Colbert says the Taliban prisoner exchange is like Hitler’s pizza party (video)

Since today is Taliban-POW-prisoner exchange day here at AMERICAblog, with all of our coverage of President Obama releasing several Gitmo detainees in exchange for the Taliban’s release of St. Bowe Bergdahl.

“That’s right, Afghan vet Bowe Bergdahl is safe, unless he needs the VA health system any time soon.”

I thought I’d post this video of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert weighing in on the debate.

Colbert goes off on Republicans all spouting the same talking point that they celebrate Bergdahl’s release while condemning the fact that the administration got him released.


“It is a celebration that is also very troubling. Like a pizza party for Hitler’s birthday. Was it fun? Yes. Do I regret it? Of course.”

As we wrote earlier today, John McCain is among the Republicans who wanted us to negotiate with the Taliban, and release Gitmo detainees in exchange for Bergdahl, until McCain changed his mind after Obama followed his advice.

I wish Republicans could simply make up their mind about whether they do or don’t care about the troops. It’s so confusing sometimes. (Body armor.)

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15 Responses to “Colbert says the Taliban prisoner exchange is like Hitler’s pizza party (video)”

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  3. TallulaDuck says:

    Right wing media attacked Bowe Bergdahl ‘s Fathers beard. Said he looked Taliban .. ish.
    Maybe right wing media should take another look at the entire male cast of Duck Dynasty 0_0

  4. 4th Turning says:

    We come by that legacy honestly. Am currently reading Frederick Law
    Olmsted’s 1852 take on the low regard Brits had for their farm labor-quite beside Dickens’ huddled masses in London, elsewhere. You should add him and Roger Casement and Frances Perkins to your personal hall of fame.
    The very fact that I have never been truly a victim-somehow fated
    to be first in line for the crumbs-probably explains why I am not
    also in prison for my ideas re sanctity of life, pacifism, non-
    violent passive resistance, equal rights, etc.

  5. Until all the facts come out, Faux News has no grounds for their conclusions. We just released five men which we never charged with a crime. Could it be that there was no proof of a crime? Last week, I caught an opossum instead of a groundhog. I had poison in the cage, yet it did not affect the opossum because it kills rodents. What did I do? I released it!
    Let’s look at Bowe Bergdahl. If he had denounced the war and the US, wouldn’t the Taliban use him for their propaganda? Why keep him for five years? I suspect that Faux News will find itself trying to explain its conclusions and find it difficult, which reminds me of when the god Ronald Reagan tried to justify his laying wreaths on Nazi graves at Bitburg in 1985.

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  7. Bill_Perdue says:

    Way too sweeping. Manning, Peltier, Abu-Jamal and hundreds of others are in prison for their ideas and for organizing against the wars or racsim.

    What is true is that most of us are victims of one of the most rapacious and dangerous ruling classes in history.

  8. 4th Turning says:

    Sometimes I feel like we’re all POW’s… Too sweeping? For sure we’re
    being held hostage and our Mother, too.

  9. 4th Turning says:

    General Stanley McChrystal approved for the soldier’s Silver Star nomination. Pat Tillman was honored in a nationally televised memorial service on May 3, 2004, in which Senator John McCain delivered the eulogy.
    Yet there were still many unanswered questions and conflicting accounts concerning the circumstances surrounding his death. As more details emerged, Tillman’s family began demanding answers from the military. By the end of May, media outlets reported that Tillman was actually killed in an incident of fratricide—otherwise known as “friendly fire.” Official documents would later reveal that the U.S. Army was aware of the possibility of fratricide in regards to Tillman’s death even before his memorial service, but withheld that knowledge from the public and from Tillman’s family until well after the memorial.

  10. BeccaM says:

    SantaFeMarie over on DailyKos decided to use the WayBack machine to dig up quotes from many of the wingnut hypocrites who are decrying the Bergdahl prisoner exchange.

    Here’s one choice bit from Gov. Quitter in 2009:

    “Todd and I are praying for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, his
    family, and all of his fellow soldiers who are putting their lives on
    the line to defend our freedom and protect democracy abroad,” Governor
    Palin said. “The capture of Private Bergdahl and the bombings in Jakarta
    prove that we have not defeated terrorism, and that radical extremists
    will stop at nothing to attack Westerners and our ideals.”

    Another from Oliver North in 2011:

    Today, I received from the National League of POW/MIA Families, a “Never
    Forget Bracelet” emblazoned with the name of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He was
    seized on June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and is being held by the Haqqani
    Organization – a Taliban afilliated terrorist group – in northwest
    Pakistan. Sgt Bergdahl and his loved ones here at home deserve our
    prayers and encouragement until he is rescued or released. That’s what
    we do. We’re Americans.

  11. nicho says:

    If Obama didn’t negotiate with terrorists, he’d never talk to anyone in the GOP.

  12. Bill_Perdue says:

    There’s a long list.

  13. Indigo says:

    And free Leonard Peltier while we’re at it.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    The best thing we can do for GI’s the is to fight to bring them all home now. Then there’d be no additional GI deaths, no more murders of civilians, no more hideous wounds and no additional crippling PSTD cases.

    And speaking of prisoners of war wouldn’t it be nice if we can get Chelsea Manning released by the right wing terrorists holding her. She’s been subjected to torture and imprisoned for telling the truth about the Clinton/Bush/Obama wars.

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