Letter: New heights of hypocrisy
Recently, President Obama secured the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban. Soon after, Republicans condemned his release from the Taliban.
Prior to that, however, many on the right were urging the president to do something about releasing Bergdahl. In a Memorial Day op-ed, New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on the Obama administration to make Bergdahl’s release an urgent priority.
“I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sgt. Bergdahl and return him safely to his family,” Ayotte wrote.
Days later, after Bergdahl’s release, Ayotte criticized the deal that secured his freedom.
Last February, in an interview on CNN, Sen. John McCain appeared willing to back a prisoner swap.
“Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if (an) exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider,” McCain said at the time.
Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, stated: “The mission to bring our missing soldiers home is one that will never end. It’s important that we make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family,” Inhofe said in a statement in June 2013.
But after the administration announced that the five Taliban detainees had been traded for Bergdahl’s release, Inhofe said the White House had put U.S. soldiers at risk.
How can the right demand the president find a way to release an American POW then condemn it when it happens?