Republican Senators “Blame” Harry Reid For The Rescue of POW Bowe Bergdahl


A group of eight Senate Republicans have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid him for the release of American POW Bowe Bergdahl.

The Hill has the details of a letter Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

In a letter led by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the senators rebuke Reid for not allowing Republicans to vote on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 that would have expressly barred Obama from transferring prisoners from the Guantánamo Bay detention center.

“Because of your actions, members were not able to get a straightforward, focused vote on barring the transfer of Guantanamo detainees,” the senators wrote. “The end result was that the bill only contained a reporting provision (which the president broke) and not a strict prohibition on transfer of detainees as was previous law.”

Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Lee (Utah), John Thune (S.D.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.) also signed the letter.

The political motivations behind the letter reveal that some Republicans think that they can gain politically from opposing the negotiated release of a prisoner of war. Republicans claim that they are opposing the release of the five prisoners from GITMO, but without the release of the prisoners, Bergdahl would still be held captive by the Taliban. Outside of some delusional Republican Rambo fantasies, the only way to bring Bergdahl home was to negotiate his release.

Just to make the point perfectly clear, Republicans are arguing that bringing American POWs home is a bad thing. The idea that they can both support the release of Bergdahl and oppose giving up anything in return is the type of negotiating tactic that the nation has witnessed congressional Republicans try to pull domestically during the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations. Congressional Republicans are all about getting something for nothing, so of course, opposing the return of a POW makes perfect sense to them.

The underlying hypocrisy of Republicans saying nothing while President George W. Bush released or transferred 500 detainees remains undiscussed by both the media and the GOP. The letter’s author, Sen. David Vitter, repeatedly voted against ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This so called fiscal conservative also voted against putting war spending on the books. Senate Republicans voted to keep soldiers like Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan and Iraq, and are now irate because an American POW has been brought home.

Republicans are about to find out that there is no political advantage to be had in “blaming” the Democratic Senate Majority Leader for bringing a POW home. With each smear of Bowe Bergdahl, Republicans are confirming that behind all the flag waving is a cynical political party that doesn’t care about the troops.

15 Replies to “Republican Senators “Blame” Harry Reid For The Rescue of POW Bowe Bergdahl”

  1. The current crop of Republicans remind me of blowfly maggots: if you see them clustered together, you know something is rotten.

  2. RATpubliKKKans aren´t satisfied with just denying the right of veterans they want them to die prisoners as well ! Lets get these un-American right wing jihadists out of Gov.!

  3. Everyone on that list is constantly spewing how the president is always over reaching his authority. This is exactly what they are attempting to do. It was the presidents call. I would suggest until they are elected to that office they need to shut up, sit down, and take notes.

    More than likely Cruz instigated this letter and then signed on. That’s how he is. Like going around bolstering his lackeys to shut down the government.

  4. I think it’s clear that President Obama was right to sidestep Congress on this. If he’d gone to Congress in negotiated the release of Bergdahl, the Republicans would have turned it into a political circus and delayed and obstructed things until the Taliban got fed up with the delays and slit Bergdahl’s throat. Then the Republicans would have blamed Bergdahl’s death on Obama.

  5. Not to go all tin foil but the timing of this stinks.

    Its not about allowing a vote which is unconstitutional IMO,It’s the American Taliban getting their fee- fees hurt because Reid is calling their ass out for their ignorance, collective amnesia and just being the idiots that they are.

    So if they think this will hurt Reid or the Democrats PLEASE PROCEED.

  6. Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Lee (Utah), John Thune (S.D.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.) also signed the letter.

    Sounds like the character list from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest”

  7. Sgt. Bergdahl Isn’t the First POW to be Slandered by Right Wing “Patriots”

    The latest episode in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl story has provided a stunning look at the hypocrisy of the right wing toward US Prisoners of War.

    But this isn’t the first time flag-waving reactionaries have turned on actual POWs after bloviating about how much they love ‘em. Betrayal of POWs by the government and their subsequent denigration by the US media rest, it seems, at the heart of the hidden history of the Korean war.

    First, come with me in the WABAC machine to the height of the McCarthy-era Red Scare.
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  8. Since Fox News is the prime channel showing on military installations, all the troops are getting a taste of the fate in store for them if they are captured. And they have been shown that their ‘battle buddies’ will turn on them in a heartbeat. Sooooo good for morale…

    The GOP may have managed what the Soviets didn’t – to destroy the American volunteer military.

    Loyalty is a 2-way street.

  9. Torturing a sick POW with slander and inciting lynch mobs against him — now, those are ril uhMericuhns!!

  10. TeapubliKKKlans and evil racist haters on Fox are worse than the Taliban and should be tried and convicted of treasonous erosion of our democracy. President Obama has shown heroic restraint to not go to the Hill and swipe them all for their utter disregard for anyone other than White corporate oligarchs.


  11. One thing you could always count on
    was Vets seemed to, more often than not,
    support the Republicans. Believing they
    had their backs, while behind the scenes
    they were actually sticking a knife in their backs. The GOP has again Xposed
    their true colors. With the return
    of this American POW, instead of showing
    their support, Republicans have sent
    the message, ‘We WILL leave you behind’…
    Vets & current troops must be saying, WoW! That could be ME! How can I put
    any trust in them?
    I totally agree!

  12. DJ, thank you for posting the article/link to Daily Kos. What so many people seem to forget is that when someone is in a situation where they have little to no control, such as being a POW, that sometimes you do what you have to do to survive. If that meant pretending to “get along with” or “joining” your captors to protect yourself most people will do what they feel they must to survive. I would love to see just one of the people who are pissing and moaning about Bergdahl be held captive for a week. There’s no doubt in my mind they’d do what’s necessary to stay alive. Of course, I doubt any of them would have the fortitude to do so.

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