gmlewis,FYI, "unique and exigent circumstances" are
specifically exempted in the law, hence the reference by the administration. In
other words, if the circumstances were indeed unique and urgent/demanding, then
nothing was done contrary to the law. From most accounts, the deal
that was struck, regardless of what you think of it, needed to be done quickly
in order to ensure it's going through. I don't think it would be hard
for the administration to argue that putting it before Congress would likely
have resulted in delays and the whole thing falling apart. Likewise, this
isn't a simple release of prisoners deemed no longer a threat--the kind of
release the law is written for--thus is probably qualifies as "unique"
So, did he desert, or was he kidnapped? In 2010 the government concluded that he
deserted his post.
" ...the law required Obama to notify Congress 30 days before any transfer
of terrorists from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In
response, the White House said that officials considered what they called
"unique and exigent circumstances" and decided to go ahead with the
transfer in spite of the legal requirement."It was definitely
the right thing to do, but it would have been better to do it legally. It is
amazing how Pres. Obama always thinks that he is facing "unique and exigent
circumstances."Pres. Obama has severely weakened the Legislative
Branch and made the Executive Branch supreme. One day we will realize how much
damage has been done.
American soldiers died in trying to get this guy back before, and now you all
think we should've just done some Rambo thing rather than this trade? Be
realistic, war isn't a video game where if you fail you respawn at a
Haha shame the pentagon did not think to call up some of the people commenting
here, sounds like there is a lot of people with hostage negotiations!Israel released over 1000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one captured
Israeli soldier the last time it did an exchange. Sounds like you guys got a
President Bush transferred\released 500 detainees from GitmoPresident
Reagan exchanged weapons for American hostages in Lebanon Since man
has fought in wars, there has always been prisoner exchanges. aceroinox you are right, the do nothing Congress would have shut him down.
They only make a big deal out of things when someone dies.
I don't think the efforts here to slime the President and administration
are that effective, or necessary. This is a positive event. Let's see it
for what it is. instead of trying to use it as an opportunity to pour poison on
the national character.
Today on ABC's THIS WEEK, Ted Cruz ridiculed President Obama about trading
five burned out, brainwashed and useless prisoners of war!How stupid
are you, Ted Cruz, for not to being happy that our soldier is coming home!
To Worf and DN Subscriber, I ask this question! If your child had been held
captive for five years, would it have been worth the POTUS making as you say
"the world a much more dangerous place for Americans. And the release of
five very bad Taliban terrorists made it even more dangerous" Remember
here, we are talking about YOUR child!
It's wonderful to be able celebrate Sgt. Bergdahl's release...glad
he's coming home. That joy is tempered somewhat by the inept negotiations
that resulted in the release of five bona fide terrorists who are more than
capable of re-kindling the same momentum that resulted in 9-11. Even the most
inept of NFL or NBA teams could have engineered a better trade than that, and
still gotten our warrior back! I suggest that the reason the Obama
administration did not want to give the required 30-day notice to Congress, is
that they know darn well Congress would have sent them back to the negotiating
Re Worf: We are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for your expose of how
the " worlds most powerful military did nothing to secure" the
sergeants release" Obviously you must be on the "in" with those at
the pentagon and or State Dept. and have info. that the rest of the nation was
deprived of! You seem to have a problem with the 5 to 1 trade
ratio! Did we give too many prisoners up or not enough. To my way of thinking
the whole population of Gitmo isn't worth 1 American soldier!As
for Clint Eastwood. Is this the same Eastwood that made a fool of himself at
the Repub. Convention, talking to an empty chair, only to have the unforeseen
occupant of that chair rub it in his face come election night? Thought so!
It took 5 to equal this one good Idaho boy. Glad he's safe.
@worf 12:58 p.m. May 31, 2014We bargained with terrorists for a 5 to
1 trade, and for this our commander is proud?---------------So you'd rather that Bowe Bergdahl had just been left to rot in
Yes indeed, welcome Home Sergeant! And Kudos to the POTUS and the military for
pursuing talks with his captors and gaining his release! Shame on Rep. Howard
McKeon and Sen. James Inhofe, who within just a few hours of his release find it
necessary to denigrate the POTUS and his efforts in getting this fine soldier
release. Both are pathetic and pollute a joyous event celebrated by real
patriots! God Bless any and all who played any part in gaining the Sergeants
It's about time. I can't imagine the PTSD he has as a result of his
captivity. Thank you Sergeant for your service.
I can only imagine how relieved his parents are to have him returned. Amazing
that it took five bad guys to equal one good guy!In a statement,
President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of
America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind
on the battlefield."Except when talking about Benghazi!
Can you imagine being a POW for five years while the worlds most powerful
military did nothing to secure your release?Than your country traded
five terrorists for your release.Wow! Do we look weak.
Are we scared, and on our knees?Bring in Clint Eastwood.
We bargained with terrorists for a 5 to 1 trade, and for this our commander is
Welcome Home Sergeant!!!