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"Republicans say Obama changed "decades" of policy of not negotiating with terrorists when he brokered the deal that brought Bergdahl home. Even though presidents and officials often say "we do not negotiate with terrorists," it has not proven to be a hard-and-fast rule. Obama’s actions so far do not signal a change in policy, but rather the latest in a long line of exceptions presidents have made throughout recent history."

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"In his book, Negotiating with Evil, Reiss wrote that America actually has a detailed history of negotiating with terrorists and rogue regimes that support terrorist activity. How long? Even the Founding Fathers struck agreements with terrorists of the time: pirates."

George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson "accommodated what today would be viewed as terrorists," Reiss wrote. "They each authorized payment to the Barbary pirates, and the U.S. Senate even ratified a treaty that enshrined the annual provision of naval supplies as ‘protection.’ "

A century later, President Teddy Roosevelt granted demands from the descendants of those pirates to secure the release of captured American resident Ion Perdicaris.


Recent history

American presidents have negotiated with terrorists and rogue regimes to secure the release of hostages, to arrange temporary cease fires and to explore whether a more permanent truce might be possible."

Here’s a few, according to Reiss’ book:

After the North Koreans captured the U.S.S. Pueblo in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson apologized for spying as part of negotiations to secure the release of 83 American prisoners.


In 1970, President Richard Nixon pressured Israel, Switzerland, West Germany and Britain to release Palestinian prisoners after two airlines were hijacked by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.


During the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 to 1981, President Jimmy Carter agreed to unfreeze $8 billion in frozen Iranian assets after more than a year of negotiations with the Iranian revolutionaries.


In perhaps the most famous swap, after seven Americans were captured in Beirut, Lebanon, President Ronald Reagan agreed to send missiles to Iran in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal.


President Bill Clinton’s administration sat down with Hamas in attempts to negotiate peace with Israel. His administration also worked directly with the Taliban nearly two decades ago on several occasions to see if the group would hand over Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.


Reiss also noted that President George W. Bush engaged in negotiations with Iran and North Korea even after decreeing them part of the "Axis of Evil."

James Jeffrey, a former ambassador to Iraq under Obama and deputy national security adviser for George W. Bush, agreed that "there have been many cases of negotiations with terrorists or rogue regimes for the return of Americans."

But he added: "releasing terrorists in exchange for captives, however, is rare."

One recent example came in 2010, when the United States released Shia cleric Qais al-Khazali to the militia group Asaib al-Haq in exchange for Peter Moore, a private British contractor, and the bodies of Moore’s security officers. Asaib al-Haq is a militia group allegedly funded by Iran and headed by al-Khazali and staged and executed several attacks in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of U.S. soldiers.

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Sheran commented on Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 20:35 PM

Did I get ya so MAD ya can't spell right now?

NO, Pres. Obama didn't make a dirty d!eal
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PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 20:37 PM

@Sheran-LOL- No, I was excited to dispute the myths.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 23:11 PM

PN, I'm very happy at President Obama actions that have led to the release of Bowe Bergdahl. I'm also disappointed at him because he didn't follow the rule of law by informing congress as he is directed to do by the constitution. I commend him for bringing back my brother in arms to safety but as usual he wrecks his credibility and legacy by doing it alone by pen or phone which will culminate in a failed presidency under the fair scrutiny of history. I'm also disappointed with the RINO's that politicize it to the point that they feel like the rules will be changed or we are endangered to the point of not being able to recover. However we can and if those terrorist decide to go back in combat they will be terminated appropriately. I'm happy for Janna and Bob Bergdahl, period. My fellow comrade is saved by Barack Hussein Obama!

gacpl commented on Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 06:59 AM

when you consider that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter who left his post was traded for 5 high level Taliban leaders/fighters. makes you wonder how many more Americans they will kill now that they are free. it was a bad trade all the way around for us.

HMJC commented on Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 12:32 PM

an opposing view? Or the what lies in the middle?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 14:09 PM

The Republicans are going to regret turning their backs on Bergadhl when it's all over because they didn't wait for the facts to come out or fair trail More information is surfacing . Bergdahl Walked Away Before, Military Report Says. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/wor...

gacpl commented on Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 09:18 AM

as far as the policy of not negotiating with terrorists, that's not what the main outrage is. Obama signed into law about a year ago a requirement that congress has to be giving 30 days notice before any one in gitmo can be released or even moved. so that they can look into if it's really in our best interest. we all know it wouldn't have happened if he followed the law.


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