This morning, ABC (KSFY) was off the air this morning so I saw none of that, but that meant I watched all of Bob Schieffer and Face the Nation. It was a frustrating complete waste of time on pseudo issues and speculation on specultation. Speculation comes cheap apparently. There certainly isn't any shortage of the most useless kinds.
Schieffer was trying hard to generate some kind of controversy about Sen. Diane Feinstein not knowing about something in a national newspaper this morning. Apparently info from Hospital in Germany suggests Bergdal was tortured by his captors and put into a metal cage for trying to escape. Obviously no confirmation of that, but that just made a whole lot of speculation about it and why Sen. Feinstein had not been informed mostly nonsense and hot air exchange.
A whole mess of US Senators, both Democratic and Republican, have apparently had their massive egos and vanity punctured because Obama announced the trade for Bergdal at (gasp" the White House Rose Garden. I suppose he should have done it on the capital steps with 100 Senators standing around so they could get their faces on TV and puff up their already inflated egos. Of course then, the next day they would be complaining about President Obama invading congressional turf.
Tom Friedman was the only one of the whole bunch who made any sense. He related this to Israel and trades there where in one case, it was 1000 Arabs for 1 Israeli soldier. He suggested that these 5 terrorists were not giants with wings who could fly out of US high security prisons. The attempt by the GOP to paint Obama as weak or incompetent has stretched to new highs of inanity. Israel also found out that killing opposition leaders just meant a new leader a week later. These 5 Taliban are interchangeable cogs in a collection of lunatic religious fanatics. The trade indicates they are worth less than one US soldier.
I don't have a clue of Bergdahl's herorism or cowardice, but having him out of Afghanistan probably makes many operations against Taliban easier. And time was running out anyway. Within one year current planning indicates no US soldiers in Afghanistan. Now, there is apparently evidence that Bergdahl walked away from a US base in the US. The real investigation should be about which commanders decided this guy should be posted in a very remote outpost in the middle of nowhere and stuck on guard duty. That all seems a bit like putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum.
Congressional Republicans always claim opposition to big wasteful government, but they see nothing wrong with wasting $millions on Guantanamo prison. I guess it just fits right into their tough on crime mantra and logic be damned.
The partisan hackery and congressional vanity massaging, ego pumping chatter serves no purpose. We don't need Congress micro-managing secret operations and negotiations. They can't even keep their own sexual dalliance secret. We also don't need "news" organization pandering to this nonsense. When there is actual news that can be confirmed, report that. Speculation on speculation about speculation is worthless.
Speaking of which, the speculation on Hillary Clinton running or not running is not news. If she definitely announces she is running for President or not running, that will be news. I don't know about you, but I don't give a damn about the speculation on will she or won't she. She will or she won't and it is not news until then.
Face the Nation and Bob Schieffer spent at least a minute discussing an actual news worthy "event". President Obama has been interviewed for an hour on global warming and climate change and the implications for geo-politics and othe catastrophe. Tom Friedman got a few seconds in indicating the frame-changing nature of the discussion. Also noted was a UN energy report suggesting that 2/3 of the known fossil energy reserves should be left in the ground to avert global catastrophe.
One minute on Bergdahl, the Taliban and Congressional Ego would have made more sense, with instead 50 minutes devoted to serious discussion of facts related to global warming. Of course, Schieffer is from Texas and his brother was one of Bush's appointees, so we know where he is coming from and going.
I am often semi-pissed at Bob Shieffers's CBS bullshit, but today he filled an hour with it nearly non-stop. It tripped a trigger.
*** Stay tuned. Time for real issues, real original thinking, and real facts in the media and in partisan campaigns--- Doug Wiken