In a recent (and classified) briefing to the House of Representatives on Monday, officials from the White House said that about 90 people had knowledge of the Bergdahl deal before it happened. However, the administration couldn’t know for sure who those 80-90 people were!
It’s a completely startling and terrifying turn of events, because it illustrates just how incompetent the White House really is. They claim to have been worried about leaks, which is why they didn’t inform ANYONE in Congress (though Harry Reid still says they told him)… but somehow they let 80 to 90 administration officials know… but they aren’t sure who those people are?
Does that make any sense at all?
How could they keep this thing secret if they don’t even know who actually knows about it? How could they keep this thing secret when they told 90 different people? How could they use the “possibility of leaks” as a reason to keep Congress in the dark, but they were willing to tell 80-90 bureaucratic pencil pushers? UNBELIEVEABLE.
Some in Congress can’t wrap their heads around it either.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon called that news “disturbing,” partly because of the high number who knew and partly because the White House has been saying it didn’t inform Congress until after the swap was made because it feared Bergdahl’s life might be in danger if there had been a leak.
“My question to them was, if you don’t know who knew, then how could you – if a leak had happened and the sergeant had been killed – how could you go back and find out who leaked?” McKeon said.
“It strikes me as unfortunate that they could have 80 to 90 people in the administration aware of what was happening and not be able to trust a single Republican or Democrat in the House or the Senate,” Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, a member of the House of Representatives Republican leadership, told reporters after leaving a briefing on the exchange.
It wasn’t just Republicans who are upset about the entire fiasco. Many Democrats seem to be as well.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, declined to offer a defense of the administration when offered the chance by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield.
“It didn’t sit very well with those of us who were listening at the briefing,” Schiff said of the news that so many administration staffers knew of the decision ahead of time.
“And the fact that there were so many people within the know in the administration doesn’t help their case,” Schiff added.
He also pointed out that more leaks have come from the administration than from Congress.
Schiff echoed a growing number of Democrats unhappy with Obama. The National Journal’s Ron Fournier says he has been receiving a number of emails from Democrats saying they don’t like the way Obama is handling things. The controversial Bergdahl release is just the latest issue to set them off.
Sadly, it seems that the American public may be growing desensitized to the continuous flow of scandal from the White House. (Maybe that’s their plan – inundate us with so many scandals we can’t even see the scandals anymore?) Recent polls seem to suggest that Obama is plateauing and that his poll numbers have stabilized to a new, very bad, normal. (Or Maybe they’re about to drop some more?)
I guess Democrats will continue to support him, even if they think he’s terrible too.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com