Friday, June 6, 2014 4:09:12 PM
"He had the authority. There is no argument here." @normalfreak2: You're joking, right? Just because he signed a law doesn`t mean it applies to HIM? That`s really your argument? Just ignore laws, due process and the US Constitution whenever it`s "inconvenient"?
Drat That Bro!
PLENTY of "prisoners" have died during Bush`s and Obama`s terms. Haven`t you been paying attention? How much "smearing" did Obama get? Zilch.
@Kalimata: POWs can only be traded by LEGITIMATE governments. Until now? The USA considered the Taliban as a Terrorist Group. It`s a BAD IDEA even if it does help rescue others too. There`s better ways it could have been done.
@Viking: The Afghan War isn`t over, there will still be 10K Americans in-country (afaik! That`s the latest I`ve heard.) Y`all are still present in Iraq, yes? Normal procedure.
Friday, June 6, 2014 9:15:16 AM
"...Rush to judgement? No one's doing that. We`re looking at what IS KNOWN and basing our opinions on that. He wrote a letter saying he would join the enemy (iirc)? That`s damning evidence right there..."
You know almost nothing about this situation, and therefore your opinion is highly suspect. The news media knows almost nothing about this situation, and their opinions are most definitely suspect.
"...I VERY MUCH doubt any have been `turned`..."
And you know this because you`ve intimate knowledge of interrogation techniques or have had SERE training? Know what is known about interrogation? It`s not will you break, it`s when.
"...get civilians included in this deal: rescue a deserter but leave CIVILIANS in the hands of the enemy..."
Friday, June 6, 2014 6:52:09 AM
IIRC he had gone AWOL twice but returned before, so there is no reason to suspect this was any different really. And 4 months ago McCain was saying they should get him back.
A lot of you also seem to be forgetting that those Taliban were going to be released soon anyway. Since your combat operations in Afghanistan are ending, POWs need to be returned. Since those 5 weren't facing charges for anything, the US would be bound to release them when the fighting ends. This is common in war. At least they brought home one of your soldiers in doing so.