“Some Pentagon officials expressed concern over the release of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The Thursday prisoner swap for Brittney Griner left officials worried Bout may return to illegally trafficking weapons, fueling existing conflicts abroad.
Bout, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” was serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S. for conspiring to kill Americans, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles and aiding a terrorist organization.
“I think there is a concern that [he] would return to doing the same kind of work that he’s done in the past,” said one senior Defense Department official, who spoke anonymously.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that “our national security interest is not going to change” with Bout back in Russia.
“We’re going to make sure that we can defend this country against any and all threats,” Kirby said to CNN on Thursday. “And so, with Mr. Bout being back on the street, we’re going to stay focused on making sure we can defend this country.”
Sen. Bob Menendez, the Democratic chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the trade was far from equal.
“We cannot ignore that releasing Bout back into the world is a deeply disturbing decision,” he said in a statement Thursday. “We must stop inviting dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans overseas as bargaining chips, and we must try to do better at encouraging American citizens against traveling to places like Russia where they are primary targets for this type of unlawful detention.” (Courtesy Newsmax.com)
We should have expected a terrorist to be traded by Biden for an America-hating hostage.
For more than 200 years, the United States had a policy of not trading prisoners for American hostages. That policy was irreparably damaged, if not destroyed, in 2014 and, by doing so, Former President Barack Hussein Obama placed a target on the back of every single American – civilian and military alike.
He traded Deserter Private Bowe Bergdahl for 5 Muslim Terrorists.
Six brave American Soldiers lost their lives as a result of Bergdahl’s desertion, due to the search for him and due to mission plans having to be changed . Their names were
- Staff Sgt. Clayton
- Bowen Morris Walker
- Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss
- 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews
- Matthew Michael Martinek
- Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey
These men served with distinction.
Bergdahl did not.
Brittney Griner did not desert from our Armed Forces.
She was just stupid enough to be vaping THC in a country with strict anti-drug laws.
So now, after Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, in which 13 American soldiers lost their lives because of poor Foreign Policy Decisions by Biden and his Administration, Biden once again sacrifices America’s Safety as a Sovereign Nation to appease the Far Left…
…and leaves Americans behind in the hand of our enemy.
Biden needs to be impeached.
Until He Comes,