I do not normally comment on current events, and in this case I plan to keep my comments short, both because there is not a lot to say, and because I have little time to write. Still, I could not let the current news pass without a small statement.
Does anyone else recall how, when the Reagan administration engaged in what the Democrats said were illegal actions in the "Iran-Contra" affair, the Democrats raised all manner of fuss over how a government cannot be trusted which breaks the law?
Why are those same Democrats now so quick to forgive illegal negotiations and other acts by the Obama administration in this trade of Taliban prisoners for the captured deserter? Is it not almost identical to the sort of illegal acts for which they blamed Reagan and called for indictments and impeachments? As I see it, the only difference is that Obama served no real national defense goals, while Col. North and co. advanced our interests through their actions.
Of course, partisanship answers all such questions, but I have to question why we are so comfortable with politicians violating principle in favor of party. Since when did we accept open dishonesty and Machiavellian plotting in our leaders? Or, to make it truly short, when did we stop caring about honesty?