The New York Daily News, a daily with a left-leaning editorial page, came out swinging Wednesday morning with an editorial accusing President Obama of “surrendering without honor” to the Taliban and betraying the highest obligation of his office “in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.”
President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan.
The five sworn enemies of the United States are now in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they are free to come and go as they like, beyond the watch of American agents. In just one year, they will be free to return to Afghanistan to fight there and stage terror attacks far beyond that country’s borders. …
In retrospect, his Rose Garden announcement that he was bringing home an American POW appears to have been a cynical act of theater. …
“This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said. “That was true for George Washington; that was true for Abraham Lincoln; that was true for FDR; that’s been true of every combat situation — that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back.”
In other words, he wants out so badly that he accepted the Taliban’s terms, regardless of the threat to American security.
He is surrendering without honor.
You can read the full editorial here.
Some Democrats and members of the media still hoping to defend Obama’s prisoner swap have attempted to shift attention away from Obama and towards the “overreach” of those on the right criticizing the president. Nothing the president’s critics have thus far said, though, is anywhere near as harsh as today’s Daily News editorial.
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