Does it seem to you that everything Obama does is 1) wrong-headed, 2) illegal, 3) ineffectual, 4) amateurish, 5) ill-informed, 6) self-promoting, 7) un-American, 8) harmful, 9) incomprehensible, 10) unconstitutional, 11) lame, 12) dumb, 13) really dumb, 14) all of the above?
Good. So it isn’t just me.
Just when I thought he might be showing some initiative and maybe doing something (albeit illegal) to assist an American serviceman in captivity…and before I heard the details of his actions, he almost looked like that “stopped clock, which is right twice a day.”
Swapping one serviceman for five of the worst terrorists in Gitmo is a bad idea, bad math and not in the best tradition of hard-nosed negotiating.
The swap is illegal and a bad idea.
The swap breaks the lawful policy of never negotiating with terrorists, which is a bad idea.
The swap tells terrorists America is weak and willing to go to any length to retrieve Americans the terrorists have grabbed off the street, shoved into a van at the local mall or lured off a playground with candy or a new I-pod phone (you notice the “grabbing” doesn’t happen to Marines or soldiers in combat), which is a very bad idea.
In spite of the foregoing dumb and weak aspects of Obama’s 1/5 Swap, I was at least willing to admit his heart might be in the right place in desiring to procure the release of an American soldier held in captivity by terrorists. But then I learned the American soldier had deserted his post to go over to the terrorist warlords. He was also probably drunk at the time. He had made statements critical of America. (OK, America isn’t perfect. This is not an earth-shattering revelation, but to keep things in perspective for the “low-info” folks among us, would you rather be imprisoned in our “worst” prison (arguendo; Gitmo) or in some squalid hell-hole wondering every day if this is the day when some semi-literate, un-soaped, bearded miscreant decides he will display his macho side by beheading you on camera with a big dull knife. Which is better?) (If you hesitated even for a moment trying to decide the correct answer posed in the previous parenthetical, you are too stupid to be reading this. In fact, I’m surprised you can read.)
Next, I learned other American soldiers had been killed during attempts to locate and free the drunken traitorous soldier and my brain returned to the correct default setting for Obama…number 14) all of the above.