While President Obama’s approval rating is around 44% there will always be a core group of people that his skin color alone will keep him from pleasing. If the President were to lower unemployment to 2% there would, unfortunately, remain a large part of America who would blame the Muslim (insert the “N Word” or other racial epitaph here) for the country’s rising inflation due to near full-employment. The same ignorant bloc that would sooner see their children die than receive access to health care from a black man. People that make Christian Scientists look reasonable as they simply pray for their children to affect an end to their illness.
I don’t wish to get terribly political so I will simply say, Congress has an approval rating on par with cholera and chlamydia no matter which party individual Congresspersons represent. In a search for another Benghazi, Boehner is jumping on the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with a heaping serving of fear-mongering.
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Boehner on U.S. policy violation: We are all going to die
“The biggest issue here is the violation of a policy that the United States has had for many many years: that we don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Boehner said Tuesday morning. “And the fact is that we have violated that policy and as a result we’ve made Americans less safe here and all around the world. And we’re going to pay for this, there is not any doubt in my mind there are going to be costs … lost lives associated with what came out of this.”
Firstly, this is not a law but a policy and policies change. Do we continue to follow the Kennan policy of containment that saw us blindly drawn into Vietnam for fear of the “domino effect?” The answer is a resounding “NO!” and even Kennan regrets his contribution just as Oppenheimer regretted his involvement the Manhattan Project where he remarked that he “had become death.”
Beyond this, and I’m no Boehner fan, though he is moderate in his party, (nor am I huge Obama fan) this statement is the acme of folly. Where is the proof that this release of five Guantanamo detainees to a treeless desert patrolled by heavily armed drones in the skies overhead puts the American people in harm’s way.
Perhaps we are safer
All actions have consequences, but are we sure that the five released don’t have GPS trackers inserted beneath their skin? I’m not saying they do but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me. And just as a counterpoint to Boehner’s diarrhea of the mouth, I’ll say they do and they are presently being allowed to return to their network of terror where they will be tracked down and killed along with their partners in terror.
You can’t prove I’m wrong any more than Boehner can prove his nonsense today. The primary difference being I’m not the Speaker of the House and consequently have the portfolio unlike Mr. Boehner to speculate all I want without attempting to frighten the American public.
While Boehner and others will continue to try to use this for political gain, I think it’s a matter of sour grapes. Congress just wasn’t told.
“Six months before Osama bin Laden was taken down, I was briefed on it,” he said. “I was briefed multiple times over the course of the six months. I was given a heads up several days before this happened. And so this idea that they couldn’t trust us to not leak things is just not true.”
Ok, you can keep a secret, so can anyone else who doesn’t speak.
At the end of the day, I feel safer with the release of these five than I would entering your average American high school. Never mind the fact that Congress had given itself the week off during the exchange.