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You have no doubt heard about the return of Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. Sergeant Bergdahl left his post 5 years ago and was subsequently captured by the Taliban.
President Obama saw an opportunity to secure the release of Bergdahl and swapped five detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Initially, most Americans rejoiced at the release, exchange or rescue, however you’d like to frame it, but as details emerged and analysis started, then entire event was troubling.
It appears that President Obama did not alert members of Congress as required by law in advance with details of the prisoner swap and this action of trading prisoners goes against a long standing policy of not negotiating with hostage takers. Many believe this now puts other service members at risk for being kidnapped.
The president remains defiant to the criticism but this really appears, again, like President Obama feels he can make up the rules as he goes along. We have a system of checks and balances for a reason and the system has been circumvented.
An investigation will determine if Bergdahl will be disciplined for his actions but the actions of our administration cannot be ignored, they were wrong. Prisoner swaps are a bad practice.
President Obama made what he felt was the right, quick decision but he appears to have overstepped his authority. This will probably turn into a political wrangle but what is being left out is that military personnel will now have to be on alert for the possibility of being kidnapped and that is a distraction our heroes do not need.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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