Sometimes it is hard to figure out if the Obama administration is full of children or power-whores. It is probably a little of both. When Obama flouts congressional approval and breaks the law in not informing them before Guantanamo detainees are released in a trade for a US prisoner, it seems like Obama is concentrating power in the executive branch. When Susan Rice says they did not negotiate with terrorists because Qatar was the intermediary, it seems like a sixth grade debate club. And actually, I shouldn’t insult sixth graders like that.
But seriously Susan Rice? That’s like saying, “no I didn’t talk to him, I just called him on the phone and we conversed”. But the thing that surprises me most is that the Obama administration still somehow sends Susan Rice to do their explaining. Is that like some inside joke in the White House? Does no one really like poor Susan so they send her on TV and all crowd around with popcorn in the Oval office to laugh at her as she stumbles through a defense of admin policy?
So the US didn’t negotiate with terrorists because they told Qatar what to say to the terrorists, and then the terrorists told Qatar what to say to us. Okay. But it gets even more child-like when Susan Rice is asked why the administration broke the law in not informing congress about the prisoner swap.
And when asked why the administration failed to notify Congress about the Guantanamo Bay prison transfer despite U.S. law requiring the administration to notify Congress 30 days in advance of any transfer of prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, she said it was because they were worried it would jeopardize the deal.
So Rice and the administration were afraid that congressmen exercising their oversight might object to the release of five battle-hardened terrorists and suspected war criminals, or that the deal could leak.
I didn’t ask my parents if I could go to the party, because I was afraid they would say no. Oh, okay, no problem then.
And it is another whole debate on the merits of trading this particular serviceman, who many claim was a deserter (even though Rice referenced him being captured “on the battlefield”) who got other American soldiers killed directly when they were searching for him, and indirectly when combat operations were diverted to assist with locating him. Then it seems a little sketchy that his dad says he has been working to free all the Guantanamo detainees, and thanked Allah in Arabic for the release of his son.
And the saddest part is that no one is even surprised anymore. Whether it is incompetence or willful disregard for America and her safety, this administration is just a scandal factory, pumping out lie after poor decision after cover-up. And these are just the ones we know about.