McCain made the statement on CNN’s State of the Union, joining the other Republicans in their criticisms of President Obama over the trade with the Taliban to free Bergdahl. During the show, McCain said that “I wouldn’t release these men, not these men. They were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release.”
McCain is one of the loudest hypocrites in the situation with Bergdahl. While he agrees with the core tenet that Obama cites as a reason — we don’t abandon anyone in the military — he maintains that the five detainees released during the trade were too dangerous. According to The Hill:
[box type=”shadow”]We should do everything we can in our power to win the release of any American being held, but not at the expense of the lives and well-being of fellow servicemen and women. We owe that obligation to them,” he said.
“I’m sad to tell you I’m afraid they’re going to reenter the fight,” said McCain, who warned that ultimately their return could become even more dangerous because of Obama’s plans to remove all combat troops from Afghanistan.
“You can have a certain price [for a prisoner of war], but it’s exacerbated by the president’s decision to take everybody out of Afghanistan. And these people will be going back as the Taliban leadership, and this will, of course, in my view, cause another replay of Iraq,” he said.[/box]
He suggest that there were other prisoners that we could have exchanged who were less dangerous.
His accusations fly in the face of what retired Chief Prosecutor Morris Davis told Alan Colmes on Colmes’ radio show not even a week ago:
[box type=”shadow”]“There’ve been about eight or nine [detainees] that’ve been prosecuted,” Col. Morris explained, “That’s one of the things on this deal about the five detainees that got sent home. You know, we managed to put a case together; I personally charged Osama Bin Laden’s driver. So we had enough evidence to prosecute Bin Laden’s driver, but not enough evidence to charge these five guys that have been transferred out.”
“How can they continue to stay there without due process?” Alan asked.
“The administration is facing a real quandary,” Col. Morris explained, “The argument that we’ve made in court in these Habeus cases that have been brought in court for the last decade is that under the law of war, you have the right to detain the enemy for the duration of the conflict. And the president’s made it clear: this conflict comes to an end by December. So our basis, our legal justification that we’ve argued for the last decade, is about to run out. And the administration is, I think, getting an American soldier back in exchange for five guys that our legal justification is about to expire on is, in my view, a pretty good deal.”[/box]
McCain, however, has a history of skipping administration briefings in favor of holding press conferences because the Administration won’t tell him anything, so the likely possibility is that McCain is making up the allegations the five were associated with 9/11 — leaving out the obvious fact that, while they worked together in some ways, 9/11 was orchestrated by Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban.
h/t: The Hill.
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