The Army came to this decision months ago, but the White House has been stonewalling the announcement because the decision to trade five dangerous Taliban commanders for one weaselly American deserter makes Obama look weak and foolish. To put it mildly. Reportedly, Assistant National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes (of BenghaziGate fame) is behind the stonewall.
Sgt. Bergdahl left his unit in Afghanistan without permission in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, and held prisoner by the group for five years. Following the much-criticized exchange, the Army conducted an investigation into his actions, which concluded three months ago.
“This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he said. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”
It’s likely the White House never expected the fierce blowback it got after the deal was announced, last June – apparently hoping no one from Bergdahl’s unit would speak out about Bergdahl being a deserter – which they did almost immediately. Now they’re stuck with egg all over their faces after publicly celebrating the worst prisoner swap in the history of prisoner swaps.
Gosh, I wonder who came up with those embarrassingly false talking points. *cough* Ben Rhodes *cough*
The White House is squirming…Shaffer repeated the phrase “titanic struggle behind the scenes” several times throughout the interview.