Senate Candidates Comment On Prisoner Swap

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Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., both spoke out Thursday after the U.S. swapped five Al-Qaeda terrorist leaders for an American soldier who was being held captive.

In an interview with 5NEWS on Thursday (June 5), Cotton said he did not believe President Barack Obama made the right decision to swap five Taliban officials that were being held as prisoners in Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

While Obama received some support from Democratic lawmakers on the move, many Congressional members on both sides of the political aisle said they wished the president had notified them  of the exchange before it happened.

“We’re telling terrorists and outlaw regimes that we’ll swap our prisoners if they take an American hostage,” Cotton said.

Cotton said he doesn’t believe Obama was leveling with the American people, and more danger could come in the Middle East now that these five Taliban officials have been released.

“I think it’s more dangerous today for American troops and diplomats and aid workers in Afghanistan,” Cotton said.

Pryor released his own statement on the issue, saying, “The administration’s lack of transparency is not only frustrating, it’s unacceptable. The American people deserve answers about the capture and release of Sgt. Bergdahl. Our top priority should always be keeping our nation safe.”

Cotton is seeking Pryor’s U.S. Senate seat in the November election.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. On May 31, Obama announced the release of Bergdahl in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay that were later transported to Qatar.


    • Sarah 1

      Wonderful prisoner exchange. No man left behind as we begin to end the war in Afghanistan. No charges were ever filed against these five men by Bush 43 or Obama. Nixon swapped Viet Cong prisoners for John McCain. It was the right thing to do.

      If necessary a court will decide charges about the American soldier, but he is FIRST an American Soldier.

      • D

        He is a soldier who signed on the dotted line that says he was willing to sacrifice up to and including his life for America. Instead he deserted during war in a front line unit. I agree that we don’t leave people behind. We should have kept the 5 terrorists in GITMO and retrieved his body.

    • Patriot

      just leave one of our soldiers in the hands of the enemy?

      “someone” from the idiot brigade has spoken.

      Leave NO soldiers behind, regardless of innocence or guilt. An inquiry is being conducted and whatever findings are made, it will be AMERICANS who hand out the outcome.

      Jumping to conclusions based on partial evidence leads to mistakes being made. Let’s avoid that.

      • someone

        @Patriot, you’re a name caller on here, also better known as a BULLY, I think you were potty trained at gun point…sad. Of course you lose any credibility….. Grow up!!

    • jim

      What if the enemy captured several American female soldiers, I bet
      o would release all of the gitmo prisoners.

  • Tom

    5 terrorists for 1 traitor. Only Barack Obama would do something so egregious, so low. If you don’t believe he is out to destroy the United States (“fundamentally transform” as he puts it) then you are either complicit in this or just plain ignorant. Anyone who attempts to defend this politically motivated back-stabbing of the men and women who fought and died during the war in Afghanistan does not deserve to live in America. Obama and his rotten minions are worse than the terrorists they secretly admire. IMPEACH, CONVICT, AND IMPRISON!!!

    • Sarah 1

      Judge and jury are you Tom? Apparently a twice elected popular President and you disagree. Work harder to get your man elected next time.

      I surmise the other party will not be in power for at least eight years, maybe more.

      We will keep the Senate and hopefully a few southern states will turn purple.

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        It is difficult to overcome bought votes and ignorant/greedy voters. Look at all the effort the demoncrats are putting into getting the illegals brought in. They aren’t doing it out of care, they are doing it for the bought votes.

      • Sarah 1

        Obama has deported more illegals than any other President.

        Deportations of unauthorized immigrants continue at record levels. In 2011 some 392,000 immigrants were removed from the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security. Among them, 48% were deported for breaking U.S. laws, such as drug trafficking, driving under the influence and entering the country illegally.

        The Obama Administration has deported more immigrants annually than the George W. Bush Administration.

        Arnold or whatever your name is, hate is never good, it is reprehensible.
        Even on George 43’s worst days I always said, “There’s a guy I want to party with”. He was a puppet for Cheney and Rumsfeld as far as leadership.

        The President does not want to destroy our country. Sadly you are warching FOXNEWS and reading BreitBart. Widen your reading circles, it might take the hate out of your heart.

    • Patriot

      Tom, this is proof that you’ve never served, nor would you make it serving our country, abroad.

      United we stand. Divided we fall.

      Again, an inquiry will see to this soldier’s fate. I’m glad he’s home.

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        You need to send that divided message to obumma. He is deliberately trying to ruin this country.

    • DumbA** Hillbilly

      No man left behind, period. He will get a fair trial by court martial if he is charged with desertion, and pay the price, but we never ever leave an American soldier behind. I doubt you have ever served or you would know this. Step away from the hateful and poisonous bile on Faux News. It’s not your way or the highway.

    • Trish B.

      Not one person is responsible for what their parents named them.
      Just say the truth. You hate him ? Say it.

      You have an uneducated brain.

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        And you have an educated brain? I think not! And what is wrong with hating someone who is out to destroy you, your family and your country?

  • James Lampkin

    This soldier must feel like a million bucks with the reception from our political leaders. Nearly 5 years as a prisoner and this is how he is treated. My impression is our leaders would rather give him back. They should just come out and say it. How would you feel if this was your family member behind enemy lines?

    • Sarah 1

      The Leaders of our country do NOT want to give the soldier back. They want to help him. A five year prisoner of war deserves an American flag and a parade. This country is so far off the rails with the narrow minded people who have NEVER served their country yet they send young men and women off to do a battle while they fill their pockets with monies from defense contractors.

      NO soldier is ever left behind. Period.

      More soldiers are victims of PTSD than were ever killed in the Iraqi and Afghan wars. Do some research. Suicide is about eleven a day. Sad statistics.

    • Texas Gal

      He has nobody to blame but himself for this reaction and I’m certain that the Army will make sure that he gets the proper welcome home that he deserves.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    “This country is so far off the rails with the narrow minded people who have NEVER served their country……” Sounds like somone we know in the White House doesn’t it.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    @ Sarah 1 “This country is so far off the rails with the narrow minded people who have NEVER served their country……” Sounds like somone we know in the White House doesn’t it.

    • Get Real

      Arnold, a wise person once said “don’t argue with a fool, they will bring you down to their level and defeat you with their experience”. Those worshiping at the throne of BO are too ignorant, or arrogant, to deal with the real world. Bergdahl is nothing more or less than a traitor and deserter, and hardly deserves a parade, unless it is to Ft Leavenworth to await his court martial. BO made a serious mistake in swapping prisoners, and the consequences will be felt long after this arrogant, racist, and corrupt individual leaves office. Bergdahl was not left behind, he STAYED behind.

      • Trish B.

        The very words ‘worshipping at the throne of BO’ are incendiary. What do you hope to benefit being rude?

        You make it sound like a person should support who you support.

        I make my own decisions and you make yours. Isn’t that respectful?

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        I have to laugh at Pryor’s response in this article on the subject. I’ll bet you had this occurred a year ago or even six months ago Pryor would lock step with obumma. Now that he sees the electorate being fed up with his puppethood he’s changing his spots.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    @Sarah 1 today’s kool-aid flavor must be Lemon. I also watch CBS, CNN just for your info. And my reading circles are plenty wide enough lI caught you didn’t I? That hate in the heart you accuse me and everyone else of is actually fear for our country under this regime.

    • Sarah 1

      Arnold I SUPPORT Obama. Now, read again and choose a different flavor.

      By the way, I fear nothing except an idiot with a gun.

  • justwantstoknow

    However you choose to look at this, here’s what’s fact and what’s not fair to ANY AMERICAN SOLDIER or CITIZEN: 1) Making sneaky decisions that could wind up killing countless innocent AMERICANS just because you think you can get away with it is WRONG. 2) Making a 5 for 1 trade of anything, especially dangerous TERRORISTS that will come back to haunt your country is WRONG.

  • Elaphas

    The FAILED liberal messiah, who duped millions into “hope and change” has been on a mission for the past 6 years to “fundamentally transform” the United States. So, of course, the uninformed masses ate this up. It was “White guilt” and Black pride that helped get him elected too. He had no experience at all but the “gift to gab” of a used car salesman, a jive turkey, if you will. Still today, many ignorant people, left-wing Kool-aid drinkers, anti-American clowns, and others who won’t admit they made a mistake, support this criminal. What they are complicit in are the end days of America as we know it, as our Fore Fathers conceived it, and what our veterans fought, and in many cases, died for. Scandal after scandal they support him still. And who’s in the batter’s box – none other than the co-Alinsky-ite herself, Hillary Rodham. The American Dream is dead according to a recent survey. As the cackling leftist Hillary would say, “what difference does it make?” Indeed. Barack Obama has assured us of that.

    • Curt Lanning

      I don’t usually comment on my stories, but when I saw your comment, I had to respond.

      Let’s just hope neither candidate appears in a red wedding anytime soon.

      • Sarah 1

        I agree Curt. It was Elephas sad reflection on our immediate political future that made me think of the sad song. Nice to catch a GOT fan.

  • jon

    We could trade Tom Cotton to them, We don’t need him. In one breath he says He stood up to Washington and that they are doing everything wrong but yet he has been the one in Washington. That make total sense. What a dwebe.

    • Trish B.

      Sen. Rand Paul offered some red meat to the Texas GOP convention on Friday, suggesting that, instead of Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Barack Obama should use Democrats such as Hillary Clinton as a bargaining chip in any future dealings with the Taliban.

      “Mr. President, you love to trade people,” he told a supportive crowd in Fort Worth, according to Politico.

      “Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats?” he joked. “I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi …”

      (He knows he can’t beat her in 2016…….)

      I don’t think Mr. Cotton even wants to be a Senator. He just loves all the cash from the Koch Brothers. His piggy bank is full to the brim and more is on the way.

  • Marie smith

    The ignorance and blind allegiance of the Liberal Democrats to Obama never ceases to amaze me. Even the democrat Leadership like Dian Feinstein realize that Obama is out of control. They have condemned his actions. The next attack on America by these terrorist and all the bloodshed Will be on Your hands.

    • Trish B.

      Not so Ms. Smith. Anyone who attacks the USA will be dealt with accordingly. Anyone who attacks the USA will have blood on Their hands. See? You are confused about ‘us’ and an attacker.

      The war is winding down, no charges were ever made, the captives are going to be returned. This is normal military procedure.

      The very thing I have always admired the USA for is standing behind their military. In this one man almost all Republicans have thrown the military under the bus. NO SOLDIER IS LEFT BEHIND. No matter what the circumstances.

      I never thought I would see such hatred for a man of the military who willingly put his life on the line for this country.

      The D-Day soldiers who visited Normandy yesterday were in agreement when interviewed. You bring your soldiers home no matter what.

      • D

        This POS left his post, and betrayed the men next to him. He is not a hero he is a deserter.; he didn’t serve honorably, you cant be a prisoner there for 5 years unless you convert and renounce your country. No man left behind is true. We should have brought his body back.

      • Sarah 1

        @ D: Sad news to report. Bergdahl was besten, tortured, and caged. Not ony that, there is a miniscule chance he will read what people wrote about him. I hope he doesn’t as I am disappointed in our local support for a soldier at war. Marie Smith, Arnold Fudpucker, Elephas, justwantstoknow, Get Real, someone, Charles McManus, Jim and Texas Gal, you all got this one wrong.

        Maybe you should rethink other talking points you so earnestly believe?

        As for me and my home, we stand for the military all the time, not just when it is politically correct.

    • A Veteran

      The military believes no man is left behind. This basic tenet unites all military serving, past, present and future.

      As young children we place our hands on our hearts and pledge Allegiance to the Flag. These are both unifying aspects of Americans.
      It brings us together as a whole, even though our ancestry came to the states from other parts of the world. We are the envy of the world because we rejoice in our unification. Just look at 911. Our nation followed its leaders without question, totally supporting them.

      Veteran’s Day, D-Day, Memorial Day – Does it mean anything to you or just a reason for a barbecue meal and mugs of beer?

      The very core of military service has been challenged by elected government officials and ordinary citizens who have shown themselves to be self-serving and against our soldiers is a national disgrace. Using the return of a POW, no matter the circumstances of his capture, or to get a leg up politically on the 2014 elections is total outrage. These politicians should be publicly shamed, not the Bergdahl family that is currently the media ‘hate of the month’. The malice is sickening. When the Bergdahl family is reunited, I hope it is not diminished by a bunch of heartless politicians, spiteful media AND hateful people who have never served our great country.

      This timeless principle remains, leave no man behind.

  • justwantstoknow

    Sarah 1, you choose to lump my opinion with several others, but in error. Try re-reading my post. It was FOR our Military Women and Men, not against them. One of my main points was the 5 for 1 trade. Never said we should have left our guy behind, just that I think we could have done it on a fair scale.

    • Sarah 1

      My apologies but I still read it as you are against the guy. The comment above this one seems more concise. Again my apologies. Military is all through my family and I stand with the military.

      • justwantstoknow

        I do recognize an “apology”. Also recognize one when it’s given with the word “but….” attached to it. Which IMO renders it a useless one. I’m no longer looking for one from you either. Seems all the OBUMMA Kool-Aid has gotten you too loopy to make a real one anyway. And for the record, I’m pro-military too. Good day.

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