What President Obama hoped would be a glorious, personal triumph has turned into another disaster, as he faces a growing backlash among the military and veterans, and among Congressional Democrats who are getting disgusted with Obama over a number of issues.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey issued a statement two days ago hinting that Bergdahl could face desertion charges. Dempsey told Associated Press that charges against Bergdahl are still a possibility. Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued his own statement, agreeing with Dempsey, and saying that after Bergdahl recovers, the Army will “review the circumstances” of his case. AP also quotes soldiers who served in Bergdahl’s platoon, saying that he should be held accountable for walking away, and should face charges of desertion.
Retired U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey accused Susan Rice of once again going on national television to lie about the Bergdahl case as she did about Benghazi. He said this case was even worse, because the White House had the full file on Bergdahl and the assessment that he was a deserter, not a POW. “I think what bothers people is having our commander-in-chief on television putting a glow of euphoria around this guy. And then followed on with Dr. Susan Rice, who’s such a brilliant person, calling him having served with honor and distinction when they knew full well this wasn’t the case.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein, formerly one of Obama’s closest allies in Congress, is becoming increasingly outspoken, and is now accusing Obama of breaking the law. “I strongly believe that we should have been consulted, that the law should have been followed, and I very much regret that that was not the case,” Feinstein said, as reported by ABC. “It comes with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following the law, and in an issue of this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we’re very dismayed about it.”
When Feinstein and her Republican vice-chairman, Saxby Chambliss, were first briefed in late Nov. 2011 on the Obama administration’s proposal to trade five senior Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for Bergdahl, Feinstein and Chambliss wrote two classified letters expressing their views to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December, and then to the President himself in January 2012. Both letters registered concerns with the proposals, and opposed the transfers of the detainees to Qatar, Feinstein said. Feinstein and Chambliss say that Clinton responded in a letter on Feb. 13, 2012, acknowledging that a 30-day forewarning was necessary for any prisoner exchange and promising future consultation with Congress, according to the Daily Beast. Feinstein said there was no additional consultation until mid-day Saturday.
The Weekly Standard found that many Senate Democrats who first supported the POW exchange, are now backing off. Claire McCaskill no longer will say she supports the deal, and a dozen other Senate Dems contacted by the Weekly Standard on Tuesday declined to defend it. “I just don’t know enough about it. I really don’t,” said Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate. “It’s very disturbing,” said Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “Everything you hear. I’m going to reserve judgment until after we have a secured briefing tomorrow.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller also was furious that the Senate Intelligence Committee which he formerly chaired was not consulted as the deal was being worked out. And Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told CBS Baltimore “This puts all Americans at risk throughout the world, including our men and women on the front line… for kidnapping.” He called the prisoner exchange a “dangerous precedent.”
Former Rep. Allen West Calls for Impeachment over Bergdahl
In an op-ed published yesterday in the Washington Post, entitled “Impeach Barack Obama,” former Rep. Allen West argues that the recent actions of the Obama administration, concerning the POW prisoner swap with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, necessitate Obama’s Impeachment.
West concludes the Op-ed: Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense.
So I call upon the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives; Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America. The failure to do so speaks volumes.