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Republicans on Sgt. Bergdahl: Then & Now

Funny how this works: one minute they're demanding that President Obama free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by all means available, and as soon as he does, they call for his impeachment. Let's take a trip down recent-memory-lane, shall we?
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Funny how this works: one minute they're demanding that President Obama free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by "all means available," and as soon as he does, they call for his impeachment. Let's take a trip down recent-memory-lane, shall we?


Sarah Palin Then:

"Todd and I are praying for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, his family, and all of his fellow soldiers who are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom and protect democracy abroad,” Governor Palin said. “The capture of Private Bergdahl and the bombings in Jakarta prove that we have not defeated terrorism, and that radical extremists will stop at nothing to attack Westerners and our ideals." July, 2009

Sarah Palin Now:

"No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs – even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages ( while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot – is not "honorable service." Unless that is your standard." June, 2014


Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) Then:

"Then there is Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl still held by the Islamic terrorist Haqqani network, probably in Pakistan, in the same place where Osama Bin Laden was hiding. This past POW/MIA national day of recognition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated a pledge to secure the young Army NCO being held captive, but have there been any actions? Any time, attention, or even mention from the Commander-in-Chief? Nah, no camera highlights in it for him." December, 2013

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) Now:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense." June, 2014


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Then:

"I would support. Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home, and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider." February, 2014

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Now:

"This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home – and we applaud that he is home – is ill-founded … it is a mistake, and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk. And that to me is unacceptable." June, 2014


Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Then:

"As part of ongoing efforts to urge the Department of Defense to do all it can to find Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and bring him home safely, Senator Ayotte worked successfully to include a provision in the bill that presses Pakistan to fully cooperate in the search for SGT Bergdahl." May, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Now:

"With 29 percent of former Guantanamo detainees having reengaged or being suspected of reengaging in terrorism, the administration's decision to release these five terrorist detainees endangers U.S. national security interests. It also sets a precedent that could encourage our enemies to capture more Americans in order to gain concessions from our government." June, 2014

Jim Inhofe, Republican senator

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) Then:

"The mission to bring our missing soldiers home is one that will never end. It's important that we make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family." June, 2013

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) Now:

"Well, my response is the president knew fell and well that these are the highest ranking Taliban people in captivity. And that's the issue. It wouldn't make any difference who Bergdahl was. [...] So they should have turned Hitler loose and that would have been the end of the war. No, that's on his face, it didn't pass the smell test." June, 2014


Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft Then:

Horrible. Obama to Leave US POW to Rot in Afghanistan After Withdrawal

Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan. Four months ago, his family in Idaho received a letter from their son through the Red Cross. He was still alive. But sadly it looks like Barack Obama is going to leave US POW Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl behind.

Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft Now:

Figures. Obama Administration Promoted Bergdahl to Sergeant After He Reportedly Joined Taliban

In August 2010, the media reported that Private Bowe Bergdahl had joined the Taliban and was training jihadists on bomb-making techniques.


Michelle Malkin Then:

"My prayers are with the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier seen on the Taliban abduction video released this weekend. The Jawa Report has the full clip. All Americans should hope and pray for his release from jihadi custody." July, 2009

Michelle Malkin Now:

"Bergdahl is still scheduled for a promotion. For those who served with Bergdahl, I can only imagine this feels like a slap in the face. Many believe the move, and subsequent WH Rose Garden announcement, was timed to knock the VA scandal — a slap in the face to America’s veterans — out of the headlines. A cruel irony if true." June, 2014


Oliver North Then:

"Today, I received from the National League of POW/MIA Families, a "Never Forget Bracelet" emblazoned with the name of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He was seized on June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and is being held by the Haqqani Organization - a Taliban afilliated terrorist group - in northwest Pakistan. Sgt Bergdahl and his loved ones here at home deserve our prayers and encouragement until he is rescued or released. That's what we do. We're Americans." November, 2011

Oliver North Now:

"Someone paid a ransom. Whether the Qataries paid it, or some big oil sheik, or somebody used our petrodollars, but there was a ransom paid in cash for each one of them, my guess somewhere in the round numbers of $5 or 6 million to get Bergdahl freed. I know that the offer that was on the table before was close to a million." June, 2014


Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) Then:

"Last year, on the fourth anniversary of Sgt. Bergdahl's capture, on the floor of the House of Representatives, I introduced a resolution in the House calling on the United States to do everything possible not to leave any members of the armed forces behind during the drawdown of Iraq and Afghanistan. Believe it or not, I had members of Congress come up to me and say, 'I didn't know we had a living POW in Afghanistan.' That was shocking to me." February, 2014

Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) Now:

"But what angers me so much about this situation is that knowing full well that there was strong opposition to a prisoner swap in Congress, the Administration decided to go behind our backs and release the detainees without the notification required by law." June, 2014

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