Obama is hardly the first president to negotiate with terrorists for hostages
Forget Benghazi, Republicans are licking their chops to hold a Congressional hearing over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Citing a law enacted just last year, the Republicans are demanding that hearings begin immediately over the Obama administration’s negotiation with the Taliban to secure the release of Bergdahl. The Republican goal is obvious as they want to impeach Obama more than anything in the world.
More than helping a still fragile economy. More than passing a jobs bill. Heck, they want to impeach Obama even more than they want to repeal Obamacare and they have tried to accomplish that over 50 times. What it will really mean is more pointless hearings that will no doubt waste more time and tax payer money.
The current Congress already has the distinct honor of being the least productive. Republican members of Congress, including chairs of crucial committees, fail to see the benefit in presenting bills to the Congress. Instead they are choosing to go after the headline-grabbing attacks on President Obama because that is what will score points with their electorate. Rather than do their jobs they are focusing on the next election cycle. And it is hurting the country.
The Republicans are now dropping everything to focus on what they claim is just another criminal act by the Outlaw President. Hell, he shouldn’t even be President because he is a foreign Muslim. But this time he has gone too far by negotiating with terrorists and this is America. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. EVER!
Yet several experts tell a different story, including some very conservative former members of the Bush and Reagan eras. Experts like Bruce Hoffman, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, who says “we have long negotiated with terrorists. We should be tough on terrorists but not on our fellow Countrymen who are their captives, which means having to make a deal with the devil when there is no alternative.”
Hoffman cited a series of high-profile negotiations in the past. The list not surprisingly involves several instances involving sitting Republican Presidents, including the Iran hostage crisis that began in the 1970s and was resolved the day Reagan came into office. There was also the Iran-Contra affair, also under the Reagan Administration, that led to the release of several hostages in Lebanon after selling arms to Iran.
According to USA Today, Charles “Cully” Stimson, a security expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, said there are even more examples of small-scale negotiations with terrorist groups that the public, and many members of Congress, just don’t know about.
However, President Obama does not operate that way. He chooses to operate with a fair degree of transparency and nothing has changed regarding this event. His administration acted with a sense of urgency due to the declining health of Bergdahl and immediately after securing his release the administration notified the appropriate members of Congress.
Instead of congratulating the President on bringing this matter to an end, the Republican controlled House is going conduct another circus-type hearing. The hearing will produce nothing, just like the Benghazi and IRS hearings, but that won’t matter to Republicans. They will whip their base into a frenzy right before the midterm elections and spend millions of taxpayer dollars in the process.