Lawless Obama: The Bergdahl swap
Now that five high-ranking Taliban thugs are long gone from Guantanamo Bay, exchanged for an alleged Army deserter, a yearlong House investigation documents the obvious: The Obama administration broke the law in the swap.
Don’t hold your breath for any penalty following findings by the House Armed Services Committee. Team Obama says it simply did its duty to ensure that no U.S. service member would be left behind.
But empty posturing aside, the law is clear: The administration is required to give Congress 30 days’ notice of any detainee transfers from Gitmo, The Hill newspaper reported. Congress was notified just hours before the May 2014 transfer for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He left his base in Afghanistan in 2009, was captured and now faces a court-martial and a possible life sentence for desertion.
The freed Taliban Five were listed as ineligible for transfer. Defense officials who handle such transfers were kept out of the loop. The Obama administration insists it saw a “unique opportunity” and seized it.
“It is irresponsible to put these terrorists that much closer to the battlefield to settle a campaign promise (to empty Gitmo),” says committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
So, the same apologists who defend the release of the worst radical Islamists are now going to crush ISIS? And the Tooth Fairy shimmies down the chimney on Christmas Eve.