Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has a new reason to criticize the Obama administration thanks to the trade it made for Bowe Bergdahl and five Taliban terrorists. This recently inspired him to offer legislation prohibiting further prisoner releases from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and provide some congressional oversight for the same. This did not sit well with MSNBC talker Ed Schultz, according to a Monday story in the Washington Examiner.
“Ted Cruz has zero credibility. He has zero foreign policy experience. He’s a guy from Texas who doesn’t have a clue. All he knows is that he’s got a big name and a big state behind him and he can get on any show he wants. And it’s all pablum, anything to take down the President. There’s nothing American about Ted Cruz.”
Schultz is apparently making a reference to the fact that Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. This, according to most analysts, still makes him a “natural born American” according to the Constitutional requirement for running for president of the United States. Many suspect that Cruz is looking at a 2016 run for the Oval Office.
Bergdahl has caused controversy due to the fact that his fellow soldiers have called him a “deserter” for having left his post and subsequently having been captured by the Taliban. A number of American soldiers are said to have been killed in action attempting to locate and rescue Bergdahl in the years since he was captured. He is currently being evaluated by Army doctors at a facility in Germany.
Schultz went on to praise the prisoner swap. He suggested that the five terrorists would not be prosecuted because the United States is “afraid” to bring them through the justice system. He stated that they would be under watch in Qatar for a year and would be forbidden to make contact with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed that the United States could kill the terrorists at will should they step out of line. Kerry pushed back on the idea that American soldiers would be put at risk because of the prisoner swap,