The Buck Passes


The White House concedes that the Bergdahl swap is a political disaster. ABC News:

Hagel Made Final Call on Bergdahl Swap, Congress Told

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – not President Obama – executed the administration’s final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.

“They indicated [it was] Secretary Hagel [who made the final call],” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, told reporters following the briefing Monday evening. “It was the president of the United States that came out [in the Rose Garden] with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?”

Officials also told Congress that 80 to 90 people within the administration knew of its plans to go forward with the controversial swap, exacerbating tensions between the White House and members of Congress.

“They made it clear that there were 80 to 90 people who knew ahead of time about the Bergdahl release,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters. “There was a sense of anger that members of Congress didn’t know about this. Obviously, if there is secure information — members of Congress knew about the capture of Osama bin Laden — and yet 80 to 90 staff in the White House knew about this.”

While Bachmann says administration officials insist no members of Congress were informed before the exchange, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly said he found out about impending plans from the White House the day before the exchange happened.


Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a U.S. Air Force pilot who flew missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, told reporters that evidence is “obvious now” that Sgt. Bergdahl deserted his post, and therefore any notion that the United States does not leave its own behind was negated after Bergdahl apparently walked off base.

“Now look, if it comes out…somebody snuck into base and abducted him, that’s one thing, but I think every indication that we’re getting is that he walked off his base,” Kinzinger, R-Illinois, said. “When you leave your country behind, the assurance of your country will never leave you behind is null and void. That’s what I learned in survival training, that this is kind of a two-way street.”

Several lawmakers said they expected to receive additional briefings from the administration in the coming days, though those discussions are likely to continue behind closed doors in a classified setting.

“There’s a lot of problems with the administration’s story,” Bachmann said. “It keeps changing, and it doesn’t add up.”

The other day when Chuck Hagel said he supported the president’s decision he didn’t mention that he made the final call. Who was it that said “victory has many fathers but failure is an orphan?” (Speaking of failures, where has Joe Biden been hiding the past couple weeks?)

Pretty soon the White House will be claiming that Obama didn’t even know about the swap until he read about it in the newspaper. Meanwhile Bowe Bergdahl is being held incommunicado in a military hospital in Germany. Don’t be surprised if he gets whisked off to some mental hospital where he can “recuperate” in total privacy for the next 2 1/2 years.

Meanwhile, Hillary kicked off her 2016 presidential campaign last night with a softball interview with Diane Sawyer. I tried to watch it but couldn’t even make it to the first commercial. If Hillary wants to impress me she needs to do an one hour interview with Megyn Kelly.

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136 Responses to The Buck Passes

  1. The Klown says:

    Hillary Clinton FULL Interview with Diane Sawyer:

  2. The Klown says:
  3. Lulu says:

    So? When is Hagel resigning like Shinseki? If you are going to sacrifice an Cabinet secretary they have to leave town is the new rule or have they already forgotten at the party house.

  4. Two things—-clearly the new communications team at the WH thinks we are even dumber than the previous team. Ugh. I noticed too—immediately—that Hagel was forced to fall on his sword after claiming no involvement.

    The story of HRC is really sad. Our support of her is what brought us all together. And although I will support her, my enthusiasm level is low. But once again I feel that all of the same characters from 2008 have their knives out once again—especially those on the left. and I feel defensive about that. It’s funny, I started off feeling tepid about my HRC support in 2008 as well. But once the incoming fire from the left started, it was time to circle the wagons. This time i’m just feeling exhausted by the whole thing. Sad.

    But those lefties are despicable for all of the reasons daily aired over here. Can’t believe I was ever part of that rabble…….

    • angienc says:

      I understand what you mean about feeling defensive of Hillary as we see the usual suspects (especially on the left) as we did in 2008 getting the knives ready. However, while I will not actively work *against* her, I’m not defending her this time and I’m certainly not working *for* her as I did in 2008 (money, volunteering, etc). Honestly, I’m not even sure she’d get my vote since she ended up selling mine out the last time for the SoS job.
      Exhausted and sad are good descriptors for me too.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I don’t understand why the left is attacking her, who else do they have? Biden? Warren?

        • The Klown says:

          If the left keeps attacking her I might have to start liking her again.

        • Lulu says:

          My assumption is that they cannot allow Hill anywhere near the White House because of the “Clinton Retribution!!!!!!”. The very ideal of it scares the hell out of them. Sinecures on the DNC are at stake here people! Think tanks, law firms and K Street would be turned upside down! They wouldn’t have the moolah for new clothes for cocktail parties. The horror of it all. It would be much better to lose to a Repub than (f)unemployment for Democratic hacks.

        • I’m with you DeniseVB—I just don’t get it. But that’s why I’m not a D anymore—-those folks have lost their minds. I want no part of it. And I’ve not regretted leaving the party for one minute.

        • lyn says:

          Democrats will find someone who appeals to the Lo-Fos.

          • Lulu says:

            Does Fos mean full of $(*#. And are High-Fos really, really full of $(*# ? This could be a useful descriptive in the various factions within the main political parties.

          • lyn says:

            LOL. DeniseVB came up with it for the low-information voters. Yes, they are in both parties, but Democrats now have more of ’em. I do agree with your description.

        • Jadzia says:

          I’m hearing a lot of “Elizabeth Warren the savior” kind of crapola on my FB and the other (nonpolitical) blogs that I frequent. Good luck with that, folks! I am so conflicted about Elizabeth Warren. I used to be a huge fan of hers, when she was more known for her personal-finance writings (The Two Income Trap and All Your Worth, the latter of which has been a real lifesaver for me), but Elizabeth Warren the Politico just leaves me cold, and did so even before the Fauxcahontas ridiculousness.

      • lyn says:

        I never will vote for a Democratic presidential candidate again.

  5. jeffhas says:

    I ‘want’ to support Hillary – probably in the same way a middle of the road Obama voter ‘wants’ to support him… But let’s face it, the facts/evidence don’t look so positive.

    Hillary’s performance as SOS while on the surface seems tireless, for all that long work, what was really accomplished? Our Foreign Policy seems worse, not better since her tenure… John Friggin’ Kerry looks about equal (if not better at times – ick, I may throw up)… So I’m underwhelmed when I used to be enthusiastic…. And this is of her own doing. She either could have achieved more… Or could not because of her boss, in which case why did she wholeheartedly take the job, and full-throttle show support for the administration?… In my opinion, she could have gone off, stayed a Senator, quit, or whatever and looked like the best, only hope for our country in contrast to 4 (if he had lost without her and Bill’s support) to 8 years of Obama.

    She’s damaged goods now. She may be the best damaged goods of the damaged goods candidates that run, but that’s a far cry from where she was in 2008, when for the first time in my life I was thrilled about voting FOR someone, rather then the lesser of two evils. I guess I’ll have to settle for the lesser again this time around – but my eyes are open now, and who knows, maybe the repubs will give me something to vote FOR again – but I’m not holding my breath…

    • Lulu says:

      Both parties are going to have to run NOT-Obama candidates in 2016. That will unfortunately exclude Hillary since she was SOS. The Dems will try to run a NOT-Obama because they are NOT-Obama Obama because they are competent. If she had not been SOS she would be the perfect competent NOT-Obama. But alas it is not to be. Mitt was the perfect competent Not-Obama but the country was too stupid to see it.

  6. Lulu says:

    OT but still: Obama is the face of packets of fake Viagra in Pakistan. Oh dear. One has him as 007 with a handgun.
    I’m not sure what the bad side effects are as it is very delicately implied.

    • votermom says:

      OMG that’s hilarious on so many levels.
      Remember the time the cops found packets of crack (or some kind of drug) labeled “Obamacare”?

  7. lyn says:

    Obama now hides behind Hagel’s skirt. How sweet is that?!

  8. The Klown says:

    Now Iraq is falling apart:

    Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.

    Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

    Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama Nujaifi, said the city that ranks as the capital of northern Iraq is now entirely in insurgent hands.

    “When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad.

    Arab Spring?

  9. The Klown says:

    Why Hillary Clinton Wouldn’t Attack Palin ‘For Being A Woman’

    Hillary Clinton elaborated today on why she rebuffed the Obama campaign’s request that she attack Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential race to blunt Palin’s appeal to women.

    Clinton made her comments in an exclusive interview this morning on Good Morning America with ABC’s Robin Roberts after Palin cited Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices” to suggest it was the Democrats “who fired the 1st shot in the real ‘war on women.’”

    Clinton admitted she was asked by the Obama campaign to “go out and criticize” Palin when she was selected as John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 campaign, but she said, “‘For what? For being a woman? No let’s wait until we know where she stands. I don’t know anything about her, do you know anything about her?’ And nobody of course did.”

    “I think it’s fair to say that I made it clear I’m not going to go attack somebody for being a woman or a man. I’m going to try and look at the issues, where they stand, what their experience is, what they intend to do and then that’s fair game,” Clinton said.

    In responding to Palin’s tweet she tried to clarify saying, “That’s not exactly what I said.”

    “What I said was that in beginning the process of working with Senator Obama after I ended my campaign, we had as I describe in the book, an awkward but necessary meeting to clear the air on a couple of issues and one of them was the sexism that unfortunately was present in that ’08 campaign,” Clinton said.

    In Clinton’s book, she writes that she declined a request by the Obama campaign to attack Palin. “I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn’t think it made political sense, and it didn’t feel right. So I said no,” Clinton said in her book.

    In response, Palin tweeted “Look who fired the 1st shot in the real ‘war on women’. Hint: it wasn’t the GOP. See this excerpt from Hillary’s book.”

    They asked Hillary to be the attack dog but she said no. That doesn’t change the fact that they asked.

    • lyn says:

      Sarah always is right. 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      Well Hillary was right in 2008 that the Presidency was not for on the job training (re: Obama’s lack of experience), as was the soon to be fired Ferraro for saying if Obama were white he wouldn’t be on that stage.

      Yes, Palin has always been right and both sides still fear her. Why would Hillary respond to a tweet ! LOL.

  10. The Klown says:

    Attacking from the Left:

    • votermom says:

      Prog loyalty only ever flows one way.
      Hillary should have gone PUMA in 2008.

      • Constance says:

        That would have been great, She could have run as an Independent then. At the very least she should have forced a real vote at the Democrat convention.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw a good article from the right that mentioned Hillary could be promoting how the free market works and how going from rags to riches is only possible in this great Capitalist country. 😀

  11. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      A good time? Has he not heard the 2008 stories about the “good time”?

      I get mail from Hillary campaign almost daily. I have a shredder in the dining room (hidden in a hutch) right off the front hall. That mail gets three feet into the house before being shredded. Good time. NOT.

      • Jadzia says:

        TBH, when I saw the phrase “good time” I thought it was meant in the “prison” sense of the phrase, not as “a” good time. If that makes sense.

    • DeniseVB says:

      This is why potential candidates write books, the publisher pays for all your campaign expenses and travels while “thinking about running”.

  12. The Klown says:

    Mika Brzezinski goes off on Hillary’s ‘contrived’ book, ‘tone-deaf’ comments:

    • cynic says:

      I’ve been enjoying ‘Morning Joe’ these days. Mika has been throwing digs at Hillary on a daily basis, as Warren is the one that she wants running. She’s trying to get all the Democratic men on the panel to agree with her. It’s been fun watching.

      One day, she said that all the Clinton’s do is make deals. I picked up on the subtle digs a couple of weeks ago, and now, she isn’t hiding it.

      What’s amazing, is that Joe is sitting back quietly, and not really attacking Hillary.

      • swanspirit says:

        Mika can do whatever she wants , Elizabeth Warren is just flat . She is as flat as her hair . Her affect is too flat, her delivery is flat , and she is one of those people whose speeches go so far into the weeds , you need a weed whacker to stay alert and pay attention .

  13. The Klown says:
  14. angienc says:

    What the fuck is Obama’s “job” exactly?
    Seriously what does he do in between golf, fancy dinners, and vacations? Read off a TelePrompTer and some photo ops – that’s about it because he sure as he’ll doesn’t know fuck all about shit AND he (and his moron followers) don’t even care to know.

  15. The Klown says:
  16. The Klown says:

    This is a clear violation of the First Rule of Holes:

    • Lulu says:

      We struggled when we had two kids in college at the same time. But we were not dead broke. It isn’t hard to figure out. Gee, we are going to have two boys in college at the same time or we are not going to have an all expenses paid house plus salary in X number of years. This was somehow a surprise to the Clintons? This is a ruse or PR tactic to show they are just folks that has blown up. Dumb. Get new PR advisers.

      • lyn says:

        “Dead broke” is going to buy milk with Canadian coins and being told that wasn’t enough. (Coins used to have equal exchange rates.)

    • DandyTIger says:

      Being temporarily in debt when you know you have 100s of millions of earning power based on speeches and books doesn’t count. That’s like saying GE went broke a few years ago when they when in the red temporarily for a couple of leverage buyouts.

    • threewickets says:

      Think they may have gone into the red paying off their 2008 campaign debt with their own money. So Bill wasn’t able to retire. Luckily he enjoys his work. 🙂

      • threewickets says:

        Most of the campaign funds were used to pay media bills that in turn support journalist salaries at the major newsmedia. The same journos who make their living Clinton bashing. The circle of political marketing in our time. It’s a wondrous thing.

    • 1539days says:

      At least Romney had enough sense to talk about how poor his father was, because his father is the reason why Mitt didn’t have to be broke.

  17. The Klown says:

    Check it out – PUMA got mentioned at Hot Air!

    • The Klown says:
      • lyn says:

        LOL. It just shows that Hillary should have fought for the nomination and later against the sexism toward Palin.

      • The Klown says:
      • leslie says:

        SRSLY?? “What racially tinged comments”???
        The ONLY racially tinged anything that I EVER heard during that time was from the OBOTS who were calling me and anyone who didn’t support TehOne a racially tinged person.
        This type of gcmment/tweet/etc. still makes my blood boil.

        • swanspirit says:

          According to some Obots, it didn’t matter what “PUMAS” or anyone who supported Hillary thought or said , they knew what we were REALLY thinking, and the only reason anyone supported Hillary was the whiteness of her skin . They believe it , and they foster their hatred of anyone who doesn’t support Obama on it . They feed on that hatred and false belief like the plant Audrey II in Little Shop Of Horrors fed on blood .

    • threewickets says:

      And Obots never lie, lol. And fuck New York Magazine, Jennifer Senior, Frank Rich, and the rest of the professional race-baiters over there.

  18. sigh—-still in denial…..

  19. The Klown says:

    From my DIL’s FB page:

    I dozed off yesterday and woke up hearing Ben telling Thomas “Don’t wake up mom or she’ll make us do math”.

  20. helenk3 says:

    way off topic.
    the saga of trying to get something to eat in Hemet Ca.
    my son was here for a little over a week to help me pack to move. Now I do not eat out a lot so did not know about the resturants here. my son went out one night. he called me about midnight and wanted to know if I was hungry. we decided to go to IHOP. it closed at 11pm. I never knew a IHOP that was not open all night. We tried Denny’s. it was open. we went in and there were several young children there. running and yelling as they were overtired and it was late at night. We finally got a table. the hostess asked us what we wanted to drink. we told her. we never saw her again. the waitress came and asked us what we wanted to drink and took our food order. we waited and waited no food. we finally left the resturant. Next morning I tried IHOP and had to wait until 7AM for it to open. we got food.
    several days later I went to Burger KIng. they were not making hamburgers as the machine was broken. several days later I went to weinersizztle they no longer made the pastrami that was advertised. by then all I could do was laugh out loud in the middle of the resturant.
    It was an adventure

  21. swanspirit says:

    In case anyone wonders how the left will escalate the war on women

    Princeton University Professor Peter Singer, speaking on a panel at the abortion and contraception activist conference “Women Deliver,” suggested a frightening fix to the imminent “environmental catastrophes” facing our planet – take away women’s reproductive choices.
    Remarking that women have more children because of their “ideological or religious views,” Singer discussed the idea of reducing the world’s population to save the environment, according to
    Singer added that “greenhouse gases… are getting very close to a tipping point,” and climate change could become a “catastrophe and cause hundreds of millions or billions of people to become climate refugees.”
    In that case, he said, “we need to consider whether we can talk about trying to reduce population growth and whether that’s compatible with the very reasonable concerns people have about women’s right to control their life decisions and their reproduction.”
    As if that couldn’t be more offensive, Singer then compared the right of women to give birth to the right people have to graze their cattle on common property. Overgrazed ground – which he equates to bearing more children – leads to smaller yields, leads to disaster.
    “Turns out that the right to graze as many cows as you like on the common was not an absolute right,” said Singer. “Obviously this is what I think we ought to be saying even about how many children we have… I hope we don’t get to a point where we do have to override it… but I don’t think we ought to shrink away from considering that as a possibility.”
    His remarks weren’t received too well, with several panelists noting that the world’s population will likely peak at 9 billion people before beginning a steady decline. They contended that predictions about overpopulation and famine were way off.
    The ability to bear children is not just a “right” – it’s a part of our humanity. Regulating that in any sense is not only insensitive and inhumane, but it goes against the very reason our forefathers fought for freedom in the first place.

    Because women are just cows who have babies , says some guy from Princeton . And even though his remarks were not so well received , I will not be surprised when modern feminists embrace this . I will not .

    • 1539days says:

      So we should be China, with one child per couple. The US is actually in zero population growth now, the increases are due to immigration.

      The Middle East, on the other hand, is actively trying to out breed the West so they can be the majority in every part of the world.

    • Jadzia says:

      This is the same guy who argues in favor of euthanizing disabled children. He gives me the creeps.

  22. The Klown says:
  23. The Klown says:

    MSNBC’s Dyson: Aren’t women ‘re-raped’ by offensive rhetoric?:

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Whoa! Majority Leader Eric Cantor defeated in primary in VA-07 today.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    Graham seems to be cruising to a victory, darn. Only about 1% in? Keep refreshing for updated totals.

  26. DeniseVB says:

    • Somebody says:

      Gosh the Tea Party is so dead, so 2010.

      You think perhaps the establishment might rethink amnesty now?

  27. The Klown says:
  28. helenk3 says:

    waking up is hard to do. democrats just realizing they bought a lemon

  29. Lulu says:

    Well we know where Cantor’s pro-amnesty ideas may have been coming from:
    (Mrs.)”Cantor is affiliated with numerous civic and professional associations including the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation; the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) Foundation President’s Council; and the National Chamber Foundation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Cantor is also a member of the Board of Vistage International, and is a director of The Edelman Financial Group Inc., Media General, Inc. (Chair of the Audit Committee), and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (Chair of the Audit Committee). She currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System, the 22nd largest pension plan in the nation.

    Cantor is a C.P.A. and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida’s School of Accounting, an M.B.A from the University of Miami, and a J.D. from New York University.”

    I wondered why she looked like she was going to be sick when he was conceding last night. His influence is over and it will affect her career. Maybe she can get him a job influence peddling if he has any left.

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