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Vets Disapprove Of Taliban Swap By More Than 4 To 1

From USA Today:

USA TODAY poll: Obama mishandled Bergdahl exchange

By Gregory Korte | June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Public opposition to the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has less to do with Bergdahl himself and more with how President Obama handled the transfer, according to a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll.

What a milquetoast headline and lead. ‘Mishandled’ is almost Orwellian understatement.

The poll shows 43% of Americans say it was wrong for Obama to make the deal, compared with 34% who say it was the right thing to do.

Thirty percent of those surveyed have a strong opinion of Bergdahl, whose decision to leave his post in 2009 and subsequent capture by the Taliban is under investigation by the Army. Of those, half say they were sympathetic, and half say they are angry with Bergdahl.

The 128 veterans included in the poll are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision…

If Bush had made this swap, this would be the headline and lead. After all, we are supposed to believe that Obama did this out of his regard for those in uniform.

But leave it to Obama to try to distract from one military scandal (the VA) by creating an even bigger military scandal (Bergdahl).

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that prisoner exchanges are "something that is part of winding down armed conflict for centuries." …

Naturally, Mr. Earnest is an ignoramus about military history. The Taliban (and/or the Haqqani Network) is not a government. You cannot exchange prisoners with a terrorist organization. (Which is why the detainees were sent to Qatar. They don’t have a country.)

When asked whether it was right or wrong for the U.S. to exchange five Taliban prisoners for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, military veterans had a far different view from the general public.

Right: All respondents, 34%.  Veterans, 16%.
Wrong: All respondents, 43%.  Veterans, 68%.
No opinion: All respondents, 23%.  Veterans, 16%.

Indeed, most Americans say they believe the United States has a responsibility to bring a captive American soldier home, regardless of the circumstances: 56% say Bergdahl was entitled to those efforts even though he left his post in 2009; 29% say he wasn’t.

On one key point in the political controversy, the public backs Congress. By 2-1, Americans say the president should be required to inform Congress before such transfers…

A President should be required to follow the law? What quaint notions some people have.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Vets Disapprove Of Taliban Swap By More Than 4 To 1”

  1. 4-1? Really? Who are the 25% that agree? Dead victims of the VA?

  2. canary

    How come I didn’t get to vote.




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