The POW exchange debacle

The POW release was orchestrated to be a feel-good moment .  But now the Obama administration is dealing with a major scandal.  Not just because 5 dangerous terrorist leaders were released from Gitmo.  Not just because the president broke the law in not informing Congress.  But mainly because America’s troops are in an uproar about all of this attention being given to an anti-American deserter whose dereliction of duty reportedly cost the lives of six soldiers. [Read more...]

Prisoner exchange and the law

The Obama administration negotiated the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years, in exchange for five senior Taliban leaders being held in Guantanamo.  He was reportedly the last POW being held.  The problem is, the law requires the administration to consult with Congress when releasing prisoners from the Guantanamo prison, which the administration did not do.  Officials from the executive branch acknowledge that they did not follow the law.

UPDATE:  To add another level of controversy, Sgt. Bergdahl was evidently a deserter.

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“America is unraveling”

Deroy Murdock plumbs new depths of pessimism about our government and our political system.  Does he have a point?  From “The United States of Decline,” at National Review Online | Print:

America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree. This decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim. [Read more...]

NSA surveillance declared illegal, but will continue

An independent review board has said that the NSA surveillance system is illegal.  But the White House says essentially that it doesn’t care.  The courts are going to have to weigh in. [Read more...]

Our foreign relations debacle

American citizens in great numbers resented the revelations via Edward Snowden that the NSA was monitoring their e-mails and phone calls.  But the outrage is even greater among our allies, who learned that not only was our government snooping on their citizens, but that we were specifically eavesdropping on as many as 35 government leaders, including German prime minister Angela Merkel.  A number of these countries are planning to take the issue to the UN, and the resentment threatens the negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Union. [Read more...]

What our soldiers are saying about Syria

Retired Major General Robert H. Scales, former commandant of the U. S. Army War College, gives the word on the streets from those who would actually have to do the fighting:

By no means do I profess to speak on behalf of all of our men and women in uniform. But I can justifiably share the sentiments of those inside the Pentagon and elsewhere who write the plans and develop strategies for fighting our wars. After personal exchanges with dozens of active and retired soldiers in recent days, I feel confident that what follows represents the overwhelming opinion of serving professionals who have been intimate witnesses to the unfolding events that will lead the United States into its next war. [Read more...]


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