June 3, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Reflecting the public’s growing disbelief in the ability of this administration to properly secure American interests, today Speaker Boehner chastised the Obama Administration for negotiating with the terrorist Taliban, trading 5 top echelon jihadists for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who 5 years ago went missing under curious circumstances.
Quickly following that event it became known that Bergdahl was in the hands of the Taliban [willingly or unwillingly] who occasionally used video footage of him intending to taunt the U.S. into a prisoner exchange, a practice widely recognized as extraordinarily ill advised.
In a terse statement issued today, House Speaker Boehner stated that the President’s actions in failing to consult on the matter [as per HR 3034] sends “a signal that it is open season on our fellow citizens, both military and civilian personnel, serving our country abroad so faithfully.”
Explaining the logic behind refusing to negotiate with the enemy, the Speaker continued, “While the safety of our deployed civilian and military personnel in Afghanistan is paramount in our minds, we all must be mindful that the United States has diplomatic, civilian, and military personnel deployed in other countries with both challenging security environments and active terrorist networks interested in targeting not just our facilities but our people. One of their greatest protections – knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists – has been compromised.”
Upping the rhetoric Boehner charged Obama with misleading Congress, ”The administration provided assurances, publicly reiterated by the White House in June 2013, that its engagement with Congress would resume if the prospects for an exchange became credible again.”
Obviously Team O lied about its intention to follow HR 3034, requiring Congress to be notified 30 days in advance of any dealing with the Taliban.
As a result of Obama’s perfidy, the Speaker is now in support of hearings on the matter, “The administration has invited serious questions into how this exchange went down and the calculations the White House and relevant agencies made in moving forward without consulting Congress despite assurances it would re-engage with members on both sides of the aisle. I support Chairman McKeon’s call for hearings on this matter.”
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