Making friends

I was delighted to learn that the American taxpayers will no longer have to finance the lifestyles of the five Gitmo detainees who were traded to the Taliban for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. They are being returned to the Middle East where they can become shepherds or can herd goats or do whatever terrorists do in their spare time.

I am also delighted that these five will probably never be a threat again since they undoubtedly are so grateful to the president for his magnanimous gesture.

How humanitarian and compassionate of him to send them home.

Congratulations to the president for showing his strong leadership in bypassing Congress yet again.

He even mentioned that this is an example of our commitment not to leave our men and women in uniform behind or in danger.

Guess he forgot about Ben-ghazi.

Oops, not supposed to mention that, are we?

Bill Hausler

Out of Bounds Drive

Summerville

Terrorist threat

I'm trying to understand the thought process behind the recent prisoner exchange involving U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

In exchange for his release, the United States returned five terrorists to the Mideast, including a Taliban chief of staff and Taliban minister of intelligence.

These men will spend one year in Qatar, probably re-acclimating to terrorist tactics, then may return to Afghanistan in 2015.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces in Afghanistan are being aggressively reduced by President Obama for a stated goal of total disengagement by 2016.

Is that eerily coincidental to anyone else?

Lisa Short

Hidden Green Lane

Isle of Palms

Reel them in

Sen. Lindsey Graham this week called the five released Guantanamo detainees the "Taliban Dream Team."

The senator is a member of many committees privy to inside intelligence and our commitment for protecting America from attacks like 9/11, so surely he would have the knowledge to support such a comment.

Since 9/11 our resources for detecting terrorist activity are far more advanced. So are our capabilities for finding would-be terrorists, thwarting terrorist plans before they are launched, and quickly apprehending the few who had some success.

We still have drones, senator, am I right? We still have intelligence gathering resources.

When I was young and my father took me crabbing for the first time, I got so excited when I caught one. "What should I do with it, Dad?" His reply is still a classic in our household: "Throw it back and catch it again."

This is good advice for Sen. Graham about his Dream Team:

We've let them go, so let's go out and catch them again.

Skip Crane

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Not so joyous

Susan Rice, national security advisor, declared May 31 a "joyous day" due to the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

But that day celebrated by Ms. Rice, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and many other Democrats in Washington will never be joyous in the hearts and minds of those who commemorate the loss of those men and women who served honorably and died in service to this country's armed forces.

And certainly not by the six families whose sons died while searching for Bergdahl, who not only went AWOL from his unit, but reportedly slandered our military.

As for Ms. Rice's comments on Bergdahl (as on Benghazi):

What was she thinking?

Rosalea V. Donahue

Pelican Reach

Isle of Palms