Obama Negotiates with the TalibanIn an effort to limit the reckless movement of the executive branch and “safeguard against Obama making unilateral decisions on releasing terrorist detainees,” the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a provision that would require the President to inform Congress of any possible detainee transfers at least 30 days in advance.

Though Obama signed the act into law on Dec 26th, he apparently felt no need to follow it.

Obama’s recent exchange of the Taliban “Dream Team” for a possible “deserter” was a clear sign of his refusal to submit to the law of the land, and has left many puzzled, scratching their heads and wondering how this could happen.

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) praised the President’s decision to negotiate with terrorists, it’s doubtful whether the release was wise or even lawful.

According to TheHill.com, “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for President Obama’s impeachment if he released more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without congressional approval.”

Of course, Democrats are quick to point out that Obama’s decision to ignore the recently passed NDAA law was owing to “special circumstances.”

Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), the Democratic chairman of the Armed Services panel, said Obama had a plausible legal argument for ignoring the law.

“The White House did not comply with the requirement of the 30-day provision. However, the White House said it had power under Article II of the Constitution to do what it did,” Levin said. “I’m not a court that’s going to decide whether or not under Article II the commander in chief has the power to move this quickly even though Congress said you’ve got to give 30 days notice.”

Obama’s decision to openly flout the law isn’t news; he’s done it many times before.

But what’s so concerning in this recent case is Obama negotiated with a non-state, non-uniform terrorist organization to the detriment of U.S. interests.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West said, “Once again Obama used selective discretion as to what law he feels he must adhere to — in this case it has severe ramifications for our national security.”

As West noted, “There are some 141 detainees at GITMO…the five released were senior Taliban officials, basically members of Mullah Omar’s inner circle. If we wanted to release detainees in exchange for Bergdahl, there were many others to choose from. Why these?”

It’s clear Obama’s interest in exchanging the detainees did not have to do with the importance of one deserting soldier’s well-being… but rather appeasing a terrorist organization who thinks nothing of American sovereignty.