While speaking with NBC’s Brian Williams on Friday, Barack Obama said he makes no apologies for swapping five top Taliban leaders for Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who spent five years with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Moreover, he said the decision to do so was “unanimous” within “my government,” a statement sparking controversy across the Internet as Obama essentially declared once again that he has no intention of operating within the confines of the Constitution.
“I make no apologies for it,” he said of the swap. “It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government, and a view that was shared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is something I would do again and will continue to do whenever I have an opportunity.”
Jazz Shaw noted at Hot Air:
Just for the record, it’s hard to be sure whether the President was saying “principals” as I transcribed above (as in, the key players in his administration) or if he was attempting to say “principles” in a more vague fashion. But given the context, the former seems far more likely. In either event, what was even more striking was the use of my government which caught my eye. It seems to reinforce the idea that – laws be damned – this is his show and he’ll run it as he sees fit.
Shaw wasn’t the only one who noticed Obama’s choice of words.
Allen West wrote:
Lincoln said it was government of the people by the people and for the people that shall not perish from the earth.
So choose this day: Obama’s or Lincoln’s definition of the American Constitutional Republic. It is truly the difference between tyranny and liberty.
Video of Obama’s comments can be seen below: