Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7
June 10th, 2014
03:29 PM ET
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Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7

(CNN) – Among the many points of controversy to emerge following the swap of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the question of whether the five mid- to high-level Taliban fighters will return to the battlefield.

It's really no secret that according to the administration these five – two of whom are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shiites – very well may return to the battlefield.

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  1. Silence DoGood

    Just another example of how conservative ranters hope that people have a short memory. They act like Obama invented war, crime, insurance, the VA, and the monetary system. Let's give Obama the same punishment for imaginary crimes that Bush got for actual war crimes and call it a day. So, that would be Nothing!

    June 10, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    What don't you get, Jake Tapper?! IOKIYAR!!! Learn it!

    June 10, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    Hey republicans, got any retorts for this. Seems the republican party has much to say except when they get facts thrown at them. Then they get quiet.

    June 10, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Let me guess the Fox news Response: Obama Bad; Bush Good. Kinda like Orwell's: Four Feet Bad;Two Feet Good.

    June 10, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    smith – @Sonny Chapman- It was liberal hippies throwing dog feces at soliders and calling KIA and POW`s parents saying they deserved what happend to them.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really? And did they identify themselves as "liberals" when they made those calls? That being said, why is it that some people will never get over a few alleged incidents of disrespect by a handful of ignorant people, yet they have no ill will towards the wholesale discrimination and defamation foisted on them by veterans groups who called returning soldiers "hippie losers" and REFUSED to let them join their organizations? Yes, it DID happen. And it's the reason AmVets became an organization.

    June 10, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Dumbas[R]ocks

    The anal burns to all you Teatards out there who have opened your uber-partisan mouths on this topic once again parroting the FoxNews line, without getting all the FACTS, must be quite painful.

    And if, as I strongly suspect, you claim there is no pain, all I can say is "no brain, no pain".

    June 10, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. bill

    11 mins. old and the hate hasn't started yet. The gang is late on this one.

    June 10, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Denise

    This is a revelation because?

    June 10, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    You much remember, this is "Obama" we're talking about.
    The same guy that said the sun rise in the East.
    We just can't believe him.

    June 10, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Marcus (from...?)

    Thanks for the numbers. Numbers = facts (when put in its context that is) and THAT is what you need to make unbiased judgement on anything. Not hearsay, not 'in my opinion' kind of analysis, not 'maybes'.
    Facts.
    So from the 500+ that GWBush released, 171 either did return to the battlefield (or moved to other ones) or were suspected of doing so.
    And from the ? (unknown number) of detainees that Obama released, 7 are accounted (or suspected) for/of doing the same thing.
    So unless these numbers are revised, those are the one we should stick to for they ACTUALLY happened, or AT least the intelligence community has reasons to suspect it.

    June 10, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Am I going to make an issue out how many prisoners Bush released, provided that the right acknowledges that it happened.

    June 10, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Winston Smith

    171 versus 7. Seems the republican party and the minions that believe in them need to issue an apology to the American people. Again they have succeeded in placing people at great risk, while deferring the blame for doing so on the democrat party. An apology if you please.

    June 10, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. spike1234

    Far worse than that, the Obama admin. has funded and armed al queida in Libya and now in Syria. Go to the red state site where we now find positive proof that a stinger missle the Obama admin.supplied to al queida was used to bring down a US helicopter in Afganistan. Lo and behold the missle fragment found in the helicopter had an ID number that was traced to the batch we sent to al queida to fight Khaddafy.. Arming the enemy so they can kill your own men. Open treason and no one is acting. Arming the enemy and the enemy using those arms to kill our own men. Call or email your representatives. Treason cannot be tolerated and action must be taken. Obama the traitor must be brought to account.

    June 10, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein

    There need to be some qualifiers in there some place. I am sure that when Bush had some released that these people weren't being looked after as carefully and were younger. On the other side of things, Obama's people tried to make sure that there was a way to keep these crazy people secured when they left GitMo (and might not have been physically able to go back to direct combat).

    June 10, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Denise

    Does this report override the information that FAUX and Boss Hogg have been pulling out from below? lol

    June 10, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ruh roh!!! What say ye now???

    BUSH RELEASES 171 Complete and utter silence.
    President Obama releases 5, and the world is coming to an end!

    I can't believe I'm actually seeing this on this Reich Wing site!!!

    June 10, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Len

    About time we start telling the facts about Bush and Cheney. Let us not forget an illegal and lied filled war in Iraq. Over 5,000 of our soldiers dead and 100,000 civilians (women and children included) Iragis. But that is okay for you right wing folks, they are white, President Obama is black so matter what he does is always wrong. You are all a bunch of haters and hypocrits!!!!

    June 10, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. hammer

    LMFAO Bush bad Obama good.

    June 10, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    What difference does it make?

    Only the ones Obama released matter!

    Everybody knows W-cheney is not accountable for ANYTHING.
    Free pass.
    Kill thousands of our troops; no problemo.
    Waste trillions of our dollars; no problemo.
    Lie to Americans to do the above; no problemo.
    Etc.

    June 10, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Now what about the Embassy attacks?? Not just the consulates, the actual embassy attacks under Bush??? Come on Fox-lite if you're going to open this can of worms, open it completely up! 4 dead in Benghazi compared to how many from 2000-2008???

    June 10, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Kevin

    But bush is white.

    Bush and Cheney are the biggest criminals this county has ever seen.

    Republican go sit down.

    June 10, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer wrote

    smith – @Sonny Chapman- It was liberal hippies throwing dog feces at soldiers and calling KIA and POW`s parents saying they deserved what happened to them.
    ---------------------------–
    If anything, they were most likely anti-war Libertarians. Hippies of the 60's shared many views held by Libertarians when it comes to wars., particularly wars that have been started by the U.S.

    June 10, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. O'drama ya Mama

    Cant wait to hear the 171 justifications from Republicans

    June 10, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I know a certain somebody who is just itching to try to tell us why this is REALLY about liberal hypocrisy, not the GOP/Teatrolls fabricating a giant propaganda shyte storm out of nothing while the MSM helped them manufacture it because it would make for great NONTROVERSY. NONTROVERSY NONTROVERSY NONTROVERSY. lol

    BTW, I'm hard on Tapper for being such a feckless MSM-bot tool, but for once: really great job on that Steven Colbert piece when he talked about his WWII hero uncle. Sure, just a human interest type story, but still some pretty amazing and moving stuff.

    June 10, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    spike1234 says:
    June 10, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm
    Far worse than that, the Obama admin. has funded and armed al queida in Libya and now in Syria. Go to the red state site where we now find positive proof that a stinger missle the Obama admin.supplied to al queida was used to bring down a US helicopter in Afganistan. Lo and behold the missle fragment found in the helicopter had an ID number that was traced to the batch we sent to al queida to fight Khaddafy.. Arming the enemy so they can kill your own men. Open treason and no one is acting. Arming the enemy and the enemy using those arms to kill our own men. Call or email your representatives. Treason cannot be tolerated and action must be taken. Obama the traitor must be brought to account.

    Red State really??? You expect someone other than a RWNJ to believe Red State???
    President Obama and his Muslim sounding name are more American than every single GOP Congressperson serving in Congress today. Red State.. What next Downtrend?

    June 10, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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