Cluster (“Somethingorother”)

The Bergdhal fiasco is a “Cluster ‘somethorother'” — the Obama administration, surrounded by a staff on which not a single person is a Veteran — made a mistake at every turn! Susan Rice KNEW that Bergdhal had left his post, and Intel was saying he cooperated with the enemy when she famously said he “served with honor and distinction.” The president KNEW that as well when he hosted the mother and father in the Rose Garden.

News reports immediately after the Rose Garden said the White House was surprised by the negative reaction, particularly military people — because the president though that getting Bergdhal’s  return would trump any future charge of desertion. (Once again the price of not having a few Veterans on the inner staff)

Then the military that had finished the investigation last October, did not release the findings until last week. It is predictable that we will eventually find White House fingerprints on the timing. It just happened too coincidently in a hot news cycle of the mass murder of 150 people, a Hugh kerfuffle over the Nuclear Treaty with Iran, and the fall of Yemen which the president had called a “success.

The public now joins the military in questioning the trade, and now imminent release of five Taliban leaders. The military lost many men in capturing the bearded five, and apparently still more men were lost or wounded searching for Berghdal.

The White House, loathe to ever admit a mistake, and unable to blame this fiasco on Bush, doubled down.

But the controversy will not die down — even if the specifics are forgotten, the stain remains to remind us of this mistake-ridden administration.

One Response

  1. Don’t know if the military and naval aides (the Majors and Lieutenant Commanders who serve canapés and cocktails at White House receptions) are around 24/7.

    Even if it’s just a day job a reasonable person might surmise that the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight would’ve asked them: “Hey, you’re military guys. What do you think of this idea? How will it go over in the military?”

    On another aspect of this debacle, the “Served with honor and distinction” bit, it’s instructive to note that for a considerable period during the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold served with “honor and distinction” — until one day he didn’t.

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