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Latest White House Excuse: The Bergdahl/Taliban Swap Is Chuck Hagel’s Fault

How long has it been since President Barack Obama said he made no apologies for trading in five terrorists for a deserter? How long has it been since he said he had no regrets?

Has it been longer than five minutes? Well, then those statements are no longer operative.

John Parkinson and Jake Lefferman, ABC News:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – not President Obama – executed the administration’s final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today (sic).

“They indicated [it was] Secretary Hagel [who made the final call],” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, told reporters following the briefing Monday evening. “It was the president of the United States that came out [in the Rose Garden] with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?”

Yep. Obama didn’t know any of this stuff until he saw it on the news. Because he’s so competent.

Did Hagel know he was being set up as the patsy? I wonder how he feels about that? He’s the perfect fall guy: white, male and Republican. Now he’s going to pay for the incompetence and dishonesty of his boss, and he can’t hide behind accusations of racism, sexism or any other -ism.

Have fun in the barrel, Chuck.