The one hallmark of everything Obama does is kicking the can down the road, cowardly refusing to face up to unpleasant facts, make tough choices, and act like a man.
The deal to free Sgt. Berghdahl, while undoubtedly ecstatic news for his family, simply creates additional, unknowable problems down the road. A president’s job is to look out not just for one soldier, but rather for the country as a whole. Sometimes he must sacrifice soldiers, in fact, to protect that country.
These senior level Taliban leaders will undoubtedly contribute someday to the death of Americans. What about that? Is the fact that we don’t know whom they will kill or when not make it any more a dereliction of duty? And, even if they do not, we have created further incentive for America’s enemies worldwide to engage in kidnapping of our soldiers. While it’s true, America does not “leave men behind,” that traditionally took the form of POW transfers, rescue efforts, and valiant efforts to protect the wounded, as in the Blackhawk Down incident. It has never meant that we negotiate with terrorists and exchange captured high level terrorists for captured American soldiers. Furthermore, this was a low ranking person and possibly a deserter; to trade senior level Taliban for someone like that is an uneven trade in the extreme, even assuming there is ever a case to be made for doing this sort of thing.
Obama’s decision making process is like that of a child: I feel bad for this person, I need to do something, and what happens down the road is a complete nonfactor in the decision. Obama and all his liberal brethren are the worst kind of people to run a country. They are only concerned for their short term political viability and the next election at most, as evidenced by the delay of the most painful parts of Obamacare until 2016. As Edmund Burke famously observed, “A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”