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Conservative bloggers were for Bergdahl release until Obama did it

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 14:08 EDT
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A file photo of US soldier Bowe Bergdahl (AFP)
 
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It turns out some of the Obama administration’s most dogged critics were for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl – “using all means available, including force” – before they were against it.

PJ Media promoted a White House petition in January calling for the release of the soldier held captive by the Taliban, according to links and screen shots compiled by the Little Green Footballs blog.

Bridget Johnson, a blogger for the conservative PJ Media, frequently tweeted out reminders at that time to ask the Obama administration to work toward Bergdahl’s release.

But once the administration worked out a swap over the weekend of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Bergdahl, she wasn’t quite as enthusiastic.

“Analyst on CNN says ‘well, Israel’s done it’ re prisoner swaps, as if those have turned out so well,” Johnson tweeted Monday afternoon.

In a tweet Monday morning, Johnson noted that Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) had said “if Obama’s trying to liquidate and close Gitmo through deals to release detainees, that’s illegal too.”

Elsewhere on PJ Media, which was co-founded by Little Green Footballs founder Charles Johnson, conservative bloggers questioned the transfer and suggested it was not just illegal – but possibly signaled defeat in Afghanistan.

“Gitmo prisoners must inevitably be released, because Obama has lost to the Taliban,” wrote blogger Richard Fernandez.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

 
 
 
 
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