Skip to comments.Senate Dems Go AWOL-They had Obama's back on the Bergdahl/Taliban trade. Now they're walking away
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.
and the prize for the silliest nonsense of the bunch goes toooo
“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???
Rats everywhere are abandoning Obama’s ship.
I know what’s next! Pings from MH370 black boxes discovered after 87 days under water!
Let me guess . . . the madame in the bordello he regularly visits?
Or “UFOs are real! Here’s a little grey man!”
Yeah, RATS, it was a TARP!
even dianne feinstein believes that obozo broke the law and she is pizzed about this.
To quote ‘sacred ground’, this is Beautiful.
Don't be silly! It will be that we had to get Bergdahl back when we did because HE knows where MH370 is!
Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York declined to comment when asked if it was a good deal
All but 3 Democrat Senators voted for the law that require they be informed.
Obama signed it.
Carl is retiring so he can afford to go full special.
Like rats abandoning the Titanic
Does that statement mean that he and others don't even know what is in the law that they passed under their watch?
We wont have Carl Levin to Kick Around Any More??
“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.
We’ll always have Sander Levin in the house.
Is this satire? When have these people ever waited to find the facts on anything?
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!
That is the most PERFECT cartoon I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing! :)
I bet obama fly’s into this guys hometown and leads the parade.
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.
One of the voices in Harry’s head told him Obama didn’t break the law.
McCaskill has done near worn-out her kneepads by now, hasn’t she?
When does Mr. Obama start growing his beard (no, not Michelle, the one on his chin)?
Someone should give him a medal cuz that was an amazing leap....of illogic.
That is all Obama knows also
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!!!”
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
If they find the plane, the whole Bergdahl thing goes into the memory hole within five minutes.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
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.
No Dem pres left behind!
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.
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$?
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.
MAD Magazine deserves a Medal of Freedom Award! After what? 50 years? Still poking a stick into the eye of The Establishment!
The ‘Rats realizing that Obama has sold them out again
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?
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.
the tide may be turning shortly!
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