CARNEY: With regard to the transfer of Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, we have made — the United States has not made the decision to do that, though we do expect the Taliban to raise this issue in our discussion, if and when those discussions happen.
As we have long said, however, we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.
Q So you haven’t ruled it out?
CARNEY: I’m simply saying that — first of all, you have to separate the two issues. We are focused on the return — the safe and immediate return of Sergeant Bergdahl, and we continue to use the tools at our disposal to help bring that about.
We also expect the Taliban to raise the issue of their detainees in discussions that we have with them if those discussions take place. And at this time we’ve made no decisions about the transfer of detainees.
And in accordance with law, we would be consulting with Congress should we make any decisions about that. So we remain committed to the closure of Guantanamo Bay, as you know. But separate from that on these specific issues about individual detainees, that would be a process that is done in accordance with law.
Well, you know that turned out – the White House this week sent five dangerous former Taliban commanders to Qatar to hang loose for a year without a word to lawmakers.
Two more Obama statements that reached their expiration dates – and George Bush, by the way – totally vindicated:
“some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along … We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”
Yes, Obama will be discredited by history. Unfortunately, we all have to suffer through his completely FUBAR presidency until he’s gone.
Jake Tapper, The Lead: Former Army Sgt. who served with Bergdahl: ‘He is at best a deserter, at worst a traitor’
John Bolton, New York Post: The high cost of Obama’s reckless Taliban swap
Marc Thiessen, Washington Post: Here’s what happens when Taliban leaders are released
Duffleblog: Meteorologists Forecast Bowe Bergdahl Shit Storm
Instapundit: HMM: Sources: Intelligence community investigated Bergdahl’s conduct. “Many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.”