Who’s on first? I’m quite sure ya’ll have seen the famous Abbott and Costello sketch — to this day, it’s still quite hilarious. Well, comedic skits are fine for humor but troubling when it relates to the modus operandi of the Obama administration — supposedly the most transparent administration in our history.
The White House had previously stated that it was Secretary of Defense Hagel who approved the release of the now infamous Taliban Five. Then today in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Hagel said it was the commander-in-chief, President Obama.
Who’s on first?
And so I found it quite appropriate that the Daily Caller has produced the “Top 8 White House Lies” regarding the case of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, compiled by Joseph Miller. Joseph Miller is the pen name of a senior Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Miller writes, “It’s been just over a week since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released in exchange for five senior Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay, and so far the Obama administration is averaging nearly a lie a day. Here are the top eight administration claims, laid out and debunked in full.” You can read the full details of the list here, but I offer the quick read below:
#1: Bergdahl was very sick – no he just had poor hygiene.
#2: The Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl – even Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there was no credible intel on that.
#3: The administration informed Congress about the swap – well, if you count the discussion about prisoner transfer several years ago.
#4: The U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists – Ambassador Susan Rice said by negotiating through the government of Qatar, they weren’t negotiating with terrorists — except Qatar wasn’t holding Bergdahl captive, the Haqqani Network was. The Obama administration officially designated the Haqqani Network a terrorist group in 2012.
#5: Berghdal served with honor and distinction – if you count the distinction of being the only American soldier to desert his post in Afghanistan and walk into the arms of the enemy.
#6: The release of the terrorists poses little to no risk to the U.S. – Just days after being released from GITMO, family members of one of the five detainees released by the United States told NBC news that the former Taliban commander, Mullah Norullah Nori, planned to return to the fight in Afghanistan.
#7: The five terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay will be under U.S. monitoring – Qatari government officials would beg to differ and said the deal that was reached did not allow for U.S. monitoring of the detainees, and that they would be free to move about the country while they remained in Qatar.
#8: This was the “last, best chance” to bring Bergdahl home – Maybe, but to date, the Taliban have failed to engage in any meaningful peace talks with the U.S. or the government of Afghanistan. So why this time?
Where there are lies and a false narrative, there is a cover-up. Regardless of what you may say, if the Obama administration were to say, “Who’s on first” — they’d probably be lying and “What would be on first.”