Chambliss Weighs in on Bergdahl

The release and subsequent trade of five Taliban leaders for imprisoned U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl received much press over the weekend, and the details surrounding its execution will likely be pored over for months.  U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss weighed in on Sunday, saying in a series of tweets, (and later a press release) that he was, “deeply troubled the Obama administration not only broke this policy, but also did so without the notification or consent of Congress, as required by law. “.  The Obama administration argues that the deal had to be done swiftly to ensure Sgt. Bergdahl’s safety.  Chambliss went on to say about the Taliban members who were released that, “These men are not soldiers; they are dangerous terrorists and President Obama should be treating them as such”.

Potential evidence that Bergdahl may have actually deserted his unit will further muddle a story that the Obama Administration has tried to spin as a victory – rescuing the only American POW currently in Afghanistan.  Republican leaders like Chambliss and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) have already begun to shift the narrative toward the President going around established laws and trading potential terrorist leaders without the notification or consent of Congress.  As time goes on, we will see which Republicans might use the situation to their advantage – Republican voters in a primary/runoff love nothing more than seeing their potential representatives challenging President Obama.

 

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