The House intelligence committee chairman gives a warning. “Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) … says he is ‘absolutely certain”’ at least three, if not all, [of] the Taliban fighters released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will rejoin [the] Afghan war. ‘We’ve already seen both in their rhetoric and their actions, and certainly from the information that we see coming out from the Taliban, including the Haqqani network in Pakistan, would suggest that’s absolutely going to happen,’ he said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ”
A warning to the White House: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) isn’t going to spin for the president on this. “The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee raised questions Sunday about the Obama administration argument that Congress wasn’t informed about the prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because he might have been killed if the deal was made public. . . . Feinstein also raised questions about the administration’s original argument that Bergdahl’s health was in imminent danger, considering the Defense Department told Fox News and other news organizations this weekend that he is being treated for some nutritional deficits that would be considered normal after being in captivity for five years.”
Here’s a timely warning about dealing with terrorists. “The Obama administration should flatly state that we oppose Hamas participation in elections unless Hamas makes a clear commitment to the three Quartet Principles and to disarmament. We should add that if Hamas is allowed to participate in the election, we will not press Israel to permit Palestinian voters living in Jerusalem to participate in it (something Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has said Israel will not permit). We should state now that if Hamas wins seats, American officials will not meet with Hamas members of parliament or ministers, because they are representatives of a terrorist group; we will not give any aid to any ministry under Hamas control or influence (for example, with a Hamas deputy minister); we will not assist any Palestinian security force unless it is not only beyond Hamas control or influence, but also actively fighting terrorism. We will not press Israel to negotiate a peace agreement with a half-terrorist Palestinian government or make concessions to it. We will give no budget support to the PA if Hamas is a part of its governing structures.” Read the whole thing.
The former attorney general warns of problems ahead for Bergdahl. “Desertion is a very serious offense. It carries a penalty if it’s done in wartime, that includes possibly the death penalty. At the end of World War II, we executed a U.S. soldier in January of 1945 for desertion. So, it’s a very serious offense. It carries a lifetime penalty, even if it’s done in peacetime, because that is a very critical matter — the continued reliability of soldiers.”
Maybe if he had told them about it in advance Democrats would have warned against a victory lap in the Rose Garden. “You know, a lot of Democrats I’ve talked to agreed that the Rose Garden was a mistake. They should have made a statement, strong and silent approach would have been better.”
You’ve been warned: Hillary Clinton can be boring like no one else. “Reviews of Clinton’s book will cascade in the coming days. John Dickerson of Slate and CBS News wrote Friday that ‘this is not a book from someone who has nothing to lose,’ describing it as ‘the low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering with vanilla pudding as the dessert.’ ”
A warning about raising the minimum wage: “It always polls well, because the average American instinct is to say, yeah, I think people should get a raise. What they don’t see are the jobs that are never created, the poor people who never get the job. And that’s harder to detect and it’s harder to show up in polls, but it’s interesting, when the 500,000 job figure from CBO came out, the Republicans in Congress said, you know what, that’s a very powerful argument. And I don’t think it’s going to pass.”