How the administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apart

How the administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apart

[Ed. – It was supposed to be another “bin Laden is dead” moment. Instead, it evolved into an “I set bin Laden and four of his fellow chieftains free in exchange for a deserter.” Who but Obama could not have seen the difference … or the downsides?]

Late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama strode confidently to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden flanked by the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who had gone missing from his platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in June 2009.

“This morning I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son, Bowe, is coming home,” Obama said.


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It was, for Obama, a fleeting moment of triumph. For more than a year, the president had been buffeted by events that he could not—or would not—control. The disastrous debut of Obamacare, the continuing fallout from the Benghazi attacks, the consequences of intelligence disclosures by Edward Snowden, the unfolding human tragedy in Syria, the Russian power play in Ukraine, the scandal that has engulfed the Veterans Administration—in one crisis after another, the man who once boldly declared his intent to be a transformative president had shown himself to be a reactive one.


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