Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) wants to ban President Obama from making any more transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees pending a review of the decision to release five Taliban leaders in exchange for captive U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, as a legislative response to the possibility that the Obama team will release a detainee who traveled from Kuwait to Afghanistan to train as a terrorist in 2011.
“I intend next week to file legislation to halt any releases from Guantanamo until we get to the bottom of what happened in Bergdahl and provide some real congressional oversight here because it is really needed,” Cruz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday evening. “All of us celebrate whenever any soldier comes home, but this should not have been done in a negotiation with terrorists to release the Gitmo Five, five senior Taliban terrorists who the president has admitted this week there’s absolutely a real chance they’ll return to the battlefield and kill more Americans. That undermined our national security and it is very troubling. We need to get to the bottom of why this administration is releasing senior Taliban terrorists,” he had said moments earlier.
Cruz also took aim at National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who declared that Bergdahl ”served with honor and distinction,” a claim undermined by his fellow soldiers’ reports that he deserted his post and sought out the Taliban. “I’ve got to say it makes you wonder [at] — she did this after Benghazi – her willingness to just stand up and read talking pints that, very quickly thereafter, are proven to be nowhere near resembling the truth,” Cruz said.
NR editor Rich Lowry made a similar point in his Politico column Wednesday. “In the matter of Bergdahl, [Rice] appears to have again repeated whatever crude, poorly informed talking points were put in front of her. If it was Rhodes again, he outdid himself this time, getting Rice to say things she would have known were wrong if she merely skimmed the Michael Hastings piece in Rolling Stone a few years ago about Bergdahl’s disappearance,” Lowry suggested. “Bergdahl went from serving with ‘honor and distinction,’ per Susan Rice, to ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ per Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey, in the space of about three days.”