I’ve seen a lot of Right Wing talking heads blather on about the Brittany Griner Viktor Bout prisoner swap.
They are critical of Biden for not bringing back “United States Marine Paul Whelan.”
Let’s talk about Whelan.
He was a Marine and did serve in Iraq.
While he was there he embezzled over $10,000 from the government and created a fake officer’s account to create dummy positive performance reviews for himself.
He was court martial, found guilty, and was given a bad conduct discharge.
He was torn hired as a Security Manager for an international company.
What sort of company hires a guy that was given a bad conduct discharge for grand larceny?
Walmart wouldn’t hire that guy to check receipts at the door.
My educated guess is that he was hired to do corporate espionage.
Let it put it to you like this. If this was a movie and you saw this guy get hired, you’d think the business is corrupt as fuck and this guy was hired to do skeezy shit.
I don’t know if he was engaged in actual espionage, but this guy was a piece of shit.
If you want to argue that Biden is obligated to do his best for an American citizen in prison abroad, that’s fair.
But it’s in the best interests of the Right not to try and elevate this guy from what he is into some sort of hero.