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Senate Dems Go AWOL-They had Obama's back on the Bergdahl/Taliban trade. Now they're walking away
The Weekly Standard ^ | June 3, 2014 | John McCormack and Michael Warren

Posted on 06/03/2014 7:43:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

On Sunday, Senator Claire McCaskill gave a full-throated defense of the president's decision to release five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo prison in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. "We saved this man's life. The commander-in-chief acted within his constitutional authority, which he should have done," McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, told Fox News host Chris Wallace. "I'm very proud that we have no POWs left in Afghanistan and the president should be proud of it also."

But following multiple reports that Bergdahl deserted his post and soldiers died searching for him, McCaskill will no longer say she still supports the deal she was "very proud" of just 48 hours ago. "I'm not going to comment until I look at the brief," an annoyed McCaskill told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "I'm not going to comment until I look at the brief," she repeated, referring to a classified briefing senators will receive tomorrow.

McCaskill was not alone in her reluctance to support the deal. More than a dozen Democratic senators questioned by TWS Tuesday afternoon declined to defend it. "I just don't know enough about it. I really don't," said Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

"It's very disturbing," said Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "Everything you hear. I'm going to reserve judgment until after we have a secured briefing tomorrow."

"You know, I think, um, let me hold off on that," said Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"All I've heard is what I've read in the press," said Vermont's senior senator Pat Leahy.

"I don't have enough information at this point in time," said Jon Tester of Montana. "I do think getting our boys back home, that's a good quality. I do have some issues about whether [Bergdahl] deserted or not."

"I need to know more about the law," Tester added when asked if the president broke the law by not giving Congress 30 days notice that the Gitmo detainees would be released.

"Everything affects the calculus," said Carl Levin of Michigan. "It's an excruciating decision the president has to make, that decision as to whether he would do it. Would you use a nuclear weapon to get back a soldier? I mean, no."

"It depends on all the facts and circumstances of the case," Levin added. "I'm not going to give you a conclusion in the case because I don't know all the circumstances."

Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York declined to comment when asked if it was a good deal. In addition, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Chris Coons of Delaware, and Mark Begich of Alaska said they're reserving judgment.

The only senator who explicitly supported the deal on Tuesday was Majority Leader Harry Reid. "I'm glad to get rid of these five people," Reid said during his press conference, referring to the Taliban commanders. "Guantanamo has been there far too l ong. And I think we should get them out of there as quick as we can. We've been held up from doing that by Republicans."

Reid said he would support an open Senate hearing on Bergdahl and that the president didn't break the law by failing to provide notification to Congress that he would be releasing five Gitmo detainees. "I've been told no, he did not violate the law," Reid said, without identifying the person who told him that.


TOPICS: Missouri; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; democrats; obama
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1 posted on 06/03/2014 7:43:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt


2 posted on 06/03/2014 7:44:43 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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3 posted on 06/03/2014 7:45:08 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and the prize for the silliest nonsense of the bunch goes toooo
Carl Levin

“Everything affects the calculus,” said Carl Levin of Michigan. “It’s an excruciating decision the president has to make, that decision as to whether he would do it. Would you use a nuclear weapon to get back a soldier? I mean, no.””

did carl actually think this would cover his tracks???


4 posted on 06/03/2014 7:45:12 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rats everywhere are abandoning Obama’s ship.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 7:46:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know what’s next! Pings from MH370 black boxes discovered after 87 days under water!


6 posted on 06/03/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I've been told no, he did not violate the law," Reid said, without identifying the person who told him that.

Let me guess . . . the madame in the bordello he regularly visits?

7 posted on 06/03/2014 7:47:55 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Steely Tom

Or “UFOs are real! Here’s a little grey man!”


8 posted on 06/03/2014 7:48:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, RATS, it was a TARP!

hahahahahahahahahahaha


9 posted on 06/03/2014 7:48:30 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

even dianne feinstein believes that obozo broke the law and she is pizzed about this.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 7:48:57 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

To quote ‘sacred ground’, this is Beautiful.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: Steely Tom
I know what’s next! Pings from MH370 black boxes discovered after 87 days under water!

Don't be silly! It will be that we had to get Bergdahl back when we did because HE knows where MH370 is!

12 posted on 06/03/2014 7:50:22 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York declined to comment when asked if it was a good deal


Perhaps Elizabeth Warren didnt understand the question since the reporter wasn’t asking in her native tongue


13 posted on 06/03/2014 7:51:57 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All but 3 Democrat Senators voted for the law that require they be informed.

Obama signed it.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00284


14 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:01 PM PDT by digger48
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To: MeshugeMikey

Carl is retiring so he can afford to go full special.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Like rats abandoning the Titanic


16 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:11 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Vigilanteman
"I've been told no, he did not violate the law," Reid said, without identifying the person who told him that.

Does that statement mean that he and others don't even know what is in the law that they passed under their watch?

17 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:12 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

lolz


18 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cripplecreek

We wont have Carl Levin to Kick Around Any More??


19 posted on 06/03/2014 7:52:53 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I’ve been told no, he did not violate the law,” Reid said, without identifying the person who told him that. Hey “Dingy One,” was it the same person that told you Romney never paid his taxes, or was it the guy who told you to go berserk on the Koch brothers? Harry, time to retire, go to those cowboy poetry sessions you like and leave this country be. Check into a mental hospital using Obamacare.


20 posted on 06/03/2014 7:53:47 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: MeshugeMikey

We’ll always have Sander Levin in the house.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 7:53:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this satire? When have these people ever waited to find the facts on anything?


22 posted on 06/03/2014 7:54:55 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All democrats that continue to make excuses are open to voters, even if those voters are ignorant. Yes, that means you stupid black voters that voted for race instead of actual governance! Ignorance voted for him, ignorance should vote him and like him out (yes, that means Hillary)!

Damn, can’t we just have an educated and informed electorate? After all, they tend to control the country these days...heaven help us!


23 posted on 06/03/2014 7:56:06 PM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: RightGeek

That is the most PERFECT cartoon I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing! :)


24 posted on 06/03/2014 8:00:02 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Remember what Eric Nordstrom said in a Congressional hearing Oct 10, 2012 …."The Taliban is on the inside of the building"
25 posted on 06/03/2014 8:00:42 PM PDT by high info voter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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26 posted on 06/03/2014 8:01:49 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet obama fly’s into this guys hometown and leads the parade.


27 posted on 06/03/2014 8:03:08 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is killing the Democrat Party.

Unfortunately, he’s also killing the country, but Democrats are Democrats first and they worry about the Democrat Party before they worry about The United States Of America.


28 posted on 06/03/2014 8:04:51 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One of the voices in Harry’s head told him Obama didn’t break the law.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 8:17:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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30 posted on 06/03/2014 8:17:25 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCaskill has done near worn-out her kneepads by now, hasn’t she?


31 posted on 06/03/2014 8:21:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: garjog

When does Mr. Obama start growing his beard (no, not Michelle, the one on his chin)?


32 posted on 06/03/2014 8:21:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Someone should give him a medal cuz that was an amazing leap....of illogic.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 8:22:41 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"All I've heard is what I've read in the press," said Vermont's senior senator Pat Leahy.

That is all Obama knows also

34 posted on 06/03/2014 8:25:01 PM PDT by woofie
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To: kingattax

Yes DiFi did sound pissed, and more of them are sounding like that...

But the REAL reason they are mad is that they are thinking to themselves “THIS G-D BOZO IS GOING TO SCREW UP OUR RE-ELECTION CHANCES!!!”


35 posted on 06/03/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Steely Tom

You are not wrong…. over on CNN.com there is a story right now about a mystery “sound” that may be evidence of where the plane crashed…


36 posted on 06/03/2014 8:35:54 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: longfellowsmuse

If they find the plane, the whole Bergdahl thing goes into the memory hole within five minutes.


37 posted on 06/03/2014 8:37:35 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Well, she does have high cheekbones, you know.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

38 posted on 06/03/2014 8:59:46 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently Reid did not know that Obama has already apologized for breaking the law. A spokesman for Obama apologized for not notifying congress. And Obama knows he had to give a 30 day notification as he signed the very law stating such.


39 posted on 06/03/2014 9:34:46 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Dem pres left behind!


40 posted on 06/03/2014 10:02:57 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

When O’ when will Carl Levin retire and leave what remains of Michigan alone!!?? I thought for a nanosecond that we had got rid of crusty old Conyers, but Noooooo, my guess is that some ‘judge’ has accepted a check with a very large number on it.
The Jurassic Age continues in Michigan, but it is slowing melting away.


41 posted on 06/03/2014 10:20:45 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
All the morons, imbeciles, flying monkeys, Obamabots, whatever you want to call them, had no problem, a few days ago, making a loud judgment about the Terrorist-deserter trade, having no facts, but suddenly with a tad of actual facts (which many of us had before the headlines) they are thoughtful and introspective and have no opinion at all.

What does that tell you about abominable votes and decisions they have made the last 6 years, affecting a couple of hundred million US taxpayers and trillions$?

42 posted on 06/03/2014 10:36:01 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: kingattax

Obummer was simply trying to take the VA scandal out of limelight. I know Obummer like the back of my hand since I lived on south side of Chicago for many years.

WHy else would they do it now? This exchange has been talked about for 2+ years. Obummer did not free the Taliban commanders before because even democrats were against it.


43 posted on 06/03/2014 10:40:32 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid will not allow debate on any good bills passed by House. GOP needs 51 senators in 2014!)
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To: garjog
Where can we get a poster sized copy of that?
That's a classic keeper!
44 posted on 06/03/2014 10:42:34 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: publius911

http://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/saving-private-bergdahl.jpg?w=523&h=770


45 posted on 06/03/2014 11:39:10 PM PDT by FBD
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To: garjog

MAD Magazine deserves a Medal of Freedom Award! After what? 50 years? Still poking a stick into the eye of The Establishment!


46 posted on 06/04/2014 3:52:37 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The ‘Rats realizing that Obama has sold them out again


47 posted on 06/04/2014 4:14:37 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“It's very disturbing,” said Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “Everything you hear. I'm going to reserve judgment until after we have a secured briefing tomorrow.”

Hmmmmm?

Who believes Obama’s people will give an accurate account of Bergdahl’s disappearance & activities while with the Taliban, as well as US actions to secure his “release”?

Keep in mind that this administration routinely lies about everything of substance. Perhaps Susan Rice will give the briefing.

Did Bergdahl willingly return or was he forced to return to US custody?

48 posted on 06/04/2014 5:21:39 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Like rats abandoning the Titanic

No. This is called fake outrage, & it is all the Rats will do about Obama’s crimes. After November, you wont hear the fake outrage again until 2016.

49 posted on 06/04/2014 5:30:33 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: lee martell

the tide may be turning shortly!


50 posted on 06/04/2014 6:02:28 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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