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  • Where Was Tahmooressi’s Welcome Home Ceremony? Oh Wait, Obama Had Nothing To Do With His Release

    Can a story by simultaneously wonderful and infuriating? It’s hard to know how else to characterize the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican prison, after being held for 214 harrowing days. Tahmooressi, who had been jailed for crossing the border with loaded weapons but whose only mistake was making a wrong turn into the country, was finally released after a psychiatrist hired by Mexican lawyers agreed that he should be treated for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the United States. At one point, he tried to commit suicide with a light bulb shard after guards and inmates threatened to rape, torture, and kill him. In other words, he was in bad shape — and Mexico was in no way capable of treating him. Tahmooressi was more or less released on a technicality…and thank God for that.

    Indeed, it’s fantastic that the Sergeant is finally home. But serious questions remain about why he needed to rot in his prison cell for that long. A bipartisan group that included former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) helped facilitate the release, and afterwards, he even thanked Mexican authorities — it’s one of the things that diplomats do. But there hasn’t been much of any credit given to President Obama on this one. Why? Because he had nothing to do with it.

    We all remember the premature victory lap Obama took after he traded four hardened Gitmo terrorists to get back former prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, whose own squad members have since called a traitor. But such festivities weren’t on the docket this time, because when it came time to bringing home an actual hero, Obama couldn’t be bothered to pick up the phone and call the Mexican president. Despite pleas from lawmakers and even talk show host Montel Williams to make this happen, it simply wasn’t a priority for the administration. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has gone on record saying the president had been completely “AWOL” on this issue from the beginning until the end. “As Commander-in-Chief, he showed a total disdain and non-interest in an American hero who served us in Afghanistan, and a total disregard for the fact that he was suffering,” Rohrabacher said.

    Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) echoed the sentiment, declaring that Obama “didn’t lift a finger” to get Tahmooressi freed.

    It’s unlikely that we’ll get a real explanation for the president’s disinterest in this outrageous travesty of justice anytime soon, especially since it had a somewhat happy ending. Obama is known for generally thumbing his nose at anything that can be characterized as a “Fox News scandal,” which essentially amounts to any one of his administration’s controversies that conservatives happen to be angry about. But the fact that the president chose to ignore this one completely and hasn’t issued one single statement on Sgt. Tahmooressi either during or after his imprisonment certainly speaks to character. Who is Obama trying to protect? Mexican authorities, his own hide, or both?

    Remember what he said in defense of Bowe Bergdahl’s release while he was under fire from critics on both sides of the aisle over the trade of four terrorists for one traitor?

    The United States has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind,” declared Obama.

    Apparently, that rule didn’t apply this time.

     


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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