Saturday, June 7, 2014 9:27:15 AM
As has been said this doesn't encourage kidnapping of more troops. They`d already be getting caught or shot anyway, difference is there is a small chance they`re going to keep them alive after interrogating fo the chance of an exchange. So not massively changing he landscape.
Where as if the Government starts footing the bill for civilians , it increases kidnappings. The only civilians who should feel secure when travelling are the French strangely enough. Their military don`t give a poo and will go in and rescue their citizens regardless of the consequences diplomatic or otherwise, including the hostages getting caught in cross fire.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:53:23 AM
5Cats. There's a clause that allows the President to forgo normal procedures in situations that require immediate action. We can argue whether or not this situation was warrant enough for him to do it. But honestly Whodat has it right. If this guy dies in captivity the GOP would have shredded him and most of the Public. That wasn`t the better of the two solutions. This was the best outcome given the circumstances.
Friday, June 6, 2014 9:17:03 PM
I have a hard time feeling sorry for idiots who get some kind of charge out of traveling to third-world $#!+hole countries, end up getting themselves kidnapped or imprisoned, and then expect Uncle Sam to spend $millions to rescue their sorry asses.
The State Department needs to publish a list of "You're on your own" (YOYO) countries where you cannot expect the government to do anything on your behalf if you get imprisoned or kidnapped. These would include most of the Muslim world and pretty much the entire continent of Africa plus North Korea and Cuba.
I`d also tell the damned Mexicans to release Sgt. Tahmooressi, immediately, and stop throwing their garbage over our fence, or they`re on the list, too.