(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for President Obama: Negotiate another prisoner exchange, but this time trade five senior Democrats for a U.S. Marine being held in Mexico.
Addressing the GOP convention in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, Paul said a delegate he had been chatting to had said, “There is one guy who is kind of deserving we ought to try to get home, and that’s the Marine who accidentally carried his guns into Mexico.”
“So here’s what I’m thinking: Mr. President, you love to trade people.”
“Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats?” Paul said to laughter and applause. “I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi – couldn’t we send them to Mexico?”
Paul was alluding to the controversial swap of five senior Taliban detainees being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier held by the Haqqani network, a terrorist group allied to the Taliban, for five years.
The Marine Corps reservist he was referring to, Andrew Tahmooressi, has been in Mexican custody since the end of March, when he was arrested with three legally-registered firearms in his vehicle.
The 25 year-old, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has stated that he crossed the border accidentally.
He is being held on weapons charges and several U.S. lawmakers have been urging the administration to do more to get him returned home.
On Thursday State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration was “working very hard to discuss with the Mexican authorities the path forward here.”
At a briefing earlier in the week, Harf fielded a question that linked the Tahmooressi and Bergdahl cases.
“Given what just transpired to release Sergeant Bergdahl – again, wouldn’t a phone call from Secretary Kerry to his [Mexican] counterpart – couldn’t this thing be wrapped up quicker?” a reporter asked.
“They are two totally different situations,” she replied. “Are you comparing the Mexican Government to the Taliban?”
“No, I’m saying one would assume that it would be easier to negotiate and talk to the Mexican government than the Taliban,” the reporter said.
“Look, he entered – he reportedly entered Mexico with several weapons and ammunition, circumstances which would normally result in arrest in Mexico. So we are letting the process work itself through,” Harf said. “The Mexican authorities provided prompt notification of his arrest, have allowed regular consular access. We’ll continue working with them.”
Kerry visited Mexico last month, and when asked afterwards about Tahmooressi said he had raised the matter with his hosts.
“We are working on determining whether or not certain evidence that has been presented is meeting the standard that’s necessary to be able to hold that young Marine, and we’re trying to find out exactly what the fact pattern is, but we are working on that,” he told CNN on May 28. “And as recently as last week, I had those discussions with Mexican authorities.”
By Brian Anderson on June 6, 2014
Rand Paul is nothing if not entertaining. Following the disastrous trade of 5 top Taliban terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl by President Obama, the Kentucky Senator suggested more appropriate trade bait for future prisoner swaps.
While speaking to at the Texas GOP Convention Paul unveiled his enhanced negotiating package:
“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi…”
Unfortunately, the crowd erupted in cheers and laughter and the last two remaining democrats up for trade could not be heard. It’s tricky to offer a guess because there are so many liberal politicians that could easily make the list. I’d say Dianne Fienstien, Harry Reid, and Bernie Sanders are all in the running.
The only problem I can see with such a swap would be that we’ve got nothing to trade for. According to Obama, Bergdahl was the last American soldier that needed to come home. The President seems to be forgetting about the 2500 POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War, but the truth is what Obama says it is.
But do we really need something in exchange for Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi? What could we reasonably expect to get for John Kerry? A couple boxes of old newspapers, maybe? I’d be happy just to get rid of these democrats as I would with an old non-working appliance.
Instead of putting this deal in the “barter” section on Craigslist, list it under the “free” category:
Free: 5 obsolete democrats. One may have some slight brain damage, but all retain their sense of self-righteousness. Can be stripped for parts. Will be on curb of Capitol Building. First come first served. Please don’t disturb residents.
Paul was using humor to make a point about the legal and national security implications of Obama’s deal and it is something that makes him uncomfortable.
“I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been a little bit annoyed with the president. Releasing five Taliban senior officials…it’s illegal and wrong and he should never have done it,” said Paul.
At a press conference after the speech, reporters hammered Paul about his comments.
“It was a joke. Except for Nancy Pelosi, I was serious about her,” zinged Paul.
You know liberal reports have about as much of a sense of humor as liberal politicians, so they continued to harass the Senator about his joke.
“Well, I mean, it’s humor, and I hope there’s room for humor. I thought it was funny. It was meant to be humorous,” replied Paul.
I guess Rand Paul didn’t get the memo. There is no room to make fun of Obama or the democrats. In fact, because he specifically named Clinton, Pelosi, and Kerry it will be construed as part of the GOP’s war on women. Kerry’s a girl, right?
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, who worked as a spokesperson for John Kerry’s failed 2004 presential bid, thinks that Obama is being too modest in regards to taking credit for supposed foreign policy “successes,” like Ukraine and Iran.
Ukraine and Iran?
It’s laughable and even the mainstream media chuckles with disbelief at the outrageous assertion (WATCH BELOW) and mocks Psaki:
Q: Jen, you would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit? How much credit would you give him?
PSAKI: Well, I think what I’m — I would give him more than he has given himself. That’s what I just said.
Q: What, like, 200 percent credit?
PSAKI: So would the secretary.
Q: So — and for — and for –
Q: Credit for what? I’m sorry, credit for what?
Q: For what, yes, exactly? That’s the point.
Q: No, I mean, I don’t — I don’t mean, like, he doesn’t deserve credit.
Q: For the Iran negotiations?
Q. I mean — I mean — I’m talking, what specifically are you talking he doesn’t get enough credit for — (inaudible)?
PSAKI: For engagement initiatives like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world.
Q: I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea. I mean, Iran — there’s ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that you’re talking?
PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves. And the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.