Insider reports indicate Obama White House operatives expected they would enjoy widespread support for the administration’s decision to negotiate a trade of five highly dangerous Taliban officers for one U.S. soldier. That support has not manifested, and now the White House is once again scrambling to initiate damage control.
Congressional leaders are now reviewing the legal implications of President Obama breaking a law he himself signed just last year that required he notify Congress of any intent to free a GITMO prisoner 30 days prior to doing so. No such notification was given when the administration brokered a deal to free five Taliban terrorists for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had gone missing in Afghanistan five years ago.
‘The return of senior terrorists to the Taliban is a “high crime and misdemeanor”, Andrew C. McCarthy told MailOnline.
Inside the Obama White House, people are confused as to why they are being questioned on things such as motive and tactics in getting Bergdahl free, as outlined by this quote, again from the MailOnline:
Everyone thought this would be a January 1981 moment,’ the insider said, referring to the negotiated release of 52 U.S. hostages in Iran after 444 days in captivity.
‘Reagan negotiated with terrorists in the weeks before he took office,’ the official said. ‘I don’t remember anyone objecting at the time. They just wanted our people home.’
Perhaps those Obama White House staffers would do well to learn actual history though. The Iran Hostage Crisis involved 52 embassy staff, and to the best of my knowledge, not terrorist hostages were freed as a result of negotiations. In fact, the primary motivator for Iran freeing those hostages was fear of a direct military action by the soon-to-power Reagan administration.
If more former soldiers who served with Bergdahl come forward with assertions he was an anti-America deserter, look for more and more Americans to direct their outrage against the Obama White House, and what the administration saw as an easy public relations move, could very well turn into a PR nightmare that resulted in five very dangerous men being set free to resume their war against the United States.
June 2, 2014