Thursday morning, President Joe Biden announced the administration has successfully swapped Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the ‘Merchant of Death,’ for American WNBA basketball player, Brittney Griner.
Griner, an outspoken critic of America and its national anthem, is now back in the states after a 10-month stint in a Russian penal colony after being detained for carrying THC (marijuana) oil cartridges on a plane.
The news has been celebrated by many, especially in the sports world. However, Griner’s swap for a murderous arms dealer also reminded many Americans that U.S. Marine Paul Whelan – imprisoned in Russia since 2018 – is still left to suffer, while a basketball player is returned safely after a short stint in comparison.
Dallas Cowboys superstar linebacker Micah Parsons, hailing from a family of military veterans, took to Twitter to share his frustrations:
Even Never Trump ‘Republican’ Congressman Adam Kinzinger made a very rare break with mainstream Left-wing thought, suggesting the administration could have done more to get Whelan back to his family:
The White House has defended its inability to trade for Whelan, insisting the U.S. Marine’s detainment is more serious than Griner’s in the Russian government’s eyes.
However, wondering why the United States of America – the most powerful entity in the world – was unable to get a two-for-one swap is a very fair question to ask; returning Viktor Bout, the ‘Merchant of Death,’ to Russia is quite a victory for Vladimir Putin and his regime, and Griner is merely a player in a basketball league that has never profited in its entire history.
Many Americans wonder whether Biden’s administration put more emphasis on Griner’s release due to social media-based pressure while failing to bring a veteran home.
What are your thoughts on Biden’s 1-for-1 swap? Is Griner’s return – without Marine Whelan included – worth handing one of the world’s most prolific killers back to Russia? Let us know in the comments below.
BidAn has been a disaster all of his political life. He was the most corrupt politician in the ‘70’s and as we see nothing has changed. I don’t believe he was elected by the people but rather selected by Nancy. He has very little support for the last 2 years so I’m not surprised by his lack of care for the military. He’s also funding Ukraine NWO Nazi’s so far it’s running over a $100 Billion and he continues to fund them. When did we start funding Nazi’s ? Since the Nazi Communist party arrived in office again. This is very unamerican to support Nazi regimes. But then again the DemonRat party are full of Nazi’s. Let’s not forget Obama is Hitler’s grandson. They hid it, but not very well. Time to remove these criminals who work against America. Traitors all of them.
Biden and his administrations are idiots and clearly anti-American. They should have gotten the marine out before the basketball player! Shameful.
Biden probably gt money along the way from someone. The Biden family wouldn’t bother if there was no funds for the deal Biden has done nothing for our country or the people, with exception of specials.
To leave a marine captive in Russia for over 4 years is the worst thing the administration could do I would think that those who voted for this ignorant bastard have enough common sense to NOT vote for him ever again, UNLESS it’s to remove him from office. The left has persecuted Trump ever since he said he would for president. He did concider the people & country when he did something. The dumbacrats are the worst officials ever & should be removed immediately. But nobody in the Biden administration has done anything for support the country-people since taking office. His first act, less than 4 hrs in office he stole over 5000 jobs because he shut down the pipeline construction. Everyone should stand up against this administration by shutting IT down.
I can continue for many more pages but HE ISN’t WORTH THE EFFORT ORTHETZiME. Biden you are lying ignorant bastard & deserve to be in prison.
Disgusting. Leaving a member who served the country and has been languishing since 2018 to instead rescue an American flag hater who is of no consequence and only been there a few months… I feel like vomiting… what pathetic “leadership”…
I hope the next time Biden wants to use the Marines as a background for his political rally the Commandant of the Marines has the balls to tell him FU.
Really, whoever thought he would save the Marine raise jump right on and tell us why…… BTW, he lied about the student loans too
WE MUST ALL PRAY TO ALMIGHTY GOD, FOR ALL OUR SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND, BY THE EVIL BIDEN AND ALL INVOLVED.
GOD HAVE MERCY ON AMERICA, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
This is not the first time that this administration has decided to leave people behind. It is frustrating to know that our government would leave a Marine behind who has served his country and believes in the flag, and get a release for a woman basketball player who brought drugs into Russia knowing that it would be considered a crime. She is anti-American, but we are pro finding ways to diminish the role of a soldier and elevate that of a basketball player? Every time this administration chooses a path that shows there is no pro American in this administration helps us to believe that they carry an agenda with them that the average American citizen does not approve of. I am sure they are very proud of themselves of this release, but maybe they should ask the family and friends of this Marine if they are happy.
totally agree;. just another slap in the face for our military. Here was someone who put aside any monetary feelings to go into service of his country. just what has brittany griner contributed to show her appreciation for the greatest country in the world where an african american female basketball player enters a country that is dead set on destroying our country, gets caught bringing in drugs and then expects the USA to bail her out. just another sign that biden and his entourage embrace all that
the woke population is doing to destroy this great country. shame, shame, shame.
He is the worst commander-in-chief ever!!!!! He catered to the liberals and left a real hero behind. He didn’t even try to bring him home. There is no doubt that he could have gotten 2 or 3 for that 1 LET’S GO BRANDON F**K JOE BIDEN
He is a TOTAL FAILURE AND A TOTAL RACIST AND TOTALLY HATES AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
GOD WILL PUNISH HIM AND ALL THE FREAK WOKE, EXTREMIST MARXIST.
Tough talking ” take you behind the barn” Biden shows once again how weak he really is on the global scene. Where is the Marine? We are stuck with an ineffective leader who delights in lying at every chance and is destroying the middle class and particularly the workibg poor via his really stupid economic policies, starting with fossil fuels.
THAT BONEHEAD BIDEN DID IT AGAIN, I HOPE THE MILITARY PERSONS ATTACT HIM DEARLY.
It sucks, but so does the un-American Biden administration.