“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”: Walter Scott
Walter Scott wrote that iconic passage in the poem “Marmion”, which was first published in 1808. That means Obama & Co. had 206 years to think about what it means before their massively tangled attempt to lie to us about the “deal” for bowe bergdahl.
And they learned nothing anyway.
Here is the first part of an article by Massimo Calabresi, in Time Magazine – which certainly has had no problem standing with Barack Obama over the past five years. The bold print is mine:
Pentagon,Intelligence officials used Top Secret intelligence to preventprevious release of Taliban Five, officials tell TIME
Topull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. BoweBergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency processcharged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners anddismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concernsbased on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing thefive men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME.
NationalSecurity Council officials at the White House decline to describe thework of the ad hoc process they established to trade the prisoners,or to detail the measures they have taken to limit the threat theTaliban officials may pose. They say consensus on the plan wasreached by the top officials of Obama’s national security team,including representatives from the Pentagon, State Department,intelligence community and Joint Chiefs of Staff. “These releaseswere worked extensively through deputies and principals,” saysNational Security Counsel Deputy for Strategic Communications BenRhodes. “There was not a dissent on moving forward with this plan.”
Butofficials in the Pentagon and intelligence communities hadsuccessfully fought off release of the five men in the past,officials tell TIME. “This was out of the norm,” says oneofficial familiar with the debate over the dangers of releasing thefive Taliban officials. “There was never the conversation.”Obama\’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White Houseand the State Department who had previously argued the militaryshould “suck it up and salute,” says the official familiar withthe debate.
In other words, when Ben Rhodes tells us there was no dissent on moving forward with this plan….he is blatantly lying.
I\’m starting to think that, just as some companies conduct drug tests before hiring personnel, the Obama Administration does a background check on potential new members to see if they have any qualms, however minimal, about lying to our faces. And, if they do, they are summarily rejected.
If you have a better explanation for why it seems that there is not one honest member of this sorry bunch, I\’d love to know about it.