Conservative spokesman Gary Bauer says the Obama administration continues to act in ways that are contrary to the basic instincts of the American people – and in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, ways that are causing even some high-profile liberals to question the president's decision.
Last week President Barack Obama said he makes "absolutely no apologies" for seeking the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in a prison swap for five hardened Taliban terrorists. The decision has sparked an outrage following the testimony of several of Bergdahl's fellow service members that he was a deserter and possibly even disloyal to his own country.
Gary Bauer of American Values says Obama is proving to be the extremist many people predicted when he first became a prominent contender for the presidency.
"This was an individual who was probably the most hostile to American ideals that we've ever had become president of the United States," he tells OneNewsNow. "The result of this incredible left-wing ideology that permeates his administration is that they regularly are finding themselves acting in ways that are contrary to the basic instincts of the American people."
However, Bauer is encouraged that now many prominent liberals are criticizing Obama's unilateral move to trade Bergdahl. Among those who have expressed their displeasure are Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee; and two of the president's former Cabinet members – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
"If nobody on the left had these impulses, we'd be in serious trouble as a country," Bauer stated in his "End of Day" report on Friday. "I've often said that liberals need to revive the Scoop Jackson wing of their party – that is, support for a robust foreign policy and strong military."
The American Values president calls this liberal dissent is a "slender reed of hope for all those who value a strong American presence in the world."