Bergdahl release raises questions over security, congressional authority

As America’s only prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration’s insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier’s release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe.

As his parents and residents of his Idaho hometown celebrated the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Berdahl over the weekend, the circumstances surrounding the release — and the sudden freeing of five Taliban figures held at the Guantanamo detainee prison — were producing a full-scale controversy in Washington.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel insisted the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of the five terrorism suspects for the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, now 28, who had been in Taliban hands since June 2009.

“We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sgt. Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.”

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Ronald R. Johnson says:

    Maybe we should s end the father and Obama over vBulletin t h er e an xxx leav e them to a t crap lingo!

  • defiant1 says:

    Yes Chuckie, you did negotiate with terrorists for terrorists. It is obvious here that there are lots of questions. The father appears to be quite odd, growing a beard like the terrorists, Bergdahl having trouble with his English language, he converted to Islam, his note stated he was leaving and starting anew life, to send his belongings back home. Something smells very bad here, but Obama always seems to root around with garbage.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Father quite odd? Growing a beard? Having trouble with the English language? Sounds like you’re describing the folks on Duck Dynasty.

  • WiSe GuY says:

    Get that fuggin pick-a-ninny out of the Whitehouse.

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