Republicans Suck

Would You Buy A Used Hostage From This Man?

Really:

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.

Even in the first hours of Bergdahl’s handoff to U.S. special forces in eastern Afghanistan, it was clear this would not be an uncomplicated yellow-ribbon celebration. Five terrorist suspects also walked free, stirring a debate in Washington over whether the exchange will heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees — several senior Taliban figures among them — would find their way back to the fight.

U.S. officials said Sunday that Bergdahl’s health and safety appeared in jeopardy, prompting rapid action to secure his release. “Had we waited and lost him,” said national security adviser Susan Rice, “I don’t think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.”

The hearkens back to the firestorm Republicans raised back in the early 1980s, when it was revealed that President Ronald Reagan first demanded the Iranians hold Americans hostage until after the Presidential election that saw him garner the office, then traded them for arms to a nation we had embargoed from any materiel dealings with us.

Oh wait…! I forgot! There was none! Somehow the concerns that other Americans might be targeted were non-existent, despite the fact that the Iranians had far more at stake than the Taliban does. Somehow the concern that we were endangering American lives both here and abroad disappeared into the great gasball of Republican bloviating. Somehow the fact that no fewer than thirteen Reagan administration officials and employees were indicted for their involvement in this treasonous scandal eluded the Republican laser-like focus that seems to encapsulate their whole “breathholding until blue” over Benghazi and a dying American soldier.

Add this to the bullcrap pile that includes the administration of the VA (a true tragedy but one in which Republicans are deeply involved with on the wrong side) and you begin to see why the Republicans don’t care about running the country as much as running their mouths.

6 Replies to “Republicans Suck”

  1. why the Republicans don’t care about running the country as much as running their mouths up profits.

    Running their mouths conceals their true motive.

    BTW, do you know there is a BLACK in the White house, and that he’s a democrat? Gasp!!!

  2. Does Taliban = terrorist? Is that the way it works now? Anyone fighting the US anywhere is a terrorist? Even if they are in the their own country and fighting our occupying military? Oh, yeah, sorry, forgot that the military-industrial profit center needs all the enemies it can get.

    1. I think a government that conceals, aided and abetted an admitted terrorist who carried out terrorist acts on the US, until they prove otherwise, can be labeled a terrorist government.

      Yes.

      Perhaps this is the first step in a long road to come back from that label. After all, one could make the case that pre-establishment Israeli figures were terrorists, and while we may not agree on their status now, they surely don’t carry out bombings in the US.

  3. Hey, let’s not forget the Republican firestorm which erupted about how Poppy Bush pardoned a slew of high-ranking Republicans over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday just as the investigations were readying indictments because those same targets threatened retaliation against Poppy Bush in their potential testimony. The only thing which was keeping Poppy Bush from being included in the indictment panel was his occupying the Oval Office. That was real perversion of Presidential authority and the Congressional Republicans said squat, which is what they usually do.

  4. Let’s also not forget that Republicans secretly armed Saddam Hussein in the 1980s (a/k/a “Iraqgate“), including selling him the precursor chemicals he used to gas his own people. Then, years later, they used this horrific act (which they enabled) to justify the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. We also were complicit in handing Hussein over to a lynch mob who hung him and videotaped the fun, but that’s another post.

    Zman also touches on a salient point – Notice how ABC News conflates the words “Taliban” and “terrorist” without missing a beat. There were no Talibani among any of the 19 hijackers on September 11th. Not one. In fact, there were no Afghanis. The United States invaded and occupied their country, just to be clear. Not the other way around.

  5. I notice that two out of the four “defenses” above consist of the principle that “the Republicans did it too,” which is my least favorite form of rebuttal to Republican criticism of liberal/Democratic policies or actions. The other two are simply direct or indirect attacks on the morals and/or character of Republicans. The original post is a combination of the two approaches and makes no attemtp to simply justify the swap as being the right thing to do.

    We are supposed to be better than Republicans, not justify our actions by saying we are the same as them. How can we claim the moral high ground when every time our leader is criticized whe are quick to point out that he is simply copying some fucking Republican? Every time we are challenged we promptly retreat from the high ground and dive down in the muck with our opponent by claiming that we are simply copying our opponent’s behavior. Or we retort by calling our opponent nasty names like 12-year-olds on the school yard.

    We completely eschew the old fashioned retort of “We are doing this because it is the right thing to do,” and explaining why it is right, because that would indicate that we actually have and display the courage of our own convistions.

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