Paul Greenberg

Both these senators complain they weren't sufficiently consulted about this deal with the enemy to free the sergeant in exchange for five top Taliban prisoners at Gitmo, who are now basking in Qatar. The senators say they should have had more to do with the president's decision. "Input," it's called in the current bureaucratic lingo. Maybe they've forgotten that Congress is part of the legislative, not the executive, branch of American government. And that there's a reason the Founding Fathers gave this country's armed forces a single commander-in-chief and not 535.

But the show must go on. At a time when the whole imbroglio could use a lot less showmanship and, though it may be too much to hope for, a modicum of judgment. A little patience and self-restraint would be welcome, too. Instead, the country is getting a plenitude of verdicts and a sparsity of evidence. Just the reverse of the proper order. Which is what happens when politicians, not statesmen, are in charge. If anybody is.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


 


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