posted on Jun, 6 2014 @ 07:34 AM
As much as I dislike being on the same side as Obama and Reid, I have to agree with them on this point.
While it is up to Congress to declare war, it is up to the President as Commander and Chief to conduct that war as he or she may see fit. Trading
prisoners is a military decision. I understand there was a law requiring 30 day Congressional notification prior to the exchange, but that isn't
always practical in a war, and Congress should understand that. And notification does not mean that Congress would have to consent to the exhange,
just that they should be aware. Ideally, the President could inform Congress and then do the exchange whether they like it or not.
So, it would seem to me that if time was of the essence, the President could make the exchange and then explain why it wasn't practical to notify
Congress 30 days in advance at his or her earliest opportunity. Which is pretty much what happened. Technically he may have broken the law, but if
the reason was justified, no harm no foul.
Kind of like speeding to get to the hospital.