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Broken promise

Dear Editor:

Almost a year ago, on June 21, 2013, to be exact, President Obama’s Press Secretary, Jay Carney, speaking on behalf of the president, gave a briefing to the Washington Press Corps. Carney stated “we (the U.S. Government) would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees (from Guantanamo Bay) without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.”

On May 31, 2014, however, Obama arranged for the release of five hard-core Jihadists from Guantanamo in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held by the Taliban for five years.

Contrary to the earlier promise, the exchange was made without consulting Congress and against the law. As a result, charges and counter-charges are at flood level in Washington over the Bowe Bergdahl release. Feigning dismay, Obama recently remarked during a press conference in Brussels that “I am never surprised by controversies whipped up in Washington.” And why would Obama not be surprised, he is the one who creates these controversies — best described as never-ending scandals …

Despite breaking his promise and the law, imperialist Obama said he owes no apologies to anyone. What’s another broken promise, another broken or bended law, another manipulation of the constitution? The message being we might just as well get used to them. Besides, Obama had to do something to at this particular time to draw attention away from the Veterans’ Administration Hospital scandal …

Gary Stansbury

This story was posted on June 12, 2014.