The release of the five most dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl has sparked quite a bit of controversy.
This is a summary, at this time, as more "revelations" are published every day.
It was a decision against the will of Congress (us, the people), the advice of the military and without consultation:
▬ The White House administration failed to observe the law, passed by Congress and signed by Obama, to give 30 day notice to Congress before releasing any prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
▬ White House press secretary Jay Carney, on June 21st 2013, asked about a possible release of terrorists from Guantanamo in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl said "we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law". But they went ahead without approval. Jay Carney resigned on May 30th, 2014. Bergdahl was released May 31st,2014.
▬ Congress had twice denied the release of prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.
▬ The administration was warned by the Military NOT to do the exchange, but they went ahead against their advice.
▬ The Administration did not consult Secret Services.
▬ The Administration did not consult with its Allies, who fought alongside the US to defeat the Taliban and capture their leaders.
▬ The deal legitimizes the Taliban, as a power to deal with.
▬ The deal endangers the future of Americans, as terrorists worldwide may attempt to kidnap Americans, for money or exchange of "prisoners".
▬ The deal is an immediate treat, as the five Taliban leaders will start directing their forces against America and Western nations.
▬ The deal strengthens the enemy (a definition of treason), by returning prisoners before the war against the Taliban is over.
In addition, it was a political decision, not in the interest of America, but in the interest of Obama:
▬ So that after releasing the worst terrorists he can justify closing Guantanamo, a forever due political IOU.
▬ So that Obama, Hillary and Rice can pronounce the prepared talking point: "America does not leave their men behind", as a counter measure to the Benghazi scandal.
▬ So that he can be seen by Muslim leaders as helping Muslims (The father and Bergdhal himself are Muslim).
It is also a question of poor judgment:
▬ Releasing the top five most dangerous terrorists for one man who has no apparent confidential knowledge or strategic military value?
▬ Releasing five terrorists for a defector?
▬ The president feels that he can honestly deal with terrorists and Muslim extremists, for example mandating "limitations" after their release.
▬ Allowing the father to praise Allah in Arabic in the Rose Garden?
▬ What are American Allies going to think? Releasing the top fighters against the Allied forces that fought with their blood for ten years to capture them?
▬ What are the Afghani people going to think, after allied forces occupied their country to get rid of the Taliban, and now the Americans release their leaders?
Finally it is more lies, as usual:
▬ Susan Rice again she pronounced a lie on media interviews, that Bergdhal was captured in the battlefield and that he "served with honor and distinction".
▬ President Obama said that they had to intervene because "his health was rapidly deteriorating". When it became apparent that this was not the case, he changed his story and said that the Taliban was about to kill him.
▬ President Obama stated that no men had lost their life while seeking for Bergdahl, although this fact is confirmed by many people in the unit.
▬ The men in his military unit were made to sign a gag agreement "not to say" what really happened, so that the Administration could spin the event as they pleased. Fortunately these men are men of honor and spoke the truth when it was evident that they were used to perpetrate a felony.
▬ The father spoke in Arabic claiming that the son would have "trouble with English" and then he does not speak to the son in Pashto, but praises Allah in Arabic?
▬ Secretary of defense Chuck Hagel said that the final decision was taken by President Obama. However, Obama on June 10th said that Hagel took the final decision!