Ever since the White House announced that five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay had been released to the custody of Qatar in order to secure America’s lone prisoner of war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from the Taliban, conservatives across this nation have criticized the President over his decision. Some of the criticism surrounds Bergdahl’s actions leading up to his capture by the Taliban, as it is possible that Bergdahl had gone AWOL and may have even sought out the Taliban when leaving his base. Others have taken to criticizing Bergdahl’s father for his beliefs and comments regarding Gitmo and Afghanistan.
However, the loudest criticism seems to be coming from the neo-conservatives, who feel that this prisoner swap will embolden the Taliban and other terrorist organizations. The argument appears to be that by releasing these five detainees with ties to the Taliban, the nation’s soldiers are more at risk to be kidnapped and held for ransom. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has taken this position, demanding an immediate Senate hearing to get to the bottom of it all. On Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) made similar arguments during appearances on Sunday talk shows.
Well, on Monday, Fox News columnist J.D. Gordon wrote an article that cranked the hyperbole up to 11, as the former Pentagon spokesman evoked Nazi Germany while describing this recent situation. Gordon, who previously advised both Sarah Palin and Herman Cain, also claimed in his article that President Obama is essentially spitting in the face of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was viciously shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school.
In 1943, could anyone imagine FDR releasing five of Nazi Germany’s top leaders for a disgruntled soldier? Though it’s good news that Bergdahl has been freed, I believe this grossly uneven prisoner exchange will encourage Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists to seek out other U.S. military hostages. After Saturday’s swap, they are literally worth more than their weight in gold while in enemy hands.
Fourth, while Mr. Obama has lectured Americans about human rights in the context of Guantanamo, how does he explain his latest actions to the tens of millions who have suffered under the Taliban’s barbaric repression?
What’s his message for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to attend school? Or for countless women and girls who have had acid thrown in their faces in Afghanistan and Pakistan for get an education?
From his haste to close Guantanamo in 2008 and his rush for the exits in Afghanistan in 2016, Mr. Obama is not only abandoning millions of women and girls like Malala, but he’s putting all Americans at grave risk for another 9/11-style attack on our nation.
Americans should not be fooled by Obama’s sudden patriotic burst of support for the troops, referencing Bergdahl’s release. Congress and the American people must hold Mr. Obama and his team accountable for their actions
Yep. Obama has truly unleashed the hounds of hell and let loose the dogs of war with this latest move. Due solely to Obama’s actions, millions of women in Pakistan and Afghanistan will needlessly suffer, boatloads of American soldiers will be scooped up by terrorists because they’re “literally” worth more than their weight in gold and thousands of innocent Americans will perish because the nation will suffer another large-scale terrorist attack on its shores.
Gordon obviously has the solution, based on his article’s final sentence — IMPEACHMENT! Yes, Congress and the American people need to make Obama pay dearly for his awful actions. And the only way any of this can be resolved is to remove the usurper from office. It appears that Gordon is hoping this idea gains traction with other Republicans, who have breathlessly searched for anything to use against this president to boot him out of the White House.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).