This afternoon, Jay Carney defended the White House’s decision to exchange five Taliban leaders for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

“It was absolutely the right thing to do, for the commander in chief, for this administration to take action to secure his release, the last prisoner of war from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.”

Asked whether Obama stands by National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s claim Sunday that Bergdahl served with “distinction,” Carney said the president “stands by actions that he took as commander in chief” to secure his release.

Welp, there you have it. If you’re Barack Obama or one of his pals, all you have to do is declare that you’re doing “the right thing,” and you can pretty much get away with whatever you want.

The ends justify the means, even if the ends are lousy, too.

Speaking of precedents:



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