A Drudge Report editor slammed Obama's Bergdahl trade as a craven, calculating, callous political ploy. In his Washington Times column, Joseph Curl began by saying President Obama's five-for-one "Gitmo deal" created a high incentive for terrorists to kidnap Americans. Curl had made up his mind to that and even more, by Sunday, amid a gush of incoming information.
Whether the soldier, Bergdahl, is a hero or a deserter is gaining steam as a debate which may soon outweigh all others in the wake of Bergdahl's homecoming. Besides accusing the Obama administration of offering a suspect narrative, Curl responded to those defending the deal and to the character of Bergdahl. He addressed fears Obama had sent a dangerous message, writing the deal amounted to a statement that “If you want to get your terrorists out of Gitmo, kidnap an American.”
Since Obama made the initial announcement of the swap on Saturday, contradictory facts and details have emerged causing a host of reactions so strong and varied that the sheer volume of news stories bumped the Veteran Administration scandal down the Drudge Report page. It is the narrative of the Obama administration that caused Curl the most reflection.
Curl questioned not only the White House narrative, but the White House choice of narrator, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice. He described Rice as the face of the White House Benghazi narrative, "the official who repeatedly lied about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans dead."
Now the White House had dared send Rice out again, noted Curl, this time dispatched by the White House to reassure Republicans and skeptics that the president had broken no laws by ignoring the requirement to notify lawmakers 30 days before transferring prisoners out of Guantanamo. Rice justified why Congress was not notified explaining it was because following the law was too time consuming, too risky. She said, "We could not take any risk with losing the opportunity to bring him back safely."
Not to rain on anybody's "patriotic homecoming parade," objected Curl, but the Obama administration's narrative quickly begin to unravel when the wisdom of the trade was questioned, the character of the soldier. That's when Rice began to channel Hillary Clinton on the consequences of Benghazi decisions back when Clinton demanded, "What difference does it make?"
Curl quoted Rice: “That is really not the point. The point is that he is back. He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired.”
According to Curl as incoming headlines reveal more, most featured on the Drudge Report, it "really" is "the point." Curl believes as Americans have "the opportunity," quickly rather than "eventually," to learn more about Bergdahl, more about the soldiers who lost their lives trying to find him, more about the terrorists traded for Bergdahl, "honor and distinction," and law becomes more not less relevant.