Today American Thinker reminds us that there is a problem that President Obama desperately hopes we forget about before November. That problem is how he infamously traded five senior leaders of the Taliban in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl. While America’s plate may be overflowing right now, her citizens have not forgotten this president released five top Taliban commanders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a suspected deserter and Taliban sympathizer.
It seems that the president is attempting to delay any Bergdahl trial from happening, at least not until after the November elections. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the investigation will be a whitewash. They may be right since it has been three and a half months and the Pentagon has offered no clarity as to what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Army has also delayed its AR 15-6 investigation into his disappearance.
Since Army investigator, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, had a 60-day window to submit his findings to brass, There’s no longer a deadline attached because the deadline ended Aug.15. This means the investigation could drag out past the November election. This MO is a typical Obama maneuver. Decisions are made and action is taken, not because it is best for the country but because it is politically convenient.
It was also revealed today by PressTV that in a 249-163 vote, lawmakers approved a resolution censuring Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange. The resolution “condemns and disapproves of the failure of the Obama administration to comply with the lawful 30-day statutory reporting requirement in executing the transfer of five senior members of the Taliban from detention at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”
Voting to condemn might be a way of distancing themselves from President Obama, whose approval ratings are dropping. While the resolution may be good in theory, it lacks the force of law and won’t be considered in the Senate. This is but the latest censure for Barack Obama. He has been previously rebuked for overreaching executive boundaries on a number of issues. Not only by the GOP-led House, but also by a unanimous Supreme Court and the independent Government Accountability Office. It is a hollow victory. Jack Barrow of Georgia is one of the Democrats who voted for the resolution, and is facing tight races in the November mid-term elections.
Closing GITMO has never been off the menu for Barack Obama. The trade was never about Bergdahl. He was just a means to an end. Why did it take five years? As the witch in The Wizard of Oz said, “These things must be done…delicately.” Back in June, Ed Morrissey from Hot Air, revealed that according to a Pentagon official there were numerous opportunities to rescue Bergdahl but were ignored because Obama was looking for a diplomatic, rather than a military scenario for releasing detainees from Guantanamo. Political expediency has always been the motivation. It’s even more important now that mid-term elections are just around the corner.
Don’t hold your breath for any real disciplinary action against Bowe Bergdahl, the president won’t allow it. There will only be the illusion of an investigation. Considering the short attention span of the American public, Obama is betting on a compliant media in hopes that the problem of Bowe Bergdahl will just fade away before November.