I thought we were going to try or release all the Guantanamo Bay prisoners a few years ago. 161 left.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
Going to withhold coming to my final initial judgement on this until a bit more information, but my gut is very uncomfortable with this. I understand the emotional argument of this guys family and such that's been placed in this thread. Emotional arguments as a matter of foreign and defense policy is idiotic and a poor foundation to work from.
I will say that initially this looks like a CLEAR breach of the law from the President. You don't get to sign a law and simultaneously sign a signing statement that says you disagree the laws constiutional and will ignore it. That absolutely should be persued, even if it's simply a manner of the SCOTUS ruling in on the constitutionality of the reporting requirement.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I was listening to a radio commentary while driving a couple of hours ago and the talk show host--I didn't catch his name--said the jury was out on whether Bergdahl had deserted and we should be very careful not to impune the name of a uniformed member of the armed services without knowing about that for sure.
But some 50 of our soldiers were killed when out looking for Bergdahl--the level of violence escalated greatly in the months following his capture. His father mentioned he was more comfortable talking in Pashto than in English, but that could be lack of contact with any English speakers for the past five years. The five guys traded for his release were top Taliban leaders and had been classified extremely dangerous.
And yes, that certainly would appear to be encouragement for Islamic terrorists to look for more people to kidnap and hold for ransom.
And I can't shake the feeling too that Obama was almost desperate for something--ANYTHING--to get the VA and Benghazi scandals off the front pages. He had tried almost everything in his arsenal without success. But Bergdahl's release accomplished that.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
Barack Obama: Statement on Signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
If it goes to the SCOTUS I think they'll side with Obama on this one.
Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero - CNN.com"....At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdahl, and many soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.....
On August 18, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen and Pfc. Morris Walker were killed by an IED in the search for Bergdahl. Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss was killed on August 26; 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews and Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek were killed after being attacked in Yahya Khail District on September 4; Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed September 5 by an IED at the Forward Operating Base, Sharana .......read...."
Do you have a link to your claim below?
"His father mentioned he was more comfortable talking in Pashto than in English, but that could be lack of contact with any English speakers for the past five years."