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New excuse for not notifying Congress of Taliban 5 swap: Decision made day before
Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 06/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT by maggief

How many excuses has the White House produced for not complying with the statutory requirement to notify and consult with Congress before releasing detainees from Gitmo? We’ve had enough to get to the point where they’re recycling the older ones. First we heard that there wasn’t enough time to notify Congress, followed by a claim that Bowe Bergdahl’s health was so bad he could have been dead within days. When that didn’t work, the White House then claimed that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal leaked, which no one bought, and so we’re back to the we-had-no-time excuse. Take it away, Dick Durbin:

The Obama administration only finalized the exchange of the last remaining U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before the June 1 swap, a top Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. He said American officials didn’t learn the pickup location for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl until an hour ahead of time.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2-ranked Democrat, presented the timeline as an explanation for why President Barack Obama didn’t inform Congress 30 days before the deal. Republicans and some Democrats have sharply criticized the president for failing to notify them and claim he broke the law. Obama says he acted legally.

“They knew a day ahead of time the transfer was going to take place,” Durbin told reporters in the Capitol, where military officials briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee behind closed doors. “They knew an hour ahead of time where it was going to take place.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bergdahldeal; bergdahldealtimeline; durbin; excuses; excuseslist; taliban5

1 posted on 06/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
ALINKSY RULE 8:

“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

1. Health in danger

2. Previously consulted with congress

3. Swiftboating

4. It was an oversight, sorry

5. Platoon full of psychopaths

6. Taliban threated to kill

7. "What difference does it make?"

8. Stockholm Syndrome

9. PTSD

10. No evidence converted to Islam, fraternized with Taliban, and declared jihad

11. Physically abused, confined in cage

12. Racism

13. Moderate Taliban

14. “Raggedy" platoon

15. "No matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things"

16. Obama broke unconstitutional law (that he signed)

17. Wasn't only soldier to 'walk off' post

18. Only tenuous link to U.S. deaths

19. “PR campaign by Republicans” ... to “muddy the waters”

20. Hagel, NOT Obama, made the final call on #Bergdahl swap, (see also #16)

21. The Taliban Five aren't as bad as you think, three were governors

22. Decision made day before

2 posted on 06/10/2014 10:23:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Maybe a million p**d-off veterans need to March on Washington.

just an idle thought..


3 posted on 06/10/2014 10:25:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: maggief

"I loved the IRS material on the Tea Party.
As before, I have your back, my beloved King."

4 posted on 06/10/2014 10:25:53 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: maggief

5 posted on 06/10/2014 10:26:10 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: maggief
HORSE SHIIITE!

Congress twice rejected release of Taliban from Gitmo in trade for Bergdahl

THIS needs to be hammered as fact every single time we hear the Praetorian Media attempt to float this turd excuse.

6 posted on 06/10/2014 10:27:14 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: maggief

Benghazi lies, the redo.
DeathCare lies, the redo
IRS lies, the redo.
NSA lies, the redo.
Fast and Furious lies, the redo
VA lies, the redo.

and the list goes on.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 10:27:24 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: maggief

Very good work there. It would be really nice if Rush, etc. picked up on your list.


8 posted on 06/10/2014 10:29:49 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: maggief
Maggief, your list is wonderful; however, it lends more and more credence to my thesis, that Obama released the Taliban because F*** You.
9 posted on 06/10/2014 10:30:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: maggief

“We couldn’t notify congress because we made the decision rashly and let the Taliban set the location the day before. They insisted on this so they would have the option of setting a trap for us and we wouldn’t have the same option. Of course, we agreed to this, considering the urgency of the president’s need to get the VA scandal off the news. If we had to do it all again, we would do it exactly the same way or perhaps even more stupidly.”


10 posted on 06/10/2014 10:33:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They would just be a target of opportunity for the regime and an excuse for more draconian actions.

What needs to happen is that enough of We The American People need to DEFY, REFUSE and RESIST every single decree and “law” from the Feds under Obama. They no longer represent us, they represent an enemy hellbent on our destruction. So we refuse to comply.

That will force them to act against those who dare resist - which is the hallmark of every tyrant in history.

Then we are justified to do what is necessary to defend ourselves.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 10:36:14 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: maggief; ElRushbo; Leaning Right

ping


12 posted on 06/10/2014 10:37:06 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: dead
On top of that sarcasm:

Congress twice rejected release of Taliban from Gitmo in trade for Bergdahl

Keep hammering the truth against the lie.

13 posted on 06/10/2014 10:41:00 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: maggief

Some dog ate his list of fellow islamists. He became confused.


14 posted on 06/10/2014 10:44:21 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Add to the list:

Exec take-over of energy policy lies - the do over and over again.


15 posted on 06/10/2014 10:45:06 AM PDT by Thickman (Obama - President Ubiquitous (a.k.a. P.U.))
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To: maggief

That really does show the baloney. Your list is very effective.


16 posted on 06/10/2014 10:46:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: maggief

Then the WH constructed a deal that was in violation of the law. I think there may be another law that process violates.

How is this:
DON’T MAKE DEALS WITH ILLEGAL TERMS!

Can I be any clearer?

Now, who is going to be punished?


17 posted on 06/10/2014 10:49:00 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple
Now, who is going to be punished?

Probably you, if the IRS finds out who you really are.

18 posted on 06/10/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: maggief

Obama wanted to notify members of congress and the Senate but no one in the White House knew where they were located or if they really existed.

They had heard about congress, and some had even read about congress in old history books. But no one in the administration has actually seen, heard or talked to anyone from congress.

Many younger members of the administration don’t think congress is actually real. They think it is something like Valhalla or Pandæmonium or Xanadu.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Diogenesis


20 posted on 06/10/2014 11:00:43 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: blueunicorn6; Leaning Right

#23
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3165895/posts


21 posted on 06/10/2014 11:06:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Wow. Good list. We get nothing but excuses and lies from progressives.


22 posted on 06/10/2014 11:08:59 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: maggief
Two things are really remarkable.

One, how fast your list is growing. And two, how outrageous the excuses are.

We should start a FR pool. Guess what number “climate change” will be on Maggie's list. Because sooner or later Obama will try to blame this fiasco on climate change. Bergdahl’s tent was too hot, or something like that.

23 posted on 06/10/2014 11:16:14 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: maggief

fl


24 posted on 06/10/2014 11:27:39 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: maggief

Wow. Just.....wow.


25 posted on 06/10/2014 11:36:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: maggief

LOL!

The list is big!

I guess if the smear-masters can’t blame Bush or the weather (and there is no reasonable way they could blame Bush/weather), they’re lost.


26 posted on 06/10/2014 11:37:18 AM PDT by kidd
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To: maggief

No, I didn’t. Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!


27 posted on 06/10/2014 11:53:27 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: maggief

Above the law at all times so what is anyone going to do about it.
NOTHING so suck it up.
BO


28 posted on 06/10/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: maggief
New excuse for not notifying Congress of Taliban 5 swap: Decision made day before

And it takes how long to e-mail or text message every congressman and senator?

29 posted on 06/10/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: maggief

Doesn’t matter...the law is the law.


30 posted on 06/10/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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