2:23 PM, Jun 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new ad set to be released later today alleges that Mississippi senator Thad Cochran is in part responsible for the release of 5 Taliban commanders from Gitmo. The ad, titled "Cochran Supported the Release of 5 Terrorists," is being released by the Campaign for American Values, a super PAC run by Gary Bauer.
"My Super PAC, Campaign for American Values, is jumping into next week's Mississippi Senate runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and his conservative challenger, State Senator Chris McDaniel. CAV will be running an ad blasting Thad Cochran for being the first Republican senator to publicly endorse Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Click here to watch the ad," Bauer says in a statement that will be released to supporters later today.
"Hagel has a terrible record on Israel and, as you may know, he personally signed off on the deal to release five Taliban leaders, including two wanted war criminals, from Guantanamo Bay. The overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans opposed Hagel because they knew he would be Obama's puppet. But not Thad Cochran.
"Mississippi conservatives can do better than Thad Cochran. Last year, Cochran earned only a 60% score from the American Conservative Union. He's got a 57% score from Heritage Action and 56% from Club for Growth. Michael Bloomberg, the liberal, pro-amnesty, anti-Second Amendment former mayor of New York City, is spending $250,000 to support Cochran. What does that tell you?!
"My bottom line is this: I can't remember the last time I read Thad Cochran's name in a headline or heard about him leading the charge during a major battle here in Washington.
"With everything the Obama gang is doing to fundamentally transform America, we need fighters in the Senate, not status quo bench warmers."
7:11 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tom Cotton, speaking yesterday on the Bowe Bergdahl-Taliban swap:
"Five years ago today, I was a captain in the United States Army in Laghman Province, so I think I will take the prerogative to speak on behalf of the soldiers who served in Afghanistan," said Cotton.
7:37 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton says the Taliban 5, released more than a week ago by President Obama, are "not a threat to the United States."
2:43 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A spokeswoman for the State Department referred to the Taliban operatives released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the deal to retrieve Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as "gentlemen." In a Monday afternoon appearance with Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson at State and an alumna of the Obama campaign, argued with Mitchell over the question of whether or not Congress should have ben notified about the exchange before it occured.
5:35 PM, Jun 7, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
There is a concerted push to sanitize the records of four of the five Taliban leaders transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar. But before delving into some of the specifics, let us recount the basic facts.
Three years ago, Obama went to court to keep a Taliban leader at Gitmo. Now he's out.11:00 AM, Jun 7, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
While some top Obama administration officials are downplaying threats posed the five senior Taliban officials released from Guantanamo in the prisoner exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, not long ago the administration went to court to prevent one of those men from going free.
Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:14 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the political moment created by the Sgt. Bergdahl-Taliban 5 swap.
7:29 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Time magazine is reporting that during an interview about the deal to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo, when "[a]sked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed.
Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
President Barack Obama and his advisers have long sought to release the five most dangerous Taliban commanders held in U.S. custody at Guantánamo. Bipartisan opposition scuttled a possible deal in 2012 because of a consensus that the “Taliban Five,” as they’ve come to be known, posed too great a threat. Even Senate Democrats were unwilling to go along with the administration’s plans then. But last week the president had the Taliban Five transferred to Qatar.
How the Obama administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apartJun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama strode confidently to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden flanked by the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who had gone missing from his platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in June 2009.
“This morning I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son, Bowe, is coming home,” Obama said.
1:54 PM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid on when the White House notified Congress of the Bergdahl-Taliban swap: "What difference does it make?"
A reporter asked, "How come it seems that you were the only one who got a heads-up the day before?"
Senate majority leader Reid answered, "I'm not sure I'm the only one. I mean, this is making a big deal over nothing. The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?"
"So he's a bad father?" "Yes!"9:42 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got in a heated debate with colleague Chuck Todd Thursday morning over whether the father of recently released POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be subject to criticism over his actions. Scarborough criticized the Obama administration for including Bob Bergdahl in a Rose Garden announcement on Saturday to announce the release of Bowe in exchange for five Taliban officials who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay.
“Joe, Joe, let's not. Don’t criticize the parents,” Todd replied. “Don’t criticize the parents in here."
8:34 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Not even the vice president supported the trade of the Taliban 5 for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to a new report, Vice President Joe Biden remained "neutral on the prisoner swap."
5:46 PM, Jun 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Congressman Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and U.S. Senate candidate, told Neil Cavuto of Fox News Wednesday afternoon that the decision to exchange five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has put the remaining American troops in Afghanistan in "greater danger."
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Jun 4, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the Obama administration's changing explanations of the Bergdahl prisoner swap.