Rudy Giuliani suggested last week that Barack Obama does not love America, igniting a fierce backlash against him (Giuliani). The backlash stems, I believe, from the cognitive dissonance of the idea that a president of the United States could in fact be opposed to the country he was elected to lead: this is too much for many people to even contemplate, and so they must squash the mere utterance of the possibility that mr. Obama in fact is more ashamed of America — more against it — than he is proud of it and for it.
But as hard as it may be for many people to believe, mr. Obama has been in office for many years now — six long years, in fact — and his actions speak more loudly than any theories of what thoughts rattle around in his mind; this is not 2007, when he was a candidate with a shocking lack of credentials to even consider running for president, but is 2015, in his second term.
The evidence is all around us, and there is so much of it, that a pattern emerges, and this pattern supports Mr. Giuliani’s comments.
And so let’s begin, one ugly fact and event at a time.
#1: The Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange for the “Taliban Dream Team” of terrorists
Barack Obama authorized the release (and likely return to the battlefield against us) of five senior Taliban military commanders in exchange for the return of a U.S. serviceman who had deserted his post after having written anti-American messages to his parents.
When one considers the rank and terror threat of these five men, one would imagine that the USA would have negotiated a very high value exchange.
However, Mr. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post — up and left it, in the middle of a war — and reportedly sought refuge with the enemy.
“I am ashamed to be an american.”
Source: The New Yorker, <link>
“The horror that is america is disgusting”
Source: The New Yorker, <link>
His conduct alienated his fellow soldiers, many of whom spoke up when news of the prisoner exchange emerged.
This from Sergeant Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon:
Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.
And since then, the wheels of military justice have been turning.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will likely be charged with desertion, senior defense officials tell NBC News. <NBC News, link>
On what basis would a president release the “Taliban Dream Team” for a man like Bowe Bergdahl?
Perhaps a president who also feels “ashamed” of America, and that America is “disgusting”?
Let me ask it a different way: if you were a terrorist leader in Afghanistan or Pakistan and heard that president Obama was willing to release your top five senior military commanders in exchange for an American who deserted his post while hating the United States, what would you conclude about Barack Obama?
Coming up next….
#2 The Benghazi Assassination of the American Ambassador and the Obama Administration Cover-Up of The Events Surrounding The Successful Terrorist Attack