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Should the U.S. have traded Taliban prisoners for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

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JustaMan

Jun-05-14 9:39 PM

"Speaking of trolls, hi, PJinfinity."

Is that what you call someone chiming in just to chime in locomotive?

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locomotive

Jun-05-14 9:21 PM

Whereas this action of the President has conveniently bumped the VA scandal out of the headlines for a few minutes.

How low can anyone go when acting the part of a political opportunist? Low enough to live under a bridge and bother billy goats gruff.

Speaking of trolls, hi, PJinfinity.

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Missy1

Jun-04-14 10:38 PM

I say "NO". They didn't even check with the Democrats on this. Harry Reed and Obama made this decision alone.

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BillGarr2016

Jun-04-14 9:39 PM

loco, where does the Republican party stand on this issue. Every positive comment has bee scrubbed. Why is that?

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locomotive

Jun-04-14 9:17 PM

"Rest assured, if Republicans were in power they would have left Bergdahl to die and every parent with a child in the military needs to be aware of this fact."

This is, of course, a opinion, though no doubt very sincerely held.

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BillGarr2016

Jun-04-14 9:04 PM

John McCain was freed in a hostage swap. Ronald Reagan traded arms for hostages. Israel swapped 1000 prisoners for 1 soldier. George Bush repeatedly swapped Gitmo detainees for US captives. But as soon as the Black guy does it, it's the end of the world. "The terrorists WON!!!!!" Being the calm cool collected President that Mr. Obama is, who's to say these 5 pinheads don't have a GPS tracking device implanted in them. Rest assured, if Republicans were in power they would have left Bergdahl to die and every parent with a child in the military needs to be aware of this fact. The real issue is that having Bergdahl out is a major element in ending Bush's illegal, unwinnable war in Afghanistan and the sooner the better.

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BillGarr2016

Jun-04-14 9:02 PM

Cooper: Would you oppose the idea of some form of negotiations or prisoner exchange? I know back in 2012 you called the idea of even negotiating with the Taliban bizarre, highly questionable.

McCAIN: Well, at that time the proposal was that they would release -- Taliban, some of them really hard-core, particularly five really hard-core Taliban leaders, as a confidence-building measure. Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man. I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details. [...]

COOPER: So if there was some -- the possibility of some sort of exchange, that's something you would support?

McCAIN: I would support. Obviously I'd have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home, and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.

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BillGarr2016

Jun-04-14 9:00 PM

In April, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), introduced a resolution "to express the sense of the Senate that no member of the armed forces who is missing in action or captured should be left behind."

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BillGarr2016

Jun-04-14 9:00 PM

John Bellinger, who served as a national security adviser to President George W. Bush, said in a Fox News interview Tuesday that he believed Obama did the right thing in its recovery of Bergdahl. He noted that because the war in Afghanistan is winding down -- U.S. troops will be out by the end of 2016 -- the administration would have had to release the five detainees soon anyway.

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MarkHighwater

Jun-04-14 4:59 PM

I hope they find the WMDs soon ;)

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locomotive

Jun-04-14 11:40 AM

Like I've said before, any and all criticism of the present administration is NOT to happen. It is verboten. Why? The avid administration apologists are there to cry how unfair and how unjust the criticisms are, while castigating former administrations for everything considered awful under the sun.

This prisoner trade was a result of this administration deciding to do it. Any fallout about that decision is this administration's baby.

How hard is this to understand?

Will this administration's apologists ever hold the President responsible for his own actions without blaming somebody else?

Yes, that's blunt, but people's lives and livelihoods are at stake with so many decisions made by those in high places in government.

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Legend

Jun-03-14 11:04 PM

Cheney and B2 were so bad it is hard to criticize Obama and especially when the right cries foul on everything he does.Hope someone saved all of the dire predictions about Obama from the right. Ted nugent said he would b dead or in jail if Obama was reelected. Still waiting--a sympathy card or soap on a rope teddy? Dems may have low costs in the next elections because they can just replay the right wing doom and gloom predictions that never came 2 pass.

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Legend

Jun-03-14 10:50 PM

Jane was wrong at nam. susan was correct about iraq. landslide would not know right if paul ryan or eric cantor told him. bengazi 4, iraq tens of thousands. B2 economy--near collapse. Obama economy--saved from the B2 collapse and moving 2 normal.

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animal

Jun-03-14 8:39 PM

Again my post was removed by the MDN! Because I speak the truth! Enough is enough you can kiss me! BYE!

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JackAaah

Jun-03-14 8:02 PM

lands...we have been doing pretty good in our Democrat Party keeping it quiet, but the number of illegals is really over 30 million...don't let this out, as my Democrat Party may not move forword as fast as it should if it gets out...

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JackAaah

Jun-03-14 7:59 PM

I have justa been informed by Susan Rice that the next trade for one of our soldiers will be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev....

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BillGarr2016

Jun-03-14 7:24 PM

"There was a time in our nation that we did not negotiate with terrorists. Period."

When exactly was that time loco?

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PoeticJustice7

Jun-03-14 7:02 PM

landslide2014

May-24-14 10:55 PM

"Ad veterans day is coming and we have a marine sitting in a Mexican jail and as usual Obama is AWOL..

Why don't we offer up a trade.."

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JustaMan

Jun-03-14 6:43 PM

BillGarr2016 Jun-03-14 2:52 PM

"John McCain was freed in a hostage swap."

Etc., etc....Pretty right on post!

Did I mention Republicons don't like HISTORY!!!

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locomotive

Jun-03-14 3:33 PM

"Politicians like Barack Obama insisted that Bush didn’t have this authority, and pressed the courts to interfere with his administration’s attempts to try the terrorists, with enough success that we still haven’t tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 conspirators. Obama tried pushing the whole thing into the federal court system by arguing that the executive branch (including the military) should not have the final authority on matters concerning the detainees, although the White House ended up backing away from that political argument in the end.

"Ironic or not, the authority to trade prisoners in wartime still belongs to the executive branch. The only reason Congress believes they have a say is because Obama and his allies demanded it before Obama became President."

So what is it? Decisions made about Gitmo by Pres. Bush are always bad, but decisions made about Gitmo by Pres. Obama are always good? Is that how this rolls?

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locomotive

Jun-03-14 3:29 PM

I"m posting this to get under billgrr's skin...

"'We believe that the President of the United States, as commander in chief, has the power and authority to make the decision that he did under Article II of the Constitution,' (Sec. of Defense) Hagel said. Obama has hesitated at times to assert his executive power without seeking congressional approval.

"If that sounds familiar, it should. George W. Bush used the same argument to defend the establishment of GITMO in the first place, along with the indefinite detention of people like the Taliban 5 that just got traded and the military commissions to try al-Qaeda terrorists at GITMO...."

cont...

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locomotive

Jun-03-14 3:22 PM

Yeah, billgrr, the drivel you post is usually your own. Congrats...

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locomotive

Jun-03-14 3:21 PM

And billgrr wins the "I played the race card first" prize for today. PJinfinity, you're slipping.

According to faithful supporters, nothing this administration does will ever be under suspicion, will ever qualify as a "wrong move."

Why? Because all accusations against the present administration are supposedly rooted in racism?

Grow up already and smell the prairie breezes.

Did Republicans make deals to release or transfer high-risk terrorists from Gitmo for Americans at a five-to-one margin?

There was a time in our nation that we did not negotiate with terrorists. Period.

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BillGarr2016

Jun-03-14 3:19 PM

Yes it is MY opinion. I didn't copy and paste some some drivel and try to pass it off as fact did I loco?

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locomotive

Jun-03-14 3:13 PM

"Rest assured, if Republicans were in power they would have left Bergdahl to die and every parent with a child in the military needs to be aware of this fact."

I'd say this qualifies more as an opinion.

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