The Republicans have a lot to say about President Obama’s recent release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees. He is being called criminal. He’s being accused of endangering America. They’re calling for hearings to investigate his actions. All of this outrage over five men.
If the release of five men is such a crime, what about the release of close to 600? You would think that would be considered a much bigger threat to our country, but you’d be wrong. Why? Because it was done by a Republican, and they surely believe that anything they do is for the good of the country.
Between 2007 and 2009, President George W. Bush released 520 detainees from the facility at Guantanamo Bay – at least that’s how many are officially recorded. One of those detainees was Abu Sufian bin Qumu, who is a suspect in the Benghazi embassy attack.
The strangest part of this story is that despite official White House documents and news articles detailing Bush’s actions, people continue to deny that he has negotiated with terrorists. Apparently his negotiations with Iraqi insurgents, Iran and North Korea never made it into the Republican history books.
Just this week, Fox News reporter Megan Kelly aired a clip of a 2008 speech in which President Bush warns against negotiating with terrorists. She followed the clip with an interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney who denounced President Obama for releasing “five of the top Taliban terrorists.” Cheney then went on to continue the as yet unproven story that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier Obama brought home, was a deserter responsible for the deaths of six U.S. soldiers.
h/t: FreakOut Nation