Along with Bowe Bergdahl...
I am glad to hear that Bowe Bergdahl is back, but I am indescribably pissed off about what the PINO did in our name (talk about "not in our name.") did to get him back. Instead of a well planned and highly secret raid to get Bergdahl back resulting in some more dead tangos that will no longer kill our countrymen, we have instead returned what would effectively be the equivalent of their General Patton and General MacArthur to their ranks so they can continue their jihad on the battlefield in exchange for one guy far down the food chain.
This is bad, terribly bad. As in, "arms for hostages" bad. The PINO of 2008 waxed poetic about how he didn't believe in "engagement." The US government has emboldened the enemy to take further, more audacious actions knowing that they will likely reach their goals with the willing help of the coward in chief and his criminally non-confrontational and anti-American administration. Our enemies are watching, especially these enemies, and they are taking note of how to exploit this latest showing of our ass.
In my humble opinion, this act, besides all of the others, is "impeach this guy" bad.
I know he has been working against the country that made it so a bi-racial man raised by a single mom could be elected to the highest office in the land.... Twice... Since this guy took the job of PINO, it has been something like this year after year, and now with his actions, he weakened a country and emboldened our enemies to an epic degree, which evidently stays at the top of his "To Do" list. Our enemies are propagandizing and speechfying already on the interwebs in great volume and measure about what a "great victory" this is. The fact that the President broke the law that he signed into law to pull this off is becoming passe' enough to not raise awareness or pulses anywhere in the Legacy Media. I guess laws don't matter anymore huh?
“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-Calif.) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.), said in a joint statement.
Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.
The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.
So it was just too burdensome to take time out of fund-raising and watching the media to get your daily briefing in the goings-on in your administration? Not enough time to slip someone an e-mail during one of your many golf outings? Just couldn't bring yourself to let a co-equal branch of government in on WTF you were doing?
U.S. Defense Secretary claimed that the reason for circumventing Congress was that Bergdhal’s life was in danger.
I am certain that Chuck knows this, but the only way anyone could or would have known that set of facts and circumstances is if you had real-time actionable intelligence on his current whereabouts, the people he was being threatened by and communication with his captors.
So I am going to need Chuck Hagel to chime in on some questions as well regarding when he knew something about this and for how long.
And we are now going to rely on Qatar to monitor these guys for a year? Does anyone have any belief whatsoever that these guys who were running things are going to hang out long enough to even put an address on a slip of paper? Let alone allow themselves to be "monitored?" My guess is that they will be gone within days from wherever they land at, only to reappear on the battlefield.
Or, in what could be some of the worst INFO OPS planning and execution ever, this could be something designed to get the likely criminal VA scandal, the actually criminal IRS scandal, the definitely criminal Fast and Furious scandal, and the should be criminal attempting to try terrorists in NYC scandal out of the media. I am guessing that this is not what they had in mind.
This whole story has gone from the terrible, to the fishy, to the redemptive; and Barry and Bowe (sounds like a local radio morning show team) has got some 'splainin to do. Bowe will be telling his tale of woe to the line of debriefers taking a number near his 4th point of contact that is going to likely start with the three letters "CIA" and after making a big alphabet tour loop, and end somewhere near "CID" In someone's in basket there is also likely a dusty file with an unfinished 15-6 investigation that will spin right back up where it left off and get back to the business of getting to the very bottom of Whisky Tango Foxtrot happened. Having a dad like this, however, who also says and does things like this probably doesn't help.
And Barry is going to be explaining this for some time to come. If I was Jay Carney, I would have quit my job too rather than stand in front of anyone with press credentials and try to explain this as a "victory" for us. It isn't. It is a defeat at our own hands. Barry will likely spend much of his time hiding out from this.
I am going to reserve some of my judgment for now on Bowe Bergdahl, even though I have my own opinion on what happened and who he is, because I don't have all of the facts. The questions can only get harder from here on out.