Andrew Tahmooressi was held in a Mexican prison for 214 days and was largely ignored by the Obama regime until just before the midterm elections. According to the timetable provided by Bill Richardson in this video, he and the State Department became involved in attempting to secure his release a week ago and now Andrew is home.
The timing is more than a little suspicious but public opinion was strongly against both Obama and the Mexican government at a time when both are held in low esteem by the American people. They seem to have determined it was time to do the right thing politically, having failed to simply do the right thing.
The Fox hosts politely describe Bill Richardson as being instrumental to Tahmooressi’s release, an unfair and undeserved accolade to somebody who couldn’t care less, had never made a public statement and had never advocated on behalf of Tahmooressi in any public forum.
There were Republican lawmakers and many of them who were vocal. The only one to be recognized in this video segment is Congressman Pete Salmon (R-AZ), but there were many others, including Dana Rohrabacher and Duncan Hunter, both of California.
Chief among his supporters as well was Fox’s Greta Van Susteren. While they didn’t seek recognition for their efforts, it seems almost criminally hypocritical to acknowledge Richardson without mentioning the others. Richardson got involved because he received a phone call to be the public face of a bail out of Obama and Mexico’s Nieto. That is hardly deserving of praise.
He talks of the strategy of focusing on PTSD, which took place before Richardson arrived on the scene. He talks of bipartisanship that never existed until a week ago. Richardson says he worked with Republicans Ed Royce (R-CA) and Pete Salmon (R-AZ) but in actuality, he joined the effort near its conclusion, they were the ones who, along with fellow Republicans, organized and maintained the pressure and the effort which ultimately resulted in Tahmooressi’s release.
Richardson says they were in the Tijuana area for the last five days, working intensively, an indicator that it took only less than a week and if they had chosen to work intensively before, the release would likely have come long ago.
Richardson is asked whether or not Obama dropped the ball on this. Of course his answer is “no,” but he then describes the “very engaged” State Department of the last few days. It’s just more evidence that earlier in his captivity there was nothing coming from the Obama White House.
He says Mexicans are very sensitive to pressure and that they must be dealt with delicately. That is not true. While the Mexicans may be sensitive it is Obama who chooses to be Nieto’s poodle. He could act like the leader of the largest and most powerful nation in the free world, one that Mexico would be well advised to protect its already abusive relation with, but that would be out of character.
Instead, our Marine sat for eight months in insufferable circumstances and when he is released, this Jesse Jackson style camera hound emerges from the woodwork to take credit for the efforts of others.
What’s to stop him? Your average Democrat can’t even identify a photo of the vice president. That’s the luxury of having a constituency of disinterested, uniformed parasites. They only want to know what’s in it for them. They don’t know what a Tahmooressi is.
The Democrat leadership only has to worry about the people who pay attention, which invariably puts them on the opposite side of the political equation. Enjoy the spotlight, Richardson.
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