As Obama continues his narrative that America never leaves anybody behind there’s a little known fact that he doesn’t want anybody to know, which is that he left three people behind in the prisoner swap with the Taliban.
Yesterday while he during a joint news conference with the British Prime Minister, he reminded us yet again that under his watch no American will be left behind in a far off land while their parents and family long to see them.
“But this basic principle that we don’t leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies is not unique to my administration. It dates back to the beginning of our republic, and with respect to how we announced it, I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction. This is not a political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land who they hadn’t seen in five years and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again.”
This is an interesting statement coming from Obama, considering that along with Bergdahl, there’s three other Americans being held by the Taliban, none of which were a part of the deal. What makes it even more interesting is that the Pentagon had pressed to have these Americans brought back and Obama’s actions destroyed a broader effort by the Department of Defense to include more of a “5 for 5” deal.
There’s still a defense contractor by the name of Warren Weinstein, a Canadian man by the name of Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their child who was born in captivity. That makes three Americans and one Canadian that Obama “left behind,” yet he still wants to tell us his actions were honorable.
He turned his back on those three Americans in order to secure a deal to release the five men he’s been pressing to release for two years. Had he truly been concerned with not leaving anybody behind instead of playing politics, he would have tried harder and brought them home too.