One of the funniest and yet painfully poignant cartoons I saw this week, was this internet dandy (photo), proposing to Mexico that we trade 5 Democrats for one Marine. The spoof on the raging controversy of President Obama releasing 5 of the worst and most hideous terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay for an American soldier said by those who served with him to be a deserter was one way we laughed to keep from crying.
The initial reaction to a soldier being released was to thank God and be grateful and to especially be glad for his family. I’m still glad the young man is out of the hands of the Taliban, and will return home. If he indeed deserted, and if he turned from his oath of loyalty to America and to his fellow soldiers, then the full weight of the law should rain down on him. The families of those soldiers who were killed looking for him will never be fully comforted by whatever punishment might be meted out for Sgt. Bergdahl. And those 5 terrorists we turned loose will likely kill again, and I’m not sure what words of comfort President Obama will give to the families of those future victims of these monsters. Many questions have yet to be resolved: Why did the President act in direct violation to the law that required him to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance of a detainee’s release at Gitmo? Even the President’s sympathizers can’t deny that he clearly broke the law with his actions, though some defend it because of the argument that Bergdahl was sick and needed immediate medical attention. Why did we violate our long standing policy and negotiate with terrorists at all? Does that not endanger more Americans from capture so that they can become hostages to pressure the President to open more doors from the lockup at Guantanamo Bay? If we traded one suspected deserter for 5 of the worst thugs in Gitmo, imagine what power the terrorists would have in kidnapping an ambassador, a ranking officer serving honorably, or for that matter, an innocent American teenage tourist, tooling around Europe on spring break? And why is it that Susan Rice was once again made into the White House Stooge, this time peddling yet another ludicrous and laughable line about Bergdahl being rescued with the swap of the terrorists because he had served with “honor and distinction". She or at least the people who trotted her out there again with a notebook full of claptrap must have known that “honor and distinction” mean something to our military, and allegedly walking off from one’s post to join up with the enemy is neither. I honestly expected her to blame a You Tube video for his walking off post and creating the crisis. But there’s one unanswered question that this curious case brings up, (and forgive my cynicism). Was it to take the disgusting and outrageous maltreatment of our veterans in the VA system off the front page and make the President look like a hero for getting a soldier out of captivity? The President and members of his team have repeatedly justified their hostage swap of terrorists because we leave no man behind. America doesn’t desert its soldiers—apparently even when they desert us. Then here’s my question for the President and honest to God, I want an answer: If you were this committed to saving Sgt. Bergdahl, so that you’d break the law and let 5 mad dogs loose, then why on God’s green earth didn’t you do something to rescue the 4 Americans slaughtered at Benghazi? Why did you roll over, go to sleep, and fly off on Air Force One the next day for a Las Vegas political fundraiser instead of moving heaven and earth to save Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty? That’s the real question.