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Friday, June 6, 2014

Prisoner swap a multi-level bad deal for US

Telegraph Editorial

During the week since a beaming President Barack Obama proudly announced the release of of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while standing outside a sun-drenched White House with the soldier’s parents by his side, what begain as a point of triumph has devolved into multi-leveled debacle.

First, the president ignored the law requiring 30-day notice to Congress before such swaps occur. The president says Bergdahl’s life was in danger and to comply would have jeopardized his safety. That’s not good enough. The issue isn’t just that the president didn’t give 30-days notice, it’s that he didn’t give any notice, when he could have. The president purposely flouted the law, and that is unacceptable. ...

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During the week since a beaming President Barack Obama proudly announced the release of of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while standing outside a sun-drenched White House with the soldier’s parents by his side, what begain as a point of triumph has devolved into multi-leveled debacle.

First, the president ignored the law requiring 30-day notice to Congress before such swaps occur. The president says Bergdahl’s life was in danger and to comply would have jeopardized his safety. That’s not good enough. The issue isn’t just that the president didn’t give 30-days notice, it’s that he didn’t give any notice, when he could have. The president purposely flouted the law, and that is unacceptable.

Second, there is the issue of swapping five of the most notorious Taliban leaders for a single soldier. Considering the potential threat these men pose for Americans around the world, it was an ill-advised trade.

Third, the trade handed the Taliban a huge propaganda victory and a morale boost that raises its image and legitimacy in the world community in ways that are likely to have grave consequences for this country.

For these reasons, the deal was a bad one and should not have been done.