Will Bergdahl Actually Be Charged With Desertion?

by Deanna Fisher on January 26, 2015

Bowe Bergdahl, who returned to the United States custody this last summer (after spending time in the Taliban’s hands under dubious circumstances) in exchange for 5 Taliban leaders who had been sitting in Gitmo, has not been much seen or heard from since. The circumstances under which Bergdahl ended up with the Taliban have been under investigation ever since. The Army finished its investigation last October, but the results have not been released.

Bowe Bergdahl, while with the Taliban

Bowe Bergdahl, while with the Taliban


Now, The O’Reilly Factor is reporting that the White House has been withholding the results, because the Army wants to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

(Retired Lt. Col. Tony) Shaffer, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, told Bill O’Reilly on Monday night that his sources have confirmed the Army has concluded its investigation and Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a “charge sheet” informing him of the desertion charge.

Shaffer also said the Obama administration has been keeping details on the desertion charges hidden from the public. He personally placed blame on Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor.

“This is shaping up to be a Titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he added. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. Factually, there’s no way they can not do the right thing regarding Bergdahl. And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban… The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”

This will be a HUGE political embarrassment for the Obama Administration, especially after the Rose Garden dog-and-pony show that Obama and Bergdahl’s parents put on for the cameras when the announcement was made.

President Obama with Bowe Bergdahl's parents, announcing his release on May 31, 2014

President Obama with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents, announcing his release on May 31, 2014

He gave up five Taliban leaders for a deserter. We used to deal much more harshly with desertion in times past. Now we trade terrorists for them. And that’s the last thing the Obama Administration wants to get out.

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White House Frets Over Protocol While Kerry Breaks It

by Deanna Fisher on January 26, 2015

This last week of United States diplomacy has been an exercise in hypocrisy and ignoring reality.

First, the White House had a snit fit that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be visiting the United States and speaking to Congress at the invitation of Speaker John Boehner. Because, “protocol.” And being as thin-skinned as he is, Obama will not be meeting with Netanyahu while he is here.

Asked Thursday about the visit, the White House said Obama would not meet with him, citing the country’s upcoming elections. Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said that in keeping with “long-standing practice and principle,” the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections.

But Boehner cast the invitation as part of Congress’ effort to stay tough on Iran, as the Obama administration forges a possible nuclear deal with the country. Boehner on Wednesday denied any suggestion he was “poking [the White House] in the eye,” though White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted the invitation was a breach in protocol.

Which led to this excellent point.

But it gets better. After snubbing the upcoming Netanyahu visit on the grounds that it’s too close to the Israeli elections, Josh Earnest then vainly tried to spin away something that the media glowingly covered at the time – then-Senator Obama’s tour of Europe before the 2008 presidential election. [click to continue…]

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Rand Paul has Daddy Issues

by Kim Quade on January 25, 2015

While Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend, it appears that his daddy, former Texas Representative Ron Paul, was at a Texas conference talking secession.

Yes, you heard right. Ron Paul was the final speaker at a one-day conference in Houston on “breaking away” from the central state. It was sponsored by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a libertarian think tank on which the senior Paul sits as a member of the board.

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Will he torpedo his son’s presidential bid?

“A lot of times people think secession, they paint it as an absolute negative,” said Paul. “You mean we should have been obedient to the king forever? So it’s all in the way you look at it.”

That’s not the only sticky issue with Pop that will plague Rand Paul as he considers a run for the White House. Earlier this month, after the Charlie Hebdo/Kosher Supermarket attacks in Paris, the Ron Paul Institute website ran an article which claimed that the the attacks were a false flag conspiracy. The article, written by Paul Craig Roberts, begins with this:

“The Charlie Hebdo affair has many of the characteristics of a false flag operation. The attack on the cartoonists’ office was a disciplined professional attack of the kind associated with highly trained special forces; yet the suspects who were later corralled and killed seemed bumbling and unprofessional. It is like two different sets of people.”

Apparently Ron Paul doesn’t see these comments as possibly deleterious to his son’s presidential ambitions. Asked by a reporter at the Houston conference whether he might be making trouble for Rand, the elder Paul replied, “If we had decent reporters, there would never be any problems. You think you could ever meet one? Have a heart, buddy.”

The media may be the cause for much political discord, but in this case it’s Ron Paul who just might kill Rand’s chance for higher office.

Steven Kruiser, writing at PJ Media, notes, “Rand Paul has been making all the right moves to prepare himself for a run at the presidency except one: shutting up his daddy and his daddy’s lunatic minions.”

Walter Block, an economics professor at Loyola University who likes both the Pauls, said,

“Ron is a millstone around Rand’s neck, in the sense that he’s not helping him — or, at least, he’s not helping him be Rand. Because Rand is a compromiser, and Ron and ‘compromise’ don’t belong in the same sentence.”

Last November, former President George W. Bush released a book he wrote about his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father, the book is a warm and personal — as one reviewer at Amazon put it, “a story of a son’s affection for his father.” If Ron Paul puts the kibosh on Rand Paul’s drive for the Presidency, it will be curious to see if the son will hold his father in a similar high regard.

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Is Sarah Palin Eyeing the Presidential Prize?

by Kim Quade on January 25, 2015

Sarah Palin intrigued political watchers on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, when she told the Washington Post that was “seriously interested” in running for the Presidency in 2016. “I am. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” Palin said as she prepared to address conservative activists who were in Des Moines to attend the Iowa Freedom Summit.

She continued:

“It is a significant step, of course, for anyone to publicly announce that they’re interested. Who wouldn’t be interested? Who wouldn’t be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?”

Here is a short clip from the speech she gave to attendees on Saturday. And, as usual, she came armed with plenty of red meat:

She also posted this intriguing image on her Facebook page:

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Hmmm. Is Sarah ready to run?

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#BanTheBox-Local Governments Give Businesses Tax Breaks To Hire ExCons

January 24, 2015

So the Ferguson protests have given rise to a whole new menace across the country known as “Don’t Shoot…” insert name of major metropolis here. These are the same folks who started the oh so lovely BlackBrunch movement that originated in Oakland, CA. Somehow I think the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. would be horrified […]

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Obama: YouTube Selfies Over Foreign Policy

January 23, 2015

President Obama’s SOTU victory lap has some foreign policy hiccups. This week, House Speaker John Boehner extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in March. Holy smokes! You would’ve thought the White House was zapped by a cattle prod!! The sputtering and squawking started immediately.  According […]

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#SOTU: Democrat Opposition to Obama’s Agenda

January 22, 2015

After President Obama’s combative State of the Union address on Tuesday, the level of Republican backlash was expected, but now he is taking unexpected flak from members of his own party – and they could prove to derail any of his goals for the remainder of his presidency. Some Democrats spent Wednesday tearing the president’s […]

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Ferguson: DOJ Says No Federal Charges for Darren Wilson

January 21, 2015

Officer Darren Wilson will probably face no federal charges in the shooting of Michael Brown, say insiders, even though the DOJ has not formally announced.  They’ve been investigating whether Wilson willfully violated Brown’s civil rights when he shot Brown. The ruckus isn’t over, however.  There’s still the other investigation.  Because, RAYCISS. A separate, broader Justice […]

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#JeSuisRebekah, A Former Democrat Campaign Worker

January 21, 2015

During last night’s SOTU address President Obama framed much of the domestic policy part of the speech around the story of Rebekah and Ben Erler. He presented them as a young couple from Minneapolis who face many of the everyday struggles of ordinary Americans. Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. […]

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Progressive Response to Joni Ernst

January 21, 2015

The Daily Caller collected the sensitive and well thought answers from twitter by so called progressives last night to the rebuttal by Senator Ernst to the State of the Union: Politics is a nasty business. Substantive differences are expected, but in the era of social media so are personal attacks. After the State of the […]

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