Republicans question U.S. prisoner swap with Taliban

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Greenspan2 wrote:

For a congress member to concentrate on the “breaking of law” by not being informed 30 days in advance of a highly sensitive attempt to obtain the freedom of a POW is beyond belief on so many levels. Apparently some congressional representatives consider themselves to be national executives or even kings instead of a paltry representative of their local constituency who chose him or her to support their personal interests and businesses, the rest of the country be damned. Hypocritically, had this action been accomplished by a president of their own political persuasion, this act would be celebrated. as any not just patriotic Americans are doing, but anyone who had any sense of decency, which some members of congress obviously do not have.

May 31, 2014 10:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
libertadormg wrote:

Strange circumstances.

May 31, 2014 12:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

Poor guy, 5 years with those nutcases.

Jun 01, 2014 1:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
d_web wrote:

I think the real story here is what Reuters left out.

Jun 01, 2014 2:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
I.Tell.U wrote:

It’s great to see the guy get home….. but… isn’t this an example of the U.S. government negotiating with the terrorists?
The U.S. has repeatedly stated over the last four decades that they do not negotiate with terrorists….. the guys that were holding the soldier were said to be part of a terror group who demanded the release of their terrorist allies. This seems very much like the U.S. is more than willing to get into bed with the terrorists.

Jun 01, 2014 9:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jehndrsn wrote:

I am very glad Sgt. Bergdahl was finally released after what was certainly a horrendous 5 years as POW. The damage to his body and psyche from mistreatment and confinement may last a lifetime for him. That said, I can only imagine the mindset of the released terrorists. Their hatred for the USA no doubt grew with every passing day. I worry there may literally be hell to pay for us from this prisoner swap.

Jun 01, 2014 9:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalGod1964 wrote:

I don’t remember all of the details of Bergdahl’s capture, but what I do remember is that there was a lot of bitterness and anger at Bergdahl for his actions which resulted in his capture. I am sure those serving alongside Bergdahl will be speaking out in the media soon.

Jun 01, 2014 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse

-Politicians were preparing to earn cheap political points this Sunday by going after the president on Vets dying while waiting for months or more to see a doctor.
-So, the president contacted his Taliban counterpart and said, “remember that prisoner swap you kept asking us about?…”
…..Today’s cheap political points go to the president. But vets are treated poorly by design: it is easier to manipulate poor, suffering people. Always make sure you call them heroes…

Jun 01, 2014 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
elpaso wrote:

Those who hate President Obama will find a way to criticize
anything and everything he does. How sad.

Jun 01, 2014 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
elpaso wrote:

Those who hate President Obama will find a way to criticize
anything and everything he does. How sad.

Jun 01, 2014 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
elpaso wrote:

Those who hate President Obama will find a way to criticize
anything and everything he does. How sad.

Jun 01, 2014 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

@jehndrsn wrote: mindset of the released terrorists. Their hatred for the USA no doubt grew with every passing day.

True, with years and years of rancorous malice growing exponentially in their already hostile minds towards the US. It’s appears like the US submitted them to the ultimate terrorist indoctrination program available. Great recruitment strategy.

Jun 01, 2014 11:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

@passwordforamir wrote: Vets dying while waiting for months or more to see a doctor…..Today’s cheap political points go to the president.

I never considered that, repulsive to think about, kill a Vet, save a Vet. Just for posturing, Scummy politicians.

Jun 01, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

“For a congress member to concentrate on the “breaking of law” by not being informed 30 days in advance…(Etc.)” – Greenspan2

Everything in the rest of the comment attempts to rationalize the first clause away.

Congress passes laws. It’s no wonder to me that congress members have to object over and over to POTUS’ extra-legal executive actions.

Jun 01, 2014 11:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Shockie wrote:

I wonder how many of our soldiers have been captured that the news has not reported…and do we have enough bad guys to trade for them…
Good to get this soldier home.

Jun 01, 2014 1:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
notnow wrote:

Greenspan2 says it all, thank you.

Good to hear of this joyous moment for one soldier who has given so much and the extreme h ell his parents went through. Politicians be da m ned.

Jun 01, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DoubleT_KC wrote:

Following President Obama’s lead, the next time I get a traffic ticket, I think I will just plead “unique and exigent circumstances.” That is no more ridiculous than what our President has just done. And while I am glad our soldier is coming home, the law is still the law and all citizens should follow it, even the President.

Jun 01, 2014 3:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
slough222 wrote:

Is the heroic Sarge going to have to wait for treatment like thousands of his comrades??

Jun 01, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
slough222 wrote:

Is the heroic Sarge going to have to wait for treatment like thousands of his comrades??

Jun 01, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mnhsty wrote:

Note to Republican Congressmen: STFU

Jun 01, 2014 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve wrote:

This SOB is a traitor just like the american taliban.

His father, at the white house press conference, quoted islamic scripture, and with that very healthy beard appears to be a muslim himself.

up is down, right is wrong, WTH?

Jun 01, 2014 5:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flower1 wrote:

Taliban got a good deal here. In general, I would say get the guys out no matter the cost but there is something very suspicious in his situation. It is unheard of for Taliban to keep anybody for 5 years. There is a reason behind that and it is not to do the swap. I hope this is all speculation but one cannot believe anyone these days.

Jun 01, 2014 6:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrnukem wrote:

Anyone calling this man a deserter should be ashamed. In America we still believe in innocent until proven guilty, to label him a deserter before he tells his side of the story is wrong, The source of the stories behind him deserting was part of taliban propaganda so that right there is suspect, either way to label him as a deserter or traitor before he gets to tell his side of the story to any investigators is wrong, un american and shameful. This mob mentality against him harkens back to the days of our men coming home from Vietnam, then being spit on and called baby killers when they got back home to the USA.

Jun 01, 2014 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrnukem wrote:

Anyone calling this man a deserter should be ashamed. In America we still believe in innocent until proven guilty, to label him a deserter before he tells his side of the story is wrong, The source of the stories behind him deserting was part of taliban propaganda so that right there is suspect, either way to label him as a deserter or traitor before he gets to tell his side of the story to any investigators is wrong, un american and shameful. This mob mentality against him harkens back to the days of our men coming home from Vietnam, then being spit on and called baby killers when they got back home to the USA.

Jun 01, 2014 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrnukem wrote:

Interesting find about the legality of President Obama having the right to do this, looks like it was in fact legal. “But Obama is hardly alone in this behavior, historically. In defending the release of Bergdahl, the White House noted that Obama added a “signing statement” to the bill about the transfer of Guantánamo detainees. A signing statement is essentially an executive-branch protest against a bill, saying, “Sure, I’ll sign this bill, but….” In this case, Obama claimed that executive authority vested in the Constitution gave him the right to override the law.

Obama is not the first president to add signing statements to bills. President Clinton did it, too, as did President George W. Bush. For instance, Mr. Bush added a signing statement to a bill with an amendment that outlawed torture.

President Bush used signing statements “in an aggressive way to imply that he might not faithfully execute more than 1,000 provisions of statutes,” writes James Pfiffner, a professor and presidential expert at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.”

Jun 01, 2014 6:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
N369RM wrote:

This was once again Obama lying to us

The man deserted his post and walked over to the Taliban. During WWII the US Army shot deserters.

Good soldiers lost their lives looking for him.

Now we negotiate with terrorists and Obama just says “no we are not” and we are going to believe him?

If he is a “prisoner of war” then what is the Taliban, a nation state entitled to all the protections of the Geneva convention? Would we have let top Nazi leaders return to the enemy for a deserter in WWII?

How many more Americans are going to die over this action?

Obama will not care, he will be making MILLIONS off his new book.

Jun 01, 2014 6:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yellowdog1 wrote:

Republicans hate EVERYTHING this President does or doesn’t do. America is sick of hearing their bitching about everything.

Jun 01, 2014 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
stormypetrel wrote:

“Prisoner of War”? War was declared on Terrorism by Bush so where is Obama’s stance?
5 very senior terrorists freed and they will cause a great deal of death in the future, including to Americans.
While I am glad the sergeant is released his actions in Afghanistan and his captors keeping him alive and well are very very suspicious.
Some years ago the USA gave a captured and very dangerous terrorist to Syria for safe keeping. When Obama threatened Assad with his ridiculous “red line” on chemicals and an air strike Assad released this man, and he ended up in Iran. This man is now back working for the Iranians and Assad in Syria as an effective militia commander of known savagery.
Seems to me the Obama administration not only do not learn from their past mistakes, but simply keep on making them.

Jun 01, 2014 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rodolfotellez wrote:

Point #1: Sen McCain will go to his grave with the bitter taste of his defeat in the 2008 presidential contest.Hence he won’t pass up a chance to stupidly criticize any action by President Obama.

Point #2: The GOP is looking for an issue, any issue, to attack the Democrats. Obamacare is no longer an issue (as 8M+ sign ups attest), the economy is getting better, so anything will do. Keep trying.

Jun 01, 2014 6:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
glenjo1 wrote:

Can we put the entire Congress into the middle of the danger zone and refuse to get them back? Seems like that might some things back on track here!

Jun 01, 2014 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ashcom wrote:

“Republicans question U.S. prisoner swap with Taliban” –of course, they do. If Obama did it, they would question waiting for a green light when crossing a street!

Jun 01, 2014 7:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ashcom wrote:

“Republicans question U.S. prisoner swap with Taliban” –of course, they do. If Obama did it, they would question waiting for a green light when crossing a street!

Jun 01, 2014 7:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JumpingJack67 wrote:

Yep. Republicans playing politics. Wonder what they would be saying if Obama just let the soldier rot or was killed by the Taliban.

Jun 01, 2014 7:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:

The Taliban got a bargain. An American Soldier is worth at least 25 Muslim extremists.

Jun 01, 2014 7:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mikeludkips wrote:

“Chuck Hagel said he hoped the exchange might lead to breakthroughs in reconciliation with the militants”

“reconciliation with [the Taliban]”

Please tell me he didn’t actually say this. Please tell me that this is a mis-quote.

Jun 01, 2014 7:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Canela wrote:

Haven’t Republicans killed enough Americans with their intervention policy costing $3 trillion in borrowed dollars and refusing to fund Veterans Benefits

Jun 01, 2014 7:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccharles wrote:

Obama likes breaking the law and watch you people cry. He attacked Libya, broke the law. As for his patriotic fever, when our people was under attack in Libya, once the military was at point of entry, obama told them to stand down and return to base. This here stinks to high heaven. I hope you all are loving your change.

Jun 01, 2014 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oneStarman wrote:

…like Reagan did

Jun 01, 2014 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
retrovette wrote:

No doubt they planted homing chips in the five they let go.

Jun 01, 2014 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Republicans are sad and heartbroken because an American POW was released from enemy captivity only because of Obama.

Their hatred of all things Obama is far greater than any pride or love of country they may feel.

Jun 01, 2014 7:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fulcloristica wrote:

Why is Strobel politicizing this? Rules and channels of command exist for a reason. These actions were foolhardy at best and extremely dangerous at worst. This is a national security issue that will affect everyone in the future.

Jun 01, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

if President Obama cured cancer, the Republicans would accuse him of destroying the multi-billio0n dollar chemotherapy business….

Jun 01, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timeecho wrote:

Yes the Republicans exploit every possibility to criticize the Democrats. That’s not news that’s expected. What would you expect from
a party of braggarts.

Jun 01, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timeecho wrote:

Yes the Republicans exploit every possibility to criticize the Democrats. That’s not news that’s expected. What would you expect from
a party of braggarts.

Jun 01, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timeecho wrote:

Yes the Republicans exploit every possibility to criticize the Democrats. That’s not news that’s expected. What would you expect from
a party of braggarts.

Jun 01, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timeecho wrote:

Yes the Republicans exploit every possibility to criticize the Democrats. That’s not news that’s expected. What would you expect from
a party of braggarts.

Jun 01, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
teriowen wrote:

I promise you had they told Congress it would never have worked!!! It’s special ops for a reason, those blathering idiots would be bickering over it for another year!!!!

Jun 01, 2014 7:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama won’t negotiate with republicans, but WILL negotiate with islamic terrorists.

Terrific. Simply terrific.

Jun 01, 2014 7:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

Tell ya what, GOP half-wits, if you actually believe laws were broken, then you should feel embarrassed by you and your representatives stupidity in failing to prosecute Obama. Because we all know full well that if you truly had a chance to impeach the President you would take it. So yeah, let us know when that happens, you have been harping about it since before he assumed office…lol.

Jun 01, 2014 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
3887813 wrote:

The guys a deserter, but Obama is covering up the facts. Just like he did with Benghazi, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, and so on…

Jun 01, 2014 7:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sunriseblue wrote:

The Taliban concede-one of ours is worth at least five of theirs. But of course the partisan game players cannot stand to allow the Obama administration a “win” so they are coming up with ridiculous criticism. As the proud mother of a U.S. Marine, I can only say that if my son was taken prisoner, I would not want him to be left behind. That feeling extends to all the other troops. I would sure hate to have a loved one serve under a McCain administration.

Jun 01, 2014 7:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
macira wrote:

How this swap was done is an issue aside, of real interest should be , is Bergdahl a deserter and is this a PR stunt by the Organizer.

Jun 01, 2014 7:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lysergic wrote:

GEE MCCAIN DOESN’T LIKE SOMETHING OBAMA DID. HEY JOHN, GO TAKE A NAP AND CHANGE YOUR DEPENDS

Jun 01, 2014 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
majkmushrm wrote:

Brilliant move, Republicans. Now we know you’d rather let one of our guys rot in captivity than negotiate his release. That’s the way you support the troops, you betcha.

Jun 01, 2014 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

President Obama did the right thing and history will judge him fairly for doing so. After all, a prisoner exchange is much better than another Iran-Contra scandal

Jun 01, 2014 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
up4it52 wrote:

geeeee I wonder how the prisoners got free in Iran….you think Iran just let them go for their own good….GOP once again trying very hard to score political points…….at all costs…thanks to the GOP America now pays more for borrowing as their credit rating fell due to them…you all happy about that ??….gun control siding with the NRA as more and more people die every day….happy about that??cut back in food stamps for the needy…again thanks to the GOP…hope your all happy about that !! Womens rights to proper health care and abortion being totally trampled on…hope your happy about that as well !!! No comprehensive overhaul of the Immigration policy as GOP block that as well…”calves big as cantaloupes” now you have to be happy about that…if not don’t vote GOP !!! Be happy !!

Jun 01, 2014 8:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DobieGillis wrote:

who cares what the GOP thinks, they’re irrelevant.

Jun 01, 2014 9:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sspider wrote:

While I’m happy for his family, getting their son back, I feel we have just put millions of lives in jeopardy. I can understand Bowe’s sentiments about the war, but he took an oath and that is giving his word to do as expected. A man is only as good as his word. Does the U.S. government really expect these extremists to uphold their end of the deal? I don’t know…..save one and sacrifice the world.

Jun 01, 2014 9:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
grasspress wrote:

they don’t ‘question’ bergdhal’s release by the taliban, they just found another bone to pick with obama. personally, i’m kind of tired of the same old crap from republican legislators and senators. they never have anything to contribute to making the country a greater place to live. they are consumed with the idea of destroying this president, just as they were when clinton was president, even if it means destroying the country. kind of like ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’, and that’s an old home expression i think even they can understand.

Jun 01, 2014 10:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
grasspress wrote:

they don’t ‘question’ bergdhal’s release by the taliban, they just found another bone to pick with obama. personally, i’m kind of tired of the same old crap from republican legislators and senators. they never have anything to contribute to making the country a greater place to live. they are consumed with the idea of destroying this president, just as they were when clinton was president, even if it means destroying the country. kind of like ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’, and that’s an old home expression i think even they can understand.

Jun 01, 2014 10:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

The Taliban and Al Quaeda are not the same things. The Afghans had nothing to do with 9/11. Afghanistan was invaded under false pretenses (even more so as it seems 9/11 is nothing like it was presented by the Bush regime and the media), the whole war was a neo-con hoax, the Republicans, and especially Bush and his cabal should be brought to trial over it, not be trying to kick up some kind of storm in a tea-cup over this minor side-show.

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