Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's “happy” the five Taliban terrorists have been freed from Guantanamo Bay military prison for alleged Army deserter, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. While Republicans and a surprising number of Democrats have criticized President Barack Obama for releasing the murders, Reid is just fine with it.
What was Harry’s logic? "Guantanamo has been there far too long, and I think that we should get them out of there as quickly as we can. We've been held up from doing that by the Republicans, not wanting any of them to be tried here in the United States even though our record here is really quite good. "So I'm glad to get rid of these five people, send them back to Qatar," Reid said with a straight face.
What did the senator's critics have to say? South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Reid is "disconnected from reality." He continued, "I wish they would've died in jail. There is not one shred of evidence that letting them go was based on the fact they're no longer dangerous. These people were let go for political reasons," Graham said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Harry Reid is an island to himself. Graham said, "The likelihood of an American citizen being kidnapped in the future by a terrorist organization in light of this decision goes through the roof. Graham added. "There's no evidence that these people have renounced terrorism. Quite the opposite. They're now heroes."
It didn’t take the Senate long to plan classified hearings on Wednesday. Why wasn’t Congress given the legally required 30-day notice before prisoners are released from Guantanamo? The Democrats have demanded closed hearings fearing another Abu Ghraib prison scandal; that happened under George W. Bush.
Many believe the president purposely did the prisoner swap to take heat off him for the VA scandal. He was having a military theme week with a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, then a commencement speech the same week at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Graham said, "He thought everybody would be cheering. They consciously put these two things together. It's blowing up in their face."
* If you have enjoyed this column, may I suggest you scroll down this page and press the SUBSCRIBE box? It's FREE. Thank you for your patronage.
** Send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org