I want to assure you that I am relieved that Sgt. Bergdahl has been released and is now safe from the Taliban. But at what cost?
Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out.
Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.
The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.
Before the current law was enacted at the end of last year, the conditions were even more stringent. However, the administration and some Democrats had pressed for them to be loosened, in part to give them more flexibility to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Obama administration did this out of desperation after getting hammered on the VA controversy for the last few weeks. If the law has indeed been broken, then stop the whining and initiate impeachment proceedings against every administration member who was involved. This is the most lawless administration that the U.S. has ever had. There is more than enough evidence from the last 5 years to put some high-level officials in jail.
But I don’t expect that to happen, because then members of the House and Senate would put themselves in line for impeachment for their dirty deeds. Henry Kissinger said it best:
“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”