You may recall that a couple of months ago, president Obama spoke of three former Presidents making prisoner swaps at the end of wars that took place on their watch, “much like this swap” he said convincingly.
CNN News carried this quote, “This is what happens at the end of wars,” President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Deserter for five vicious senior Taliban terrorists. “That was true for George Washington. That was true for Abraham Lincoln and that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do.”
That statement blatantly demonstrates that the most powerful man in the World and two- term President of the United States lacks even a grade school level of knowledge of American History; specifically, history as it relates to three of our most famous presidents and it demonstrates again that we have essentially elected a foreigner who has no understanding of the very country that he reigns supreme over. Then again, he was allegedly educated at an Ivy League school so you can’t expect too much.
What’s wrong with his statements? Let’s keep it simple – EVERYTHING is wrong!
George Washington did not become president until six years after the Revolutionary War ended in 1783. By 1789 there were no longer any prisoners for him to exchange.
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in mid-April of 1865. The Civil War ended the following month. He was still dead at that time. No deals were made to exchange prisoners after the war. All prisoners were simply freed.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a stroke before the end of WWII. Like Lincoln, he stayed dead after the war so he couldn’t do what Obama says he did. You’ll recall that Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop two nuclear bombs on Japan, ending World War II. He made no deals for prisoners. We went in and released them when necessary.
None of the Presidents that Obama noted were in office at the ends of those wars, making it impossible for them to make any sort of prisoner swaps, let alone the 5 for 1, plus unspecified cash, for a deserter and traitor by our “57 States” president.
It should be pointed out that countless deserters and traitors were shot or hung during all three of the aforementioned wars.
What amazes one even more than the ignorance of this President is that he has managed to surround himself with a staff that is just as clueless.
H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat. He wrote this editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition:
- “As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
~ H. L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
So it was written, and so it has come to pass.