President Obama, in defending his unilateral and illegal deal with the Taliban of Bowe Bergdahl the deserter for five top Al Qaeda leaders, has used the worn refrain, "We don't leave anyone behind." It is a shame that he did not feel that way in September of 2012 when his foreign policy was directly responsible for doing just that to Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans who died at the hands of terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. And it is a further shame borne entirely by the Obama administration that the deserter Bergdahl was given greater solicitude by his government than Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who sits in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn and winding up in Mexico with firearms in his possession which were legal in the U.S., and which he disclosed immediately to Mexican authorities.
Actually, to call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter is an insult to previous deserters throughout history who may have had their reasons not to fight. A deserter is someone who leaves the field of battle to avoid the conflict. Mr. Bergdahl sought to associate himself directly with his country's enemies, which is what is commonly known as a traitor. A unanimous number of men who served with Bowe Bergdahl felt it was so important to dissuade the American people from believing the Obama subterfuge of Bergdahl as a hero, they violated a non-disclosure agreement they all signed with the U.S. military.
Barack Obama and others on the Left, in the media and elsewhere, have tried to mitigate his disastrous deal with the Taliban by saying that the men released from Guantomino in exchange for Bergdahl were goat herders and farmers who were just swept up off the battle field with other enemy combatants. These men were most assuredly the Al Qaeda equivalent to members of Hitler's inner circle in the 1930s and 1940s. In fact, the administration was told by military advisors that these particular five were the last ones the administration should ever release from Guantomino.
I have read many articles stating that prisoner exchanges are common in U.S.history, but none of the defenders of this concept will give any examples except the exchanges between the North and South during the Civil War, and other trades that consisted of rank for rank and number for number of prisoners from both sides of a conflict. They can not seem to proffer one example where a deserter at best, and a traitor at worst, was exchanged for a group of the enemies most valuable assets.
The law that governs the kind of exchange made by Barack Obama, requires a president to do more than just give congress a heads-up. It requires the dissemination to congress of much more data in support of the exchange, and it strongly recommends that the president actually seek the counsel of congress. Neither of which the President did. It is the "lone cowboy diplomacy" with which the Left tried to plaster President Bush, in which President Obama has engaged throughout the entirety of his presidency. Contrary to the false narrative promulgated by the Left, President Bush did consult with congress on a host of foreign policy decisions, including two votes for the authorization of the use of force against our enemies in the Middle East.
President Obama disdainfully ignoring congress and acting in a unilateral manner on domestic policy has proven to be an economic disaster. But in doing the same in the arena of foreign policy, he has embolden our enemies, alienated our allies, and made the United States and the world much less safe in the 21st century.