Mittwoch once again!
This in yesterday from the Wall Street Journal’s inestimable James Taranto: Who Here’s a Horton? Excerpt:
The news that the Obama administration was releasing five top Taliban in exchange for missing American soldier Bowe Bergdahl would not have come as a surprise to anyone who read the late Michael Hastings‘s prolonged profile of Bergdahl, published two years ago in Rolling Stone. Hastings reported that the administration was pushing for just such a deal.
Hastings also observed that “the president’s political enemies were prepared to use the release of violent prisoners to paint [President] Obama as a Dukakis-like appeaser, just as Republicans did to the former Massachusetts governor during the 1988 campaign.” He quoted Marc Grossman, then special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as saying congressional Republicans “keep telling me it’s going to be Obama’s Willie Horton moment.”
Willie Horton, of course, being the murderous thug who indirectly torpedoed Michael Dukakis’ 1988 Presidential campaign. Why? A convicted first-degree murderer, Horton was given a weekend “furlough” from prison on a program put in place by Dukakis, during which furlough he disappeared, to reappear a year later in Maryland where he brutally attacked a man during a home invasion, following which he raped the man’s fiancee.
Why the connection?
Because the Obama Administration has not not only negotiated with terrorists, they have – possibly unlawfully – released five major players in the Islamist terror world in return for one American deserter. Like Horton, these five will absolutely commit more acts of terror. No doubt about that – none at all.
What the hell were they thinking?
The answer is painfully obvious – they weren’t. This is an Administration whose foreign policy has been marked with incompetence, nitwittery and blunder after blunder after blunder. We know this, and what’s worse, our enemies know it.
Nothing good will come of this incident.