Hostage Release 2014

Republicans Attack Obama For Negotiations Leading To Release Of American POW

So much for “Support Our Troops”…


The negotiations that led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl represent one thing to Republicans: another excuse to attack President Obama.

“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)[pictured, right] and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the Senate Armed Services ranking member and House Armed Services chairman, respectively, in a joint statement.Earlier Saturday, White House officials announced that the Taliban released Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. Then came multiple reports that U.S. officials released five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay. Those members are: Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Nori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari, according to multiple reports.

According to CNN: Khairkhwa was believed to be “directly associated” with Osama Bin Laden, as well as a “drug lord” and a friend of former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai; Fazi, Normi and Wasiq were top Taliban military officials, while Omari is the Taliban’s former chief of communications.

Inhofe and McKeon said that Obama “clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.”

“Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law — not to mention sound policy — to achieve it,” they said in their statement.

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Republicans Theatened Obama With ‘Willie Horton Momemnt’ If POW Was Traded For Gitmo Prisoners

No More Mister Nice Blog notes that Republicans threatened to use the release of Bowe Bergdahl against him if he negotiated to release those held at Gitmo in return. From a 2012 Rolling Stone piece by Micahel Hastings:

According to White House sources, Marc Grossman, who replaced Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was given a direct warning by the president’s opponents in Congress about trading Bowe for five Taliban prisoners during an election year. “They keep telling me it’s going to be Obama’s Willie Horton moment,” Grossman warned the White House. The threat was as ugly as it was clear: The president’s political enemies were prepared to use the release of violent prisoners to paint Obama as a Dukakis-­like appeaser, just as Republicans did to the former Massachusetts governor during the 1988 campaign….

GOP · Sen. Tom Coburn

This Is Why They’re Called “Crazies”…

A couple of days ago, we reported  that medical doctor and Senator, Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked this of the American people a few hours before a vote to end fillabuster of the Health Reform Bill:

What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.

Most newscasters and pundits on the left seemingly thought that  Coburn was talking about Senator Robert Byrd, a democrat who is 92 and in frail health.  Byrd had to be wheeled into the Senate to vote for what was the first of three procedural votes leading up to the passage of the Health Reform Bill.

Coburn actually went on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren show to “explain” what he meant…well sorta:

Crooks & Liars:

Coburn: I wouldn’t back away from that. I’d love for everybody’s alarm clock that’s for this thing not to work. You know, the fact is that this is an epic change in our country. It’s a reduction in freedom in our country. It doesn’t reform health care, it just expands the mess that we have today.

Crooks & Liars coninues…

It would be a lot easier to take this denial at face value. But when you have some of Coburn’s fellow religious-right nutcases out there applying a Psalm wishing for someone’s death to President Obama, and otherwise ramping up the use of “imprecatory prayers” against political opponents, especially President Obama … well, let’s just say we all know what a dog whistle sounds like.

This is why Amato called out Matt Lewis yesterday for indulging in the “alarm clock” nonsense. Yeah, guys, we’re all that stupid.

But wait!  There’s more.  Here is a tearful caller who phoned into C-Span Tuesday morning to ask Senator Barrasso a question.  THIS is why we call them “the crazies”:


CALLER: Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Waycross, we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.

How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How hard did you pray senator? Did you pray hard enough

HOST: Senator Barasso, he was referring to Senator Inhofe, who was not part of the round of voting this morning.

BARASSO: The votes today, they needed 60 votes in favor of the bill. Senator Inhofe is opposed to the bill, and whether he was there or not didn’t make any difference. There was no way that Jim Inhofe was going to vote for the bill, the senator from Oklahoma. So that’s why he wasn’t there this morning.

HOST: Do you know where he was, senator, why he wasn’t able to make the vote this morning?

BARASSO: No, I don’t know.

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This poor fool thinks Coburn screwed  it up and killed Inhofe by not praying hard enough!

You can’t make this stuff up!