CHENEY: Obama Would ‘Rather Be On Golf Course’ Than Situation Room
(Business Insider) – Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney strongly criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday night for going golfing immediately after delivering a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
“Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East,” Cheney declared during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Earlier in the day, Obama took a break from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard to give an angry and emotional speech condemning the jihadist group ISIS and praising Foley’s career as a photojournalist. Among other things, Obama called ISIS a “cancer” in the world. According to a White House pool report, Obama then went to Farm Neck Golf Club with former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and others.
Cheney, a Republican and one of Obama’s fiercest critics, said Obama should have instead decided to end his vacation and engage the situation...(MORE)
Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap
(Fox News) – A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.
The Government Accountability Office, in a legal opinion issued at the request of congressional lawmakers, said the Defense Department violated the law by failing to notify key Capitol Hill committees at least 30 days in advance.
Further, the report said the Pentagon broke another law by using funds that were not technically available.
The GAO said the law in this case is “clear and unambiguous.” The agency said that while the Defense Department defended the legality of the controversial swap, “in our view, DOD has dismissed the significance of the express language” in the law.
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