Skip to comments.GOP lawmakers blast Obama for negotiating with Taliban
Posted on 05/31/2014 2:48:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
Top Republicans on the Senate and House Armed Services Committee criticized President Obama on Saturday for negotiating with the Taliban in releasing five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal's release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the Senate Armed Services ranking member and House Armed Services chairman, respectively, in a joint statement.
A senior White House official said the U.S. transferred five Afghan Guantanamo detainees to Qatar as part of a "broader reconciliation framework" was part of "successful indirect talks with the Taliban's political commission." "The five detainees transferred are in the custody and of Qatar and will be subject to restrictions on their movement and activities," the senior official said.
"As the Administration has repeatedly affirmed, we will not transfer any detainee from Guantanamo unless the threat the detainee may pose to the United States can be sufficiently mitigated and only when consistent with our humane treatment policy," the official said.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement that he was "eager to learn what precise steps are being taken to ensure that these vicious and violent Taliban extremists" do not return in fighting against the U.S. or its allies.
"These particular individuals are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands," McCain said
Earlier Saturday, White House officials announced that the Taliban released Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. Then came multiple reports that U.S. officials released five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay. Those members are: Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Nori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari, according to multiple reports.
According to CNN: Khairkhwa was believed to be "directly associated" with Osama Bin Laden, as well as a "drug lord" and a friend of former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai; Fazi, Normi and Wasiq were top Taliban military officials, while Omari is the Taliban's former chief of communications.
Inhofe and McKeon said that Obama "clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay."
"Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal's release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law -- not to mention sound policy -- to achieve it," they said in their statement.
Inhofe and McKeon also said that Taliban terrorists will now have a "strong incentive to capture Americans," arguing that Obama's actions set a precedent where terrorists will think the administration will trade prisoners to release others.
This story was updated at 5:14 p.m.
dumbass obozo has a taliban poster over his bed.
Just wait until they find out what the Taliban really got for the soldier
One more example of 0bama ignoring law.
How long ago was the U.S. soldier, 5 from GITMO exchange said and done?
If it was some time back, a few days, a week, two weeks... whenever... was this info of the soldier for GITMO detainees exchange info being released now just a coincidence?
Or is the VA scandal causing an all-out from the WH?
Nixon negotiated with the North Vietnamese and arranged a POW swap. It is hard to argue Obama can’t do the same.
Five for one - Von Hayes. Enough said.
It could be avoided if we got out of the nation building business, stop collecting “senior Al Qeada” members, and started leaving rotting corpses.
Did Nixon do it without the knowledge of Congress or at least the Armed Services Committees?
That’s a great point, terrorists don’t deserve to live.
..negotiating with...? How about ARMING them?
We got our guy back....
More stupid party nonsense.
We are defeated in Afghanistan. Negotiating our surrender terms, though distasteful, is better than the last 10 000 being overrun.
Mh370 Em on the flight to their destination! Crew parachutes only! Syonarah!
The taliban are in the house, the WH.
Obama has actually supported many terrorist groups, with weapons and money. Iraq, Syria, Libya, the list is so long. There’s even a rumor that Boko Haram got their guns indirectly from the guys we supported in Libya.
Wait until Gowdy uncovers the al-Qaeda/Syria connection!
Obama’s the best friend terrorists have.
If even one American soldier is killed in the future as a direct result of this swap - Obama will be vilified ...
Step One: Find out where Boehner has passed out today.
Step Two: Sober him up.
Step Three: Convince him he needs to actually do his job.
If the resident buffoon, Clown Prince had friends, this is what they’d look like.
We’ll never know how many Americans those terrorists are directly responsible for murdering nor how many more. Hanging would have been too good for them.
And how many soldiers were killed searching for Bergdahl, too? His outpost was attacked a day or so after he went AWOL.
Attack on U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan kills two soldiers
U.S. military officials say ‘several’ U.S. soldiers also were wounded in the assault on the remote outpost in Paktika province. It’s the same area where an American soldier disappeared on Tuesday.
July 05, 2009|M. Karim Faiez and Laura King
Hope the injected nanotracking devices work.
Dear Congress. FU. For once, Obama has done the right thing. Welcome home, soldier.
My thoughts exactly...
The only reason we are there is to protect the opium trade.
The Taliban actually want to destroy the poppy fields and stop the cultivation of opium.
Rolling Stone magazine quoted emails Bergdahl is said to have sent to his parents that suggest he was disillusioned with Americas mission in Afghanistan, had lost faith in the U.S. Armys mission there and was considering desertion.
Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American.” Bergdahl, who mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books, also wrote: “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.”
Bergdahls family has not commented on the allegations of desertion, according to Col. Tim Marsano, a spokesman for the Idaho National Guard.
They should have injected them with the ebola virus.
I don’t know about Obama doing the right thing but it has at least a partial good result. I do know that getting in a fight with him over it will only harm the GOP.
Better to warn him to go through proper channels in the future and welcome the soldier home.
Exactamundo. Here's what the 77th Congress did when America was attacked: "...the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States."
The Congress cravenly cooperated with Bush's phony war, as predicted by myself here on FR on September 13, 2001, instead of making actual war on our enemies. As such, they share the shame of our defeat along with Bush and "Obama", whose election resulted in no small measure from Congress's cowardice and Bush's ridiculous fantasies about Islam.
Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. Obummer was raised by Muslim fathers, biological (?) and step father were both Muslims.
“”Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans,”
That’s what hussein is counting on. He’ll be able to pass out even more candies when these pieces of pig poop kill more of our soldiers.
The new starting rotation for the Boston Red Sox?
We better get used to it until we learn to fight wars to win again.
whatever happened to we do not negotiate with terrorists? Although I know Israel does and I respect the Jewish intellect.
Every single republican ignored the law when Obama was illegally installed in office.
What price did America pay, to release Senator McCain from captivity?
So you think that Obama doesn't have to follow the law and notify Congress beforehand or that there should be some mechanism that ensures that there is some oversight as to which prisoners are released?
We really don't know yet if Obama did the right thing. What happens if the Taliban take some more US hostages from the Embassy for example and demand more releases of prisoners? What would be your reaction of the five who are released get involved again in terrorism and take more American and Afghan lives? It will be months or years before we can ascertain if Obama did the right thing.
I’m not sure if the guy was even a “captive.” I have heard and read too many things to wonder what the heck was really going on with him, and to top it off, his father spoke Arabic today, at the White House, in some secret message to someone. What the heck is going on, ignoring the Gitmo release, what is up with this “captive”?
Obama could care less about Bergdahl. This event was designed to defend Obama and Hillary. They’ve been cutting deals with Al Qaeda.....dirty deals.....treasonous deals. This is a preemptive strike to give them an excuse.
“Look at what we did with Bergdahl. We negotiated with Al Qaeda there and nobody talked about treason. So we gave aid and comfort to Al Qaeda. That doesn’t make us traitors....just negotiators.”
Hillary and Obama are up to their eyeballs in s**t. They are using every trick that their Democrat brain trust can come up with to keep from being charged with treason.
America will always be a target for terrorism. Nothing will change that, ever. We tell our armed forces to never fear. We’ll bring you home. You’d leave a soldier behind, because what might happen in the future? Or because of conceived political wrongs or outright stupidity?
I agree PB, there’s alot more about this story. CBS ran this back in March...
You should read the tweet sent out by Bowe’s father..creepy to say the least..he wants the release of ALL Gitmo prisoners..says God will repay for all the Afghan children
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Someone might have hacked his account because I don’t see this on his account but will have to look further into this
This release did come at a convenient time for both 0bama and Hillary, whatever else comes up tends to take some of the heat off of them.