The Obama White House has come out and blamed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for the flawed Taliban prisoner swap. Obama staffers told members of congress that the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl trade was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. 'They (Obama staffers) indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),' Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) told ABC News after a classified briefing.
It has been reported the Obama administration was taken a back by the criticism it received from all corners of the political spectrum. They expected to congratulated and had hoped the celebratory news would bury the ongoing VA scandal from the headlines. The prisoner swap did indeed replace the VA coverage, but not in the way they were expecting.
Speaking on MSNBC in early June, NBC reporter Chuck Todd stated that the White House had expected “some euphoria around this… that there would be a rally around the flag.” Clearly, they were wrong. Team Obama has tried to defend the president's decision to swap an Army deserter for 5 high level war criminals, without much success. Now Obama is doing what Obama does best....blame someone else for his own failures.
Back during the Bin Laden raid, the Obama White House had a backup plan if the raid had failed and they had drafted a ‘highly lawyered’ memo to protect President Obama from potential backlash. In May of 2012, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity that then Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta drafted a note that would have put the blame instead on Navy Admiral William McRaven. At the time of the Bin Laden raid, Adm. McRavin was commander of Joint Special Operations Command.
I'm surprised President Obama hasn't convened a Rose Garden presser and claimed that that he didn't know anything about the prisoner swap until he heard about it on the news. That is the classic Obama move. He refuses to accept responsibility for any of his failings. He always finds out about one scandal or another by watching the news. Obama did convene a press conference in the Rose Garden with the Bergdahl parents when he thought he would look like a liberator, but now that he is being criticized, it's someone else's fault.
It is like we have a petulant 6th grader as the leader of our country. 2016 can't get here fast enough!