Letters to the Editor

Criticizes Obama for prisoner exchange

When asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists, I believe President Obama tried to justify his decision by boasting that former Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt all made prisoner swaps at the end of wars that took place on their watch, “much like this prisoner swap.”

It would seem President Obama could use a refresher course in American history.

The Revolutionary War ended in 1783. George Washington did not even become president until six years later in 1789, so Obama got that one wrong.

Abraham Lincoln died April 15, 1865. The Civil War ended the following month and he was still dead so he made no deals to exchange prisoners. They were simply set free to return home. So by including Lincoln, Obama was also wrong again.

FDR died of a stroke before the end of WWII. It was President Harry Truman who made the decision to drop two nuclear bombs on Japan, ending that war. Captured prisoners were either released or held for trial. Obama was wrong again.

Not one of the presidents Obama cited was in office at the end of those wars, and made no prisoner swaps, let alone five known terrorists for one American. I believe what is even more shameful than Obama being wrong about the three former presidents is that he surrounds himself with a staff and media that are either unable or unwilling to correct him.

Gordon Bennett