National Review writer A.J. Delgado doesn't buy President Barack Obama's claim that the controversy surrounding the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top-ranking terrorists was "whipped up in Washington'' and is "par for the course.''
"It is a controversy whipped up in this president's imperial mind, is what it is. There is really no controversy here,'' Delgado said during a panel discussion on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"It's just flat-out fact that he breached this country's own law … that Congress would be notified and have 30 days' notice before there was any transfer or release of any Gitmo detainee.
"That was flagrantly violated and he makes no apologies for it. Only the imperial president [who] would find that there would be no need for an explanation would wonder why there's a controversy over this.''
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Members of Congress were angered to learn of the swap only after the fact. And allegations have emerged that Bergdahl may have been a deserter.
Rick Ungar, co-host of the SiriusXM radio show "Steele & Ungar, said he agreed with Delgado that the president violated the law by not taking the deal to Congress first. But he believes the deal is solid.
"If you're going to go with the idea that we can't negotiate with terrorists, then you need to explain this to me,'' he said.
"When we first went to Iraq, we were fighting a government. We were fighting uniformed soldiers. If God forbid one of our soldiers was captured on the battlefield at that moment, then they would have been a prisoner of war.
"We'd move heaven and Earth to bring him back. But after Saddam fell, if there was a battle taking place four weeks later, we were battling terrorists. Does that mean that the same soldiers that we sent over we can no longer try to get back because now it needs negotiating with terrorists?''
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