Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) requested a hearing to probe President Obama’s decision to exchange what he called the “Taliban Dream Team” for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a move he predicted would result in more kidnappings.
Graham emphasized that the group of five Taliban leaders include the Taliban army’s chief of staff and deputy minister of intelligence.
“In effect, we released the ‘Taliban Dream Team,’” Graham wrote Monday to Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) and ranking Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma. “The United States is less safe because of these actions. I fear President Obama’s decision will inevitably lead to more Americans being kidnapped and held hostage throughout the world.”
Graham also noted that Obama failed to provide Congress with 30-days’ advance notice on the prisoner exchange, as required by law.
He stayed away from the question of why the Obama team agreed to the exchange given the reports that Bergdahl deserted his post.
“With President Obama’s announcement of a total withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2016 — basically canceling an insurance policy to protect our homeland — and now releasing five Taliban leaders, it’s safe to say last week was a great week for the Taliban,” he concluded.