The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give Congress a 30-day notice before exchanging prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban who were being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The House voted 249 to 163, with 22 Democrats joining the Republican majority in favor of the resolution.
The measure has no legal clout, but it castigates Obama a day before he is due to address the American public to seek support for military action against Islamic State in Iraq and, possibly, Syria.
The House debated the measure as Obama met at the White House with congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, to discuss his plans.
In a statement after the vote, Boehner said Obama’s administration “encouraged our enemies.”
“By setting free five top Taliban commanders from U.S. custody, the Obama administration made Americans less safe,” Boehner said.
Bergdahl’s release in May was initially greeted by euphoria, given he had spent five years as a Taliban captive after walking away from his outpost in Afghanistan. But the deal evoked anger among lawmakers, who criticized the president for not notifying Congress about the swap before it was done.
The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, ruled in August that the Defense Department had violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing the five Taliban members.
Guantanamo is a factor in the divide between Obama, who has vowed to close the prison camp, and many congressional Republicans, who consider it essential in the fight against international terrorism because it allows prisoners to be detained outside the United States.
Advocates for the closure of Guantanamo, where prisoners on hunger strike have been force fed, argue that it violates U.S. principles through such actions as long-term imprisonment without trial.
Its interesting to point out that right after the release of the 5 Taliban members, the Islamic State really started ramping up their attacks and started spreading out and making themselves known more pubicly. We do know that ISIS has been in its formation for a few years now, but with the release of the 5 taliban members it feels so odd to me that right after, the Islamic State Caliphate rose up and made themselves known worldwide.
Also on fox news this morning, I heard them say that Obamas speech tonight will cover attacks on Syrian soil from the air, but will stop short of bombing key ISIS strong holds, this was coming from the white house press briefings this morning….It does not make sense to me that if you really feel iSIS is a threat, taking out their stong hold areas would be key, if this stands true then I am totally convinced that Obama and or the US government does not want ISIS to end completely, just roll them back in his words. According to the latest NBC poll, 90% of Americans want ISIS taken out, but their is not profit and seizure of power and resources if you completely irradicate the threat.
Source by News Max