For weeks the scandal at the VA has been unfolding with more and more damning evidence coming to light, and on Friday the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned. However all of the buzz and outrage over the extremely poor treatment of our vets under Obama’s watch came to a halt on Saturday when it was announced that a captured soldier had been released in exchange for five terrorists, convenient timing wouldn’t you say?
On Sunday, the morning talk shows were all filled with Republicans launching attacks against the President and his administration for negotiating with known terrorists, and not a word was uttered about the VA scandal.
For those unaware, Obama arranged for the release of five Taliban militants who were being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cube in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured and held for the past five years after he deserted his base in Afghanistan. The move has drawn fierce criticism from Republicans in Congress who were never notified of the arrangement and who also believe that Obama painted a target on American’s backs by allowing terrorists to think the U.S. will negotiate with them.
Now the headlines have erupted with news of Bergdahl while the VA scandal has taken a back seat.
Ted Cruz described the exchange as “disturbing” on ABC’s “This Week,” while House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers called it “dangerous” on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Congressional Republicans believe Obama broke the law with the exchange since he’s supposed to give Congress 30 days’ notice prior to the transfer or release of any Guantanamo detainees. However the administration is claiming that they had no choice but to act since Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating.
Susan Rice, who went on national TV after the Benghazi attacks and lied to the American people, hit the Sunday show circuit again, saying “Given the acute urgency of the health condition of Sgt. Bergdahl and given the president’s constitutional responsibilities, it was determined that it was necessary and appropriate not to adhere to the 30-day notification requirements because it would have potentially meant that the opportunity to get Sgt. Bergdahl would have been lost.”
It would seem that after five years such an exchange wouldn’t be too time sensitive, unless of course it was done to draw attention away from other pressing issues. After all, this administration relies on smoke and mirrors as distractions from anything that would affect it negatively, just think about what was going on when bin Laden was killed.