the Western Hemisphere at all costs, we don't negotiate with terrorists, etc. We make those statements

Dazey Beagles Rule
06/04/14 5:11 pm

based on principle, not "will talking heads cry about it?".

Dazey Beagles Rule
06/04/14 5:12 pm

While past Presidents have covertly ignored the "don't negotiate" doctrine, Obama has made it official.

Liberty 4,032,064
06/04/14 4:18 pm

It'd all depend on the details.

political Georgia
06/04/14 4:17 pm

No! Republicans would be too focused on Hillary.