Obama Made the Right Decision on Bowe Bergdahl
David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer defend the move
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 12:58 PM CDT
President Obama walks with Jani and Bob Bergdahl, parents of Bowe.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama is taking much flak over his decision to negotiate with the Taliban for the freedom of Bowe Bergdahl, but two columnists on the right come to his defense today. "Obama made the right call," writes David Brooks in the New York Times. Even if Bergdahl is proven to be a deserter who criticized his own country, "it doesn't matter," writes Brooks. He's still an American, and an essential "all-for-one-and-one-for-all" principle about citizenship was at stake. "Soldiers don’t risk their lives only for those Americans who deserve it," he writes. "They do it for the nation as a whole." In the Washington Post, meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer picks apart the common arguments against Obama's decision.

We don't negotiate with terrorists? "Nonsense. Of course we do. Everyone does, while pretending not to." Obama didn't inform Congress? He's commander in chief, and this was within his rights. It will endanger national security? Well, yes, but "no shame here, merely a lamentable reality." And those allegations against Bergdahl? We don't know yet whether he is, in fact, a deserter, or far worse, a defector. "What to do? Free him, then try him. Make the swap and then, if the evidence is as strong as it now seems, court-martial him." Both columnists, however, think Obama botched the rollout of the news in a big way. In Brooks' words, it was "a political stunt filled with inaccurate rhetoric and unworthy grandstanding." Click for Brooks' full column, or for Krauthammer's full column.

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slammer
Jun 13, 2014 9:44 PM CDT
ABU OBAMA WILL HELP HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS ANY WAY HE CAN! HE IS THE SULTAN IN CHARGE!
billyjshafer
Jun 10, 2014 10:25 AM CDT
Heard this morning. That Obama says he didn't make the call to trade. Blames it on Hagel.
Hammy696969
Jun 8, 2014 2:07 PM CDT
BROOKS AND CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER have their heads up their butts and cannot see straight. And when an American conducts himself in the manner that Bergdahl has, he does not deserve didly squat. This incident further serves to confirm what so many of us know - BO is the mother of all AH's.