It seems Michelle’s husband has upset the Republicans again. (I know. Yawn.) It’s a twofer. First, over the weekend, the administration swapped five Taliban prisoners for our only POW in Afghanistan, a soldier held captive for five years.
I was about to write that the screeching from the right wing over this prisoner exchange is shameful, but it’s really just more proof that they have no shame. (Especially you, John fucking McCain. It’s bad enough to have to listen to all the chicken hawks of the 82nd Chairborne, but you damn well know better.) This man was an American soldier at war — granted, it was dubya’s dubious War on Terra, but still, we bring our soldiers home from war. Period. It’s part of who we are as a country. It’s quite possible this soldier deserted his post to wander off into Afghanistan on an adventure. That doesn’t matter. If you go to war for this country, you come home. Maybe broken or missing limbs, maybe in a box or in chains, but you come home. It doesn’t matter if you are a hero or a shithead.
I used to be able to say another part of who we are as a country is that we don’t torture prisoners or lock people up without a trial and throw away the key, but that was before Guantanamo. Michelle’s husband campaigned on closing it down, but he has been rebuffed at every turn by cowards in our Congress. The fact that we removed five prisoners from this cancer on our nation in the process of reclaiming a lost soldier is, for me, a win-win.
Speaking of our cowardly Congress, the second thing the administration did to get the right wing’s panties in a bunch was announce we would recognize and work with the new Palestinian unity government.
On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government that is made up of technocrats backed by Hamas and the rival Fatah political faction. Hours later, Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to relay U.S. willingness to work with the new leaders.
I would have paid good money to listen in on that conversation. I bet Netanyahu’s blood pressure was so high you could hear his head creaking. Based on an interview I heard this morning with the Israeli Ambassador, it looks like Israel is pissed. Good. Netanyahu has made it plain on more than one occasion that he neither likes nor respects our president. I hope this is Michelle’s husband’s way of telling him to stick it.
In fact, I hope these last few days are the beginning of a trend for this administration. I would like to see Michelle’s husband govern like a man who doesn’t have to face another election and doesn’t give two shits if he hurts the feelings of all those teabaggers who already hate him. I want him to see if he can smoke the bearings on the right-wing outrage machine.