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Obama (allegedly) committed a felony by aiding the Taliban
In the clearest contradiction, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in February that he “would be inclined to support” “an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man,” like the one Taliban officials had offered in 2012. He has since labeled Obama’s deal “ill-founded” and a “mistake.” [...]
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) — the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — has also said that the U.S. “must make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family.” But appearing on Fox News just days after Bergdahl’s release, Inhofe criticized the administration for agreeing to free “people who have killed Americans, people who are the brain power of Taliban.”
Several Republicans also celebrated Bergdahl's release on Twitter, only to delete those tweets as the issue became politicized.
But prior to Bergdahl's release, Republican lawmakers were some of the sergeant's biggest advocates, and repeatedly pressed the administration to do something -- in fact, everything within its power -- to get him returned to the United States.
McCAIN: Well, at that time the proposal was that they would release -- Taliban, some of them really hard-core, particularly five really hard-core Taliban leaders, as a confidence-building measure. Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man.
I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details.
The White House agreed that actions were taken in spite of legal requirements and cited "unique and exigent circumstances" as justification.
originally posted by: kruphix
It's hard to have a serious discussion when it is started off like this.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
Obama DID consult Congress on this situation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday that she got a call from the White House apologizing for not letting Congress know about its exchange of Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of Afghan rebels since 2009.
“It’s very disappointing that there was not a level of trust to justify alerting us to that,” Feinstein said. “I had a call from the White House last night, from (Deputy National Security Adviser) Tony Blinken, apologizing for it.”
originally posted by: SurrenderingAmerica
1.) Yes - ONLY because americans are allowing it.
2a.) Yes - because nothing is being done about it.
2b.) Yes - its the NEW american way.
The real question is:
How far are americans willing to go. . . in order to reign in their 'rogue' govt?
originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: FlyersFan
The whole US government has gone rogue.
Dem and Republicans alike.
More than a left/right Obama Issue.