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Detainee swap a dangerous game

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

By approving the release of five Afghan detainees, known terrorists, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for a U.S. soldier, “The White House agreed that actions were taken in spite of legal requirements and cited ‘unique and exigent circumstances’ as justification.”

It’s a dangerous game this fellow plays. Obama reveals his formula for lawlessness. A commander in chief would not have engaged in horse trading in return for five Afghans who were held at a U.S. detention facility in Cuba. Bad deal. Obama’s logic, or lack thereof, could be applied by all lawbreakers, say illegal immigrants.

Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from Guantanamo. “These unique and exigent circumstances despite the legal requirement of 30 days advance notice to Congress,“ could be used to say, move terrorists from Guantanamo to the Thomson prison or empty the prison in Cuba at this same rate, 5:1. The Taliban just has to calculate how many of our men and women need to be taken prisoner.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in a statement that “the safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is an answer to the prayers of the Bergdahl family and a powerful reinforcement of our nation’s commitment to leave no service member behind.”

Anyone can see that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s family rightfully is ecstatic about his release. But what about that commitment to our ambassador and his staff in Benghazi? This administration lies and insults our intelligence.

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