The contradictions are, of course, bleeding obvious. Obama is to be excoriated for abandoning Americans in the line of fire in Benghazi and then excoriated for rescuing a service member in enemy captivity in the matter of Bowe Bergdahl. You’ll see that, not for the first time, the president cannot win.The details are still a little hazy. Perhaps Bergdahl deserted, and if so, he will be prosecuted for that. I think Sullivan is correct as well to note that if we decide about retrieving American soldiers based on their political beliefs, we head down a pretty dark and un American path. From the other side, the right jumps on the swap for Taliban soldiers, but again, Sully points to a glaring contradiction:
You’ll also note that one of the American right’s heroes, Bibi Netanyahu, released more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, some of whom had actually murdered Israeli civilians, in order to retrieve Gilad Shalit. Somehow Netanyahu is not regarded as a terrorist-sympathizer by the Tea Party.I have long since lost my ability to be surprised at how people like Palin respond to this President. Their patriotism is really only reserved for people they like. But I am also thinking about how consumed the right has become with conspiracy, yet they don't seem to think it through. Conspiracies usually involve some kind of up-side for the conspirators. I struggled to find that for Benghazi, or the IRS scandal, and failed. I understand that cover-ups can be the upside, but am not sure that is what happened in either of those cases. Fast-forward to Bergdahl, and I am still wondering what possible conspiracy up-side there is for Obama? I think Sully is right here as well--it only works as conspiracy if you are convinced that this President is not really American. Sure, he got bin Laden when Bush had failed. And he killed al-Awlaki as well. His use of drones is of great concern, but those drones have been used to kill suspected muslim terrorists. Yet, for the right, he is actually still on the side of the terrorists and trying to undermine our country. You know, by getting people health insurance.