Editorial cartoon: Before and after

A warning to soldiers

If you lay your life on the line for America, be forewarned:  We may not try to rescue you if you get captured.

This is a new policy, urged on by Republicans.  Yes, yes, I know — they always claim they “support the troops” but it’s similar to the way they are pro-life.  Their love for babies ends after birth, and their love for soldiers ends after they enlist.  June.Flagg_.Recruiting

From what I can gather, the GOP supports a policy of not making sure every soldier that is captured is returned.  Apparently if they think you might be someone they don’t like, then we should not rescue you.  A trial to determine your guilt is unnecessary.

This is completely unprecedented in American history, as all the Generals and military personnel have explained.  In fact, this is the exact same policy that got John McCain freed from an enemy prison, something he has apparently forgotten (which is not too surprising, because months ago he was criticizing Obama for not making this deal).

So no matter what we used to do, things have changed!  Once more, the goal of destroying this president outweighs whatever harm comes to this nation.  (A side note:  A few responsible Republicans have refused to jump on this anti-American bandwagon, and they should be applauded.)

Obama has refused to back down or give in to the complainers.  Here’s what he said:

“This is not some abstraction; this is not some political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they hadn’t seen in five years, and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again. And as commander in chief of the United States armed forces, I am responsible for those kids.  I write too many letters to folks who unfortunately don’t see their children again after fighting a war.  I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child, and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try and get them back.”

So it’s time to rethink our recruiting posters.  “I Want YOU” needs to have an asterisk, with the note “unless you can be used in a way that harms our political rivals.”

How much is a POW worth?

You’d think everyone would be celebrating the return of a POW from captivity.  Certainly the Republicans (who always claim to “support our troops”) would be in favor of this, right?   POW

And at first they were.  They even urged Obama to do it.

Then reality set in:  If we celebrate this, that means Obama wins!  Republicans have now deleted tweets and comments made in support of this, and have gone full force into attack mode.  And some of it has gotten rather ridiculous.

They’ve attacked the reputation of Bergdahl at every opportunity, using innuendo and speculation and ignoring real facts.

They’ve accused Obama of negotiating with terrorists (when actually the deal was made by Qatar, not us) while conveniently forgetting how their hero Ronald Reagan did the same thing (which caused the “Iran/Contra scandal where people actually went to jail).  Bush officials have said that they would have done the same thing.

Fox News said that Bergdahl’s father looks like a terrorist because he grew a beard.  For some reason, they never said that about their heroes in Duck Dynasty…

The alleged terrorists had been sitting in Gitmo for years without ever being charged with anything, despite court orders to do so, and will be released to Qatar where their travel will be severely limited.

Critics are now saying that the release of Berdahl wasn’t worth it.  Really?  What price do we put on a POW’s life?

So what’s the truth?  I don’t know;  I don’t have access to the information the President has, and neither do any of his critics.  Will this turn out to be a bad thing in the long run?  Maybe.

But we should not really be surprised by this reaction from the President’s enemies.  Half of them didn’t even want to give him credit for killing bin Laden, either.