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Reid bitch slaps GOP over prisoner swap debate

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June 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (AP)

The top Democrat in the Senate on Wednesday accused Republicans of trying to score political points with their criticism of President Barack Obama over the swap of an American solider for five members of the Taliban held at Guantanamo.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid read aloud past statements from Senate Republicans who had said no member of the armed forces should be left behind and then challenged the GOP for now denouncing the exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the five detainees.

“The safe return of an American soldier should not be used for political points,” Reid said. “When a man or woman puts on the uniform as a United States servicemen, they have America’s uncompromising support.”

Reid said questions regarding Bergdahl’s disappearance should be addressed by the Army, not the “Monday morning quarterbacks” on Capitol Hill.

“Whatever the results of the military’s inquiries, it doesn’t change the fact that one more American solider is home safe. What was the alternative? Would any American honestly prefer that a U.S. soldier remain in captivity until all the questions have been answered?” Reid asked. “Of course not. In the United States, we rescue our soldiers first and ask questions later.”

He said the alternative to the swap would have been to leave Bergdahl with the Taliban.

Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance as required by law and for sending five Taliban officials to Qatar. Some Democrats also have questioned the exchange.

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3 Responses to Reid bitch slaps GOP over prisoner swap debate

  1. Bill Cravener

    June 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    There is a rot in the minds of too many in this country, and most of those call themselves Christians.

  2. woody188

    June 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    “The safe return of an American soldier should not be used for political points,” Reid said. “When a man or woman puts on the uniform as a United States servicemen, they have America’s uncompromising support.”

    Except for Vietnam prisoners, or those requesting VA assistance and healthcare, or when we direct our law enforcement to treat them as potential terrorists. But otherwise we are fully uncompromising, I promise!

  3. Number 6

    June 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    This was a tough one…very controversial, of course….and a story that may remain that way for some time. I liked the editorial in the Chicago Tribune re: it:

    Will we get answers to the mystery of Bowe Bergdahl? — The noxious, necessary deal with the Taliban…
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-bergdahl-taliban-edit-0603-bd-20140603,0,2605026.story

    I liked the editorial’s beginning paragraph:
    “The choice facing President Barack Obama with respect to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was terribly unappetizing. He could leave an American soldier at the mercy of his Taliban captors, who had held him for five years. Or he could give up five Taliban inmates confined at Guantanamo Bay. In the end, Obama decided the first option was even worse than the second.”