Sununu Compares Bergdahl’s Health To White House Explanation On Benghazi (VIDEO)

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The prisoner swap that helped secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) thinking about Benghazi.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice made the Sunday show rounds to defend the swap, arguing that the Bergdahl’s health demanded immediate action, but Sununu wasn’t buying it on Monday.

Sununu, the former chief of staff to George H.W. Bush and an attack dog for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, strongly criticized the prisoner exchange during an appearance on Fox News, and he drew parallels to the Obama administration’s response to the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

Anchor Martha MacCallum teed him up by highlighting what she saw as two contradictory explanations for his release.

“And we’re kind of getting two different lines of thinking on this,” she said. “One is that the negotiations sort of became viable again over the last several weeks. That is the reporting coming out of the White House that, you know, the ground started to move a little bit for the negotiation we saw. But what we heard over the weekend was that his medical situation deteriorated to the point where they had to move instantly. Which one do you think it is?”

Sununu said the “health issue” is similar to the Obama administration’s characterization of the Benghazi attack.

“Well, look, they resorted to a YouTube video as an excuse for the failures of what they did at Benghazi,” he said. “Now they’re resorting to the health issue as an excuse for having done a bad thing here.”

“Hm, wow,” MacCallum said.

Sununu said it’s “typical of this White House,” but complained that “so much of the public thinks this President is still cool” and so Obama will “probably get away with it again.”

Rice’s appearances on the Sunday shows days after the Benghazi attack have been nothing short of a right-wing obsession. During those interviews, Rice said the administration’s “best assessment” at the time was that the attack was initially “a spontaneous reaction” to an anti-Islam video titled “Innocence of Muslims.”

The right has been similarly critical of Bergdahl’s release, with some expressing misgivings about the release of the five Taliban leaders and the administration’s decision to take action without consulting Congress.

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Sununu said it’s “typical of this White House,” but complained that “so much of the public thinks this President is still cool” and so Obama will “probably get away with it again.” This comment is very telling of the actual Republican mindset. Which seems to be, how come this man won’t crumble? They really don’t give a crap about anyone or anything they have to malign in their desperate agenda to bring him down at all costs. Sad. For us
    that these clowns can determine policy.

  2. In other words the Republicans are saying the U.S. should have let a U.S. citizen and soldier sent to war by the United States of America and captured be left to rot as a prisoner being held by the Taliban.

    Yes, the Republicans do love the military and soldiers who serve.

  3. The prisoner swap that helped secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
    has former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu ® thinking about Benghazi.

    Of course, the flat tire he had ti change yesterday got him thinking about Benghazi.

    BENGHAZI!!!

  4. I’m convinced Sununu is part Shar Pei.

  5. Sununuwho?

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

49 more replies

Participants

Avatar for dr_coyote Avatar for austin_dave Avatar for pluckyinky Avatar for jsfox Avatar for jeffgee1 Avatar for sooner Avatar for ottercliff Avatar for 365daysofhorror Avatar for mymy Avatar for deckbose Avatar for fargo116 Avatar for sundancer Avatar for rollinnolan Avatar for legion Avatar for nobodyforpresident Avatar for sarenarterius Avatar for serendipitoussomnambulist Avatar for mtblaze Avatar for scaramouche Avatar for sweetdee Avatar for khaaannn Avatar for chickfillay Avatar for darrtown Avatar for jinmichigan

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: