Republicans demand hearings in Congress over soldier's release

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GilroyGal wrote:

It seems the Republicans in Congress want to hold perennial hearings on anything and everything Obama and the Democrats are proposing or have done. In the meantime they are not doing anything that I have noticed. I thought the Democrats and Republicans in Congress are there to govern and pass laws. Something is rotten in D.C.

Jun 02, 2014 8:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
planetirving wrote:

Now the “Do Nothing” GOP wants to do something. Can we all recall the 1980′s Arms for Hostages” deals? Seems there was a Republican President, and some other extra legal thing to do with the Contras. “I’m shocked, shocked, that there is gambling going on here…” Poor GOP, an “October Surprise” in June…

Jun 02, 2014 9:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
truthseeker46 wrote:

WHY ARE THEY AGAINST THE PRISONER EXCHANGE?
Congressman Mike Rogers, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. He called it “nonsense” and an “excuse to try to violate or certainly circumvent the law”. Why would SecDEF Hagel, SecARMY Dempsey and Obama do that? Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee stated “I think the whole motive here is that the president wants to continue to try to shut that Guantanamo) down. He knows he doesn’t have the support of Congress, and that’s part of the motivation.” McCain, Senator and failed presidential candidate said

Jun 02, 2014 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FluxDaddy wrote:

This should NOT be a Republican or Democratic Thing. It should be an American thing. ALL Americans should request an investigation into this, not just Republicans…

Jun 02, 2014 9:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
truthseeker46 wrote:

cont. “The question is … by getting the return of Sgt. Bergdahl, are you placing in danger the lives of Americans in the future, and I believe you are”. Republicans said they were concerned that the White House had broken the law and set a dangerous precedent for national security by negotiating the trade with the Taliban, in part to further Obama’s effort to close Guantanamo prison. Finally, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s palace in Kabul said Karzai was angry at being kept in the dark and more distrustful of U.S. intentions. Well, birds of a feather do flock together.

Jun 02, 2014 9:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Saluki21 wrote:

This is complex to say the least.

NPR this evening on All Things Considered had interviews with 2 soldiers that served with Berghdal at the time of his disappearance that accused him of deserting. His gear appearantly was back in the barracks so he was not out on patrol when he was captured.

Glad to have a US citizen back. I cannot speak at all to the value of the prisoner trade, nor can anyone else that does not have that explicit knowledge. The words “Taliban Commander” means absolutely nothing except to people that prefer to not think for themselves.

As far as Congress goes – hearings about the legality of this is silly. Hearings about the value of the prisoner trade – fair game. (honestly folks – in WW2 the Brits could have traded Rudolf Hess but did not).

From a political perspective – it is even murkier. Long shot bet that the R’s so poorly mishandle it. Hmmm, maybe not a long shot. Call it 50-50.

Jun 02, 2014 9:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Hmm, I don’t remember that the republicans were so demanding of Ronald Reagan when he traded over a thousands missiles to Iran for hostages. Remember the Iran-Contra scandal? They circled the wagons around Reagan when the scandal hit.

Jun 02, 2014 9:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tnazar wrote:

Iran Contra – huge swap involving arms for hostages. But, of course, that was St. Ronald.

Jun 02, 2014 9:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

I agree that trading 5 terrorists for this guy is a bad idea, BUT letting our current do nothing, drama queen Congress use this as another excuse to create more drama to feed their big egos is even worse. Just another way to waste time and create more drama.

Jun 02, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

I agree that trading 5 terrorists for this guy is a bad idea, BUT letting our current do nothing, drama queen Congress use this as another excuse to create more drama to feed their big egos is even worse. Just another way to waste time and create more drama.

Jun 02, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

I agree that trading 5 terrorists for this guy is a bad idea, BUT letting our current do nothing, drama queen Congress use this as another excuse to create more drama to feed their big egos is even worse. Just another way to waste time and create more drama.

Jun 02, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

I agree that trading 5 terrorists for this guy is a bad idea, BUT letting our current do nothing, drama queen Congress use this as another excuse to create more drama to feed their big egos is even worse. Just another way to waste time and create more drama.

Jun 02, 2014 9:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccharles wrote:

This is not good. Theres a reason for the rule. This guy, and the country has been disregarding rules where they want to and enforcing when they want to. Crazy. The only thing obamas is good for, chaos and confusion.

Jun 02, 2014 9:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zeal-one wrote:

Essentially ☭bama the tyrannical, treasonous, condescending, liar, in contempt socialist who IS diligently and deliberately destroying America from within, has indeed committed yet ANOTHER treasonous offense SHHHHHHHH!! That make 10 that we know of. The most dangerous enemy America has EVER had, in effect released 6 terrorists. The AWOL insubordinate so call sergeant has been conditioned to join the likewise America hating el quida country club. That, you can take to the bank. Better hurry up and disarm.

Jun 02, 2014 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

Bo is home. Do we really have to fight the whole “war thingy” all over again?

Jun 02, 2014 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

here we go again, the demo’s and libbies making excuses for the president, already blaming the other side for doing nothing. the law was broken.

yes, potus acted alone because he had his own motives (some the public will never know) and because he probably would not get support otherwise…the demo’s and libbies will not consider that he would not have gotten support because there probably was not a clear, logical objective.

Jun 02, 2014 9:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Limey wrote:

Overblown indignation, frothing at the mouth, stamping their feet petulantly and wringing of hands is just about all Republicans seem to do these days.They obviously think that the Obama administration can do nothing right but Republicans need to stop behaving like spoilt kids in a moronic political playground and start coming up with real plans to put this country back on course.Right now they are just a party of endless whiners who jump like starving dogs whenever they get the merest whiff of a rancid bone in the neighborhood.

Jun 02, 2014 9:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

This is yet more proof positive that one:

REPUBLICANS, driven by the extremist idiots know as the ‘baggers are traitors to the military, this proves the VA “scandal” was nothing but political nonsense and that they LOATHE THE MILITARY.

Two: The ‘bagger led GOP are traitors. They proves this with Benghazi in trying to expose operational details of an ongoing CIA operation and they would leave a U. S. Serviceperson with the freaking enemy to try and get back at the black man in the White House.

And three: TO ALL AMERICANS DO VOTE REPUBLICAN, that would be supporting Domestic Terrorists and traitors to the republic because there is no viable GOP anymore, they are nothing but racist and misogynous do nothings who have destroyed the economy, jobs, and national cohesiveness and they would leave a member of our military in ENEMY hands just to try and score a political point against a man and his family because they hate the fact they are black.

Jun 02, 2014 10:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

I simply cannot fathom the politics here. We’ve been working with the Taliban since before they became our enemy…General Petraeus upon assuming command immediately opened a line “to the terrorists.”

This thing is a total political loser in my book…we are not and have never been “at war with Islam” (thank you George W. Bush.)

Leaving aside the fact that we have an entirely new war to prosecute an win (against Russia…and quite possibly China as well) I think the time to move on was over 5 years ago when the Fed collapsed Wall Street, the middle class was destroyed and we got hit with absolutely staggering price increases in food and energy this past winter.

We can “Blame Bo” of course.

Jun 02, 2014 10:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Saluki21 wrote:

Anyone have something intelligent to say? Sophie – posting once is fine. Five times? Makes one wonder why.

Jun 02, 2014 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chuck2 wrote:

Since most of the R’s never served more then dinner, time they shut up. Seems those clowns will hold hearing on sunset, sunrise, high and low tide and other items they think might get them a vote or two. Seems they need to hold hearings on how come most unproductive Congress ever? Really fed up with that bunch in DC, and the “we do not like it and and and” based ONLY on partisan politics. Time we get some folks to investigate Congress and their owners. Hmmm looking back I note none of them want to investigate the why, who and what lies that started Iraq. Time to toss them out as they are worse danger to nation then any other terrorists. Perhaps we should have traded the House of Reprehensible for the Soldier, but bad guys would have taken us to Court for cruel and unusual punishment on that exchange.

Jun 02, 2014 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

Republicans could care less about the lives of our soldiers. All they care about is attacking Obama. They’re a bunch of reprobates, enemies of our country.

Jun 02, 2014 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chuck2 wrote:

I should hope the folks across ID, rather right wing place, remember how the R’s value their sons as seems the R’s are not in favor of getting our troops home. Hope the military that is notoriously right wing also remembers the chirps of the right’s chicken hawks at election time. Yep folks, listen carefully as nra, tax cuts for upper end, pipelinies, etc get better and more treatment then release of our soldier.

Jun 02, 2014 10:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

carny…yes, US citizens care for their soldiers, but sometimes the demo’s and libbies can’t cipher the too deeply the complexities of decisions.

as usual, the demo’s and libbies will defend the potus regardless of his decisions. they believe the administration can do no wrong and despises being questioned (i.e., being held accountable)

Jun 02, 2014 10:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

HEADLINE: Republicans Stand With The Taliban

Film at eleven.

Jun 02, 2014 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Burns0011 wrote:

To all those concerned with precedents and looking bad and whatnot; This prisoner exchange was NOT about the prisoners.

It was a message to the Afghanistan government. Kharzai hasn’t signed the cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the USA and looks like he will never sign it whether or not he steps down or continues on in defiance of his country’s Constitution.

Since Kharzai hasn’t signed, the USA has indirectly fired a shot across the bow of his ship of state; those five Taliban prisoners aren’t going to be causing the USA trouble directly. Oh no. They’re going to go right to work against the *Afghani* government.

This has nothing to do with the prisoners. It has nothing to do with USA politics. It has everything to do with pressuring Afghanistan’s government into signing the cooperation deal. After all, if it isn’t signed… there’s more prisoners in Guantanamo the USA could send back to Afghanistan to cause trouble.

Jun 02, 2014 10:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

bbsnews…are you sure he wasn’t a deserter? how many americans lost their lives going after him? I don’t know…but you are just like the others…don’t want to be held accountable…

with comments like “HEADLINE: Republicans Stand With The Taliban”, it easy to see how this country has become polarized. I once had hope for this president, but began to hear a lot of dissent and started listening …I now find it harder to stand behind him and find it very interesting dealing with the narcissistic supporters.

Jun 02, 2014 10:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:

We don’t leave Americans in the hands of our enemies. Period.

Jun 02, 2014 11:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CliftonC wrote:

Why would an American dad thank Allah for his son’s return?

Jun 02, 2014 11:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
taggert wrote:

So once again republicans are against our troops. It will take an unbelievably dense person not to remember how anti-American this group of republicans are come election day…. sadly, we seem to have a number of those type in this country.

Jun 02, 2014 11:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
harry7738 wrote:

Good gosh, Republicans. Get real. G.W. Bush released 530 prisoners from gitmo.What did he get in return? Reagan swapped 1500 missiles with Iran for prisoners. Jumping on the President for blowing his nose is getting dang old. Get to work once and do something besides investigate and gripe about ACA. Just how do we go about recalling a member of Congress?

Jun 02, 2014 11:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

What, exactly, are Republicans whining about now? There is no problem here. Obama got an American PoW home – how is that the wrong thing to do?

I can only conclude that, left to Republicans, US prisoners of war would be abandoned and left to die in some foreign cell.

Jun 02, 2014 11:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

taggert, you make a bold very inaccurate statement…you can never know how much I support my brothers (who are soldiers). you are apparently biased and ready to attack.

please show me how you have come to the opinion I hate our troops so much. yours is an idiotic statement. you have no idea what you are stating.

thus, you must be like many of the others, you do not like to be held accountable. all that is being said by those (who you claim as republicans) is lets see what happened. how many other soldiers are being put at risks…you obviously know all the answers.

you throw a word like “hate” out. unbelievable.

Jun 02, 2014 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

harry7738…I concur, but remember one thing…all that is really being said is that since this wasn’t discussed much prior to the decision, lets discuss it now. what I see is a president that will not discuss it, thus, the next level will probably be pursued.

I think this is more than just blowing a nose…but can we expect the answer “what does it matter now?”.

Jun 02, 2014 12:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

“ready” would leave an American who is NOT EVEN ACCUSED OF DESERTION in the hands of the Taliban half a world away. Say a lot about ‘baggers eh?

Jun 02, 2014 12:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

Good call Burns. Bravo.

Jun 02, 2014 12:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

Bakhtin, you “can only conclude that, left to Republicans, US prisoners of war would be abandoned and left to die in some foreign cell” because you cannot not reasonable conclude.

Jun 02, 2014 12:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Please GOP, pretty please, try to impeach President Obama. There is nothing you could do that would improve his approval ratings more.

Jun 02, 2014 12:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dhp wrote:

we as voters and the people who pay the taxes and your wages want a investigation into why you pubicons dont get anything done and block anything that will help the working people of this country,, come on dummies, wake up,, stop working for the rich and make america stron and good again and not bought and paid for by the rich,,,,,,

Jun 02, 2014 12:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

bbsnews, really impressive line of argument…build stick-men so you can tear them down. why are you so defensive? Can’t stand for the current administration (and your ideals) being questioned and held accountable? How long has this soldier been held captive?

Jun 02, 2014 12:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
purcelc wrote:

I don’t care what these scumbag Republican politicians say about Berghdahl’s release,
any US soldier is worth much more than 5 Taliban crazed zealots any day.

Jun 03, 2014 1:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

Hey “clifton”, I live in New Mexico, we have many Muslims here, there are many across the country, and they are Americans. Guess that frosts you eh?

Jun 03, 2014 1:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

“ready”, you are an anonymous ‘bagger. Your posts make this clear. The president, President Obama, OUR president, made the call and got the man out when he could. You are trying to make it yet another ‘bagger partisan witch hunt and I hope you and yours do just that because it will turn the midterms into a rout.

Carry on, and pray that Faux News does the same no matter how much their ratings are dropping…

There’s no straw man. It is a fact that if Republicans go down this road against a U. S. soldier they are done. With all of the rest of the Domestic Terrorism that ‘bagger led GOP has already wreaked upon this country – this is the last straw.

Jun 03, 2014 1:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

ready2013 wrote:
“Bakhtin, you “can only conclude that, left to Republicans, US prisoners of war would be abandoned and left to die in some foreign cell” because you cannot not reasonable conclude.’

You are waffling and squirming. Enough of the BS. Tell us directly:

Do you think Obama should have got Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released? Yes or no.

If it is no, then my conclusion is correct. If it is yes, then you need to explain why you are whining about Obama doing something that you agree he should have done.

Jun 03, 2014 2:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RCuthbert wrote:

Hey, Soldier,

Who’s your buddy, who’s your pal?

Not the gotp.

Think about it.

Jun 03, 2014 2:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ExDemocrat wrote:

Did President Obama trade 5 Taliban leaders for one U.S. deserter? If so, that calls his decision to make the exchange very much into question.

Jun 03, 2014 5:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thinker72 wrote:

The republicans have kind of hamstrung themselves by whining over an over and over again on non issues that if anything kind of important does happen everyone has tuned out. Boy crying wolf syndrome. They are their own worst enemy.

Jun 03, 2014 5:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lysergic wrote:

REPUBS ARE VERY SICK PEOPLE…PERIOD

Jun 03, 2014 6:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

bakhtin, again, your posts show your bias and superficial evaluation of the conditions. you don’t understand the post of others, you attack before understanding and you think everything is black or white, yes or no, and you believe the libbies and demo’s can do no wrong.

you tell me, is there a greater risk now to the US or its allies that these terrorist have been released? Did the soldier allow himself or put himself in a position that was irresponsible or that allowed him to be captured? did this soldier defect?

you answer,
is Obama capable of making mistakes?
has Obama lied before?

Jun 03, 2014 6:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

Bakhtin,
by the way, at this point I say I don’t know.

there is an inherent evil in those who don’t like to be questioned or held accountable.

Jun 03, 2014 6:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Sen John McCain has to be the world’s Worst Sore Loser. No matter what President Obama does, McCain is right there to carp, criticize denigrate and deride.

Remember, McCain was the last Senate hold-out on the MLK National Holiday vote… the Senator from Arizona is a mean-spirited racist.

In hindsight, maybe we should have paid Hanoi to keep this disgruntled loser locked up.

Jun 03, 2014 6:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

it’s Star Trek time again…the demo’s and libbies’ “Shields are up”

Jun 03, 2014 6:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

Bakhtin,
you tell me … should we negotiate with terrorist? should we release terrorist?

Jun 03, 2014 6:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

Time to really get aggressive against Obama and holder…impeach them both…lies, crimes against the people….illegal, disregard for our laws…Obama breaks them, holder protects and probably is involved just as deep as him, in breaking our laws..we have the evil duo, in the white house and it is breaking down our laws, by designs from both….IMPEACH!

Jun 03, 2014 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Our little buddy in Palestine, Israel, traded 1,027 mostly Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, and nobody in Israel or in the US Congress voiced any disapproval of the deal.

Israeli military actions and decisions are never questioned by the members of the US Congress, even though the US taxpayers provide over 3 billion in cash annually to help finance Israel’s armed forces.

The US major media never criticize Israeli prisoner swaps; but they are not shy about questioning the wisdom and efficacy of the Bergdahl swap… go figure.

The Republicans are desperately trying to make a partisan political issue out of this Bergdahl prisoner swap deal; it’s an election year.

Jun 03, 2014 7:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Sabrefencer, the fact that Obama and Holder are both black males never entered into your decision-making process, right?

I’ve read some of your previous posts; you come off as a racist… am I wrong?

Jun 03, 2014 7:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

When asked a simple, direct question:

“Do you think Obama should have got Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released? Yes or no.”

ready123 waffles squirms, evades, and in four posts still does not answer that simple, direct, question.

Enough said – his true colours are revealed.

Jun 03, 2014 9:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash0866 wrote:

1st time in US History that 1 enemy sympathizing deserter US soldier was traded for 5 terrorist war criminals. Facts suck eh?

Jun 03, 2014 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash0866 wrote:

bbsnews wrote:

“ready” would leave an American who is NOT EVEN ACCUSED OF DESERTION in the hands of the Taliban half a world away. Say a lot about ‘baggers eh?

He will be accused and convicted…what say you then… and oh how many died looking for this enemy sympathizing deserter…hearing 6 so far…

Jun 03, 2014 11:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash0866 wrote:

dobermanmacleod wrote:

Please GOP, pretty please, try to impeach President Obama. There is nothing you could do that would improve his approval ratings more.

Funny that Obama can’t DO ANYTHING HIMSELF to improve them…see how that works lemming…

Jun 03, 2014 11:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash0866 wrote:

The_Traveler wrote:

We don’t leave Americans in the hands of our enemies. Period.

WE didn’t. He deserted. How many died trying to get him back when he left of his own free will?

Jun 03, 2014 11:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash0866 wrote:

chuck2 wrote:

I should hope the folks across ID, rather right wing place, remember how the R’s value their sons as seems the R’s are not in favor of getting our troops home. Hope the military that is notoriously right wing also remembers the chirps of the right’s chicken hawks at election time. Yep folks, listen carefully as nra, tax cuts for upper end, pipelinies, etc get better and more treatment then release of our soldier.

Ask someone in the military, whether they are from ID or not, how they value deserter soldiers who are responsible for the deaths of fellow soldiers that went looking for them after they deserted .

Jun 03, 2014 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

Crash0866 wrote:
“He deserted.”

Got any proof for that?

He has never been charged with desertion.

“In a video, Bergdahl stated that he was captured when he fell behind on a patrol. Taliban sources allege he was ambushed after becoming drunk off base; U.S. military sources deny that claim, stating, “The Taliban are known for lying and what they are claiming [is] not true”. A Department of Defense spokesperson said, “I’m glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video. They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law.” Other sources said Bergdahl walked off base after his shift or that he was grabbed from a latrine. Some soldiers who served with Bergdahl have alleged that he may have been a deserter.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowe_Bergdahl#cite_note-21

Interesting that you have made it clear that, based on nothing but unproven allegations, you would happily leave US troops behind in captivity.

Jun 03, 2014 1:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bbsnews wrote:

Hey “crash”. it’s like this buddy. I don’t care if he shot and killed a commanding officer. Bring him home and give him a fair trial. You are hearing a ‘bagger made story for the right-wing press. He wanted to help Afhans and was picked up by the Taliban. The DOD will straighten it out now that he’s home.

It amazes me how you yahoos want the man to die in captivity with not a shred of justice and completely in contravention of the notion WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.

Please encourage the ‘bagger led GOP to engage in yet another fruitless partisan witch hunt. The headline will be glorious:

Republicans Impeach Obama for Bringing Soldier Home

The Democrats could use the help.

Jun 03, 2014 2:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

these are typical responses from libbies and demo’s…they criticize and call others names, twist the words of others…WHY? to divert attention away from being held accountable. they dislike with a vengeance being questioned. they come to conclusions (i.e., support the current administration) without evaluation. they question and criticize others for having a faith, but they have put their total trust and faith in their own perceived deliverer.

Jun 03, 2014 8:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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