Gawker discovers some background for the Twitter outrage:
That’s only two years between indicting Obama for not bringing the guy home and indicting him for rescuing him! And there’s way more where that came from. And Michael Hastings, of course, predicted the political circus two years ago:
According to White House sources, Marc Grossman, who replaced Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was given a direct warning by the president’s opponents in Congress about trading Bowe for five Taliban prisoners during an election year. “They keep telling me it’s going to be Obama’s Willie Horton moment,” Grossman warned the White House. The threat was as ugly as it was clear: The president’s political enemies were prepared to use the release of violent prisoners to paint Obama as a Dukakis-like appeaser, just as Republicans did to the former Massachusetts governor during the 1988 campaign. In response, a White House official advised Grossman that he should ignore the politics of the swap and concentrate solely on the policy.
“Frankly, we don’t give a shit why he left,” says one White House official. “He’s an American soldier. We want to bring him home.”
And they did. And this is the Willie Horton moment we’ve all been waiting for. Stay classy, GOP.