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June 09, 2014

Diane Feinstein and the NY Times, Malicious Partisan Hacks

One can't help but wonder: what will E.J. Dionne, (who claims - on no evidence but his own feelings - to know for certain that Republican objections to the Bergdahl deal were motivated by rank partisanship and praises conservatives who have defended the deal) make of fellow progressives who have dared to question The Lightworker's handling of this affair?

In an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Feinstein noted that after the release of the five Taliban officials to Qatar, it will be difficult at best to ensure that they don’t pose a continuing threat to American interests.

“There is no house arrest,” Feinstein said. “They have the country, which is very small, to be about in. Secretary [of State John] Kerry made a very strong statement this morning, saying, ‘Oh, we have ways, and we will see that they do not defect, move, speak, whatever.’ And we’ll see.”

“You’re not as comfortable about that as he is,” host Bob Schieffer asked.

“Well it’s hard to be comfortable when you haven’t been briefed on the intricacies of carrying out this agreement,” Feinstein said.

The senator also said administration officials are not telling the truth when they claim senators are never briefed about “an ongoing operation.”

“That isn’t necessarily true,” Feinstein shot back. “We have been briefed — the chairman and the ranking member — Senator [Saxby] Chambliss and I have been briefed on operations under way. We understand the security of that; we have never violated that.

The NY Times, no doubt motivated by implacable partisan hatred, piles on:

From the initial briefings given to senior military and civilian officials in the past week, Sergeant Bergdahl, 28, in some ways seems healthier than expected. He suffers from skin and gum disorders typical of poor hygiene and exposure, but otherwise is physically sound, one official said. He weighs about 160 pounds on a 5-foot-9 frame, and is sleeping about seven hours a night.

He shows few if any signs of the malnourishment and other ailments that Obama administration officials said he was suffering when they saw a video of him that the Taliban made in December and released a month later — a video so alarming, American officials have said, it made his release an urgent priority.


Videos sure do seem to be causing a lot of trouble in the foreign policy and national security arenas of late.

Posted by Cassandra at June 9, 2014 08:05 AM

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If he weighed 165 pounds, they'd probably claim he was suffering from obesity as a result of the poor-quality empty calories in his five-year diet.

Posted by: Tevye at June 9, 2014 11:59 AM

Heh; when even the Times openly admits their guy lied, you know he's deep in the ditch. Hope he keeps digging, and drags red state dem senate candidates down w him.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at June 9, 2014 04:57 PM