Mark Steyn is a very keen observer
Team Obama also paid a million bucks of taxpayer funds to an Afghan intermediary who said he could arrange the guy's release for that amount. The intermediary and the cash vanished, but the deserter wasn't released.
Finally Obama agreed to trade five key taliban detainees held at Guantanamo for the deserter. Whereupon Bowe Bergdahl was released. Once back in the U.S, Obama invited him and his parents to a reception / celebration at the White House.
Whereupon political writer and humorist Mark Steyn observed,
"If there were a real press in this country someone would ask Obama how it is that he became the first president to host a Rose Garden celebration for a deserter."Half a dozen U.S. troops killed, a million bucks in ransom vanished, five top enemy prisoners released...and a Rose Garden reception. All for a deserter. Kinda makes ya wonder.
But it can't possibly be due to stupidity or incompetence by the emperor, since the media constantly tell us how smart he is.
So what does that leave for an explanation?