Originally posted by whodey
President Obama appears to have negotiated with terrorists by swapping 5 prisoners at club Gitmo for one US marine held by terrorists.
Of course, Obama did this without consenting Congress and being accused of violating the law by doing so........again. This is the Barak Obama we have all grown to know and love.
So US servicemen be on your gaurd. The ...[text shortened]...
It's a fire sale!!
Barak Obama, closing down club Gitmo one released terrorist at a time.
Negotiating prisoner exchanges is a traditional power granted to Commanders. George Washington did it during the Revolutionary War even absent Congressional authorization:
With few facilities to accommodate large numbers of prisoners, both the Americans and the British participated in prisoner exchange. Though Washington was actively involved in these matters, he appointed commissaries to handle the day-to-day details. The exchange of prisoners during the American Revolution was a chaotic ordeal, mainly because there was never a consistent policy put in place by the Continental Congress. Subsequently, a cartel (a formal agreement on prisoner exchange) was never put in place between the British and the Americans.
The President's stated position as "Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces" surely gives him the power to negotiate prisoner exchanges. It incredibly hypocritical of right wingers who pretend to be so concerned with the troops to criticize the President for bringing one of our own out of captivity. This is hyper-partisanship at an extreme level.