Two-Thirds Of Americans Do Not Back Obama's Decision On Bergdahl

Tyler Durden's picture

In a week dominated by headlines of heroes and D-Day celebrations, we suspect President Obama was hoping for a patriotic bump in his ratings... but as The Hill reports, people in the United States say President Obama paid too high a price for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and largely disapprove of the administration’s handling of the swap, according to a pair of new polls. Only 34% of those polled (by USA Today/ Pew) backed Obama's decision as 'the right thing' but more crucially, it appears the President's ongoing push towards tyranny that is most worrisome as 72% said Obama should have informed Congress before making the deal.



As The Hill reports,

People in the United States say President Obama paid too high a price for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and largely disapprove of the administration’s handling of the swap, according to a pair of new polls.


Some 45 percent of those surveyed in a CBS News poll said they disapprove of the detainee swap, with 37 percent backing the move. A sizable 18 percent remain undecided on the issue.


Those findings are largely echoed by a USA Today / Pew Research poll, in which 43 percent of people said Obama should not have made the trade, with just 34 percent backing it as the right thing to do.


But a significant majority — 72 percent — said President Obama should have informed Congress before approving the deal. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have criticized the president for ignoring a legal requirement that Congress is informed 30 days before the transfer of any detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The president freed five Taliban prisoners held at the prison in exchange for Bergdahl.


A majority of those surveyed also said Obama paid too high a price for his release. Of those surveyed, 56 percent say Obama gave up too much while 28 percent said the terms were reasonable. That includes nearly two-thirds — 65 percent — of veterans who said the price was too high.


Veterans in the USA Today survey were also among the most likely to express anger with Bergdahl himself, who is accused of abandoning his post in Afghanistan before his capture by the Taliban. Some 33 percent said they were angry with Bergdahl, while just 6 percent said they sympathized with him.

Overall Obama's approval rating was unchanged on the month as minimum wage pressure in Seattle, student loan bailouts, and immigration handouts trumped any negatives from the Bergdahl swap...

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AlaricBalth's picture

Tyrants, Dictators and Kings do not need notify anyone of their plans. They answer to no one.

Honey Badger's picture

Yes, that faggot Obama has figured out that it is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.  Only he doesn't ask for forgiveness unless he is talking to a fucking muslim.

RevRex's picture

1/3 will back him no matter what. The ticks, leeches, socialists and racists who judge him by the color of his skin not the content of his short the hardcore Democrats.

Skateboarder's picture

Fool's got no character, and there certainlity aint no content in there...

Dane Bramage's picture

A lowly legionary "going native"?  An unforgivable crime to the proud Romans. Of course swapping prisoners would be unpopular.  Barry will have to crucify him to make any sort of recourse.

knukles's picture

So 33% will still believe anything.


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12ToothAssassin's picture

The best theory Ive heard is that Obama got duped by CIA/MIC. Military and Intelligence are NOT fans of this WH and saw an opportunity to embarras the pres. Of course Intel doesnt just to gags, there has to be a real purpose and the gag is just a bonus. What if someone got to Valerie Jarret (The real pres) and convinced her that on the heels of Obama announcing drawdown in Afghanistan, the pres could be a real hero and bring back the LAST SOLDIER in captivity, really driving home that US is leaving Afghanistan and did I mention the pres would be a hero? And run the VA scandal off the front page? Too good to pass up, right? They should have googled that prisoner though...

So Barry does the deal (not telling Congress) and probably gave Taliban $5-6m too but cant admit it. The real meat is with the military moving out, theres no one to protect the poppy fields and supply the CIA drug cartel. The CIA need an inside guy to keep the cash flowing in absence of US military. Enter Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa heroin traficker extraordinaire. According to DoD intel doc "Detainee was identified as a narcotics trafficker and probably used his position and influences to become one of the premier opiumdrug lords in Western Afghanistan"

Its a perfect Op - Get your guy in to ensure the flow of drug money to fund CIA Black Ops *AND* embarass Obummer!!

TeamDepends's picture

What, in God's name, is President Jarrett wearing?  Is this how an Iranian princess dresses?

FeralSerf's picture

". . . saw an opportunity to embarras the pres."

Yeah, these "opportunities" only come along once in a blue moon?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Just for clarity:  You're not opposed to the other two monotheistic worshipers (Christians and Jews), who pray to the same "Big Daddy In The Sky"?

Or are you opposed to their culture and practices, or perhaps opposed to the fact that they actually got the moral balls to match their conviction that Usury is Satanic and Evil?  Help me understand here, o self-righteous and sage one.

knukles's picture

Ah, hem...
The Big Three are all Children of Abraham, dudes and dudettes....

Zerozen's picture

Whoa! You beat the crap out of that strawman!

TheReplacement's picture

I would pay money to see a genuine liberty candidate say that during a nationally televised Presidential debate. 

A guy can dream.

Relentless101's picture

Just stupid. He is possibly going to be tried for desertion. What the fuck does this guy know. There has to be leverage somewhere. Just gotta dig deep enough. And if not, I think we finally have grounds for impeachment based on mental stability.

Everybodys All American's picture

With all that you know about Obama do you really think this president is going to let this man get tried for desertion?

rubiconsolutions's picture

After reading and hearing all the backseat driving about Bergdahl I've concluded that most people don't know shit from Shinola. Especially all the talking heads on the boob tube. The most he is guilty of is opening his eyes to the truth. When I enlisted during the Vietnam debacle I thought I was doing something good and noble. And then something happened, I went back to SE Asia in 1999 and 2000 for a few months to help with demining operations and UXO clearance in Laos and Cambodia. It was an eye opening experience. To actually see what the US military does to the land and people was, well, heart breaking. After returning home I destroyed everything related to my time in service including shredding my DD-214 and honorable discharge, threw away my medals / ribbons, all of it. I discouraged my kids and their friends from joining by thoroughly explaining what the military does. Every single person should go to a country after the fact that the military has invaded and destroyed, see just what has been done to the people.

I won't judge Bergdahl even if he deserted. It's called a conscience for a reason and if he changed his mind after seeing Afghanistan first hand then so be it. I'd love to be able to sit down with all these clowns who were members of his unit and ask them some difficult question unlike what Megyn Kelly and the rest of the dolts are asking. Like why are you criticizing Bergdahl for violating his oath when you violated yours by participating in an unlawful and undeclared war? And why do you continue to support the military when it is as plain as the nose on your hypocritical face that it is propping up an immoral regime? Buy hey, I guess I'm just a treasonous bastard for thinking such nonsense. 

TuPhat's picture

Rubi, I don't know about the bastard part.  That's between you and your mother, but keeping an oath is important.  I served in the military myself and realized that Nam was wrong after I joined.  There are ways to change your mind about going to war other than deserting and harming other soldiers.  Bergdahl deserves no respect from anyone who believes that honesty and honor are important.

rubiconsolutions's picture

Okay, I'll play along. The oath - "all enemies foreign and domestic", right? So, why is that those in the military aren't actually defending us from all domestic enemies? Sure, they're okay when it involves going abroad but what about those pesky domestic enemies? I'm not 1/1000th as concerned about Al Qaeda as I am the DHS or TSA which violate the 4th amendment each and every day. I'm not nearly as concerned about Iran as I am the NSA virtually disemboweling the constitution. I think the supreme court of the US is a greater threat to national security than Syria. Don't give me that crap about oaths. Those that join may think they are doing something to protect us from "all enemies foreign and domestic" but the facts belie that. 

Cathartes Aura's picture

just lending a voice to my upvotes. . .

I hope you stick around here and continue to share your lived experiences with regards "military" engagements globally.  while a few others here also balk at the "support our troops no matter what" meme, it is through direct stories of "being there" and seeing through the "patriotic" lies told that real truths can be shared.  there is much respect in telling personal truths that go against whole "nation all" storytales.

when people stop saluting uni-formed & armed soldiers that invade & destroy other people's home lands on behalf of the banking class MIC, then kids will stop volunteering for a "paid job" to kill people. 

until then, if you are saluting a uniform, you are complicit in what is done with your enabling.

rubiconsolutions's picture

Thanks Cathartes. I changed my tune when I was walking around Laos and seeing all the amputees from landmines and unexloded ordnance left behind. The US wasn't at war with Laos and yet dropped more iron on it than all of Europe during WWII. They posed about as much danger to the US as my local high school does to the University of Alabama in football. The military has done an absolutely brilliant job of marketing itself as unique, separate and superior to the rest of government when nothing could be further from the truth. I'm tired of "military exceptionalism" just as I am "American exceptionalism".

McMolotov's picture

"I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the crown jewel of Southeast Asia. I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture — and kill them. I wanted to be the first kid on my block to get a confirmed kill!"

FeralSerf's picture

". . . most people don't know shit from Shinola."

An epiphany at the very least!

The military should be required to get an environmental clearance before any operation is begun. A definite amount of money should then be budgeted and drawn from a special account. The operation should then be stopped when there was no more money. That should prevent many otherwise nonsensical operations. Think where we would be if the Iraq operation stopped when it reached Rummy's $50 billion max. estimate. A couple trillion richer, that's where.

newbie vampire's picture

I believe Bergdahl is a muslim convert.  I saw the video where he appeared teary-eyed while speaking to one of his "captors".

What is the point of bring back a deserter ?

Or was agenda to release 5 very dangerous Taliban leaders to create more mayhem and destruction on US interests ?

pods's picture

What if this guy was an asset?  Done with intel collection now reel him back in?  That makes more sense than anything at this point.


McMolotov's picture

Also might explain why reporter Michael Hastings got wacked. Maybe he learned too much and got the self-driving exploding car treatment as a result.

Agent P's picture

I would think this was done to initiate intel gathering.  Follow the five and whatever CIA/NSA micro-goodies they are unknowingly carrying.  

Cthonic's picture

Like a nice case of rabbit fever?  That would be too old school.

Lewshine's picture

Obama laughs at these statistics! What makes a tyrrant?? ...Someone who doesn't care what the populus thinks!!

crazzziecanuck's picture

... and what would Congress have done if Obama came to them?  Probably told him it's a "Presidential" matter so they themselves wouldn't have to face the voters.

suteibu's picture

"if" "probably"

The point is the Constitutional law "professor" didn't follow the law.  No one can assume what Congress would have done in an election year (perhaps the reason Obama decided to go on his own to protect the Senate - see how that works?), especially not as an excuse for him not following the law.  Get it?

TimmyB's picture

The constitution is merely a piece of paper. --George Bush.

The worse thing that Gerald Ford did was pardon Nixon. What this country needs are trial for law breakers, no matter who they are. What we have instead are presidents of both parties breaking the law. The law means nothing to the oligarchs and their whores. The prisons are filled with minor law breakers, while our worst criminals lead lives of privilege.

TimmyB's picture

The constitution is merely a piece of paper. --George Bush.

The worse thing that Gerald Ford did was pardon Nixon. What this country needs are trial for law breakers, no matter who they are. What we have instead are presidents of both parties breaking the law. The law means nothing to the oligarchs and their whores. The prisons are filled with minor law breakers, while our worst criminals lead lives of privilege.

midtowng's picture

Then 2/3rd of Americans are partisan morons.

You don't leave a soldier behind.

And if those "terrorists" were so dangerous, then how come we hadn't charged them with anything after a decade?

RevRex's picture

Soldier? Hardly. Muslim AWOL Deserter is what he is, possibly a traitor if he did instruct his captors in bomb making.


Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Damn straight. His old man's youtube account fleshes him out as a mujahideen wannabe as well.

midtowng's picture

The amazing thing is how Republicans pretend that they give a damn about the soldiers, and then say shit like this.

Relentless101's picture

I haven't spoken to a single veteran who calls this guy a soldier. A lot of other words that are not at all... we'll say positive. But certainly not soldier.

midtowng's picture

Then your veteran friends are partisan morons.

The guy is in the Army and wears a uniform. Full stop.

TimmyB's picture

Well here you go. This veteran says "He's a fucking solder and worth more than all of people we have locked up in Guantanamo."

Furthermore, the people we are keeping in Guantanamo should either be put on trial or freed. Either we are a nation of laws and justice, or our Constitution and Bill of Rights are just bullshit fairy tales we tell each other.

That being said, Obama should have followed the law and informed Congress of the swap.

oklaboy's picture

Mid0diptick They are nemy combatants, think POW's. POW's are not charged, they are released when the conlict ends. You may want to tell your muslim buddies they need to stop fighting, and the "war is over". don't think they got the message. 

BigJim's picture

Do you think they might 'stop fighting us' when we leave their countries?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

The bigger question is, who the fuck is the 33% and what is their dealer's phone number?


DblAjent's picture

Obama is performing splendidly! (whispers the Shadow government in the darkness...)

Freddie's picture

The idiot public should unplug their TVs and demand why we are in endless wars like Orwell predicted.

Al Qeada - total fabrication to scare the public.   People who have kids in the military should pull them out or accept that they will be fodder for these criminals.

MortimerDuke's picture

I love the Tylers concluding paragraph.  "Overall Obama's approval rating was unchanged on the month as minimum wage pressure in Seattle, student loan bailouts, and immigration handouts trumped any negatives from the Bergdahl swap..."  Sad but true.

drendebe10's picture

Standing ovation for another great move by the arrogant, incompetent, narcissistic, illegal indonesian kenyan muslim alien sociopathic liar in chief....   how stupid do the sheeple have to be not to see WTF is going on with this ignoramus???

suteibu's picture

It must be a major fuck-up for Obama to throw Hagel under the bus so quickly.  Wish he had blamed Holder instead.

valley chick's picture

That was always the plan for Hagel  and was discussed on many blogs some time ago.