While the news media has discovered something worth applauding in the Obama White House -- the prisoner exchange that freed an American soldier -- a couple of lawmakers aren't as joyful about the exchange of five terrorists for a U.S. POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday.
Two GOP lawmakers are accusing President Barack Obama of breaking federal law by approving the release of five terrorists captured in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for the soldier held by Islamist insurgents since 2009.
The Obama minions even agreed that the prisoner exchange may have been illegal, but attorneys working for the White House are claiming the circumstances themselves is sufficient justification.
"Of course, the exchange is questionable from a legal standpoint, but our philosophy of jurisprudence -- that we are a nation of laws not men -- seems to be frequently kicked to the side of the road with this administration," claims political strategist Michael Barker.
The 28-year-old Bergdahl was turned over to U.S. special forces by the Afghan Taliban in a trade for five Islamists who were prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center (Gitmo). The terrorists were given to officials with Qatar's government, the Arab nation that brokered the prisoner exchange deal, according to the Examiner on Saturday.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that by law Obama had to alert Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the Gitmo detention center.
The two lawmakers said Obama is by law supposed to explain how the terrorists pose no threat to the United States once given their freedom. But that law was ignored by Obama minions.
In response, White House officials said they had to move as soon as possible since the opportunity arose to secure Bergdahl's release, as described in an Examiner news story.
While they claim they applaud Bergdahl's release, McKeon and Inhofe warned that the exchange "may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans."
"Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk," they said.