Thomas Sowell in NRO points out that perhaps it was more important what Mr. Obama got out of the Berghdahl deal than what the U.S. got out of it. For example, getting the VA scandal off the front page certainly made Obama a clear winner.
Voters elected Barack Obama not based on serious reflection of who the man was, but instead based on “racial symbolism, glib rhetoric, and wishful thinking.” And under Obama, fundamental institutions within our country have been perhaps irretrievably undermined. As Mr. Sowell laments, the U.S. may be the first nation to be “threatened by self-indulgent silliness” at the voting booth.
People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top-level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans’ hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these scandals aside on television news programs.
It was a clear winner for Barack Obama. And that may be all that matters to Barack Obama.